Desserts

Chocolate Wafers (GF, V, Paleo)

Let’s talk about Christmas Traditions. Every year we make an Ice Box Cake with Chocolate Wafers; you can read about it here in a previous post. This is my second year making them vegan and gluten-free. This year, we are home for the holidays. I decided to make a healthier version of my gluten-free vegan cookies and you would never miss the sugar!

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Chocolate Wafers (GF, V, Paleo)

  • Servings: 50 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tips: If you’d like to make an icebox cake with the wafers, see my instructions here. I whipped 2 cans of chilled coconut cream (firm part only) with 2 tablespoons agave, 10 drops of stevia and 2 teaspoon vanilla until peaks form.

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Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine the gluten-free flour, cacao, coconut sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, scoop 1 tablespoon of vegan butter at a time into the bowl, continually combining with the pastry cutter as you incorporate each tablespoon. (If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you could put them in a Vitamix or a food processor).
  3. Combine the coconut cream and gluten-free vanilla extract in a small cup.
  4. Add the liquid mixture and continue to combine with the pastry cutter until it is fully combined.
  5. Knead a few times to make sure that it is evenly blended with your hands.
  6. Transfer the dough onto a cutting board lined with wax paper or foil.
  7. Form the dough into a log about 14 inches long and 1 3/4 inches in diameter.
  8. Wrap the log in wax paper or foil and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour, or until needed.
  9. Place your oven racks on the top and bottom slots.
  10. Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Using a scraper and chopper (I used the OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper), slice the cookies as thinly as possible.
  12. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper approximately 1 inch apart.
  13. Cook for 6 minutes on the top rack of the oven. After 6 minutes, transfer them to the lower rack and cook for another 6 – 9 minutes.
  14. Makes ~50 – 60 cookies depending on how thin you slice them. What’s good about these cookies is that they are flat at the bottom and are perfect for making an icebox cake!

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Chocolate Pie (Vegan and Paleo)

This is the third recipe in my Vegan Thanksgiving Pie series. You can find my other two here: Pumpkin Pie with Pears with Cranberries (vegan & gluten free) and Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Pie (Vegan & Gluten-free). This recipe is special for my husband, who often feels left out at Thanksgiving when there were only pumpkin and fruit pies. He constantly was asking “Where is the chocolate?!” So I always try to have something chocolate for him. This dessert has a consistency of a cheesecake. It is not only rich and dense but also quick and easy. It’s so tasty that you wouldn’t know that it’s paleo or vegan.

The pie filling only has 6 ingredients, and while you have to plan by soaking your cashews overnight and putting a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator, other than that – you just blend the ingredients and fill the pie crust that you have baked for 8 – 10 minutes. I didn’t have time to make a homemade crust for this pie. It’s the story of my life. I’m that hostess that is scrambling to finish cooking as everyone is arriving, which is why I made this easy pie! I used a Wholly Gluten-Free Pie shell, but it would be amazing in my Easy Chocolate Crumb Crust.

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Chocolate Pie (Vegan and Paleo)

  • Servings: one 9-inch pie
  • Difficulty: easy
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This easy vegan and paleo chocolate pie is dense, rich, and has only 6 ingredients! Bake the crust only for 10 minutes, but the rest is no-bake!

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Tips: (1) If you do not have a pre-made gluten-free and vegan pie shell available near you, or if you have time – try the cake with this Easy Chocolate Crumb Crust. (2) The pie filling alone is decadent! I added a coconut whipped topping and the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce, which is not paleo, in order to have a pretty picture for the blog and add some pizazz.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cacao
  • ½ cup coconut oil (I used cold-pressed unrefined)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream (refrigerated overnight)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup cashews (soaked overnight, rinsed)

Pie crust: 1 Gluten Free and Vegan pie shell (I used Wholly Gluten-Free) or Easy Chocolate Crumb Crust.

Optional: make the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce, buy a vegan chocolate sauce at the store, or omit

Optional: vegan coconut whipped topping, buy a whipped topping at the store, or omit

  • 1 can coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight, using the firm part of the coconut milk only)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (omit for paleo diets or use powdered xylitol)
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered cinnamon (if desired)


Directions

  1. If you would like to make the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce begin this first.
  2. Prepare the Easy Chocolate Crumb Crust or prepare prepared crust per instructions. For the Wholly Gluten-Free let the crust thaw at room temperature for 10 minutes. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove protective sheet from shells before preparing, prick pie shell sides and bottom with a fork. Bake unfilled for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse soaked cashews until the water runs clear.
  4. While crust is baking, put all ingredients in a high powered blender.
  5. Blend until smooth, put into pie shell and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. To make the optional coconut whipped topping, take 1 can coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk that has been in the refrigerator overnight, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and to give it a Thanksgiving twist, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon to the coconut cream. Blend until it forms fluffy peaks. I have had a difficult time recently with different brands of coconut cream since Trader Joe’s has modified its recipe. Start with the firm cream part of the coconut milk first. If it is not mixing well or if it seems to need more moisture and a tablespoon of the coconut liquid at a time and continue whipping. Some brands need the entire can of moisture. Remember – you can always add the liquid, but you can’t take it away. If you prefer to buy a vegan whipped topping, Soyatoo Soy and Rice Whip are both very tasty.
  7. Once set, serve with vegan whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce if desired.

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Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Pie (Vegan & Gluten-free)

This is the second pie that I have posted this week for my vegan Thanksgiving Pie series. You can check out my first pie here: Pumpkin Pie with Pears and Cranberries.

Dulce de leche is probably one of my favorite flavors, other than chocolate. It brings me back to Argentina and my study abroad time there. I put the thick caramel spread on everything from bananas, apples to ice cream; I also gained 5 pounds that semester! HAHA!

Dulce de leche means sweet milk in Spanish, and it’s similar to a thick caramel. Click here for my vegan recipe. So when I was planning Thanksgiving, I thought, “why not use it in a pumpkin pie too?!” The dulce de leche adds a rich caramel flavor to this creamy vegan pumpkin pie.

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Dulce de leche Pumpkin Pie (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: two 9-inch pies
  • Difficulty: easy
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This vegan creamy caramel flavored pumpkin pie is an indulgent twist on a traditional pumpkin pie.

Tips: If you do not have a Wholly Gluten Free Pie Crust or another gluten-free vegan crust available near you, you can make a crust from scratch. Click here for a gluten-free and vegan recipe.

Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

Pie Filling

  • 4 cups puréed pumpkin (or 1 can of pumpkin purée)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 8 tablespoons vegan dulce de leche
  • 3 tablespoons almond extract (optional)
  • 8 ounces of vegan cream cheese (I used 1 container of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese)
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

Optional: 2 Gluten Free and Vegan pie shells (I used Wholly Gluten-Free)

Optional: vegan coconut whipped topping


Directions

  1. Begin preparation of vegan dulce de leche or use one purchased from the grocery store.
  2. Take pie crusts out of the freezer.
  3. Heat oven to 375.
  4. Using a mixer, cream until vegan cream cheese, pumpkin purré, coconut milk, non-dairy milk, coconut sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and almond extract (if desired) are smooth.
  5. Add cornstarch and tapioca starch; mix until well combined.
  6. Add filling to pie crust and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until the filling is set.
  7. Serve warm or cold. If warm, let the pie cool for 30 minutes on the counter. If served cool, let the pie cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  8. Serve with vegan dulce de leche whipped cream. To make the coconut whipped topping, take 1 can coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk that has been in the refrigerator overnight, 1 tablespoon vegan dulce de leche, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Blend until it forms fluffy peaks. If you don’t feel like making it from scratch, Soyatoo Soy and Rice Whip are both very tasty.
  9. Serve drizzled with dulce de leche.

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Pumpkin Pie with Pears with Cranberries (vegan & gluten free)

This is my third Thanksgiving since I have been gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. The first year, I didn’t have any pie or dessert. It was so sad, and I swore I wouldn’t be deprived again!

Last year I played around with getting the pumpkin right. Making a pumpkin pie that is firm without eggs, took a bit of experimenting. This year, I was inspired by a bag of ripe pears that I had on my counter, so I decided to make a topping. The juicy pears add an extra natural sweetness to balance a tartness from the cranberries; both blend well with the spices and traditional pumpkin flavors.

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Pumpkin Pie with Pears and Cranberries

  • Servings: two 9-inch pies
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Pumpkin Pie has a pear and cranberry topping. The juicy pears add an extra natural sweetness to balance the tartness from the cranberries.

Tips: If you do not have a Wholly Gluten Free Pie Crust available near you, you can make a crust from scratch. Click here for a gluten-free and vegan recipe.

Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

Pie Filling

  • 4 cups puréed pumpkin (or 1 can of pumpkin purée)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon real salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

For pear and cranberry topping

  • 8 small pears peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Optional: 2 Gluten Free and Vegan pie shells (I used Wholly Gluten-Free)


Directions

  1. Take pie crusts out of the freezer.
  2. Heat oven to 375
  3. Add pumpkin, coconut milk, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and clove into the mixer. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add real salt and cornstarch to the pie and mix with mixer until fully combined
  5. Add filling to pie crust and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until the filling is set.
  6. Prepare the topping. Peel and slice pears.
  7. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Lightly spray the pan with olive oil or coconut oil. I used a non-stick Zyliss frying pan with olive oil.
  8. Sauté until slightly tender and place on top of the cooked pie.
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  10. Serve warm or cold. If warm, let the pie cool for 30 minutes on the counter. If served cold, let the pie cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I found that it was a perfect firmness and texture after it remained in the refrigerator overnight.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

My husband frequents Panera Bread and enjoys their cinnamon rolls. One early Saturday morning, my allergic kids were feeling jealous of his treat, so I attempted to appease their jealousy by promising to make them cinnamon rolls.

This is the problem, I’m lazy. I don’t have a lot of time and I didn’t want to deal with yeast. Plus, often gluten-free vegan cinnamon rolls are hard. I wanted soft gooey cinnamon rolls. Also, I didn’t want glaze, I wanted thick buttercream frosting. I was in a decadent mood.

I googled and I came across a glazed Cinnamon Roll Cake by the Chef-In-Training. It wasn’t vegan or gluten-free; it just gave me an easy idea. However, one way to substitute eggs in a dish is with pumpkin: 1/4 cup pumpkin per egg.

I played around with substitutions and ingredients to make a Vegan Gluten-free Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake that is gooey delicious with a perfect vegan buttercream frosting. It was gorgeous!!!

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The cake is so quick and easy. Just prepare the cake, make the cinnamon roll topping, swirl it inside the cake with a knife, and bake. The cake alone is delicious! It has a crunchy cinnamon topping with a soft center.

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Prepare the buttercream and spread it across the cake.

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Sprinkle the top lightly with cinnamon (if desired), and serve!

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

  • Servings: ~12 searchings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This gluten-free vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake is topped with a buttercream frosting. It's a perfect fall breakfast or dessert. Refined sugar-free option available.

Tips: (1) Since I was splurging, I made this buttercream frosting with real powdered sugar. You can substitute my Powdered Xylitol Sugar if you want a refined sugar-free dessert. (2) The cake is best served warm. In terms of leftovers, I stored the cake in the refrigerator and heated it in the microwave before eating.

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Namaste Mix)
  • 1 cup almond flour (I used Blue Diamond)
  • ¼ teaspoon Redmond Real Salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ cups almond milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ½ cup vegan butter, melted (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)

Cinnamon Topping:

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free cream cheese (I used Toffuti)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free pure vanilla extract


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×13 glass baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. With an electric or stand-up mixer add the gluten-free flours, salt, sugar, baking powder, almond milk, pumpkin purée, and vanilla extract. Once combined well, slowly stir in the melted vegan butter.
  4. The cake batter will be very thick and sticky. Pour into the prepared 9×13 baking pan.
  5. Prepare the cinnamon roll topping. In a large bowl, cream vegan butter, maple sugar, almond flour and cinnamon together until well combined and creamy.
  6. Drop evenly over the batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  8. Prepare the vegan buttercream frosting. Combine the powdered sugar, vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, and gluten-free pure vanilla together and beat with a mixer until fluffy.
  9. Spread frosting evenly over the cake.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon (if desired).
  11. Serve cake warm.
  12. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite pumpkin treat?

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Crustless Apple Skillet Pie (V, GF)

Zyliss sent me this iron skillet to review and share an honest opinion of it.

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The first thing that I noticed is that it’s textured; it is ball blasted, which creates indentations that allow for excess oils and fats to collect away from your food for healthier cooking. I fried a green tomato, and it was crisp in 2 minutes without being greasy. I’ve been dreaming of all the veggies I can fry with it!

I was intrigued that I could put the frying pan in the oven. Since my doctor discovered my wheat, dairy and egg intolerance, I have always bought a vegan gluten-free pie crust. I have never attempted to make a crust from scratch because I haven’t had the time and the process seems tricky. However, I was wondering what the difference would be if I tried to make a crustless apple pie in this skillet instead of a normal glass pan. I was shocked at the result! My pie actually stayed together without a crust!!! I was expecting it to just fall out of the pan onto the plate, but it firmed up! Maybe the iron skillet gets much hotter than an average pan? I don’t know, but it works. I made an easy crustless apple pie that plated well!

We went apple picking the week before and had bags of apples sitting on the counter. We picked Enterprise apples, which are a blend of McIntosh, Golden Delicious, and Rome Beauty. If you can’t find an Enterprise Apple, I personally have never seen them in the store, you could use a McIntosh and a Delicious Apple in this pie; I don’t think it really matters.

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In this recipe, I tried some new ingredients from Bob’s Red Mill. I had never baked with date sugar before. FYI – this date sugar has oat flour, and I didn’t notice it until I used it! If you are sensitive or allergic to oats, don’t use this brand of date sugar; Royal Palm is oat-free and you can buy it here on Amazon, or you can substitute coconut sugar in the recipe. According to Bob’s Red Mill’s website, “date sugar can be used in many baking recipes as a one-to-one replacement for white sugar or brown sugar.” It has “lightly sweet with delicious butterscotch notes.” At first, I wanted to make a caramel apple pie with my favorite Dulce De Leche recipe. But, then I was wondering, would the date sugar give my pie a hint of butterscotch? Since the pie doesn’t have any refined sugar, the taste of walnuts and apples dominates with an undertone of cinnamon and a hint of butterscotch sweetness. Try serving it with coconut whipped cream, vegan ice cream or So Delicious CocoWhip!™ if you wish for extra sweetness.

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Crustless Apple Skillet Pie

  • Servings: ~12 searchings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This crustless vegan apple pie is sweetened with date sugar, the taste of the apples dominates with an undertone of cinnamon and a hint of butterscotch sweetness. It's also gluten-free.


Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

Topping:


Directions

  1. I lightly sprayed the 8-inch skillet with olive oil (although the label says I don’t have to); set skillet aside.
  2. Peel and chop 2 apples (~3 cups) into small chunks
  3. In a very large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, Redmond Real Salt, and cinnamon.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, add applesauce, date sugar, vegan butter, and vanilla. Mix until fluffy and well combined.
  5. Slowly add in dry ingredients into wet. Mix until fluffy and well combined.
  6. Stir in apples and nuts.
  7. Put the topping ingredients into a small bowl. With a fork, cut in the butter by mashing it into the date sugar and cinnamon until it is finely combined into little granules. I prefer fine granules over large clumps.
  8. Evenly spread topping over the pie.
  9. Bake in a 325 degrees oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour.
  11. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
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Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake (Vegan and Gluten-free)

My son turned 5 years old this month! Oh, how time flies. I wanted to celebrate this big milestone with a special cake. So I made a Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake for my chocolate lover!

Prepare the brownies and divide the mixture in half – baking in two 9-inch springform pans.

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Remove the vegan ice cream from the freezer while the brownies bake.

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Prepare the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce (or use another jar of store-bought vegan sauce).

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Crush the vegan gluten-free cookies into small pieces.

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Mix 12 oz of the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce with the cookies pieces in a small bowl. Set the remaining 2 oz of the chocolate sauce aside.

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Top with cookie fudge mixture and gently over the layer of brownie.

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Remove the 2nd layer of brownie from the springform pan and place it on top of the ice cream layer. Spread the ice cream layer over the second brownie.

Cover with aluminum foil and freeze completely for 4 – 6 hours.

Top with CocoWhip! when ready or make a homemade coconut whipped topping.

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Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

  • Servings: ~15 searchings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This vegan and gluten-free cake has brownies, hot fudge, and crunchy chocolate cookies. You can select your favorite flavors of vegan gluten-free ice cream! It is the perfect vegan birthday cake


Credit: Loosely inspired by What the Fork

Tips:

  • Put the So Delicious CocoWhip!™ in the fridge overnight to thaw or put the coconut cream can  in the fridge to firm overnight
  • Let the dairy free frozen treats thaw a little so that they are spreadable, ~30 minutes
  • Use any gluten-free and dairy-free crunchy chocolate cookies for the filling
  • Let the freezer cake sit out about 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving
  • Two 9-inch springform pans are best for this recipe so that you can easily remove the cake once it’s been assembled. I layered my cake in one of the two pans. You can also make them in cake pans, see this explanation as a how to here.

Ingredients

 

  • To prepare: Two springform 9-inch pans or using cake pans (see above tips for an explanation on how to use normal cake pans).


Directions

    1. Put the So Delicious CocoWhip!™ in the fridge overnight to thaw or put the coconut cream in the fridge to firm overnight.
    2. Prepare the brownies first. You can use a gluten-free box mix or use this Perfect Paleo Recipe here.
    3. Grease two 9-inch pans (preferably springform pans, see above) and line the bottom of 1 of the pans with parchment paper to allow for easy removal – note the pan that has the parchment paper.
    4. Bake the Perfect Paleo Brownies at 350, but reduce the baking time to about 17 – 20 minutes.
    5. Remove the vegan ice cream from the freezer while the brownies bake.
    6. Prepare the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce (or use another jar of store-bought vegan sauce)
    7. Crush the vegan gluten-free cookies into small pieces.
    8. Mix 12 oz of the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce with the cookies pieces in a small bowl. Set the remaining 2 oz of the chocolate sauce aside. 
    9. When brownies are done baking, allow them to completely cool (~15 minutes).
    10. Select the brownie pan without the parchment paper. Top with cookie fudge mixture and gently over the layer of brownie.
    11. Select the pint flavor of ice cream (we used cookie dough first to have a white, chocolate, and a white contrast in the layers).
    12. Remove the 2nd layer of brownie from the springform pan and place it on top of the ice cream layer. If it is a bit crumbly, it’s not an issue. You spread the ice cream over it and it smooths out fine!
    13. Spread the chocolate ice cream layer over the 2nd brownie.
    14. Cover with aluminum foil and freeze completely for 4 – 6 hours.
    15. Top with CocoWhip when ready or make a homemade coconut whipped topping by whipping the 1/4 cup xylitol powdered sugar with 1 can of coconut cream until fluffy.
    16. Drizzle remaining chocolate sauce over the cake and serve.

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