Creativity and a healthier ice cream sandwich

One of my favorite treats is an ice cream sandwich. When I was in Charleston, South Carolina for a the NPC Jr. USAs show in May 2015, that was one of my post-show treats. Me and a couple girlfriends found King Street Cookies and it was delicious.

Strong Sweet Caroline and ice cream sandwich

Honestly, I sometimes reflect on foods I have eaten and think about how amazing they tasted! Then I think about the ingredients and how they may have affected my body. Maybe I think too deeply about it, but was it positive or negative? This gets my creativity flowing.

When I’m facing challenges or changes, I spend a lot of time reflecting. This is the stage of life I’m in right now. I will dive into in with future blog posts. But to keep it brief, sometimes all these reflection and wandering thoughts can raise my stress and cortisol and must find alternative measures to overcome that. This is when I get creative and bake.

Summer is the core season for ice cream fans. Who doesn’t enjoy surround a big ole’ scoop of frozen dairy in between two soft and tasty cookies? I sure as hell do. Recently, I’ve found more satisfaction from foods I’ve made myself and used healthier ingredients. That’s where these homemade Chocolate Avocado Kodiak Cookies and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt came together as a healthier ice cream sandwich!

Strong Sweet Caroline Healthier Ice Cream Sandwich

This is for the person who loves chocolate, soft cookies, cool “froyo” and peanut butter. Is that you? Keep reading!

Strong Sweet Caroline Healthier Ice Cream Sandwich

Let’s start with the cookies. My favorite cookie growing up was double chocolate chip cookies made with boxed brownie mix. They were sooooo soft and sweet. I haven’t had them in years. That’s what I wanted to replicate. After doing some research, it turns out avocado is a great oil replacement in baked goods. Pair that with Kodiak Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix in Dark Chocolate flavor. Delish.

Strong Sweet Caroline Healthier Ice Cream Sandwich recipe

Next, the “ice cream”. It’s technically frozen yogurt. But, to get a firmer texture and flavor, I added some powdered stevia and powdered peanut butter. Nom nom nom.

Frozen Greek yogurt

Obviously, you can do what you like with the cookies and froyo but I added regular chocolate chips to both. Chocoholic confession right there.

Strong Sweet Caroline healthier ice cream sandwich

If you try your creativity, share your cookie or froyo ideas! Never underestimate the fun you can have by just taking some to reflect and fuel your creativity.


Homemade Chocolate Avocado Kodiak Cookies and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix in Dark Chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp – 1/4 cup honey (however sweet you like!)
  • 1 whole ripe avocado (about palm size)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Process

  • Preheat oven to 350. Get out two baking sheets and non stick cooking spray or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients except chocolate chips.
  • Incorporate wet ingredients and combine until smooth.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie dough scoop or two spoons to place dough on prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until no longer “gooey” on top. Place on cooling rack until cooled.

Frozen Yogurt Filling (can double batch if desired)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp stevia (or a little more if needed)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Process

  • Mix powered peanut butter and stevia into Greek yogurt.
  • Add in chocolate chips.
  • Place in freezer for at least one hour. Best if over 2 hours for thick “frozen yogurt”.
  • Spread onto cookie and top with another. Dig in!