A little birdy told me that August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. I knew I had to celebrate in a big way because, come on, who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie? Well, I went all out and instead of just doing cookies, I made a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich with Halo Top Creamery Salted Caramel ice cream. It was a fantastic idea.
I’ve been wanting to use Halo Top to make an ice cream sandwich for a while, but am finally just getting around to it. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, now is the time because it’s so good and actually provides some great health benefits like lots of protein!
I have mixed opinions on food that’s marketed as “low-fat” or “non-fat” or anything like that because usually that fat is natural and if they’re taking something out, it’s usually replaced by some form of sugar. That’s for a different post though. The reason I like Halo Top is because it’s made of REAL ingredients with a little bit of protein sprinkled in, but no other preservatives or weird additives that you can’t pronounce.
For the cookies, I wanted to make something that would stay soft and chewy for longer than the first five minutes out of the oven, so I did some research and discovered to achieve this, my recipe needed to include both baking powder and baking soda. Who knew? Not me. I also wanted to stick with my current kick of not using refined sugar because it just upsets my stomach, so I used organic unrefined coconut palm sugar, which is why the cookies are a darker brown. I also used whole wheat flour instead of white, so that contributed to the color as well.
It was SO hard to wait for the cookies to cool a bit because I was dying to get the ice cream in there and try one, but I highly recommend waiting a few minutes otherwise you’ll have ice cream soup. I just used a regular spoon to scoop out the Salted Caramel Halo Top and gently kind of smashed it on to the cookie.
There you are! An ice cream sandwich that is 100% whole wheat, has very little refined sugar (the ice cream) and has a nice little helping of protein. Enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 1 cup organic coconut oil, softened
- 1 1/3 cup organic unrefined coconut palm sugar (I prefer Wholesome brand)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt
- 2 cups organic dark chocolate chunks (70% or higher)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix the wet ingredients in medium bowl
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl (except the chocolate chunks)
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir
Once everything is combined, add the chocolate chunks
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Form small balls and flatten them slightly after putting them on the pan
Bake for 10-12 minutes
Let the cookies cool and then place scoops of ice cream between two of them