Raw Ice Cream Sandwiches

By Chef: Koko Brill
Posted: August 12, 2015


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This recipe was made with a Yonanas machine – a very clever kitchen appliance that turns frozen fruit into delicious soft serve ice cream!  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 delicious ice cream sandwiches for any occasion!

Yield: 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
Ice Cream
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen banana


  1. Mix together the ground flaxseeds and the water. Set aside for 5-10 minutes until thickened..
  2. In a high speed blender (Vitamix, BlendTec, etc.) grind the buckwheat groats into flour. Set aside.
  3. Grind the almonds into flour (without turning into almond butter…). Set aside.
  4. Combine the coconut and vanilla powder and blitz briefly until mixed.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out your sandwich cookies.
  8. 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.
Ice Cream
  1. 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!