Banana Bread “Ice Cream” Sandwiches

Remember when you were a kid and sat down with a nice cool ice cream treat on a warm summer day? Yum, nothing better, right?

Or how about when you tried to eat an ice cream cone real fast before it dripped down your arm and you got a killer brain freeze? Ok, maybe that was just me.

Well today I’ve got a cool and delicious non-dairy and gluten-free frozen summer treat that will bring out the kid in you…and you can feel really good about serving it to your own kids!

There is a little honey and some dark chocolate chips in these homemade ice cream sandwiches, but I’ll take that any day over a box of the store-bought ones that are rubbery, stale, and packed with sugar and preservatives! 

I made the 3-1/2” round banana cakes for this sandwich in this whoopie pie panWilton Nonstick 12-Cavity Whoopie Pie Panwe got from (currently around $12). Just remember for this recipe to only fill the wells halfway with the batter!

The cakes will be just the right thickness to sandwich a scoop or so of creamy cinnamon-vanilla dairy-free ice cream between them. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, instead of using the ice cream recipe below, go for my chocolate “peanut butter” ice cream – I’m thinking that one would be really amazing!

These homemade and healthier ice cream sandwiches would be perfect for anything from a backyard barbecue to a kids’ birthday party.

Or, just anytime you’re feeling the heat and want to sneak a practically guilt-free treat from the freezer to cool off.

Both the cake halves and the ice cream for this recipe are really easy to make, and I honestly think everyone – paleo or not – will love them. Give this treat a try!



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Banana Bread “Ice Cream” Sandwiches Recipe

by Trina
Easy summer recipe for a paleo, gluten-free and non-dairy "ice cream" sandwich featuring banana bread rounds and a vanilla-cinnamon "ice cream" made with coconut milk
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 ice cream sandwiches


  • Ice cream maker
  • Whoopie Pie Pan


*Vanilla-Cinnamon “Ice Cream” Ingredients*

  • 2 cans of full-fat coconut milk 13.5 oz each
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of raw honey choose your desired sweetness

"Ice Cream" Yield

  • Makes about 2 pints

Banana Bread Cakes Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs- whisked
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil-melted
  • 1 or 2 tbs raw honey depending on how ripe your bananas are and how sweet you like it
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life brand mini chocolate chips
  • a whoopie pie pan

Banana Bread Yield (baked in Whoopie pie pan)

  • Makes enough rounds for about 7 to 8 ice cream sandwiches


“Dairy-Free Vanilla-Cinnamon “Ice Cream” Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients
  • Pour mixture into ice cream maker
  • Churn 20-30 minutes
  • Freeze until you’re ready to assemble the ice cream sandwiches

Banana Bread Cakes Instructions

  • In a small bowl smash the bananas
  • Add eggs, vanilla, coconut oil and honey and blend together
  • In a large bowl combine dry ingredients: almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry mixture and blend well.
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Pour batter into greased Whoopie pie pan – fill each cavity only 1/2 full
  • Bake at 350º F for about 10-12 minutes


  • Once banana cakes have cooled, create sandwiches with generous scoops of the dairy-free ice cream
  • Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap, place in a freezer container, and store in freezer until ready to enjoy
Keyword ice cream, ice cream sandwich, paleo, gluten-free, non-dairy, banana bread

Join the Conversation

  1. Silly question, any way around using the ice cream maker. I don’t currently own one. Please let me know at your earliest convenience. Thank you ?

    1. That’s a good question Joel…I’ve got an alternative for you…it’s included in my Strawberry Banana Non-Dairy Ice Cream …it involves some patience and elbow grease, but gets the job done. :)

  2. what if you want to change the recipe to three bananas? how do you adjust the rest of the ingredients, add 33% to everything?

    1. I think you can just leave the recipe as is, then taste it. If you would like to add to it, do it. :)

  3. For the banana bread ice cream sandwiches- in the ice cream recipe it says to use “two cans” of coconut milk, what size cans or how many oz of coconut milk? I make my own coconut milk and would need the measurement. Also my market carries two sizes of cans so in case I go store bought I’d need to know. Thanks!! Cant wait to make these!

    1. The cans are 13.5 oz. I’m so sorry for not including that info in the recipe! I hope you like these cool treats. They were gone in our house in just a few days! :)

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