Today's my birthday. It's also a hot summer's day. So that's two reasons to celebrate but I'm sure I can think up some more. Oh yes, the fact that this recipe is AIP-okay, hurrah-from-the-hilltops there's another!
The truth is, although we're on this healing way of life I'm all for the odd moment of sheer indulgence and this is it in spadefuls for me. Whilst you could think about decreasing the maple syrup I highly recommend not fiddling about with the date ratio - you'll end up with a rock hard ice cream which won't give you that gorgeous, lusciously creamy texture you're about to experience, and if you miss them out altogether - well you may end up in the dentist's chair instead. Although you can happily eat these bars straight from the freezer (as my children prefer), my own favourite time for attack is after it's sat out on the counter for around 15 minutes or so when the outer shell is still crispy but the ice cream encapsulated within is on the soften. OMG Heaven!
I was brought up by a mother who would call out "who's for a choc ice?" then wait for the stampede of little feet, but my stateside friends will know these as Klondike bars. Either way, they are luxuriously decadent and a very indulgent treat - let me know what you think. Happy day!
vanilla carob ice cream bar
Do remember that unrefined sugar, including in the form of dried fruit, is still sugar and should be seen as an occasional treat rather than an every day occurrence. Having said that I subscribe to the 'living a healthy life is not complete denial but a balancing act, only live that balance to the full' club. In other words, choose that treat well!
Print the recipe here.
for the ice cream:
1 (400ml) can coconut milk
1 medium ripe banana
1/4 cup coconut butter
4 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
pinch sea salt
for the coating:
3/4 cup melted coconut oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp toasted carob
Put the ice cream ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours then put into an ice cream maker and churn as per your instruction manual.
Spoon the ice cream into a 8x8 inch tray lined on the base and sides with parchment paper, level the top with an offset spatula and put into the freezer until solid, around 3 hours.
Once the ice cream is solid make the coating. Put the coconut oil and maple syrup into a medium bowl and stir in the carob powder, adding slowly to avoid lumps. Stir until completely smooth.
Holding onto the parchment paper, pull the ice cream out of the tin and put onto a chopping board. Using a large knife, cut the ice cream into 3 strips on one side and 4 strips on other so you are cutting across the cuts giving you 12 pieces. Take two forks and dip each ice cream block into the carob sauce one at a time. Coat well and put onto a parchment lined deep tray. Cover well and return to the freezer for at least an hour to freeze solid.
Ice cream bars can be eaten directly from the freezer but I like to let them stand for 15 minutes or so, when the shell is still crispy but the ice cream within is starting to soften.
These sound and look delicious!
I am not able to eat bananas.
Any suggestions what I can sub?
Although none of these tested, you could try an equivalent quantity of one of the following - ripe avocado, squash or pumpkin purée, mashed white sweet potato. Some of these will change the colour of the ice cream but they will all give you the creamy texture you're after. Hope this helps, do let me know which one you try?
I use Plantians in place of bananas. I'm allergic to bananas but have had no problems with plantains.
Can this filling simply be frozen WITHOUT an ice cream maker? I've
heard about things 'exploding' in the freezer...
Hi Barbara, yes you can make ice cream without churning it. The results will never be as creamy but it will still be good. Take a look at this recipe for a how-to and then follow the ice cream bar recipe for freezing, cutting and coating. http://healingfamilyeats.com/mango-and-lime-ice-cream-aip/
What a great looking treat! I can do cocoa (occasionally), do you suggest I substitute carob for cocoa in equivalent proportions? Thank you!
Thanks Olga and yes, you would use the same amount of cocoa. Delicious!
I got a bit lazy and only made the coating part of the recipe (with real cocoa) and used molds to make myself some chocolate candy. So good!
Thank you for this! Just started AIP and missing my summertime ice cream!
Also, happy belated birthday! 🙂
Thanks Dawn. Welcome to the AIP, sending you best wishes for your healing and I hope you love the ice cream bar. 🙂
Any sub for the coconut butter? It gives me digestive tract psin unfortunately
Not really, but I would use a large ripe banana instead of a medium one. It'll be fine.
Okay will do thank you !