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Ice Cream Sandwich Pancakes

Yesterday I had ice cream sandwiches for breakfast.

ice cream sandwich pancakes

Take that, cold cereal.

ice cream pancakes

And of course, in following the “healthy dessert” theme of this blog, the above ice cream pancakes are much healthier than they look. So please feel free to eat them for breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. Or, um, all three.

ice cream sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwich Pancakes

Adapted from: Brownie Batter Pancakes

  • 1/4 cup spelt or all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa or dutch cocoa -(You can try substituting regular cocoa, but I have not tried)
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil (or applesauce, only if you like the taste/texture of fat-free pancakes)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 and 1/2 tbsp milk of choice

Mix dry ingredients very well, then add wet. Make pancakes! Then spread your favorite ice cream, mashed banana, or my egg-free healthy ice cream recipe in between the pancakes. For a truly-authentic look, you can even poke holes in the ice cream sandwich pancakes.

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Published on August 22, 2011

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  1. Qi Ting @ Misadventures of Fat free Baking says

    These actually looked like whoopie pies to me when I first saw it! They look awesome!!!! 😀 Its perfectly fine to have ice-cream for breakfast. And in fact, I may have or have not ate a couple scoops for breakfast yesterday…
    I usually eat wholewheat bread/buns for breakfast! Or have brunch instead of breakfast then lunch in the afternoon and dinner the usual time. Because brunch is a good excuse for not having classic breakfasts and to have thick, gigantic stacks of fluffy pancakes oozing with chocolate, coupled by a small carton of frozen yogurt and random sweet desserty stuff 😀

  2. Emily says

    Those look GOOD! The only time I wouldn’t want ice cream for breakfast is on a chilly day… Like today. I’d takes the Texas heat over 50 degree August mornings any time! I’d rather have hot oatmeal and hot coffee! 🙂

  3. Nichole says

    I usually have cereal or toast for breakfast-it gets kind of boring..for the past 2 days though, i’ve made your brownie batter pancakes (delicious) so now i just have to add ice cream.As far as meals go, I’ve only had ice cream for lunch before.

  4. tweal says

    Ice cream for breakfast is a fabulous idea! I used to do raw frozen banana ‘sundaes’ with goji berries and seeds, maybe some raw chocolate sauce. But this really appeals to my pancake-loving nature. Thanks for the idea and recipe!

  5. Jenny says

    I think my all-time favourite breakfast is some sort of whole grain (well, quinoa and buckwheat aren’t technically grains, but I’m including those in that description) with yogurt, fruit, and almonds. And cinnamon. Lots and lots of cinnamon.

    Since discovering your blog and over a year ago, though, I’ve been varying my breakfasts tremendously – and it’s so much better that way. Variety is the spice of life! Well, actually, cinnamon is the spice of my life, but otherwise… my breakfast variety, using both Angela’s and your recipes, is the spice of it. 😉

    Ice cream for breakfast? If it’s your healthy voluminous ice cream, or real non-dairy ice cream as an occasional treat, then why not?!

  6. Margaret says

    This looks so yummy!!! 😀

    I was wondering if maybe you could make a penuche recipe. I love penuche and it is super delicious but not super healthy so I was hoping you could help. Thanks!

  7. VEGirl says

    I am ashamed to say that I am jealous and shocked that I never thought of this. WHY didn’t I think of this? And I am suppose to be the pancake QUEEN! You have threatened my title! I do not lie when I say that my jaw dropped and my mouth hang open as I scrolled down this post.

  8. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says

    These look absolutely incredible!! And such a fun idea! I love that they seem so, so decadent but can actually be considered healthy and a breakfast item! They also would be a delicious dessert! For Breakfast, I almost always have greek yogurt, berries and granola but ice cream sounds like much more fun!

  9. Amber K says

    They look delicious! I actually eat the exact same thing for breakfast every single morning, because I think it’s just delicious! I’ve had it for probably more than a year now. Minus while on vacation. Oh and once a few weeks ago I thought I was getting tired of it so I had something else, and something felt “off” for the rest of the day until the next morning when I had “my” breakfast again! Now I just need to have a day where I eat only “breakfast” all day so I can try all of the breakfast recipes that look so delicious!

  10. Michaela says

    this looks so good! I personally do not like ice cream sandwiches, but they look delicious.
    I love oatmeal so much, I eat it nearly every day. The other days I just have plain fruit or some of your pancakes.

  11. Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles says

    I like where your head is at! ….I need to give up sweets altogether before 12:00 because it is making me have a sweet tooth all day long that I just can’t handle. It is getting out of control!!!! Even if it’s healthy sweets, I need to get this thing under control!
    I love oatmeal!!!

  12. Sadie says

    Ice cream for breakfast is a wonderful idea! In fact I eat frozen banana ice cream everyday for breakfast (along with my bowl of cereal; I <3 cereal)

  13. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    I AM SO DOING THIS NEXT PANCAKE SUNDAY!!! And you’d better be there too, or ELSE!! 😀

    I normally have oatmeal, but on other days I’ll go with a pizzert cos they are SO DARN GOOD!! Especially when slathered in peanut butter 😉

  14. Katie @ Nutrition in a peanut shell says

    When is ice cream for breakfast NOT a good idea? Specially when it’s healthy!
    However this reminds me of the time I threw a fit because my mom wouldn’t let me eat doritos for breakfast….but I was gonna have milk with it too!

  15. Emilia says

    Seriously, this is brilliant…I don’t quite have the proper words. The pictures are fantastic, too. Usually for breakfast I eat some kind of oatmeal, yogurt or cereal. I might not make these for breakfast, but I definitely see myself making them for dessert (or a special breakfast)!

  16. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles says

    Ice cream AND chocolate?? YES PLEASE! And for breakfast? ABSOLUTELY. Can you move in and make me dessert/breakfast? And dessert for breakfast?

    My oatmeal is reserved for my midnight snack. And by midnight I mean 9pm.

  17. Faith says

    I’ve been on a big pancake kick, but they always have to be topped with peanut butter sizzurp. Apple pancakes with extra cinnamon have been my favorite lately!

  18. Megan says

    So creative and they look SO good! I love the sprinkles too. I also used your vita-mix method yesterday for some frozen vanilla soy milk & banana…a satisfying snack for a sweltering Texas day. For breakfast I usually do whole grain pancakes or a vita-top, cottage cheese, banana with peanut butter, or a greek yogurt bowl with berries, flax, almonds, and peanut butter. However, I am currently doing cereal and soy milk for a change. I really want to try your pizzert and also the breakfast bakes on edible perspective!

  19. Leo says

    Mmm, my first thought when I saw the picture was “Yum… healthy vegan oreos!”

    then I read the title and though “double yum….healthy vegan ice cream sandwiches that look like oreos” (actually, no, not really, i was too distracted with the pancakes to do anything but drool- but you get the thought right?)

    Anyway, this is my way of saying I love your recipes, and the pictures and that it’s all healthy and vegan and yummy. I think sometimes I even think “Come on Katie, I want to see what today’s post is, don’t make me wait!”

    So, yeah, basically i love your blog

  20. Elise says

    Looks good!! I like my breakfasts hot, but I think my little sister would love this idea! Lucky I’m seeing her next weekend really. x

  21. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    Katie these look amazing! I love the dark, dark, darkness of the chocolate in them. Just posted some really dark choc cookies of my own. I know you and I can both handle and enjoy the really dark chocolate creations 🙂

    I love the shot of them with the sprinkles and the knocked over sprinkles. Just illustrating how sometime the tiny tweaks can just make a photo…amazing. However, when I try the “messy” look for my pics, sprinkles knocked, crumbs on a just looks…..messy. Not pretty like yours 🙂

  22. Kate (Bread & Chocolate) says

    I knew there was something I liked about you 🙂 I’ll scream for ice cream for breakfast. Great idea!

  23. Aine @ Something to Chew Over says

    They remind me of whoppie pies! Love the colourful sprinkle 🙂

    I nearly always have oats for breakfast – I’m hungry for the rest of the day if I don’t have them! And I love all the different variations I can have.

  24. Meg @ Maknwaves says

    You are so creative! And your recipes give me sooo many tasty options with my diet restrictions! I am definitely making these tonight 🙂

  25. Albizia says

    Ice cream for breakfast is not a new concept for me. Or for lunch. Or for dinner 😀 . I just love ice cream. For breakfast I have a huge variety of options. Some days I eat oatmeal and other days all I want is a crunchy toasted sandwich. I have eaten everything from cake to ramen or dinner leftovers for breakfast and I don’t mind it. There is something really cool in waking up on January, 1st and attacking the potatoes and the salads left from New Year’s dinner 😛 . But I haven’t had pancakes for breakfast for ages and this is sad because your pancakes look so freaking good that I don’t know how I still haven’t made them.

  26. Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas says

    At first I thought the filling would be plain ole jane banana soft serve, but not you girl, you spice it up!
    Ice cream for breakfast – why not. People eat cereal with milk i.e. calcium + grain = pancake ice cream sandwich! lol

  27. Tara says

    I’m not a big fan of pancakes — this might just change my mind. I love ice cream for breakfast! I like putting it on top of a breakfast cookie — it’s like double dessert!

  28. Moni'sMeals says

    yes, of course this is a good idea! I love eating out of the ordinary for breakfast. It is like a vacation if you think about it. 😉 I can’t help but laugh at all the times I eat pizza for breakfast!

  29. Abi says

    Ice cream for breakfast = AMAZING idea those look great, I think I’m going to make them the next time I’m in charge of watching my younger brother over night.

  30. Marianne says

    When my best friend and I used to have sleep overs as kids, her dad would make us homemade waffles in the morning for breakfast and we would get to eat them with ice cream. No wonder I loved sleeping over there all the time!

  31. Balancing Sylvia says

    These look great lady! And for once I can actually see the pictures. It’s been hit or miss the whole time whether or not your pictures will load for me but this time no issues 😀 Have a great day chica!

  32. Kara says

    Hey Katie, not sure if anyone has asked this already (on this post or the other chocolate pancake post), buuuut do you think these would turn out well if I used oat flour?

    • Kara says

      Just kidding, I went ahead and tried it anyway. I also added flax, added vanilla extract to the (massive) banana ice cream, and drizzled coconut butter on top of the whole thing.
      THIS is the new essential weekend recipe. Totally worth all the dishes I made. I honestly felt like I was eating a HUGE and decadent dessert for breakfast. Thank you soooooooo muuuuuuuch. I am going to make this for anyone and everyone.

  33. Jenny says

    Just made thes for a singel lady dinner. For my taste they need waaay more sweetner. Last year my sathurday breakfast was banana soft serve

    Hugs Jenny

  34. Chelsea says

    OMG I made these today and just WOW. Great recipe 😀

    As for the question of the day… I can’t say I’ve ever *had* ice cream for breakfast but it sure does sound like a good idea 😉 I usually have pancakes or a smoothie (or sometimes boring ol’ toast). I LOVE pancakes, so a chocolate pancake was something I knew immediately that I just had to try 🙂

  35. Kathy says

    For breakfast, I’ll usually eat pancakes, or oatmeal. I’ll have to be trying these soon! I think I’ll put in between them either a pureed frozen banana or Fage Greek yogurt if I have any in the house!

  36. Staci says

    Katie, these are delicious! I’ve made them twice–the first time I used regular Tollhouse cocoa, and the pancakes were NOTHING compared to the second time when I used the dark chocolate cocoa. The chocolate flavor was much less intense in the first batch. They weren’t bad, just lacked the chocolate flavor I was looking for. So fantastic for breakfast though!!!

      • Staci says

        It really is. Very versatile! I’m a cottage cheese fanatic (and also not vegan 😉 and love to experiment with adding different things to it. One day I was struck with the strange urge to add dark cocoa, peanut butter, and a touch of stevia. It was absolute heaven! My next adventure is the brownie batter dip you posted a while back–so much chocolate, so much happiness.

  37. Nicole @ BikramNic says

    My boyfriend LOVES ice-cream sandwiches.. those cheapy awful rectangle ones! I am going to surprise him with these tomorrow morning for a post-valentine breakfast! I’m planning on mixing in a little almond butter with a frozen banana for the ice-cream because he loves peanut butter. He always makes fun of me for my healthy pseudo-desserts so I’ll add quite a bit of agave to try to convince him its a treat!!

  38. Erica says

    I think I will be making some ice cream pancakes myself. I’m thinking about your snickerdoodle or banana pancakes w/ butter pecan ice cream 😛 I’m nuts over nuts!

  39. Emily says

    Hi Katie!! I love this whole blog so much, but especially your single-serving desserts. All to often I would skip out on baking because I didn’t want to have to deal with 36 of the same dessert myself (a single lady) but now I make a single serving something almost very night! I was wondering though, do you have all your single serving desserts in one list? I knew abou the cupcakes, but I didn’t see these until today. Thanks!

  40. latisha says

    ok, so just recently i had asked u if u had a wafer recipe to make ice cream sandwiches with… well i used this to inspire me! instead of making the batter in a skillet like a pancake i baked it in the oven…then when it cooled i stuck them in the freezer for a while… later put the ice cream in and then put them back in the freezer until frozen…. lets just say AAHHHHMAZING!!!! lol

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      You can use canola, veg oil, or melted coconut oil. If coconut oil, make sure any other liquid ingredients aren’t cold.

  41. Leslie says

    So i made this, and the pancakes by themselves were a bit blah, but as soon as we put ice cream on it it was so good. Like really really good. We used chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, but you can really use anything.

  42. Katherine says

    These are INSANELY delicious!!! I didn’t have any cocoa powder so I subbed it with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup and tasted UH-MAZING! It so gooey and perfect! I bet it would taste great with the cocoa powder but I’m sticking with the syrup. It was just too gooey and fabulous to forget. Love your work Katie. Made tons of your recipes but this one just killed me. Keep it up!

  43. Candice says

    I had these today for the zillionth time and thought it was time I tell you how much I love them! This is seriously the most genius idea ever thought of, ever. I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but this blog is my happy place! I like to put SO Delicious coconut milk chocolate ice cream on these pancakes. I’m so happy there’s someone who understands and nurtures my need for dessert breakfast! Family and friends think I’m a weirdo 😀

  44. Ayun says

    I don’t know why these didn’t work for me 🙁 I measured everything but I think the mixture was too dense? And I could do only 4 little, thick pancakes. It was delicious anyway, like all of your recipes haha.

  45. Teresa S says

    Could you make these whoopie pies???? Since finding out i have a wheat allergy i have really missed them. What would you use for the filling if you wanted to try it. HELP!!!

  46. Kaiser Brown says

    I made these and it was the most fun I had eating breakfast or any other meal for that matter in a long time! Next time I won’t refrigerate the batter as it got hard afterwards that’s why it’s so crumbly but tell the truth that was the best part! Thanks CCK!

  47. MPaula says

    As a kid I loved ice cream sandwiches. After many years without, I bought one and was so disappointed. It may have been the “ice milk” instead of ice cream or the fact that I had cleaned up my diet, but I have never tried again. I like using spelt flour. Now I just need to find something for the filling.
    I have pinned your list of desserts for one. I assume that mug cakes require a microwave, which I do not have. Do you have an alternate method? (I apologize if that makes me seem too lazy to check for myself.)

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