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Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganIf you know me, then it’s no mystery to hear that I love both chocolate and ice cream equally. But honestly, who doesn’t? And why should you have to choose? Growing up my family and I would vacation to the lake, and after a long day in the sun it became a tradition to go to the local grocery mart to pick up a Big Wheel. If you don’t know what that is, well essentially it’s a cookie ice cream sandwich. Big Wheel’s were delicious, full of processed ingredients and definitely not vegan. Since the weather’s been so nice, I decided on these homemade big wheels that ended up being a big hit in our house. Keep reading on to see how you can make this easy recipe for yourself! Continue reading

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganMy latest review of Salazon got me thinking of some delicious ways to incorporate their Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bars. This bar has the wonderful richness of a dark chocolate bar with some hidden sprinkles of sea salt mixed in. I rarely have chocolate chips on hand, because I much prefer mixing in actual chunks of dark chocolate into baked goods. Plus the cookies come out looking a lot fancier in my opinion and you don’t have to worry about seeking out vegan chocolate chips in the first place.

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryvegan A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryvegan One of the secrets to these cookies is making them large enough for sandwiches, at least if you want to make them like traditional Big Wheels. However, if you want you can have these cookies plain or à la mode with your favorite vanilla or chocolate ice cream then go for it!

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganThe reason you want to make your cookies a certain sizes is because of this “Life Hack”. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to spoon out your dough to make six larger cookies as opposed to one dozen of the normal size. After your cookies have cooked completely (don’t leave them “half-baked” or too soft), let them cool and then it’s time to assemble! Simply take your vegan ice cream (I recommend coconut or cashew-based) and let it thaw for just a few minutes. Remove the lid and using a serrated knife, cut about half an inch off of the pint from the top. Simply peel off the packaging and smush (lightly) between two cookies.

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganBy using a pint of ice cream itself for the filling, rather than scooping out the ice cream, you’re left with a perfect flat filling  that presents itself quite nicely. I challenge you to experiment with different ice cream flavors, such as vanilla, coconut, chocolate, or even berry. The recipe I used for this batch will be posted below, but seriously…don’t be afraid to get creative!

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganThe recipe makes about 3 sandwiches, just so you know. I like to store these by wrapping each assembled sandwich and placing in an airtight container in the freezer. Or, you can just eat them right after putting the sandwiches together. I’ll admit, it’s hard to go through the whole day knowing these are in your freezer and saving them for dessert. Regardless of when you choose to make (and eat) these, they are super easy to prepare and much tastier than any Big Wheel I have ever had!

Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
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A homemade Big Wheel ice cream sandwich that's vegan, preservative-free and still completely delicious!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour (I used a little extra for high-altitude baking)
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. pinch salt
  4. 1/2 cup unbleached, vegan sugar
  5. 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 cup water
  8. 1/2 bar dark chocolate, finely chopped
  9. 1 pint of your favorite vegan ice cream
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350º and mixing the sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and water. Mix until a doughy consistency forms. Fold in the chopped dark chocolate until well-combined.
  2. Place the rounded dough onto a greased or lined cookie sheet, forming 6 uniform larger pieces of dough. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies are fully cooked and slightly browned. Be careful not to overcook.
  3. Allow the cookies to cool completely. Let the ice cream thaw slightly before assembling the cookies. Remove the top lid of the ice cream pint, then using a serrated knife slice about 1/2 an inch off the top to make the sandwich filling. To assemble, sandwich the ice cream (removing the carton around the section) between the two cookies and smush lightly.
  4. To store, wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and an airtight container or store in a plastic bag. Allow to thaw slightly if serving them straight from the freezer. Split with someone, or enjoy all for yourself!
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Sweet & Sara – Fall Treats

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Sweet & Sara are the makers of more than just vegan marshmallows. They also have a variety of treats such as S’Mores, rocky road and…vegan biscotti! Now, let me start by saying that I never really cared for biscotti in the past. I always found it to be too hard to chew without feeling like I’m going to be chipping a tooth (who’s with me on that?). Luckily Sweet & Sara’s biscotti is not like that at all! Continue reading

IMG_4663The first vegan one I ever came across was their Mocha Almond Biscotti. It has a light, cocoa flavor and a great crunch to it. I love it with some iced (or warm) coffee and some fresh fruit to start off the day. Biscotti just screams “breakfast” to me, so I love the fact that I can be eating a cookie even with my morning coffee!

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I was also incredibly pleased with their Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti. This one went so perfectly with a glass of Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte coffee drink. It has a great sweet cinnamon taste and a light nutty flavor with just enough crunch. My mom also got the chance to try the biscotti, it being one of her favorite kinds of cookies, and she absolutely loved it!

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Speaking of pumpkin spice lattes, Sweet & Sara actually makes a marshmallow that is pumpkin spice-flavored! I have never tried one of these marshmallows before, vegan or not, and believe me when I say this was like a sweet, pumpkin hug in my warmed up morning coffee!

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And, just when you thought it wasn’t possible, Sweet & Sara makes a vegan pumpkin spice smore. I really enjoyed this as a twist on their original smore and it wasn’t overly chocolatey but it had an excellent pumpkin flavor with all the spices I love enjoying in the fall. Also, the combo of pumpkin and graham cracker reminds me of a cheesecake!

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any cuter, may I present these adorable Halloween marshmallows. They make a chocolate covered bat and this ghost that makes a perfect topping to your hot cocoa. However, I almost felt bad about eating it because it had a cute face (if you are vegan yourself you might get the joke)!

A.B.C. – Cookies of the Season

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I have tried and reviewed all of ABC’s Original Cookies, but I was delighted when they started doing a “Cookie of the Season” flavor. Basically at different times of the year, ABC will release a limited edition flavor. The first I’ll mention was this Mac the Chip. It’s basically a chocolate chip cookie with macadamia nuts. For a chocolate chip cookie, this was fantastic! Although there weren’t a ton of macadamia nuts but I did appreciate the crunch that they gave the cookie.
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IMG_9473The next seasonal cookie is Kandy Kane Fudge. This one was honestly just ok. I felt that the candy cane bits tasted off with the actual cookie, and it didn’t have an authentic mint taste. The chocolate flavor really wasn’t as “fudgy” as I was hoping for. I would say if you missed this seasonal flavor, don’t feel too bad.

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I stumbled upon this Coconut Macaroon cookie completely by accident, and boy am I glad that I did! This has such a soft yet chewy texture with a sweet coconutty flavor that I just couldn’t get enough of. I could’ve honestly eaten this entire cookie at once, but I decided to split it up for dessert for two different nights. This is the most recent cookie (that I know of), so definitely do what you can to get your hands on it!

Nana’s – “Guilt Free” Cookies

tumblr_mopr9yzkyh1s3uefeo1_1280I ordered these online at Veganessentials while I was out of the country (I think I was just really missing my foods from home and might’ve gone a little overboard). Anyway, these are a new variety from Nana’s and I’ve really enjoyed the other cookies that they make. I love the twist that they did on classic flavors that you wouldn’t usually expect in a cookie!

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tumblr_mopr9yzkyh1s3uefeo2_1280 tumblr_mopr9yzkyh1s3uefeo4_1280This one was the pound cake flavor, and unfortunately I dropped the package and the cookie broke. I wanted to make it look a little nicer and added some strawberries-kind of like having a pound cake with fruit on it. The cookie itself was great but it tasted incredible with the fresh strawberries!

tumblr_movs79xkCF1s3uefeo1_1280 tumblr_movs79xkCF1s3uefeo2_1280Treated myself to another cookie. I thought the nana’s maple syrup cookie would be good with blueberries (kind of like blueberry pancakes) and it was!

tumblr_mppg88pObU1s3uefeo1_1280This is the last cookie I will be having in a while (although I can’t make any promises…). These Nana’s cookies were especially delicious-and the 3 new flavors I tried had a great texture and weren’t dry at all. They weren’t horribly expensive either which is always a plus!