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!


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.
Yields: 6 ice cream sandwiches
  • Banana Bread
  • * 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (I used 2 medium bananas)
  • * ¼ cup raw organic honey
  • * ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • * 1 egg
  • * ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup gluten-free oat flour (I make mine by grinding certified gf oats)
  • * ¼ cup toasted unsweetened shredded coconut
  • * ¼ teaspoon salt
  • * ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • * ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • * ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Coconut Ice Cream
  • * 2 cans full fat coconut milk (the higher the fat the more creamy the ice cream)
  • * ½ cup raw organic honey or sugar
  • * 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional Toppings
  • * ½ 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 ⅔ way full (or if using a muffin tin ⅓ - ½ 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 2 to 3 hours.
  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.


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  1. says

    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. says

    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

  3. says

    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! 😉

  4. says

    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. :)

    • says

      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! : )

      • says

        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 :)

        • says

          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.

  5. says

    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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  6. says

    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?

  7. says

    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!

  8. says

    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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  9. says

    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!

  10. says

    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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  11. says

    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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  12. says

    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!

  13. says

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

  14. says

    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

  15. says

    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! :)

  16. says

    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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  17. says

    Oh, I love, love, love these babies! Using banana bread to sandwich ice cream is genius! And all the components sound amazing!! YUM

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