Makes 8 cookie sandwiches 

INGREDIENTS COOKIES 

1 medium ripe banana
1 cup soft brown or coconut sugar
1 cup (290g) NutShed Very Crunchy Peanut Butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1⁄2 tsp sea salt
1⁄2 ground almonds
100g vegan chocolate chips or dark chocolate cut into chunks 

BANANA SOFT SERVE 

4 large (6 small) ripe bananas
1 cup coconut cream/chilled full fat canned coconut milk (use only the thick part from the top of the can)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste 

METHOD 

THE NIGHT/DAY BEFORE 

  1. The night/day before, slice the bananas into coins and place in a reusable container or ziplock bag. Freeze overnight.
  2. If using canned coconut milk, refrigerate the can overnight to separate the coconut cream from the water.

BANANA SOFT SERVE 

  1. Remove the frozen banana from the freezer and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  2. Place the banana slices in your food processor or high speed blender along with the coconut cream/milk and vanilla bean paste and blend until smooth, starting at a low speed and working up to a more powerful setting as the frozen banana begins to break down.
  3. Transfer the banana soft serve to a 6×6 inch deep baking tray or lunch box (you can use any container as long as it’s the right size to cut out 4 ice cream discs with a round cookie cutter that’s slightly smaller in diameter than the size of the cookies. Place back in the freezer for 1.5-2 hours to set.

COOKIES 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F) and line the base of a baking tray with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Add the banana to a large bowl and mash well using a fork.
  3. Add the soft brown sugar/coconut sugar, peanut butter, vanilla extract, baking soda and sea
    salt and mix using an electric whisk or stand mixer for about 30 seconds until combined.
  4. Add the ground almonds to the bowl and use your hand to knead it into the dough. Lastly, add
    the chocolate chunks to the bowl and mix until evenly incorporated (hold aside a couple of
    chunks to add to the top of the cookies if desired).
  5. Separate the cookie dough into 8 sections and roll into balls using your hands. Place the
    cookie dough balls on the lined baking sheet (leaving 2 inches between each portion).
  6. Use your hands to press and flatten the dough balls into cookie shaped discs. Add any
    remaining chocolate chunks to the top of each cookie.
  7. Bake between 10-11 minutes until the cookies have slightly browned. Remove the tray from
    the oven and while hot, use a large round cookie-cutter and go in circular motions around
    each cookie to create a clean edge.
  8. Allow the cookies sit on the baking tray to cool for about 5 minutes. Next carefully slide the
    sheet of parchment paper with the cookies off of the tray and on to a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 30 minutes or until they reach room temperature.

ASSEMBLY 

  1. Line a tray or large plate (that will fit in your freezer) with some parchment paper.
  2. Place 4 of the cookies on the tray, bottom side up.
  3. Use a cookie cutter that’s slightly smaller in diameter to the cookies to cut out 4 discs of ice
    cream.
  4. Place a disc of ice cream on top of one cookie and top with another cookie*.
  5. Serve immediately or store in the freezer for up to 2 hours.

*Note: these ice cream sandwiches are best served on the day they’re made for a nice soft cookie consistency. It’s therefore recommended that you only assemble as many as you will serve. If you’re not serving them all at once, the cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days, and the ice cream kept separately in the freezer until ready to serve.