Thai Ice Cream Sandwiches

Coconut Ice Cream, Accented with Ginger, Lime, and Grilled Pineapple, is Sandwiched Between Two Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies, for a Tropical Thai Inspired Treat that will Tickle Your Tastebuds!  These Ice Cream Sandwiches are so Refreshingly Summery, and Gluten and Dairy Free to Boot!

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Hey guys!  I meant to get this post up right on the tail of the last one, my Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

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…but we’ve been travelling this July 4th holiday weekend!  Again!  Summers tend to be a little crazy around my household, lol!  My brother- and sister-in-law just bought their first house, and it’s in the breathtakingly beautiful Hudson River Valley.  Sigh!  It’s so pretty here, and there are so many charming little shops and restaurants.  Yesterday we strolled around Rhinebeck, then hopped the bridge over to Saugerties for their First Friday celebration, and tonight we’re checking out Mercato in Red Hook.  (Got the kiddos a babysitter, woot!)  Can’t wait to taste!

So, you’ll have to forgive me for the time lapse between posts!

I promised you something really unique and inventive to tease your tastebuds, and I really think this fits the bill!  I’ve been knocking this idea around in my head for some time, trying to hit on the perfect vehicle for this flavor combo, and I just loved how this came out!

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Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of flaked coconut, shredded coconut, or toasted coconut.  But have you ever tasted coconut milk?  Omg, sooooooo divine!  It’s got a very subtle sweetness, just a hint of tropically aroma, and the most incrediblyyyyy creamy texture.  You CANNOT believe it’s dairy free.  I absolutely adore it, and I really wanted to capture all of it’s best qualities in an ice cream.

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Since I was going for a tropical flavor, I decided to bump it up with a little lime, ginger, and grilled pineapple.  Paired with those chewy Peanut Butter Cookies from my last post, it’s like your favorite Thai curry in dessert form!

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You’re gonna love how that tart lime and juicy pineapple pop against the earthy richness of peanut butter!  So refreshing on a warm summer day!

Thai Ice Cream Sandwiches | Baking a Moment

Thai Ice Cream Sandwiches
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Serves: about 10 ice cream sandwiches
Coconut Ice Cream, Accented with Ginger, Lime, and Grilled Pineapple, is Sandwiched Between Two Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies, for a Tropical Thai Inspired Treat that will Tickle Your Tastebuds! These Ice Cream Sandwiches are so Refreshingly Summery, and Gluten and Dairy Free to Boot!
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger, or 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • juice of half a lime (about 1½ tablespoons)
  • (2) 13.5 ounce cans coconut milk
  • ½ fresh pineapple, grilled (optional), and roughly chopped
  • 20 peanut butter cookies
  1. In a medium pot, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, ginger, and lime juice together.
  2. Stir in the coconut milk until combined.
  3. Heat over a medium flame, stirring continuously, until thickened. The mixture should coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Strain into a heat safe bowl and chill until completely cooled.
  5. Churn the custard in an ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer's directions.
  6. Layer the semi-frozen ice cream (in a freezer safe container), alternating with grilled pineapple, and freeze solid.
  7. Sandwich a scoop of ice cream between two peanut butter cookies, and serve.
Ice Cream Recipe Adapted from Whole Foods Market Coconut Milk Ice Cream

If you don’t have an ice cream maker machine, check out this article.  It offers 6 ways to make ice cream without a machine!  I haven’t tried any of these methods, but one of them’s bound to work, right???  If you try, drop us a line in the comments, k?

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Somehow, this post is my third in a row that is gluten free.  And it’s also dairy free.  I’m lucky enough not to have gluten or dairy sensitivities, and I’m not actively seeking to post allergen free dessert recipes.  This is just a happy accident.  That also happens to be incredibly delicious!




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  1. says

    Wowsers, this looks epic! So creative and looks so creamy – with no dairy too. I love Thai flavors. This would be the perfect refreshing summer treat to cool down with.

  2. says

    Wow! These sound delicious.

    Not sure if you’re familiar with them, but Thailand does actually have ice-cream sandwiches. They’re very different from the American treat.

    Thai ice-cream sandwiches are on real bread (it looks exactly like a hot dog bun, but it’s sweeter). The bun is filled with several small scoops of coconut ice cream, and then there might be a choice of toppings like crushed peanuts and sweetened condensed milk. It looks not so appealing to some people but they really are delicious.

    By the way: the two most traditional ice cream flavors are:
    (1) Coconut
    (2) Coconut with green beans and corn. Yep, green beans and corn. Sometimes red beans are thrown into the mix. It looks odd to outsiders, but strangely the little slivers of the veggies are a pretty good match for the coconut. They add more texture than taste anyway.

    • says

      Wow, James, I had no idea! I’m so glad to have learned… how interesting! I think coconut ice cream on a sweet bun with condensed milk sounds delicious, and I could even imagine it with corn and red beans. (Have you ever had sweet corn ice cream? So yummy with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top!) But I have to admit, I can’t quite get my head around the green beans, lol! I’m glad you liked my own version of Thai Ice Cream Sandwiches, although now I’m thinking I should have probably titled them “Thai-Inspired.” Thanks for reading, and for the very educational comment!

          • says

            Thanks! P.S. – I was wrong about the green beans.

            It just crossed my mind that I might have been mistaken so I checked. While you can get ice cream with green beans (green lentils really), the really popular traditional coconut ice cream flavor with the green and yellow bits is actually made with shredded bits of corn, jackfruit and/or durian and lot chong (green rice jelly noodles). Sometimes it’s made with red beans too, but even when it’s not, that’s a popular topping.

            Thinking back on it, I suspected the green stuff might be lot chong because that’s a really common dessert ingredient in Thailand (and lots of other places in Southeast Asia). The first time I tried the ice cream though, I had never heard of “lot chong” so I just assumed it was green beans and the idea stuck in my mind like an ice cream brain freeze. Oops.

          • says

            That’s really funny, James! Of all things, green beans… fruit and rice jelly noodles sounds a little more reasonable in ice cream. Very interesting though! I love learning about other cultures and especially their food, so I’m so glad you took a minute to share. Hope to see you here again soon! :)

    • says

      Hi Barry! There are eggs in the cookies as well as in the ice cream. Both are cooked to a high enough temp to kill anything suspicious, but if you’re dealing with an allergy or sensitivity, then that’s a whole different issue.

      I’m not really much of an expert in the realm of allergen- or egg-free baking; some of the recipes that are found on this blog just happen to be naturally gluten- and/or dairy-free. So I haven’t really actively experimented with substitutions. But I can tell you, that in the cookies, the eggs serve to provide structure, and in the ice cream, they provide richness and a creamier (as opposed to icier/crystalline) texture. If you do a lot of egg-free baking or cooking, then you might already be familiar with some good egg substitutions. I have heard of some bakers using mashed banana, or even flaxmeal mixed with a little water, but I have not tried, so I couldn’t really vouch for the result.

      Thanks for the great question and I hope you can find a way to enjoy this treat!


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