Yonanas – Raw Ice Cream Sandwiches
If you don’t already know, Yonanas is the must-have kitchen gadget of the Summer. I mean it- people are crazy for Yonanas! It is basically a machine that turns any frozen fruit into delicious soft-serve ‘ice cream’! I’ve tried so many flavours already, though I always use a base of banana. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, and mango have all come out tasting amazing. You can also do a cookies and cream flavour by putting sandwich cookies through the Yonanas machine. I have been trying to restrain myself from that one, but we will see how much longer I can resist….
I wanted to come up with a fun Summer recipe to celebrate Canada Day on July 1, using the Yonanas machine. I think these raw ice cream sandwiches are perfect- they are actually healthy, they are red and white, and taste awesome!!
The raw cookies are gluten-free and are made from a base of almonds, buckwheat, and coconut. They are flavoured with a little maple syrup and lemon zest and juice. Then, you sandwich a big scoop of Yonanas strawberry-banana soft-serve in between two cookies and BOOM! Healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, super awesome red and white Canada Day treats!
Raw Ice Cream Sandwiches
Cookies: (makes 18 cookies – 9 sandwiches)
- 1/2 cup buckwheat groats
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 cup finely shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 3 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 9 Tbsp water
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
Mix together the ground flaxseeds and the water. Set aside for 5-10 minutes until thickened..
In a high speed blender (Vitamix, BlendTec, etc.) grind the buckwheat groats into flour. Set aside. Grind the almonds into flour (without turning into almond butter…). Set aside. Combine the coconut and vanilla powder and blitz briefly until mixed.
In a large bowl, combine the ‘flours’ and the coconut. Stir until well combined. Add the flax mixture, the maple syrup, and the lemon zest and juice. Stir until it becomes a sticky dough.
On a silicon baking mat, or wax paper, spread the dough out until it’s a 1/4″ thick. I use a small spatula to spread it out and press it down.
Use a round cookie cutter to cut out your sandwich cookies.
Place them on a non-stick dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 95-110 degrees for 4-6 hours until still slightly soft. You can dry them completely, but I find the ice cream sandwiches are easier to eat if the cookies are still a bit soft.
- frozen strawberries
- frozen banana
Follow the instructions for your Yonanas machine to create this soft-serve. I used two frozen bananas, and about 1.5 cups of frozen strawberries.
The Yonanas machine is so easy to use, and easy to clean. There is nothing worse than getting a new kitchen tool and finding out that it takes ages to set-up or clean. This is so not the case here! I would recommend the Yonanas machine to anyone in search of a clean treat option…especially during the Summer!
In Canada, you can get yourself a Yonanas machine at Canadian Tire, Walmart, or Loblaws!