This is part of our #5under5 recipe series, a collection of original plant-based recipes made by yours truly that cost less than $5 per serving and can be made with only five ingredients. No way, right?! Fall is officially in full swing, but the weather can still get pretty warm during the day. What better way to bridge the seasonal gap during this fickle time of year than with an ice cream sandwich? And not just any ice cream sandwich – a caramel apple pie ice cream sandwich! The comforting flavor of apple pie is recreated in a creamy frozen banana-based ice cream studded with apple and date pieces. The only way to make it even better? By sandwiching a scoop between two pieces of no-bake cinnamon oat cookie dough. Pure heaven! Did we mention it only costs $4.07? Yes, it's true! You get four decadent (and good for you!) ice cream sandwiches for under $5.00. Autumn miracles do happen, folks. We've proved it. Have an idea for a #5under5 recipe? Send it to [email protected] and you might just see it on the site next week! If you make this dish, be sure to post it on social media with #5under5 and @onegreenplanet so we can see your amazing creation!
#5under5: Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches [Vegan, No-Bake]
- 1/2 cup (about 12 whole) dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes (save the water!) - $2.40
- 1 cup rolled oats - $0.62
- 2 large bananas, cut into chunks and frozen for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight - $0.60
- 2 whole soaked dates, reserved from 1/2 cup amount above
- 1 apple, diced in small to medium chunks - $0.30
- 1/2 apple, diced as small as possible - $0.15
- Add all dough ingredients except for two dates to a high-powered blender and process until a sticky ball is formed.
- If the dough is too dry, gradually add some of the date soaking water in teaspoon increments until the right consistency is achieved – the dough should be able to hold its shape when pressed together. Set aside.
- Rinse out your blender mug and add the frozen bananas. Whiz until completely smooth and creamy and there are no banana chunks left. It should look like vanilla soft serve.
- Pulse in the reserved two dates so they become small chunks throughout the ice cream (this is what gives the ice cream its "caramel" taste).
- Transfer the ice cream into a mixing bowl and fold in the chopped apples and cinnamon.
- At this point, you can let the ice cream harden for up to an hour in the refrigerator (recommended if you are working in a hot kitchen).
- Dice your apple half as small as you possibly can and transfer the apple pieces to a bowl. Toss with cinnamon and sugar until coated. Set aside.
- If you have put your ice cream in the freezer, now is the time to remove it and let it soften slightly.
- In the meantime, take your reserved dough ball and turn onto a lightly oiled cutting board.
- Using a plate or a rolling pin (also oiled – this is optional but highly recommended, as this dough is quite sticky), press out the dough until it's a flat disc, about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
- Cut out six dough circles using a 1/4 cup measure or cookie cutter. You should have some dough left over and can make at least one extra sandwich with the dough scraps.
- Take a small scoop of ice cream and sandwich it between two of the dough circles. Repeat until three ice cream sandwiches are assembled. Make sure to work quickly, because this ice cream melts fast.
- Optional step: coat the sides of the ice cream sandwiches in the apple cinnamon "sprinkles," as shown in the photo.
- If you have any remaining dough and ice cream (which you should), feel free to make as many sandwiches as you want, or eat the ice cream and dough separately. Both are delicious!
- You can eat your ice cream sandwiches immediately, or let them firm up a bit in the freezer. They will keep, wrapped, for about a week.
For a gluten-free or raw alternative, use gluten-free oats or your favorite nut or seed in place of the rolled oats in the dough. If your bananas are not very ripe, you can sweeten the ice cream with a little agave nectar or maple syrup to taste. The cost of the serving size above is based on the NYC Metro Area product pricing below: Dates (1 pound): $4.79 Oats (18 ounces): $2.49 Bananas (7 whole): $2.03 Apples (4 pounds): $3.99