Celebrating summer until it’s very end with these totally delicious and chill vegan bars.
This has been one of the hottest summers on record, and I’m just a bit mad at myself that I developed these ice cream bars now, instead of at the beginning of summer. Then again, it’s not like I’m going to stop eating them when the weather cools down…I’m an ice-cream-all-year-long kinda gal!
So here are a few reasons why you should make these bars, STAT:
- The recipe includes natural sugar from pure maple syrup only, and you can omit it entirely if you wish.
- They are vegan.
- They are made quickly in a blender.
- You like delicious treats.
These remind me of the Magnum bars you can buy at the grocery store. The only difference is you know all of the ingredients going into them, and they are way healthier than anything you would get out of a box.
The recipe for these bars is simple – blend all ingredients together using a high-powered blender. Pour into the cutest popsicle molds. Freeze for a few hours until firm. Dip in chocolate and sprinkle on some crushed peanuts.
When you bite into one of these little babes, you first get the crack of the chocolate, followed by the creaminess of the filling which is made rich by coconut milk and nut butter. It’s beyond good. Ice cream goals!
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Vegan Ice Cream Bars
Serving size: Makes 8 bars
Prep time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 4 hours
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated for at least 24 hours)
- 1/2 cup nut butter (I love using cashew or peanut butter for this)
- 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
- 2-3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
- 85 g dark vegan chocolate (chopped)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
- Remove coconut milk from the fridge and carefully open the can. Scoop the solid white part out into a high-powered blender. Reserve the coconut water in the bottom of the can for tomorrow’s smoothie!
- Add the nut butter, yogurt, syrup, vanilla and cinnamon to the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer until firm, about four hours.
- Over a double boiler*, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil, stirring often. Pour into a tall cup wide enough for the popsicles to fit in. Dip each popsicle into the chocolate and lay on a piece of parchment paper. Immediately sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.
- Store in the freezer for up to 10 days.
*For the double boiler – fill a small pot with an inch or two of water. Bring to a gentle simmer and place a larger bowl on top with a wooden spoon in between to let the steam escape. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in the bowl and stir frequently. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave in short, 20-30 second increments, stirring in between.
Tip – Take the ice cream bar out of the freezer and let sit a few minutes before consuming!