Chocolate-Strawberry Muffin Ice Cream Sandwiches

~ Take deliciously healthy breakfast muffins … add a little ice cream … and you’ve got an easy, decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate, they’re sweet, satisfying and summery! Yep – bake just one batch of muffins, and you’ve got two recipes in one … awesome x2! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Freezable    Make Ahead    Vegetarian  

~ by Amy
Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

I have many hobbies, and prominent among them is finding ways to combine things I like (which I’ve decided counts as a separate hobby).

I like writing … and cooking. So I write about cooking!

I like drumming … and running (see my post about why HERE). So I listen to music while I run, and time my footsteps and breathing to the drumbeats!

I like ice cream … and muffins … and being healthy. So I dreamed up this recipe for Muffin Ice Cream Sandwiches, which perfectly combines all three!

Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Now, maybe you’ve tried our Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries … and maybe you haven’t. (In which case, I would strongly advise you to do so. Like, now. Stop reading this. Go make muffins.)

If you’re still reading this, I can safely assume you’ve already delighted in the chocolaty wonderfulness of those yummy muffins. (Or you’re someone who maybe needs to revisit first grade and work on following simple instructions. Ahem … Go.Make.Muffins.)

Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Ok … so moving forward, let’s assume we’ve all followed the rules, and baked ourselves up some muffin joy. I think we can all agree that they’re pretty amazing on their own.

But there are few good things that can’t be improved upon by adding another good thing … like ice cream. Ice cream is a very good thing.

Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Seriously people, this is simple logic. Those of you who went through first grade (and therefore were able to follow my instructions and make muffins and are happier, better people now because of it) have got this easy addition covered. So, all together now: What’s one plus one? Two!

Add delicious muffins + ice cream, and what do you get? Two recipes!!! A deliciously nutritious breakfast muffin and a mind-blowingly easy, scrumptious dessert!

Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

And really, what’s better than yummy, healthy muffins? Mind-blowing, healthy Muffin Ice Cream Sandwiches, of course!

At my house, we learned all about this delicious little mathematical equation after our photo shoot for the chocolate-strawberry muffins. We’d baked a lot of muffins! We happily began munching our way through them … and then somebody (let’s just say I was the genius on this one) decided to add some ice cream.

Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Poof! Mathematical magic happened. Muffin (awesome thing) + ice cream (awesome thing) = awesome x2. Turning those extra muffins into ice cream sandwiches was a crazy-brilliant idea! Seriously … awesome x2!

I really COULD.NOT.WAIT for summer to roll around, so I could share this little invention with you. It’s possible that all muffins everywhere are secretly waiting and wishing … hoping to become part of a magical math problem involving ice cream. Who knows …

Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

But one thing is a certainty: bake just one batch of muffins, and you’ve got this equation …

Muffins for breakfast + Muffin ice cream sandwiches for dessert = Happy kiddos … and a happy you, because you just saved yourself a ton of time (two recipes for the effort of one!).

Because sometimes, 1 + 1 equals more than 2! Sometimes it equals awesome x2 …

Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

… and these Muffin Ice Cream Sandwiches prove it!

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Chocolate-Strawberry Muffin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Preparation 2017-03-25T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 2017-03-25T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 12 ice cream sandwiches     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut each muffin in half horizontally.
  2. Scoop 1½ tablespoons of ice cream onto the bottom half of each muffin, and place the top half of each muffin back on top to finish each ice cream sandwich.
  3. Enjoy immediately, or see the note below to make these ahead.

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Recipe Notes

Yield: We wrote this recipe for an entire batch of 12 muffins (although the original muffin recipe allows for variance in muffin size and specifies a yield of 12-16 muffins). However, the whole point is that you will likely have enjoyed muffins throughout the day for breakfast – or even snacks – so you can adjust the exact yield depending on how many muffins you have left to make ice cream sandwiches by the time dessert rolls around in the evening. Basically, for each ice cream sandwich, you will need 1½ tablespoons of ice cream for filling.

Baking: When we're planning to make ice cream sandwiches from a batch of muffins, we prefer to bake the muffins without paper muffin cup liners, mostly because they just look nicer. However, they will still turn out perfectly fine if you use paper cup liners – just be sure to peel the liners off before cutting the muffins in half. If you do choose to bake the muffins without liners like we did here, it's important to coat the muffin pan well with nonstick spray, before putting in the batter, since the muffins have a tendency to stick to the sides of the pan.

Make-ahead tips: We love these ice cream sandwiches eaten right away, as we make them, but we've also tested them as make-aheads that you can stock in the freezer (which works great, too). To stock up, simply make the ice cream sandwiches as directed, and then wrap each ice cream sandwich individually in plastic wrap and store them in an air-tight freezer bag. Once frozen, you'll probably want to let the ice cream sandwiches thaw slightly before enjoying – we've found the exact time varies depending on how cold the freezer is (we keep our two freezers at two slightly different temperatures), but a few minutes is all it should take, depending on exactly how soft you'd like the muffin and the ice cream filling to be.

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Chocolate-Strawberry Muffin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Author: Two Healthy Kitchens
Serves: 12 ice cream sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 1 batch of 12 [u][url href=”http://twohealthykitchens.com/2016/02/11/healthy-double-chocolate-muffins-with-fresh-strawberries/”]Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries[/url][/u], baked (see note) and cooled completely
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of your favorite reduced-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt (preferably organic or all-natural)
Instructions
  1. Cut each muffin in half horizontally.
  2. Scoop 1 1/2 tablespoons of ice cream onto the bottom half of each muffin, and place the top half of each muffin back on top to finish each ice cream sandwich.
  3. Enjoy immediately, or see the note below to make these ahead.
Notes
[b]Yield:[/b] We wrote this recipe for an entire batch of 12 muffins (although the original muffin recipe allows for variance in muffin size and specifies a yield of 12-16 muffins). However, the whole point is that you will likely have enjoyed muffins throughout the day for breakfast – or even snacks – so you can adjust the exact yield depending on how many muffins you have left to make ice cream sandwiches by the time dessert rolls around in the evening. Basically, for each ice cream sandwich, you will need 1 1/2 tablespoons of ice cream for filling.[br][br][b]Baking:[/b] When we’re planning to make ice cream sandwiches from a batch of muffins, we prefer to bake the muffins without paper muffin cup liners, mostly because they just look nicer. However, they will still turn out perfectly fine if you use paper cup liners – just be sure to peel the liners off before cutting the muffins in half. If you do choose to bake the muffins without liners like we did here, it’s important to coat the muffin pan well with nonstick spray, before putting in the batter, since the muffins have a tendency to stick to the sides of the pan.[br][br][b]Make-ahead tips:[/b] We love these ice cream sandwiches eaten right away, as we make them, but we’ve also tested them as make-aheads that you can stock in the freezer (which works great, too). To stock up, simply make the ice cream sandwiches as directed, and then wrap each ice cream sandwich individually in plastic wrap and store them in an air-tight freezer bag. Once frozen, you’ll probably want to let the ice cream sandwiches thaw slightly before enjoying – we’ve found the exact time varies depending on how cold the freezer is (we keep our two freezers at two slightly different temperatures), but a few minutes is all it should take, depending on exactly how soft you’d like the muffin and the ice cream filling to be.
Take delicious, healthy breakfast muffins … add ice cream … and you’ve got a decadent dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Bursting with fresh strawberries and double chocolate! One batch of muffins = two great recipes! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
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Chocolate-Strawberry Muffin Ice Cream Sandwiches — 16 Comments

    • Hi Amelie! These ice cream sandwiches really are such a beloved summer treat around our house – I’m so excited for you to try them, too! As a busy mom, I think what I love most of all is that they do double (or triple!) duty, as yummy breakfast muffins, grab-and-go muffin snacks later in the day … and then a decadent but healthy dessert, too! So versatile, all from one recipe! Enjoy! 😀 ~Shelley

    • I’m so glad you like it! It’s a perfect guilt-free dessert, and you can make a ton to keep in your freezer for whenever you get a muffin craving! (Does everyone get muffin cravings? Maybe that’s just me! 😉 ) ~Amy

    • It is! The best part is when the ice cream starts to melt into the muffin just a little bit! I would highly recommend making these with freshly baked, still-warm muffins — or, once they’ve cooled, just pop them into the microwave for a few seconds! The contrast between cold ice cream and warm muffin is heavenly, plus, as you said, it makes the muffins extra moist! ~Amy

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