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Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches. You'll LOVE these ice cream sandwiches! Vegan pumpkin mousse sandwiched between the perfect ginger cookies. Pumpkin Mousse Ice Cream Sandwiches are perfect for a fall party!

Some of the best flavors appear in the fall.

While I’m always sad to see fresh berries, juicy peaches, and perfect melons go, there’s something amazing about cinnamon, warm spices, pumpkin, toasted pecans, pomegranates, and squash come back into play. It’s fitting, really, that the flavors of the season change with the weather. It’s a chance to turn over a new leaf at home.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches. You'll LOVE these ice cream sandwiches! Vegan pumpkin mousse sandwiched between the perfect ginger cookies.

This year, we’re playing with new combinations at our house. These gluten free, dairy free pumpkin ice cream sandwiches are a perfect example. They’re a way to share a special treat for anything from a pumpkin painting or carving party, to a costume bash, to a lazy Sunday evening.

Whether you typically find yourself on Team Pumpkin or not, the pumpkin mousse sandwiched between these cookies is delicious without being too heavy–subtly spiced and not overwhelming.  We used our favorite recipe for paleo ginger cookies (grain free, dairy free), but you can use any favorite cookie here. A few especially delicious options…

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches. These dairy free, gluten free pumpkin mousse ice cream sandwiches are a big hit at fall parties!

They are delicious and slightly unexpected, though sure to delight your friends and little ones. Yes–undoubtedly–fall parties, fall food, fall flavors. There is just something special about this time of year.

What special recipes are you looking forward to this season? 

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches made from dairy free mousse and your favorite cookies are an awesome fall treat.

Tip: For ease in this recipe, I recommend buying coconut cream (not to be confused with sweetened cream of coconut used for mixing drinks). If you can’t find it, you can buy two cans of full-fat coconut milk and refrigerate them overnight. Open the can from the bottom and pour off the more clear coconut liquid and save just the thick white coconut cream at the top.

If you can’t eat coconut, you can substitute about 2 cups dairy whipped cream.

Emily eats, reads, and writes at One Lovely Life, where she shares healthy food, happy thoughts, and THE cutest babies. 

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup – coconut cream
  • 1 cup – pumpkin, canned
  • 3 tablespoon – maple syrup, pure
  • 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon – cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon – ginger, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon – nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon – salt
Directions
  1. Refrigerate the can of coconut cream 6-8 hours or overnight to harden the coconut cream.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, syrup, vanilla, spices, and salt. Chill until completely cold (you can do this the night before and refrigerate it while your coconut cream is chilling overnight).
  3. Chill a bowl in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to help whip the cream. Scoop chilled coconut cream out into the chilled bowl. Beat with a hand mixer 2-4 minutes until whipped like cream. (This can be a bit messy, so I've found it helps to break the cream up into smaller chunks before mixing).
  4. Fold a small scoop of the whipped coconut cream into the pumpkin mixture and gently mix together (don't beat it or you'll break up the whipped cream too much).
  5. Slowly fold in the remaining coconut cream. Mixture will be thick but soft, like a mousse.
  6. Sandwich small scoops of mousse between two cookies. Refrigerate about 1-2 hours to firm in the freezer before serving.
  7. If you've left the sandwiches in the freezer for several hours, you may want to set them out 10-15 minutes before serving to soften slightly.
  8. Recipe makes enough for about 12 ice cream sandwiches.
Note:   We used our favorite recipe for paleo ginger cookies (grain free, dairy free), but you can use any favorite cookie here. A few especially delicious options…

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