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Zucchini “Ice Cream” Yogurt Sandwiches

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Who can resist an ice cream sandwich? What if I told you that you could eat an ice cream sandwich everyday and feel good about it? I don’t lie! With my zucchini “ice cream” yogurt sandwiches you are getting a dose of veggies, calcium and the perfect balance of sweetnes with a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. What more could you ask for? A lot more huh? Well, the best I can do today are these sandwiches- take it or leave it! LOL! You may be wondering why I call these “ice cream” yogurt sandwiches? Word play my friends! Ice Cream is Yogurt- or haven’t your heard:) I have a 3 yr old- Nuh Said!

I got the idea because my son (like his momma) thoroughly enjoyed his cookies and cream ice cream sandwich we had as a treat one extremely HOT day last week. Although very very yummy it wasn’t the healthiest choice I could have chosen. So I decided to make my own version of an ice cream sandwich but replace the ice cream with sweet yogurt and the “cookies” with miniature zucchini cakes sliced really thin. It was perfect! My favorite part about an ice cream sandwich is those first few bites. The ones where the cookie part is so firm and cold and the ice cream is so icy that you get a little crunch factor by biting into it. That is exactly what I tried to mirror with my zucchini yogurt cakes and indeed I succeeded.

GO crazy! Use carrots instead of zucchini, cocoa along with the flour or even chocolate chips in the mix. The  miniature cakes lend themselves perfectly to a variety of yogurt flavors like strawberry, pineapple, blueberry, even chocolate. The possibilities are endless.I stored the leftovers in ziploc bags and we have been eating a zucchini “ice cream” yogurt sandwich every morning and afternoon for the past week! Summer- I LOVE IT!

Zucchini "Ice Cream" Yogurt Sanwiches
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (sounds like a lot, but you want it all)
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups grated zucchini
  • 18 ounces of your choice of frozen yogurt- you may use refrigerated yogurt if you would like
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray 2 8x8 pans with cooking spray then place parchment paper in the pan pressing so it sticks well to the bottom and sides.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices into a medium bowl and set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar and olive oil together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, then beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the dry ingredients all at once on low speed until they are thoroughly combined, then switch to medium speed and mix for 30 seconds. Mix in the zucchini until completely incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, smoothing the top with a spatula. Bake the cakes for 40 to 45 minutes or until a tester inserted in the cakes comes out clean and the cakes have begun to pull away from the sides of the pans. Once the pans are cool, place them in the freezer for 15-30 minutes. Meanwhile, take out your frozen yogurt and allow it to come to room temperature so it evenly spreads.
  4. Remove one pan and spread the yogurt on top of the zucchini cake. You can do as much or as little yogurt as you prefer. Place the pan back in the freeze for an hour. Now remove both pans and pull out the second zucchini cake from the pan using the parchment paper to help you get it out. Invert it on top of the yogurt layer and press down slightly. Wrap the whole pan with plastic wrap and freezer overnight. You can either cut out your 'sandwiches' in the pan itself or remove the whole zucchini cake from the pan using the parchment paper and cut out your sandwiches.( That is what I did)
  5. Store in ziploc freezer bags for up to 2 week- if that last that long.
Notes
cake recipe courtesy of The Moveable Feasts

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50 Comments

  1. Joanne

    You are my official new best friend! These sound amazing!

    20 . Aug . 2012
  2. Emily

    Yum! This sounds AMAZING!

    20 . Aug . 2012
  3. Tricia

    This looks amazing! I have received many compliments from the Zucchini bread I’ve made in the past, but people will just die if I take the extra step and make these. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

    20 . Aug . 2012
  4. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    Honestly Jessica, this is the best recipe using zucchini in cake form that I have ever read. I’m seriously impressed and they do sound amazing.

    20 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Thanks Jed! I appreciate that!

      22 . Aug . 2012
  5. Eva

    A very nice treat, Jessica.

    20 . Aug . 2012
  6. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    How adorable & I love your presentation with the paper and twine bow.
    Sam

    20 . Aug . 2012
  7. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    Ok, I have a two year old I trick by freezing yogurt in popsicle molds but you’ve taken it to a whole new level. Sandwich ice-cream, here I come to make some!

    20 . Aug . 2012
  8. RavieNomNoms

    WOW! Love that! Looks so amazing!! I think I would probably eat 12 of those sandwiches in no time flat 🙂

    20 . Aug . 2012
  9. StephenC

    What a clever thing to do! If I can talk myself into actually baking something I’ll give this a try.

    20 . Aug . 2012
  10. Kelli H

    I dont know how you do it but you always read my life. I am on a zucchini obsession right now and i love zucchini bread. This is a must add recipe

    20 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Ha! Never would have known you were on a zucchini kick but glad to be of assistance:) The three munchkins would love this as well@

      22 . Aug . 2012
  11. Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    How fun. My munchkin does love anything that I make fun. These look perfect. I was thinking of making some zucchini cakes soon, yogurt center sound fun!

    20 . Aug . 2012
  12. Velva

    What an absolutely cool (no pun intended) way to enjoy an ice cream sandwich-seriously, this rocks.

    Velva

    20 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      LOL! You crack me up

      22 . Aug . 2012
  13. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    Such a great idea! Would I be naughty if I added chocolate 🙂

    20 . Aug . 2012
  14. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    You are so creative all the time but now this recipe is amazing! Totally “healthy” ice cream sandwich that we’re allowed to eat every single day. 😉 I think I’ll even be addicted to your zucchini bread. Looks wonderful Jessica!

    20 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Thats the best part nami! The bread itself is so amazing that you can skip the yogurt and have one delicious breakfast treat!

      22 . Aug . 2012
  15. Geni

    Oooooh, this looks like a great invention Jessica! What a cool and yummy treat.

    21 . Aug . 2012
  16. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Oh WOW, what a truly awesome idea!
    🙂 Mandy

    21 . Aug . 2012
  17. daphne

    amazingly gd! more reason to hv veges!

    21 . Aug . 2012
  18. ChgoJohn

    What a great idea! Good to know they “hold-up” well and the variations will suit just about anyone’s preferences.

    21 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Thanks for visiting! your right- this has something for everyone- sweet, veggies and icey yogurt. It actually held up better than i expected. Now if you leave them out in the heat for a while they will get a bit mushy but I would like to see someone not eat theirs in a matter of seconds!

      22 . Aug . 2012
  19. Shellie

    You are brilliant, daughter. It’s an amazing thing when your kids grow up into people who impress you. Kiss my little boys for me.

    21 . Aug . 2012
  20. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh these look so healthy and delicious!! I would not have thought to put these two together but it sounds really good!!

    21 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Alicia, it was a strange combo to me at first but I just had to try it. Sometimes needing to use something (in this case my zucchini) has its rewards

      22 . Aug . 2012
  21. kitchen flavours

    A lovely delicious treat! You are extremely creative to come up with something yummy like this! Love it!

    21 . Aug . 2012
  22. yummychunklet

    What a delicious and creative treat! Yum!

    21 . Aug . 2012
  23. Liz

    You are so creative! I think I’d rather eat these delicious treats than a cookies and cream ice cream sandwich…yum!

    21 . Aug . 2012
  24. Amy (Savory Moments)

    Yum! This looks so good. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before. Very creative.

    21 . Aug . 2012
  25. Kristy

    Now how creative are you?! I never, ever, ever in a million years would have thought to make something like this! You are a genius.

    21 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Ahh! I’m blushing Kristy! I feel the same way though when I visit your site

      22 . Aug . 2012
  26. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    Mmmm, these sounds heavenly. I need to take some inspiration from you and start making my own veggie breads and muffins again. The little man, at his ripe old age of 1, has decided that all things veggie must be thrown onto the floor. Gotta love this age! Time to trick him into eating something that’s good for him. 🙂

    21 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      LOL! I am with you Ali! My first son did that and now my second son (9 months) has decided that he “can” pick up pieces of breads and muffins and snacks but its “SOOO HARD””” to pick up green beans and peas! LOL!

      22 . Aug . 2012
  27. Purely.. Kay

    It is currently 11:31 pm and I think you’ve just successfully made me hungry again with this post lol.

    21 . Aug . 2012
  28. Veronica's Kitchen

    How special of this ice-cream sandwich! I love the idea and it is so healthy! Your creativity is so amazing!

    21 . Aug . 2012
  29. Bree

    Wowsers these look great–and pretty brilliant too!

    22 . Aug . 2012
  30. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Such a smart idea, and pretty presentation too!

    22 . Aug . 2012
  31. Kankana

    I have seen a lot of ice cream recipe this summer but this one is so different .. with zucchini in form of a sandwich! Brilliant!

    22 . Aug . 2012
  32. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    What a great idea! I would love to bite into one of these. 🙂

    22 . Aug . 2012
  33. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    What a brilliant and creative recipe, Jessica! Love the colorful layers!

    23 . Aug . 2012
  34. Baker Street

    Absolutely stunning! Such gorgeous layers and this sounds so healthy and I totally could go for that second helping without thinking twice!

    23 . Aug . 2012
  35. Roz

    These zucchini ice cream sandwiches are so sweet! Healthy and yummy at the same time; always looking for that combo! My husband will also love these treats!

    23 . Aug . 2012
  36. Lena

    hi jessica, i would never thought of making a ckae, freeze it and use some yogurt to turn them into a yogurt sandwich! it looks incredibly good! Inspiring!!

    24 . Aug . 2012
  37. sonia

    Hi there, Its always fun to see ur delish recipes. And this one is just looking amazing. I am so tempted to make it on my isle some day pretty soon. Enjoy your weekend. It is looking so good with all the lovely pictures and write up as well. I have been here after a while but enjoyed scrolling through your rest of the wonderful recipes. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks for sharing awesome recipes.
    Best Regards, Sonia !!!

    25 . Aug . 2012
  38. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    wow! This is totally awesome, Jessica! Healthy treats they really are!

    25 . Aug . 2012
  39. Balvinder

    You are genius My dear. This is one creative recipe of healthy sandwich.

    26 . Aug . 2012
  40. Malli

    What a creative idea for ice-cream sandwiches!! I love the healthy twist you created by introducing the zuchini cake and yogurt.Brilliant and so delicious:)

    26 . Aug . 2012
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    what a great idea~~~

    16 . Sep . 2012
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