Toasted Coconut Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches {GF} {DF}

Ice cream sandwiches with toasted coconut banana bread and filled with creamy coconut ice cream sandwiched in between.  Enjoy this classic frozen treat with a fun twist that is gluten free and dairy free.

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With only a few weeks of summer left, we are trying to soak it up with all the fun things we remember as a kid.  For me, there was nothing better than an ice cream sandwich to cool down with on a warm summer day.


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These Toasted Coconut Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches are an upgraded version with a tropical twist on this classic treat.

The gluten-free banana bread was amazing all on its own but I couldn’t resist stuffing it with some coconut ice cream for the filling.  The flavor combination of banana and coconut were a match made in heaven.

The gluten free banana bread batter was baked in this Wilton Ice Cream Sandwich Pan but if you don’t have one, you could definitely use either a jumbo muffin tin or a regular muffin tin filled 1/3 of the way for smaller ice cream sandwiches.  The cakes will be just the right thickness to sandwich a scoop or so of creamy coconut dairy-free ice cream between them.


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Or instead of using the ice cream recipe below, go for your favorite ice cream – it will be amazing either way!  Just don’t forget to roll the sides into a pile of toasted coconut, sprinkles or even chocolate chips.  Then be prepared to bring out the kid in you!

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These homemade and healthier ice cream sandwiches make a great non-dairy and gluten free frozen treat to beat the summer heat!


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Toasted Coconut Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches {GF}{DF}

Ice cream sandwiches with toasted coconut banana bread and filled with creamy coconut ice cream sandwiched in between. Enjoy this classic frozen treat with a fun twist that is gluten free and dairy free.

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Banana Bread

* 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (I used 2 medium bananas)

* 1/4 cup raw organic honey

* 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

* 1 egg

* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup gluten-free oat flour (I make mine by grinding certified gf oats)

* 1/4 cup toasted unsweetened shredded coconut

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Coconut Ice Cream

* 2 cans full fat coconut milk (the higher the fat the more creamy the ice cream)

* 1/2 cup raw organic honey or sugar

* 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Optional Toppings

* 1/2 cup toasted unsweetened shredded coconut

* sprinkles

* mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray Wilton Ice Cream Sandwich pan or muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in egg, honey and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add to the wet ingredients and fold together until just combined. Fold in toasted coconut.
  5. Spoon batter into the prepared pan - fill cavity 2/3 way full (or if using a muffin tin 1/3 - 1/2 way full) and bake about 10-12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool completely before assembling.
  7. Coconut Ice Cream
  8. In a medium sized pot over medium low heat, combine all the ingredients until honey or sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
  9. Cover and refrigerate until cooled completely then process in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  10. Place in a covered freezer safe container.
  11. Freeze until firm. About 4 hours or overnight.
  12. When ready to assemble, remove ice cream from freezer and allow a few minutes (5-15 minutes - varies depending on coconut milk used) for ice cream to soften at room temperature before scooping as ice cream may be hard and icy depending on the brand of coconut milk you use.
  13. Assembly
  14. Fill banana cakes with generous scoops of coconut ice cream. Roll into toasted coconut, sprinkles or even mini chocolate chips.
  15. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and store in freezer allowing to set up and harden slightly or until ready to enjoy. Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before planning to eat.


Craving for more frozen treats?

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

(tastes even better than the Good Humor Dessert Ice Cream Bars)

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars make the perfect summer treat & are a fun twist on the classic Good Humor popsicles.

Magnificent Mango-licious Ice Cream

Raspberry Buttermilk Ice Cream


Blueberry Vanilla Lemon Oreo Ice Cream Cake

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Lovely comments

  1. Oh boy dairy free creamy ice cream sandwiches sound so good Kelly! I am so happy you made a dairy free version for those of us who can’t have dairy :) They look so big an chewy I am going to half to get me a pan so I can come up with nice cookies with out the fuss! I hope your enjoying all this summer weather :)
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  2. You’re just banging out these wonderful treats! I love the idea of coconut and banana together. A match made in heaven, if you ask me =)

  3. What a delicious treat Kelly, I absolutely like the idea of using banana bread for the ice cream sandwich…especially with the toasted coconut in it…yum!
    Hope you are having a fabulous week:D

  4. You make the best desserts and these are to die for!

  5. These look super fantastic! What a creative, healthy way to use bananas!
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  6. Oooh, GF and DF? I need to file this away for my friends with dietary restrictions. Or, I’ll make it anyway and fool my family because they’ll never know the difference! 😉

  7. Kelly these look delicious! I love love this recipe! Banana bread and coconut ice cream sound so amazing! Pinning!

  8. Oh my gosshh this looks delicious! I love ice cream sandwiches and always remember going on bike rides to the gas station when I was a kid to get one. I love banana bread too so these are perfect for me!
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  9. Wow Kelly these are seriously amazing! I love this GF DF twist on the classic summer treat. What a brilliant idea! Pinning 😉
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  10. Oh Kelly, these look absolutely amazing! These would make one heck of a perfect Summertime afternoon snack or dessert!
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  11. This is such a cute recipe. I bet these would be great to serve to guests.
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  12. Kelly, these look and sound INcredible!! I’m all for any ice cream sandwich but what an unusual combination this is. That coconut ice cream sounds sooo good! I need to run out in the next 2 days and get coconut milk to try that! Love it! Hope you are squeezing every last bit of summer there. Enjoy your wonderful treats. :)

    • Hi again Kelly – I tried the coconut milk ice cream…I had a can of full-fat coconut milk in the house and had to restrain myself from trying it immediately! It tasted sooo good…nothing but deliciously addicting coconut milk flavor! Mine froze very hard (maybe making a half-batch doesn’t help) but it was super delicious. Thank you for sharing the easy recipe – it was so much fun to try! I posted about it just now… Thanks again! : )

      • Yay, so glad you tried it Monica :) I read that coconut ice cream tends to freeze really hard too depending on the batch of coconut milk used. The first time I made this I had to let mine sit out for about 10-15 minutes before scooping. The next few times the ice cream was softer and I only had to wait about a minute or two. To be safe, I’d say let it sit out until it softens to the consistency you like or enjoy straight out of the ice cream maker :) Thanks for letting me know and so glad you enjoyed it :)

        • Thanks, Kelly. I don’t mind planning in advance and making sure I let the ice cream sit out. It’s so tasty! : ) That’s really interesting about the brand differences. I just read a taste test yesterday where they said Chaokah brand (that I used) is a bit less sweet and good for savory cooking. I wonder if some have a higher sugar content? Oh well…too many questions for another day! Thanks again and have a great week.

  13. I think you’ve just created my soon-to-be favorite ice cream sandwich! I absolutely love the idea of incorporating banana bread into this! Incredible recipe, Kelly – so perfect for the tail end of summer :)
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  14. Oh my, Kelly! I love anything in banana bread form and these ice cream sandwiches are the perfect summertime treat. We are in the dog days of summer here in Florida and I could use a sweet treat to cool down. Love the coconut topping!
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  15. Oh Kelly! Talk about beautiful and delicious! These are so so so pretty! And you really can’t ever go wrong with ice cream sandwiches, can you?

  16. Kelly, this is totally inspiring: frozen desserts are my favorite, any time of the year! I love the flavor combos in this ice cream sandwich. Amazing work! Have an awesome rest of your week!
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  17. OMG, those sound divine! Love the flavors :)
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  18. WOW do these look awesome! I love the idea of combining coconut and banana. A match made in ice cream sandwich heaven.
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  19. These ice-cream sandwiches look lush! Love the flavours! Great summer treat recipe! :)

  20. Kelly, yum, these look fantastic! What a great idea to use banana bread!! Pinning and thanks for sharing – have a wonderful Thursday!

  21. Damn delicious coconut ice cream samdwich
    the photograph is truely seducing me, we used to called coconut milk ice cream as es puter here in Indonesia
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  22. Whoa…those look amazing! Drooling all over my keyboard!

  23. I love this healthified version of ice cream sandwiches! These flavors sound delicious Kelly — plenty of coconut, toasted, no less, and in the ice cream too! I love that big layer of ice cream in the filling — you really know how to do it up big. Haha. Pinning!
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  24. This is such a fun and creative idea.. banana bread sandwich icecream looks amazingly delicious… Pinning! 😀
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  25. Didn’t even know sandwich pan exist at all! These ice cream sandwiches look right up my alley.

  26. Holy moly! These DO sound like a match made in heaven. Adding that pan to my shopping cart pronto!
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  27. Holy cow Kelly! My summer is feeling very incomplete right now. Banana bread, coconut, and ice cream? My goodness YES. I love how easy this is too, like, there aren’t any specialty flours involved, or tons of ingredients for the ice cream. I really appreciate how doable your recipes are! Pinning!

  28. Gosh!! These are looking so good and that chilled ice cream _ I want too!!
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  29. OMG complete insanity this recipe, Kelly!! Love, love, love!!! My sweet tooth’s mind has been blown!!!! I’m pretty sure I could eat a dozen of these cute banana bread ice-cream sandwiches all by myself!
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  30. These look amazing Kelly! So glad you stopped by my site so that I could find yours!

  31. This is seriously amazing!! Your photos are stunning! I am so trying these!
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  32. Gahhhhh!!! Kelly!!!!! I wish it were MY teeth that sunk into that delicious looking Toasted Coconut Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwich. Girl, you are not allowed to take any more time off. Seriously. Because you come up with these crazy, amazing, over-the-top, fantastic desserts like this one that makes us just want to jump through the screen and devour what is there. I don’t know what you’re doing right now – but I’m coming over!!! Pinned!
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  33. What a fun treat Kelly – love the combination you came up with!
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  34. This is just pure gold. LOVEEE that the ice cream is sandwiched between banana muffins. I just can`t get over how awesome these flavors are gonna be!

  35. These are so great and look absolutely delectable. Making an ice cream sandwich out of banana bread is such a genius idea, Kelly. Banana bread is my kryptonite – I know I’d be all over these :)

  36. SO creative Kelly. I’ll take the stack!
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  37. I wish we only had a few more week of summer in Arizona, but unfortunately our summer usually lasts until October. But maybe that is a good thing because that means I can eat ice cream sandwiches for a few more months! These look so amazing and I really love the idea of using banana bread for the sandwiches! I wish I had one of these for dessert right now!
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  38. Kelly!!!!! What an AMAZING flavor combination and whaaaaaat??? banana bread ice cream sandwich!!!!! That is just pure genius!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am to try these!!!! I’m a big fan of ice cream sandwiches and every time I go to my local grocery store to get bread, eggs or a pack of crisps, I always end up buying ice cream sandwiches from the frozen section! But why would I buy the same old flavors when I can spruce it up with this beauty! <3 Pinning!
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  39. Oh my gosh!!! What an inspiring recipe. Coconut and banana are best buddies. Love that little muffin tin trick. I really must try this delight!

  40. Love everything about these sandwiches! The coconut and banana bread combination is perfect!
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  41. Oh. My. God.
    I pinned this and just traced it back here… this looks so amazing! :)

  42. Everything in this sweet treat is perfect banana and coconut are such great flavour partners. I would happily enjoy two or three of these 😀

  43. These are so so cool Kelly!! I’ve never had ice cream sandwiches with banana bread before!! And toasted coconut … gah these sound amazing! Hope you have a wonderful weekend friend!
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  44. There’s an ice cream sandwich pan?!! There’s something for everything, huh? These ice cream sandwiches are epic!!! Amazing!
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  45. This is quite possibly the cutest idea ever!!! I love that you made it GF! Pinned to a GF group board because everyone needs these in their life!

  46. Oh boy, Kelly! My ice-cream ‘lovin kid side just totally came out in full force. — I can hardly stand how awesome these ice cream sammies look! Banana bread + ice cream?? = Genius.
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  47. I love banana flavor in ANYTHING so this is my kinda dessert!! I’m going to make this and keep it all to myself :)

  48. These are so cute Kelly! I LOVE the flavours so much – you always have some great tropical flavours.

  49. I just refreshed and you have a new theme!!! Looks SO nice!

  50. Oh wow, what a creative, delicious, wonderful treat! Love all the flavors and textures – so creative and absolutely beautiful!

  51. Wow! How amazing do these look?! I cannot believe they are dairy and gluten free. They are super cute and delicious I bet!
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  52. Banana bread for an ice cream sandwhich?! Genius, pure genius!!!

  53. Oh heaven – these are dairy free and gluten free??? How could I not eat ALL 6 in one sitting?!?!?

  54. These look absolutely amazing Kelly. I want to try. I know my daughter is going to really enjoy this treat. I love it that they are daily free.
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  55. Oh my, these look absolutely perfect! The flavor combination of coconut and banana is a favorite in our house; pinned for later!
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  56. Holy batman, I want one of these ASAP!! So many of my favorites are in these amazing ice cream sandwiches!! You are a genius! 😉 Pinned!

  57. Gahhhhh!!! I am love, love, loving these rolled in toasted coconut! Ice cream sandwiches for breakfast? Why not????? Sounds like a fabulous idea to me! :-)
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  58. I love your new blog look, Kelly, it looks minimalistic and as lovely as you! Ah, these ice cream cookie sandwiches are magnificent…I started using the new ice cream maker this week and made two sorts of coconut ice cream: Irish Whiskey and Salted Caramel. My goodness, I’m gonna make tons of ice cream now and I want to make some yummy ice cream sandwiches like yours! x

  59. Love the cute new look, Kelly!!! These ice cream sandwiches sound like a hit! I wish I can have one right now.
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  60. Oh my, Kelly! I can’t even believe these are for real!!!! If you looked at my most recent post, you will see how much I am crazy for bananas! These look like one of the best desserts possible. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  61. Wow Kelly! These a are perfect way to end Summer. I love the use of banana bread instead of a cookie! Genius! I can’t wait to try this since we can finally enjoy some coconut. You can bet I’ll be generously stuffing mine with coconut ice cream!
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  62. Love the idea of banana bread and ice cream together! These are adorable, I’d gobble them right up!

  63. Kelly, you are an evil dessert genius!!! Seriously, these are the most gorgeous ice cream sandwiches on the block. Can’t get over that you used banana bread to sandwich the ice cream. BRILLIANT.

  64. WOW! Banana bread to make sandwiches! So creative and it goes so well with coconut ice cream too! LOVE IT. I don’t really get to eat ice cream sandwiches but I guess I need to make homemade version!

  65. These look like some of the best ice cream sandwiches ever Kelly! I never would have thought to combine banana bread and coconut ice cream. It sounds truly delicious!

  66. YUM! These look so delicious!! Can’t believe that they’re and!! WIN!! :) I love love LOVE ice cream sammies!! …but I had to stop having the ones I used to love because they are gluten-y :( but these would work just fine ….they look amazing!!
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  67. Kelly, I swear you are a genius! A GF banana bread ice cream sandwich is something I would have never thought of in a billion years. I’ve never heard of an ice cream sandwich pan, either. I love the idea of rolling the outside in dark chocolate for a little antioxidant power (ok, for the chocolate).
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  68. Oh my this look amazing! And what is an ice cream sandwich pan – genius! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. I hope you can stop by our blog – we look forward to getting to know you. Anisa. xx

  69. Have I been under a rock?!? Cause these look AMAZING, Kelly. Truly. Such great flavors. I feel you with Summer and being into ice cream sandwiches…especially homemade ones. I love the banana flavored sandwich part. Coconut ice cream sounds ideal for the center. I bet chocolate would be bomb too or even PB 😛 Pinning these for sure! Thanks lovely!
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  70. Ohhh myyyy the new layout is absolutely gorgeous Kelly!!!! I’m so in love with it! And I’m also falling hard for these lovely little sandwiches. Could they get any more adorable? I don’t think so! The flavor combo is a killer one!
    Have a wonderful weekend! xx
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  71. That looks so scrumptious, we love coconut and this is definitely a summer treat to look forward to! J+C
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  72. Before i started to read this blog post i said ” this is perfect before summer ends”! You took the words out of my mouth! Thank you for this great recipe!
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  73. Oh, I love, love, love these babies! Using banana bread to sandwich ice cream is genius! And all the components sound amazing!! YUM

  74. Hi Kelly, what a keeper!!! not sure how I missed this post, love your creation!
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  75. They look absolutely fantastic! So creative, and I’m absolutely addicted to coconut milk ice cream, so I’d love these!

  76. LOVE Kelly! So delicious looking and a great new idea for ice cream sandwiches!!
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  77. These are absolutely stunning pretty lady! I love your photos, the flavors, the idea, everything! I would love to eat a couple of these right now for breakfast! Pinned :)

  78. What a genius idea for an ice cream sandwich!! Pinned!
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  79. I am head over heels for these little treats!
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