Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches

9 Jun

I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I’ve become somewhat of a weather-app-checking freak every time I set out to train for a race. Will the weather be good enough for my long runs? Will I get caught in the rain? Do I need to wait or go sooner to avoid high temps or bad storms? My weather app is probably the most-used app on my phone as a result!

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Which is why, when planning this weekend’s running, I was disheartened to see 90 degree highs for Saturday through Tuesday. Wisconsin seriously has something against spring time, because I swear we jumped from winter to summer overnight. It’s ridiculous.

I don’t like running super early in the morning, but it looks like it’s either that or I suffer through the heat! Luckily, as I think about the half marathon that is just two weeks away, I know that it’s an early start time, so in most cases, we should be fine.

Speaking of hot weekends, it’s just about time to start whipping up allllll the nice cream for easy scooping to beat the heat. If you haven’t jumped on board the nice cream train, let me give you the low-down.

Rather than sugar- and fat-filled ice cream or frozen custard or froyo, nice cream is simply made by pureeing frozen bananas with a splash of milk and flavoring agents of your choice. In the mood for a protein boost? Chocolate protein powder tastes great as an addition. Want something fruity? Throw in a handful of berries. Going for a classic ice cream flavor? Toss in the toppings of your choice and drizzle with homemade date caramel or magic shell (melt coconut oil with cocoa powder, stir, and cover your nice cream- the oil will solidify on contact with the cold nice cream!). It’s a wonderful dessert that you will always feel good about.

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So when I was eating some of these Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers on their own, I was totally inspired! Why not use these as the “sandwich” part to a nice cream sandwich? These crackers are pretty magical. They’re made of ancient grains, like rye and quinoa, have sweet potato baked right in, and are still somehow light and flaky. Sure, plain vanilla nice cream could suffice, but I wanted to kick up the flavor party with the addition of strawberry and chocolate layers. The resulting Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches are a hearty, healthy dessert that perfectly join together the slightly salty, crispy crackers with a guilt-free filling. A wonderfully satisfying snack or appetizer on a hot day!

I’m super excited about these. Make them now – you’ll thank me when it’s 90 degrees in your neighborhood!

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Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 15 sandwiches

Line a 9×13″ baking dish with plastic wrap. Lay half of the crackers bottom side up on the sheet, making sure they touch each other but do not overlap.

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In a food processor, puree all the bananas with the nondairy milk and vanilla. Remove 1/3 of the banana mixture from the food processor bowl and spread this on top of the layer of crackers, being careful not to break the crackers. Place in the freezer to firm up.

From the remaining banana mixture, remove half to another bowl; set aside (this would be another 1/3 of the original mixture). Into the food processor, add the quartered strawberries and puree again until completely smooth. Spread this on top of the frozen vanilla layer. Place in the freezer again.

Wipe out your food processor bowl and blade with a clean cloth and then place the final 1/3 of the banana mixture back in, along with the sea salt and cocoa powder. Puree together until incorporated. Spread this mixture onto the vanilla and strawberry layers. Place the other half of the crackers on top, following the same pattern you did for the bottom layer. Make sure these crackers face up.

Freeze the nice cream sandwiches for at least an hour, or until firm.

Remove the pan from the freezer, and let sit out a few minutes to allow the nice cream to soften a bit. Use a sharp knife to cut out the sandwiches from the layer of nice cream, again being careful not to break the crackers.

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Transfer sandwiches to a plate and place them back in the freezer to harden again.

Serve cold and enjoy! Leftovers can be transferred to a freezer-safe container and eaten one at a time.

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17 Responses to “Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches”

  1. diana June 9, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    Love love love the idea of a small sweet treat and healthier for you too!
    Awesome creative idea! Thx!

  2. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) June 9, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    Whoa – these are SO creative!! I’d love to have one of these after a hot run (and I’m with you – despite being a summer girl through and through – I do NOT like running in the heat!)

    • xtinaluvspink June 9, 2017 at 10:34 am #

      I’m pretty stoked to have these in the freezer, waiting for me this weekend! I love this recipe 🙂 Thanks!!

  3. Serena Ball MS, RD (@tspcurry) June 9, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    Thank GOODNESS I have Breton crackers in the pantry. I must try these asap! My kids will love them!

    • xtinaluvspink June 9, 2017 at 11:48 am #

      Yes, this is totally kid friendly!! Enjoy 🙂

  4. Carmy @ carmyy.com June 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    This looks SO good! I love a good nice cream!

  5. Abbey Sharp June 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    Such a creative dessert! Looks delicious 🙂

  6. Never would have thought of this looks like a great little treat

  7. Emily Holdorf June 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    These are so creative! I would’ve never thought to use those crackers as the base! Yum!

  8. chocolaterunnergirl June 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    What a creative way to make ice cream sandwiches! I def need to make these sometime 🙂

  9. Alison's Allspice June 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    Such a great use for crackers! I have never tried nice cream, it looks delicious! I have some frozen bananas, going to have to try it! Thanks!

  10. Annmarie (@FitFoodieMama) June 10, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    What a creative way to use the crackers! These look awesome!

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