I figured it was time to test out the healthy substitutions I’ve been into lately with a frozen dessert! I’ve used chickpeas (instead of flour) and dates (instead of sugar). Elvis was known for his love of peanut butter and banana.  In this recipe the banana is pretending to be ice cream cake.  As a lover of raw-cookie dough, I am very happy with how this guilt-free version turned out.

I was definitely inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie with these, and I adapted her raw cookie dough recipe.  Her version has no dates, so check that out, if you don’t have dates on hand or are looking for an alternative for Layer #1.

These are about the size of a two-bite brownie, made in a mini muffin pan.  If you don’t have a mini muffin pan, you could definitely make this into a frozen cake, or into bite-sized desserts using an ice cube tray. Because this is a no-bake dessert, you can put into whatever mold/pan you want, and not worry about altering the baking time!

Layer 1:

  • 2 cups chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  1. Blend all ingredients in the food processor until you achieve a dough like texture.
  2. I lined a 12-mini muffin tin with parchment (cut up squares for each cup), and then pressed the dough in.  You can line (or grease) whatever mold or pan you want to put them in.
  3. Place in freezer while you work on layer #2

Layer 2:

  • 1 cup frozen banana slices (take them out of the freezer a half our before use)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. blend banana in food processor until you achieve an ice creamy texture, a thick puree
  2. add in chocolate chips and continue to blend (you can leave out chocolate chips if you want this to be entirely sugar free)
  3. When your mixture is relatively rich but smooth, pour or spoon it on top of layer #1
  4. garnish with chocolate chips!
  5. return to freezer for a couple of hours (longer if you used a larger pan and make one cake)

Why are these good for you?

These are a pretty well balanced snack/dessert, that will provide you with  protein, fiber, healthy fats, and some fruit! Now get to the kitchen and try them out!

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Lauren Breuer

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  • teacher-chef says:

    I hate dates – so I look forward to trying this as a healthy after-school-snack alternative for myself using the sugar instead… maybe eventually I’ll come around to trying it with dates, how strong is the flavor here?!

    … they look awesome though – thanks for sharing

    • Hi there! I don’t find that the date flavor in this recipe to be too pronounced, maybe because it’s frozen? I have to say that before I started using dates as a sugar substitute I never really sought them out to eat on their own, but I think they work great this way. Maybe try replacing half the dates with sugar? I don’t want you to end up with a dessert you’ll hate, though! Let me know what you think 🙂

  • eftychia says:

    Well, this is an interesting cookie recipe. The ingredients you used are so unique regarding cookies… I think I will give it a try soon. They look very tasty! Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks, let me know if you like them! The raw cookie dough is really addictive 🙂

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