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Accidental Paleo Ice Cream Cake

Sometimes good things come out of mistakes. I wouldn't say what happened was really a "mistake" but it just didn't work the way I thought it might. So, first it started with trying to make ice cream. I have a Kitchen Aid mixer and I also have the ice cream attachment, which is just a bowl that goes in the freezer and then you "churn" the ice cream batter with a special mixing paddle in the frozen bowl. 

I had found a new recipe recently that claimed if I added a mixture of coconut milk, honey and cocoa  powder to my ice cream maker it would come out like soft serve. Usually recipes require you to make some sort of custard base first and then after the churning you usually freeze it for a little while to make hard ice cream. I was a little skeptical, but I tried it. My fears were confirmed, after several minutes of churning the mix was not changing consistency. I decided to remove the paddle and cover the bowl and place it in my freezer. The next night I took it out to thaw for about an hour and then scooped it like hard ice cream, my companion and I agreed it was yummy. Therefore, it was not a complete failure.

But, alas, I would stumble upon another way to make this creation even more spectacular. Enter, coconut brownie bites.

I combined coconut flakes, cocoa powder, honey, and coconut oil in my food processor, expecting when I pulsed it around a few times it would become dough like and I could bake them as little cookie/brownie bites. They did not form into a dough and left with this crumbled mess I decided to bake them anyway thinking I could use it like granola to top fruit or ice cream or whatever. I bake it, take it out of the oven and test a little with a spoon, it reminded me of crunchy cookie stuff that Carvel uses in their ice cream cakes. Right then and there my brain started working overtime.  And something amazing was created.

I call it Accidental Paleo Ice Cream Cake. So, I let the "cookie crumble" cool and took my container of paleo ice cream out of the freezer to thaw. When they were ready, I took a pie tin and spread the "cookie crumble" in the bottom, I dumped the thawed ice cream on top and spread it around, trying to make the layers even. I covered it with foil and put it in the freezer.

Later that evening I told my dining companion I had a special dessert. I took it out of the freezer and cut it like a pie slice. It was delicious. I can't believe how much it reminded me of Carvel Ice Cream Cake. When I asked my companion what he thought he said, "I could eat 5 more". I guess that means it was good.

I think next I'll try using vanilla and chocolate ice cream and put the layer of "cookie crumble" in between. Yum. Drool.


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