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Recipe Redux: PB & J Ice Cream Sandwiches + Raw Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

pb & j ice cream sandwiches + raw vegan strawberry ice cream // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #recipe #icecream

pb & j ice cream sandwiches + raw vegan strawberry ice cream // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #recipe #icecreamWhen you work six days a week, finding time to sit down and write can be hard. And when you finally find the time to do it, you might be at a loss for words. You might struggle to come up with something meaningful to say. My days are so packed and go by so quickly that I have a tendency to forget what I want to share here, and even my attempts to keep a journal have been thwarted by this new schedule that I am adjusting to. I’m still trying to find balance and space for everything in my life: yoga keeps me sane, reading keeps my imagination alive, and my kitchen keeps me happy. I love my new job, but I miss the hours I used to spend in the kitchen playing with ingredients. Going from a professional kitchen to unemployment in my own kitchen to office culture has been a smooth but strange transition, and the hardest part of this transition has been the lack of creative challenges in my new job. There are many challenges in my job that keep me motivated, but I miss having to think on my feet and the process of trial and error, the thrill of coming up with something so delicious that it keeps me going back to the kitchen for more: to create, to eat, to share.

But if there’s a will, there’s a way. Having to juggle my day job with my love for cooking and blogging has reminded me that you have to make time for the things you are passionate about. I would love to return to the culinary world at some point, and perhaps even attend culinary school. There are so many things that I’d like to experience and achieve, but I know that getting to where I want to be does not happen overnight. Maybe I have said this on here before, and if I have, I guess I’m just saying it again to remind myself, and to remind you—if you needed a reminder—that it’s worth persevering in the things we love. That is where happiness and fulfillment will come from, and it will get us where we want to be.

pb & j ice cream sandwiches + raw vegan strawberry ice cream // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #recipe #icecream

pb & j ice cream sandwiches + raw vegan strawberry ice cream // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #recipe #icecream

pb & j ice cream sandwiches + raw vegan strawberry ice cream // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #recipe #icecream

This month’s Recipe Redux theme is spring cleaning. I rummaged around the kitchen in search of a pantry item that had been living in my kitchen, untouched, for a while. I felt uninspired, until I opened the freezer to find bags upon bags of frozen fruit that have been sitting in my freezer. What could I do with heaps of frozen fruit, besides smoothies?

Ice cream. Raw vegan ice cream.

These PB & J ice cream sandwiches are easy and no-fuss. The idea came to me after a visit to Bang Bang Ice Cream, a bakery in Toronto specializing in ice cream sandwiches. While I didn’t get one for myself, I did have a nibble of my sister’s. I thought the cookies were too sweet, and the flavours of the ice cream didn’t shine through as much as I would have liked them to. I was, however, inspired to create my own ice cream sandwiches at home… especially since spring has arrived! Is there a better way to celebrate sunshine and warmth other than with ice cream? I didn’t think so.

NOTES: Remember the recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies I posted a while back? I chose to make these ice cream sandwiches with those very cookies. I used peanut butter, but you can easily use any nut butter of your choice. You can also opt for chocolate chip, oatmeal, or any cookie you’d like. I went with the peanut butter cookies because PB & J is one of my favourite combinations and I just couldn’t resist the thought of PB & J ice cream sandwiches!

PB & J ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
Yields 6-8 cups of ice cream and a lot of ice cream sandwiches.
INGREDIENTS

  • 2 batches of peanut butter cookies
  • 3 cups full fat coconut milk
  • 2 cups strawberries – both fresh and frozen work
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam – omit if you are keeping the ice cream raw
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup/agave/honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a blender or food processor, blend the strawberries and coconut milk together. Add your sweetener of choice and the vanilla extract and blend again. Pour the ice cream into a large container and swirl the strawberry jam through the ice cream. Freeze for 5 hours or overnight.
2. While the ice cream is in the freezer, prepare the cookies. You can find the recipe on one of my older posts.
3. Place one to two scoops of ice cream onto a cookie, and sandwich by placing another cookie on top. If you’re feeling indulgent, you could also drizzle the ice cream sandwich with dark chocolate.

Happy Monday!
Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

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51 Comments

  1. rachel @ athletic avocado
    April 22, 2015

    These make me think of summer! Almost there! What a delish combo! YUM

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  2. gretchen | kumquat
    April 22, 2015

    i’m with you… that inspiration in the kitchen really feeds my soul too. one of the reasons i hang on to in the blogger world. and also to get to make and eat treats like this… looks delicious! and such pretty photos.

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  3. Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating
    April 22, 2015

    Oooh, love the idea of a PBJ ice cream sandwich! Sounds delicious!

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  4. Natalia
    April 22, 2015

    So beautiful and only 4 or 5 ingredents! Love the ice creams based on coconut miilk!
    Wish you success in your work, Gen!

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  5. Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    April 22, 2015

    Awesome post – a beautiful reminder for me to “make time for the things (I am) are passionate about”!
    I happen to be lactose intolerant and so LOVE ice cream variations, and Genevieve, this ice cream sounds so creamy – coconut milk and strawberries = yum! Simply love the pairing with PB cookies!

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  6. Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    April 22, 2015

    I’m so glad you found those frozen berries because these look AMAZING! Good luck with the job, transition can be so hard, but just give yourself time and you’ll establish a new routine :)

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    • genevieve y
      April 22, 2015

      Thank you Sonali- my routine is slowly coming together! xo

      Reply
  7. Alanna
    April 22, 2015

    These look divine!!! Thanks for making me crave a PB & J ice cream sandwich at noon :) I agree with you 100% about making time for your passions and doing what you love. I am soon to be following a similar transition like yours and I keep reminding myself to enjoy this time and cooking right now while I can.

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      Thanks Alanna! I hope you took care of that PB & J craving ;) Good luck with the transition and enjoy this time while you can! xo

      Reply
  8. Betsy Ramirez
    April 22, 2015

    I was in at PB&J! Love the ice cream is dairy free. Thanks!

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  9. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    April 22, 2015

    You and I….we need to get together, sit down with some ice cream sandwiches, and talk about our passions! So spot on! We have to keep persevering and be happy. We have to find ways to continue doing what we love at all times!

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      We are going to make it happen! I was bummed that you weren’t in NJ while I was in NYC, otherwise we could have hung out! xo

      Reply
  10. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    April 22, 2015

    Sounds like you found some words afterall and very well spoken my friend. I understand about finding balance for sure and it is a challenge that ebbs and flows but never seems to go away completly. I love hearing about your hopes to go to culinary school. AND I love this recipe. So creative!

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  11. Farrah
    April 22, 2015

    These look so, so good! <3 Would be the perfect dessert if I could convince myself to get off my lazy butt (except I'm lying on my stomach, so…lazy stomach!)! I need to get some coconut milk! <3!!

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      I make it a rule to always keep a few cans of coconut milk at home- I can’t live without it! Love using it for ice cream, in porridge, in my coffee… oh, the list goes on. xo

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  12. Rebecca
    April 22, 2015

    Reminders to persevere somehow always come at just the right time. And strawberry ice cream too! Wishing you patience and seeing progress in baby steps. :)

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  13. Alison @Food by Mars
    April 22, 2015

    This is so beautiful! I want it nowwwww. I totally can relate about the day job + blogging, I’ve had my struggles too but agree we need to make time for the things we love! Keep up the great work ;)

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  14. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
    April 22, 2015

    What a gorgeous ice-cream sandwich! My husband has been talking about making ice cream sandwiches this summer and I am so inspired by this PB&J version I think it will be the first to try! Good luck with the new job and making time for your passions!

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      Thank you Jessica! Let me know how it goes- i hope you love it just as much as I do! xo

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  15. Thalia @ butter and brioche
    April 23, 2015

    I definitely agree with everything you said in this post – I too find my days getting bogged down by work and routine that it is hard to make time for both myself and the blog, thanks for reminding me that I need to keep working for the perfect balance! These ice cream sandwiches look amazingly delicious too and I totally don’t mind that they are so healthy xx

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      Thank you Thalia! Keep striving for that balance and it will eventually come. xo

      Reply
  16. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    April 23, 2015

    I totally hear ya, girl! Definitely need to MAKE time for blogging now, along with everything else that goes on in our lives. But make sure you save some time for fun too! It’s ok to give in to rest!

    I absolutely love these ice cream sandwiches! Will definitely be trying these soon!

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      Thanks Lisa! I try to relax and enjoy myself as much as possible. Life’s short, right?! xo

      Reply
  17. Akina Era
    April 23, 2015

    i saw your pb&j ice cream sandwiches on foodgawker and was totally drawn in, they look SO good! i hope you continue to pursue your passion despite your packed work schedule because what you have here is pretty darn awesome xx

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  18. Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
    April 23, 2015

    It’s funny how sometimes the “cleaning out the pantry” recipes turn out to be the biggest show stoppers :) I love everything about these cookies — just stunning, and who doesn’t like pb & j or cookie sandwiches? Yum!

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      Thank you Audrey! I love PB & J sandwiches and thought about how awesome it would be if I could have them in ice cream form, haha! Not going to lie, they turned out to be pretty tasty… xo

      Reply
  19. Ashlae
    April 24, 2015

    Even when you don’t work six days a week, finding the time to write can be a reaaaal struggle. ;) OOOOOF. This recipe looks delicious, lady. Love that you paired the strawberry ice cream with peanut butta cookies.

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      Thanks Ashlae! Regardless of how much time you are finding to write, your posts are always so well written and they never fail to make me laugh or do some much needed reflecting. Serious skills, lady. xo

      Reply
  20. The Healthy Apple
    April 27, 2015

    This is such a great idea for spring, and plus it looks gorgeous! Great photos!!

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  21. Anna
    April 29, 2015

    this looks super delicious!! Can’t wait to try it at home :)

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  23. Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
    April 29, 2015

    I LOVE ice cream sandwiches, but I have never made them at home (for some strange reason…) This looks amazing!!

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      Thank you Cathleen! I hope you get to make yourself some ice cream sandwiches soon :) xo

      Reply
  24. Lisa | The Viet Vegan
    May 3, 2015

    I totally understand the struggle of harnessing creativity after a long work week. Find your rhythm and balance, and rediscover new challenges to be creative. I find that time restrictions are a great way to discover new ways to cook and share recipes that people are always on the look-out for. Share your work lunch recipes! I’d love to see what you bring to the office (although I do see some of those updates on IG) =)

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      Sometimes I get intense bursts of creativity and other times my brain just feels fried! I get a lot of inspiration from going to the market and the weather/seasons. I happen to be thinking about doing a post on healthy work lunches, so stay posted! Although you already are, on Instagram ;) xo

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  25. Anne
    May 3, 2015

    Oh your words are so true!!! I struggle to find the balance between studying, homework, school, and blogging. Even though my classes are fun, and I’m mostly passionate of all of them, it still proves to be so difficult to balance!
    These ice cream sandwiches look amazing!!!!!!! Since they’re gluten free, raw, and contain strawberries, does that mean they’re healthy and I should eat them for breakfast? Say yes, please say yes…

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    • genevieve y
      May 4, 2015

      Thank you Anne! And you should totally DO IT! Everyone needs a little ice cream for breakfast every now and then, right? xo

      Reply
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