April always begins with Will’s birthday. Of course, I wanted to make special desert. Will has multiple dietary restrictions so it can be complicated to find just the right treat. But this year I came up with a simple idea that yielded a result that belies the effort involved. I made gluten free, grain free, lactose free brownie ice cream sandwiches.
They were simple to make, festive and more importantly delicious.
Here are the steps I followed if you want to make your own easy gluten free, grain free, lactose free brownie ice cream sandwiches.
- Make some gluten free, grain free brownies. I chose the brownie recipe from Diane SanFilippo’s book Practical Paleo 2nd edition. I like this recipe because it is quick, easy and also tapioca free. For this project, I left out the coffee and bacon.
- Bake the brownies in a larger pan than called for. I chose a 9×13 pan for a thinner brownie.
- Add something festive like sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or sea salt.
- Let the brownies cool and cut in half. Leave one half in the pan and set the other half aside.
- Add a layer of softened ice cream. I used Beckon’s lactose free chocolate chip. Put the pan in the freezer until firm.
- Add another layer of softened ice cream. I used Beckon’s lactose free chocolate. Top with the set aside brownie half and freeze for several hours.
After a few hours in the freezer we cut into squares and served. It felt like just the right amount of special for a birthday dessert.