PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches (Dairy-Free Recipe) (2024)

We all havethose days when a sweet, creamy indulgence is simply in order. Perhaps for cooling off on an active hot summer afternoon, at a celebration with friends and family, savoring on the porch after a light supper, or even winding down with a little reward after a hard week. I found myself having one of those days, and decided to whip up something nostalgic, a little decadent and somewhat childish all at once: dairy-free PB&Jice cream sandwiches.

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I thought it only fitting to post the recipe for this extra-special treat on National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! But have no fear my food allergic friends, these PB&J ice cream sandwiches have an SB&J option below, too. Also, they just happen to be vegan, gluten-fee, and soy-free – this wasn’t planned, but it just worked out that way!

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Nonetheless, every last morsel of these PB&J ice cream sandwiches is pure, sweet, over-the-top goodness. I started with some oat and peanut butter-based cookies, going for that perfect thickness and wafer-crispy consistency that isn’t hard when frozen. Then, I layered on some So Delicious Dairy Free Simply Strawberry Ice Cream … but I also recommend Oregon Mixed Berry as an amazing PB&J ice cream alternative. Both varieties are creamy berry bliss! Finally, I drizzled the whole thing with a quick, sweet, magical peanut butter shell (from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook) which sets up like a cocoa-free chocolaty coating in minutes. Boom! Addictive, guilty, delicious.

And don’t let the slight cookie crumbles below mislead. When frozen solid and enjoyed with teeth (not quite soft and with a cookie cutter like in this picture!) we found them easy to eat. Though I can’t promise that the ice cream and coating won’t get wonderfully melty on a hot day!

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This post is sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free, but the desire to make and devour these PB&J ice cream sandwiches was all mine. Every last bight was indulged in our home.

Special Diet Notes: PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches

PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches (Dairy-Free Recipe) (4)By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, tree nut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based and vegetarian.

For peanut-free PB& J ice cream sandwiches, use SunButter in both the cookies and the coating. Note that it may turn the cookies a slight greenish tinge due to a reaction of the sunflower seeds with the baking soda. This is normal, edible, and does not affect taste. Plus, you can cover up the evidence with the magical SunButter coating!

Unrefined Sugar Option: Please note that I haven’t tested it yet, but because these PB&J ice cream sandwiches are plenty sweet, you shouldn’t have a problem finely grindingcoconut sugar and using it as a substitute for the brown sugar in the cookies. When finely ground and then blended into the magical peanut butter shell, it should also work as a sub for the powdered sugar, but will change the flavor and consistency a fair bit. If you are a coconut sugar fan, then it should be fine!

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The peanut butter cookies are almost like a sweet shortbread, which can be shaped, rolled or cut, but have a delicate texture that holds together nicely when frozen. Note that I use a natural peanut butter in this recipe, which is soft and a bit runny at room temperature. Also, the peanut butter shell is from my book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.

Author: Alisa Fleming

Serves: 8 ice cream sandwiches


Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Magic Shell


Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Place the peanut butter, sugar, buttery spread, maple syrup and vanilla in a mixing bowl and blend until smooth (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  3. Place the oats in a spice grinder or small food processor and blend into a flour (about 60 seconds). Add the baking soda and salt and quickly pulse to combine.
  4. Add the oat mixture to your mixing bowl and stir or mix until combined. It will look crumbly..
  5. Bring the dough together into 16 cookie balls (about 1½ inches wide each) and flatten onto your prepared baking sheet to your desired shape and thickness - they will puff up slightly but won't spread. Alternately, bring the dough together and roll the dough out and cut into desired shapes. The dough will be crumbly, but does hold together when shaped.
  6. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until just beginning to darken around the edges. Let cool for 15 minutes on the baking sheet then carefully move to a wire wrack to cool completely. They are crumbly when hot, but set up nicely when cool.
  7. Freeze the cookies for 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  8. Scoop some of the softened ice cream onto the bottom side of one cookie, place a second cookie on top, lightly pressing down to bring it all together. Smooth and fill-in the edges as needed. Repeat until you have about 8 sandwich cookies.
  9. Place the sandwich cookies in your freezer (unwrapped is okay) and freeze until solid (about 1 to 2 hours).

Peanut Butter Magic Shell

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and pourable.
  2. Drizzle the mixture over each ice cream sandwich, one at a time, quickly spreading to drizzle it over the sides. Add as much as you like!
  3. Eat immediately or freeze until solid. Tightly wrap each PB&J ice cream sandwich in plastic wrap and freeze to store.
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Do they make dairy free ice cream sandwiches? ›

almondmilk frozen dessert

Classic vanilla flavor, smooth almondmilk and rich chocolate wafers. Get ready to dream in dairy-free. Classic vanilla flavor, smooth almondmilk and rich chocolate wafers.

Is peanut butter and jelly dairy free? ›

Unless your bread is made with milk, butter or eggs (some enriched breads are) a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is vegan. Home made peanut butter and other nut butters are very easy to make in a food processor.

How to make a PB and J sandwich step by step? ›

  1. On one slice of bread, spread peanut butter evenly over the bread.
  2. On the other slice of bread, spread the jelly evenly over the bread.
  3. Put the two slices of bread together with the peanut butter and jelly facing in.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
  5. Optional: Remove crusts, cut diagonally.

Can vegans eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? ›

When beginning your exploration of vegan sandwiches, a classic peanut butter and jam (PBJ) offers the perfect starting point. Anybody can make a decent PBJ sandwich, but let me tell you how to make a great one. Opt for jam, preserves, or conserves instead of jelly since you'll get more fruit and less sugar.

Who makes dairy free ice cream sandwiches? ›

Coolhaus Ice Cream Sammies

In addition to cones and pints, Coolhaus offers a variety of vegan-friendly ice cream sandwiches. Choose from dairy-free Coolhaus Ice Cream Sammies in Tahitian Vanilla and Horchata flavors. The innovative brand also makes Sammies containing Perfect Day animal-free dairy.

Who makes lactose-free ice cream sandwiches? ›

At Leona's we make small batch ice cream sandwiches and pints using local dairy and ingredients whenever possible. With the help of a natural enzyme, we make 100% lactose-free ice cream.

Is Smuckers jam dairy free? ›

This product is likely dairy free. Which diet do you follow? Follow more than one?

Do Uncrustables contain dairy? ›

No, Uncrustables products are not vegan. Our PB&J-style sandwiches may contain milk. Are Uncrustables® products organic? No, Uncrustables products are not classified as organic.

Is Skippy PB dairy free? ›

Yes! Many of our varieties are vegan certified including creamy, chunky in our regular and natural varieties - as well as our squeeze packs and no sugar added peanut butter spreads!

What is the best jelly for PB&J? ›

When it comes to the classic peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) sandwich, there's no doubt that grape jelly reigns supreme. Our research indicates that its sweet, fruity flavor perfectly complements the creamy richness of peanut butter, creating a harmonious blend of taste and texture that's hard to resist.

What kind of jelly do you use in PB&J? ›

It's hard to resist the nostalgia of a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with grape jelly, but overall more prefer strawberry. Samuel Campbell, owner of Indianapolis-based restaurant PB&J Factory sees this in action daily. "Grape is a classic flavor," admits Campbell.

Which Uncrustables are vegan? ›

Uncrustables® products are not considered vegan. Are Uncrustables® kosher? Because of ongoing supply chain pressures and rising demand, our team made the difficult decision to remove kosher certification from Smucker′s® Uncrustables® products. The change took effect in mid-2022.

Are Oreos vegan? ›

Many vegans refer to Oreos as “accidentally vegan,” meaning they don't contain animal products — but they weren't created to be a specifically vegan treat. Oreos do not contain milk, eggs, or any other animal-derived products, so they are technically vegan in that sense. Plant-based cookies and cream lovers rejoice!

Is Nutella vegan? ›

Sorry to be the ones to break it to you, but no, Nutella is not vegan. This is because it contains skimmed milk powder which is an animal-derived ingredient, so is therefore not made solely from plants.

Is McDonald's soft serve ice cream dairy free? ›

It does contain dairy, but they can't legally call it ice cream. (Or at least they can't call their shakes "milkshakes": https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/faq/desserts-and-shakes.h... ) Q: Why don't you call your 'shakes,' 'milkshakes'?

Is there dairy free soft serve ice cream? ›

Temptation Vegan Soft Serve is available in chocolate and vanilla base flavors. Temptation is fat free, cholesterol free, and made with kosher, non-gmo, and plant-based ingredients.

Does Mcdonalds do dairy free ice cream? ›

McDonald's has been ramping up its plant-based options over the last few years. In May 2022, McDonald's officially added a dairy-free McFlurry to its growing list of vegan menu options.

What is ice cream without dairy called? ›

Updated: Jun 13, 2021. You might be surprised to learn that sorbet, Italian ice, sherbet, dairy-free ice cream and vegan ice cream are all different kinds of delectable, frozen treats.


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