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Healthy Caramel Ice Cream Bars (Vegan, No-Churn)

These vegan ice cream bars are a deliciously healthy ice cream alternative. A creamy banana base, silky caramel center, and bittersweet chocolate coating combine to create this unbelievably decadent and delicious frozen treat.
Prep Time25 mins
Freezing Time8 hrs
Course: Dessert
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Ice Cream

  • 3 frozen banans
  • ½ cup cashew butter*
  • 2-3 tbsp soy milk as needed to blend
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract**

Caramel

Chocolate Coating

for a softer chocolate coating

Instructions

  • Line a freezer-safe dish with parchment paper and place in freezer.
  • In a food processor, add bananas, cashew butter, and vanilla extract/other flavoring. Blend until smooth, adding a tablespoon of soy milk as needed to help blend.
  • Take dish out of freezer and pour ice cream mixture in. Place in freezer overnight.
  • Make the caramel layer: add dates and peanut butter to a food processor. Blend until smooth, adding a tablespoon of soy milk as needed to help blend.
  • When the ice cream base is completely frozen, spread caramel layer on top. Place back into the freezer for an hour.
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave or double-boiler. For a softer chocolate coating, whisk in cocoa powder and warmed soy milk until smooth.
  • Spread chocolate over the caramel layer. Place back into the freezer to firm up, then slice into bars.
  • Keep in mind, if you use only melted chocolate for the chocolate layer, it will break apart and snap when slicing into bars.

Notes

*CASHEW BUTTER: You can sub 1 cup soaked raw cashews, but cashew butter will blend more easily and smoothly.
**VANILLA: Switch the flavors up with instant coffee, cinnamon, matcha, or any other flavor you desire.
***DATES: If your dates are very dry, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes.