It’s Almost Summertime! Paleo Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream Sandwiches are Back!

A Paleo version of an ice cream sandwich for one. Chocolate mocha ice cream sandwich.

I posted this last summer on my old personal blog before I started this blog that is pretty much dedicated to my food.  It’s going to be in the eighties this week and quickly climb into the nineties this weekend.  I think it’s totally OK to make ice cream sandwiches under those circumstances, even if it is only April.

I LOVE ice cream sandwiches, but I’m trying to control myself more lately.  Hence the invention of these lovelies.

Paleo Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream Sandwich

This is a recipe for 1!  I find that helps me not over eat them…because I could eat a whole box of ice cream sammies from the store and not bat an eye.

chocolate mocha ice cream sandwich

For the mocha cookies:  (these cookies were inspired by WickedSpatula.com)

1/2 C almond flour

2 Tablespoons tapioca starch

1 Tablespoon maple syrup

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

1 Tablespoons chocolate chips (minis work well) or chopped dark chocolate

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder

 

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Mix all the ingredients. I find it easier to just get in there with my hands.  😉  Then divide the mixture into two equal balls.  Pat balls down gently on a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet.  These should be about 4 inches across.  They’re slightly thicker than I normally make cookies because they need to hold up in ice cream sandwich territory.

Bake for 13-15 minutes.  You’re looking for golden edges and solid but not hard cookies.

 

Meanwhile, make the filling:

1 frozen banana

1 Tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1/2 Tablespoon raw honey

 

I like to sit the frozen bananas out for about 10-15 minutes to slightly thaw.  I find they blend easier that way.  Slice bananas and place in food processor.  Add in the other ingredients.  blitz until smooth and creamy like ice cream.  If it seems too soft at this point, put it in the freezer for a few minutes to firm it up.  Don’t leave it too long though.  This stuff gets really hard. 

Once your cookies are cooled and your ice cream is ready, slather a generous amount of the ice cream onto one cookie and top with the other cookie. 

You can either enjoy right away or wrap with plastic wrap and place in freezer until ready to consume. 

Paleo Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream SandwichDon’t rush through this one.  Sit and enjoy slowly.  Not so slowly the ice cream melts, just slowly enough to actually savor each bite.

Turkey Zucchini Burgers With Cilantro Crema

Not only are these burgers and great way to use summer garden surplus, but they are healthy as well.  They are also easily adapted to Paleo or grain free lifestyles by breaking them up onto a romaine spear instead of in a bun. My husband couldn’t believe it the first time I got him to willingly eat something with zucchini!  Not only did he like it, but the whole family loved these!  As an added bonus, since the patties do best with a bit of chill time, you can make them up to a day ahead and just have them ready for a quick meal!

Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Cilantro Crema

Start out with ground turkey, shredded zucchini, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, jalapeno, cumin, and cilantro.  Form it into 4 equal balls.

Turkey Zucchini Burger
form into 4 equal balls

Then put them on a cookie sheet (lined for easy clean up) and smash them into patties.

turkey zucchini burger patties

Refrigerate them for at least an hour so they stay together well.

Meanwhile, combine sour cream, jalapeno, lime juice, garlic salt and pepper to make a great cilantro crema for the burger condiment.

Grill the burgers and pile on a bun with crema and toppings!

Turkey zucchini burgers with cilantro crema go well with sweet potato fries!
Turkey zucchini burgers with cilantro crema go well with sweet potato fries!

Enjoy!

turkey zucchini burger PDF