These easy and delicious layered vegan ice cream cups start with a chocolate creme-filled cookie on the bottom, then layers of no-churn date and agave sweetened coconut milk ice cream, topped with rasberries!
Start by cutting 12 strips of parchment paper approximately 1” X 5” each. Place one of these strips with a chocolate creme-filled cookie (such as an Oreo or Newman-O) on top of the strip in each muffin tin space.
Blend together coconut cream, water, cashews, agave, medjool dates, vanilla, Xantham gum, and salt until completely smooth. (If you don’t have a high powered blender, be sure to soak the cashews in HOT water for at least an hour before blending.)
Pour the vanilla ice cream mixture into each muffin tin space until the cookie is just barely covered. Add raspberries to the blender and blend until smooth.
Now pour the blended raspberry ice cream right on top of the vanilla ice cream. Use a toothpick to swirl things together a bit, and top with a pretty raspberry or two! Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
To remove ice cream cups from muffin tins, run the tip of a butter knife around the sides of each ice cream cup, then use the parchment paper edges to pull those beauties right out! Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to several months!
EXPERT COOKING TIPS:
If you choose to use frozen berries in this recipe, just be sure to at least partly thaw the raspberries so that things blend well, and the second mixture isn’t a lot thicker than the first for pouring and swirling.Agave Nectar and Maple Syrup can be used interchangeably in this recipe.If you are allergic to cashews, feel free to substitute other nuts or ½ the amount in a nut butter or just leave them out altogether!
WHAT IS COCONUT CREAM:
Coconut cream is purchased in a can and is a richer version of canned coconut milk. It is easily obtained in many grocery and health food stores or can also be purchased online. It really contributes to the creamy richness of this recipe, but if you have trouble finding it or just want to make this ASAP and don’t have it on hand, just use full fat canned coconut milk and omit the water in the recipe.