Four Layer Caramel Ice Cream Bars (vegan, gluten-free)

IMG_1537[1]I absolutely LOVE raw, vegan desserts and I’m a true advocate for eating clean. I  believe that the body thrives best off of whole, natural, and unprocessed foods. This four layer ice cream bar will knock your socks off and make you feel good about eating dessert!

Some people have asked me about the macros for these bars and to be honest, when I make a vegan dessert, I never calculate the macros. The fat and calorie content will be very high. But don’t forget these are all good fats from coconut and peanuts. Coconut oil actually helps promote weight loss, so don’t be afraid of the good fats! I wouldn’t recommend eating an entire tray of these, but one or two pieces will only do the body good!

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***If you have a nut allergy, try replacing the peanut butter with Tahini.

Recipe

Peanut Butter Cookie Layer

  • 1/2 c Coconut FlourIMG_1536[1]
  • 1/2 c Oat Flour (gluten free)
  • 1/4 c Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 c Smooth Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Golden Flax Meal
  • 2 tbsp. Nikki’s Vanilla Cake Batter Coconut Butter (or plain coconut butter)
  • 1 tbsp. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup (or agave)
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Ice Cream Layer

  • 2-3 Frozen Bananas (the riper the better)
  • 2 tbsp. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Caramel Layer

  • 3/4 c Medjool Dates (pitted and diced)
  • 1/4 c Natural Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Warm Water

Chocolate Layer

Directions

  1. For the peanut butter layer, mix all dry ingredients together and then add wet ingredients. Mix until dough forms (should be a bit crumbly but not too dry). Press all but 1/4 c dough into the bottom of an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Save the 1/4 c for topping. Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the ice cream layer.
  2. Blend frozen bananas and almond milk until you have a puree. I used my blender but a food processor also works. Be patient and keep scraping the sides and blending, it will happen! (I diced mine into tiny pieces before blending to help with the process)
  3. Pour ice cream layer over the peanut butter cookie layer and spread evenly. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour or until firm.
  4. Blend caramel layer in a food processor or blender. Again, be patient, keep scraping the sides, it will become a puree. Spread caramel over ice cream layer and return to the freezer while you prepare your chocolate layer.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl or in a double boiler, melt coconut butter, oil, and maple syrup together. Whisk in cocoa powder. Pour chocolate over the caramel layer, sprinkle with remaining dough and return the freezer for 2 hours before slicing into 12 bars. Enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry No Bake Cheesecakes

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You know what the greatest thing about making your own frozen dessert is? It lasts for freaking ever! If you were to open my freezer right now, your dessert options would be endless. Whenever you want to serve one of these Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes, just remove from the freezer, let it sit for about 10 minutes at room temperature and then cut into bite size pieces! Make them, store them and then enjoy them whenever you want in the next six months! 🙂

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Recipe

  • 1/4 c Unsweetened Shredded CoconutIMG_1412[1]
  • 3 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Quest Nutrition)
  • 1 c Almond Milk
  • 1/4 c Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 c Raspberries plus more for decorating
  • 2 tbsp. Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions

1. In a high speed blender, blend shredded coconut, 2 tbsp. coconut oil, protein powder, almond milk and cream cheese together until smooth. You make need to stop to scrape the sides.

2. Pour half of the cheesecake filling into 6 silicone cups or cupcake liners. Add raspberries to the remaining cheesecake filling and blend until smooth. Pour raspberry layer on top of the vanilla layer. Decorate with raspberries.

3. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and 1 tbsp. coconut oil together. Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate over the raspberry cheesecakes. Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars with an Oatmeal Crust

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I have this problem where every single time I go to the grocery store I buy a handle of bananas and they get too ripe by the time I can eat them. I’m not just going to throw them away–so I freeze them. Lately, it has become this issue with my roommates because there is literally bananas falling out of the freezer when we open it. Today I decided to be a good housemate and make a little room for Jeff’s Hot Pockets by making myself some Nicecream (banana ice cream). Plain old banana ice cream is too boring for me, I need layers and crusts and stuff or I just won’t feel satisfied, ya dig? Behold Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream bars with an Oatmeal Cookie Dough Crust. I may have added a little protein powder to the ice cream part 😉 but it can be completely eliminated and taste just as great.

For the peanut butter layer I used Nuts N’ More. I honestly have to say it is my favorite peanut butter on the planet and I might actually cry real tears when I run out of the jars they were kind enough to send me (because I will be spending my own money to buy a hundred more jars).

You can get 25% off any PEScience product like the Milk Chocolate Protein Powder I used by using the code PBCHOCO.

I was able to purchase almost every single ingredient I used in this recipe from VitaCost.com. If you haven’t heard of it, it is truly one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to get all of your health food products in one haul. AND the best part is that is delivered the next day to your front door! I am always impressed with their quickness, I don’t know how they do it!

Recipe

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  • 1/2 c Quick Oats (GF)
  • 1/4 c Oat Flour
  • 1/4 c Peanut Butter Slim (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1/4 c Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 c Almond Milk

Ice Cream Layer

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1/4 c Natural Peanut Butter (I used Nuts N’ More Toffee Crunch)

Chocolate Layer

  • 1/4 c Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 c Cocoa Powder

Directions

In a bowl mix together all oatmeal layer ingredients using a fork. Press the dough flat into an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Using a food processor or a high performing blender, pulse bananas until you have an ice cream like texture. It can take a couple minutes but be patient it will happen. Add in protein and peanut butter and pulse until well combined. Pour your ice cream layer over the oatmeal crust and place in the freezer for 20 minutes to harden a bit. Once hardened, spread an even layer of peanut butter over the ice cream and return to the freezer while you make the chocolate. Melt coconut oil and maple syrup together and then mix in cocoa powder. Pour over peanut butter layer and let set in the freezer for 4-6 hours before slicing into squares and serving. Makes 12 Ice Cream Bars.

Low Carb Choco Taco

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Totally guilt-free ice cream tacos! I’m just going to go a head and pat myself on the back for this one! This morning I could hear the ice cream man coming down the street and the food devil in my ear was screaming at me to run out side and hail him down for a Choco Taco. It was a good thing I had just gotten out of the shower, sitting in a towel and scrolling through Instagram because my food devil would have won if I was wearing at least some underpants.

FU food devil, I made my own and they are absolutely delicious and I don’t feel so bad for having two. For 238 calories, 10g fat, 12g protein and 23 carbs, you can afford to have two, too!

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  • 1 c Arctic Zero Frozen Dessert (you can sub your own frozen banana blended ice cream but macros will change)
  • 2 Sprouted Grain Tortillas (I used Ezekiel)
  • 1/2 Scoop Milk Chocolate Protein Powder (I used PEScience get 30% off all products using my code: PBCHOCO)
  • 2 tbsp. Vanilla Cupcake Coconut Butter (I used Nikki’s)
  • Sprinkles

Directions

Pre-Heat oven to 350f. Using a cupcake pan, flip it upside down and place folded tortillas between the cups to keep them up right and folded while baking. Bake for 5 minutes. While cooling, place the ice cream in a piping bag or plastic bag and cut the tip about 3/4 of an inch. Pipe half of the ice cream into one taco and half into the other. Place them in the freezer while you prepare your chocolate. Mix chocolate protein powder with water, 1 tbsp. at a time until you reach a pourable consistency (not too runny). Drizzle chocolate over tacos. Return to the freezer. Melt coconut butter and stir well. Pour 1 tbsp. over each taco and then decorate with sprinkles. Let them set in the freezer for 5 minutes or until the chocolate and vanilla harden. Enjoy!