I am so proud of these cookies! They taste like they were stuffed with butter and sugar and ready to send me into a food coma. In many ways, grits have similar benefits as eating oatmeal, like an equal amount of Vitamin B-6, selenium, 5x more folate than oatmeal, and the amino acid leusine which gives your muscles energy before a workout. So before you write off corn like I did, consider this ice cream sandwich as a great pre-workout snack!

Berry Ice Cream and Sweet Corn Sandwiches [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Ingredients

Sandwich Cookies:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup corn (frozen kernels)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp of coconut oil, room temperature (or butter)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp tapioca powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
Strawberry Ice Cream with Blueberries:
  • 1/2 frozen banana (if it isn't frozen, it will just take a little longer to freeze)
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp vodka (this will soften the ice cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 carton of fresh blueberries
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Preparation

  1. Sandwiches:
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Make the cornmeal into grits by boiling it in water on the stove for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat. Taste test to make sure the grainy texture is gone.
  4. In a high speed blender or food processor, add the frozen corn and the grits (boiled cornmeal). Blend until completely smooth. If needed, add up to 1/3 cup of water.
  5. In a separate bowl, cream together the coconut oil, coconut sugar and vanilla, set aside.
  6. Sift together the rest of the ingredients (you should only have the dry ingredients left) for a smooth texture.
  7. Combine all the ingredients.
  8. Roll the desired cookie size into a ball and then smash down into a disk. I went for about 1/2 inch thickness.
  9. Bake on a cookie sheet for 13 minutes or until golden brown. I put aluminum foil on my cookie sheet, then parchment paper.
Strawberry Ice Cream with Blueberries:
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor
  2. Put in a freezer container and freeze (or use an ice cream maker)
  3. Stir every 30 minutes until frozen (if not using the ice cream maker)
  4. Once 3/4 frozen, add the blueberries in and stir (or leave them until ready to serve)
  5. Freeze overnight for the most firm consistency

Notes

Cookie notes: These cookies will puff up but will not spread much more than what you shape. If you want more spread, add a little more coconut oil. Substitutes: Coconut Sugar: Coconut Sugar has a brown sugar taste to it, you can mix it with other sugars or replace with a cane/repunzel sugar Cornmeal: you can replace with 1 cup of corn flour, then skip the soaking step and add up to 1/4 cup of applesauce. Really, any flour will work here

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