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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars (Vegan + GF)

posted by Melissa Huggins May 25, 2017 6 Comments

Have a taste of nostalgia with these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars. They’re creamy, crumbly, tart and deliciously sweet!

Have a taste of nostalgia with these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars. They're creamy, crumbly, tart and deliciously sweet!Who doesn’t love ice cream? Especially, when it comes from a musical truck driving around the neighborhood. Yep, those were the days… I remember like yesterday, the panic and excitement I would feel when I heard the ice cream man coming. I would quickly run for my piggy bank, and dump my change out and charge out the door. There were moments when I had to chase that sweet-filled vehicle down the road, and I had no shame. The ice cream man carried an array of cold treats, and made many kids indecisive on what to choose. Not me though…I knew exactly what I wanted, and I would order the Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars… Every. Single. Time. 

I’m sure most of you know which ice cream bars I’m talking about, right? Well, for those of you that don’t know, it had two layers of creamy ice cream, one vanilla, one strawberry, and it was coated with a buttery crumb topping. So, if you’ve never tried them before, now is your chance. My homemade version is much healthier and kinder than the original. The only downside is that I can’t drive by your house in a cool musical truck to deliver it. 😉

Have a taste of nostalgia with these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars. They're creamy, crumbly, tart and deliciously sweet! Vegan + Gluten-free.
I sometimes feel bad that my son can’t experience the joy of chasing an ice cream truck for a sugar high. The one in our neighborhood really lacks in vegan options, and leaves him to choose from chemically dyed frozen sugar-water. Doesn’t sound so appealing, does it? I hope that one day this will change, but for now, I enjoy recreating childhood treats like these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars for my little man (and like these Orange Creamsicle Pops). He’s pretty happy about it too.

Honestly though, even if we weren’t vegan, I couldn’t even enjoy the original Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar anymore, and I most certainly wouldn’t give it to my son. The ingredients are terrifying, and completely unnecessary to consume. Take a look:

Ingredients: Nonfat Milk, Cake Crunch [Bleached Wheat Flour, Sugar, Palm Oil, Coconut (Sodium Metabisulfite to Protect Quality), Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Artificial Flavor, Soybean Oil, Red 40 Lake, Soy Lecithin, Red 3, Red 40], Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Palm Oil, Soybean Oil, Coconut Oil, Contains 2% Or Less of Each of The Following: Whey, Strawberries, Citric Acid, Mono and Diglycerides, Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan, Red 40, Caramel Color, Vitamin A Palmitate.

Kind of scary, huh? What kills me though, is all the red dye in it. There are four types, and they are all cancer-causing ingredients. This makes me sad, and nobody should be ingesting this garbage…especially children.

Have a taste of nostalgia with these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars. They're creamy, crumbly, tart and deliciously sweet! Vegan + Gluten-free. Simple Ingredients

Good news, because you can recreate this childhood favorite at home with just a few pantry items. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the vanilla ice cream layer:

– Full-fat coconut milk
– Pure maple syrup
– Vanilla extract
– Salt

I added a 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum to keep the coconut milk super creamy, and prevent ice crystals. However, this is optional, so feel free to omit it. You’ll still yield a creamy & refreshing treat without it.

The original Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar had both vanilla, and strawberry flavored ice cream. However, my family prefers all vanilla ice cream. The strawberry flavor comes from the crumb coating. If you want strawberry ice cream instead, feel free to blend 1 cup of fresh strawberries to the mixture. If you want both strawberry and vanilla, you can make one of each flavor, and layer them into the mold. It’s just more time-consuming that way. Another option is, making some bars with all strawberry, and some with all vanilla. It all works!

For the crumb topping:

– Vegan vanilla cookies (I used gluten-free)
– Freeze dried strawberries
– Vegan Butter

Oh, and you’ll need popsicle molds, too. The ones that I use can be purchased here. I like them because they are BPA free, inexpensive and they work great. I’ve had them for years, and I’ve used them a lot (I used wooden sticks for photo purposes, but the set comes with everything).

Have a taste of nostalgia with these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars. They're creamy, crumbly, tart and deliciously sweet! Vegan + Gluten-free.
Easy to make

Now that you have all your ingredients, you can put these tasty treats together in a snap. Just toss the ice cream ingredients in a blender and give it a whirl. Pour the mixture into your molds and freeze them for 2-3 hours.

While those are chilling, you can make the buttery crumble topping (my favorite part). Pulse the cookies in a blender or food processor to form small crumbs. Place them on a plate, and pour the melted butter on top and incorporate with your hands to form soft buttery crumbles. Now Pulse the freeze-dried strawberries and add them to the vanilla cookie crumbs.

When the ice cream is frozen, run the molds under warm water for 1 minute (this will release them easier). Let them thaw for 2-3 minutes so the crumbs will stick. Line a baking sheet or plate (that will fit in your freezer) with wax paper. Coat the bars with crumbs and place them back in the freezer for 15 minutes. Voila, they are now yours to enjoy!

Are you ready to get nostalgic? Let’s do this!

Have a taste of nostalgia with these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars. They're creamy, crumbly, tart and deliciously sweet! Vegan + Gluten-free.
I’d love to hear from you

If you make these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars, I’d love to hear what you think. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.

 

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars (Vegan + GF)
Prep Time
25 mins
 

Have a taste of nostalgia with these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars. They're creamy, crumbly, tart and deliciously sweet! 

Course: Dessert
Recipe Type: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 157 kcal
Author: Melissa Huggins - Vegan Huggs
Ingredients
Crumb Topping:
Ice Cream:
Instructions
Crumb Topping:
  1. In a blender of food processor, add vanilla cookies and pulse a few times to make small crumbs (make about 3/4 cup of crumbs). Pour onto plate. Pour melted butter on top and incorporate with your hands to form soft crumbs. 

  2. Now add the strawberries into the blender/food processor and pulse a few times to make small crumbs. Don't over pulse or it will turn into powder (some powder is ok). Pour into vanilla crumbs and mix together. Set aside. 

Ice Cream:
  1. In a blender, add coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and xanthan gum. Blend on medium until smooth. Taste for sweetness and add more if needed. Pour into molds and freeze for 6-8 hours. 

  2. Remove ice cream from molds by running under warm water for a minute. Place ice cream on a wax paper-lined baking sheet or plate (one that will fit in the freezer). Let bars thaw for 2-3 minutes, so the crumbs will stick.

  3. Place thawed bar into the crumbs. Using a spoon or hands, cover ice cream with crumbs, pressing gently all around. If it's not sticking, let it thaw for 1-2 minutes more. Place back on wax paper and repeat step until bars are finished. Place back in freezer for 15 minutes. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

* You’ll need popsicle molds to make these, and any kind will work. The ones that I use can be purchased here. I like them because they are BPA free, inexpensive and they work great. I’ve had them for years, and I’ve used them a lot (I used wooden sticks for photo purposes, but the set comes with everything you'll need).

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Xanthan gum helps keep ice crystals from forming. It's not a necessary ingredient and it can easily be omitted. You can also use 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar instead for a similar effect. 

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If you want strawberry ice cream instead of vanilla, just add 1 cup of fresh strawberries to the mixture and blend (frozen will work too). * If you want both strawberry and vanilla in the same ice cream bar, you can add 1/2 cup of strawberries to half of the mixture, and layer the flavors into the mold. It's more time-consuming this way, because you need to freeze each layer before adding the next layer, especially if you don't use the xanthan gum, because the mixture will be thinner (freeze 20 mins for each layer). * Another option is, making some bars with all strawberry, and some with all vanilla. It all works! 


* Makes 6-7 ice cream bars


* Prep time doesn't include freezing time. 

*Store in airtight container for 4-6 days. I feel like they don't taste as fresh after that. 

 

 



Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars (Vegan + GF)
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Potassium 303mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 32g
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 292%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 24.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Have a taste of nostalgia with these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars. They're creamy, crumbly, tart and deliciously sweet. Vegan and gluten-free.

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6 Comments

Mary Ellen | VNutrition May 26, 2017 at 7:00 am

Melissa these look amazing! I used to love those Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars too. I saw them in your newsletter and had to come by to say I can’t wait to try these!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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Melissa Huggins May 28, 2017 at 9:22 pm

Thank you, Mary Ellen! It’s nice to have childhood favorites again, with a healthier and kinder twist. My son loves these! Have a beautiful weekend! 🙂

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Jasnin-Veeatcookbake May 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm

I do not know it but my husband know it. He said totally delicious. I think I should do him the favor and make some. 🙂

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Melissa Huggins May 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Hi Jasnin, that would be so nice! I’m sure he would love them. They were a childhood favorite of mine 🙂

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Anna June 1, 2017 at 1:48 am

Melissa, they do look delicious and better than a real deal!
We get Ice cream Van on our street at least once a day (and it’s going to get even more frequent, now the Summer is coming…), and I always want to go and chase it, but then I remember they are not soo good for you. But who cares, when you can make your own and they look this good?!?
Pinning this for sure!

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Melissa Huggins June 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Hi Anna, Thank you! I wish our ice cream man had better options. Until then, it’s homemade all the way. Summer is pretty much here and already hotter than hell. The beauty of living in the desert 😉

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