GreenChef Russel James | Cacao Pistachio Florentine Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

mintice GreenChef Russel James | Cacao Pistachio Florentine Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

Cacao Pistachio Florentine and Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

Serves 4

For the Ice Cream:

2 Cups Cashews

1/2 Cup Coconut Butter/Oil

1/4 Cup Agave Nectar

1 Vanilla Pod

1 Cup Almond Milk*

1 Tsp Lemon Juice

1/2 Cup tightly-packed Fresh Mint Leaves

Step 1: Scrape the inside of the vanilla pod, and discard the outer part. Alternatively, you can leave the outer part in water to infuse, making ‘vanilla water’.

Step 2: Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.

Step 3: Pour mixture into 4, round, equal-sized moulds and place in the freezer to set. I used metal rings with plastic film stretched over the base of them.

For the Florentines:

1/2 Cup Cashews

3T cacao powder

1/4c melted cacao butter

1/2t lemon juice

3T agave nectar

1/4c almond milk

1/4c cacao nibs

1/2c pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

* The almond milk you need for this recipe can be be made by blending 1c soaked almonds in 2c of pure water. You should then strain the mixture through a nut milk bag, or a sieve if you don’t have a nut milk bag.

Step 1: Blend all ingredients, with the exception of the cacao nibs and pistachio nuts, in a high speed blender until smooth.

Step 2: Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in the cacao nibs and pistachios.

Step 3: Use a spoon to form 8 Florentines (circles as big as the ice cream moulds you used) on some non-stick paper and place in the freezer to set. If you haven’t got enough room in your freezer to lay them out flat, you can put them in the fridge first, until they are firm enough to stack up in the freezer.

Step 4: Remove the ice cream and Florentines from the freezer 1 – 2 hours before serving.

Step 5: Assemble the sandwiches with one Florentine on the bottom, and one on the top, of the ice cream that you removed from the moulds.

Step 6: Decorate the outside of the mint ice cream with some more chopped pistachio nuts.

  • Aria

    Hey Russel,

    I am making my version of your recipe and i gotta question: how the heck do you get this ice cream to turn green…?? please divulge to a fellow greenchef…. :)

  • Russell James | Raw

    Hi Aria,

    It's the mint leaves that turn it green.

  • Aria

    well, then that must be some powerful mint leaves you are using cause mine only turned it a soft greenish…not the gorgeous green in the pic…I'm shooting for the gorg green… ;)

  • vegobsessionchick

    OMG this looks AMAZING!!!!
    I just want to jump into this photo and eat them!

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