If you're a lover of nostalgic summer treats, this nicecream cake is for you! It exemplifies everything we love about summer. It's cold and refreshing, loaded with juicy summer berries, nestled onto a cookie crust, and decorated with just the right amount of flair to feel celebration-worthy.
But although this cake sounds complicated, it comes together in just several easy steps with surprisingly few ingredients. Because ice cream cakes are inherently make-ahead since they need to set in the freezer, this is a perfect dessert for a summer party since all the work happens in advance. Sounds like an excellent plan for a July 4th party to me!
Unlike most nostalgic ice cream desserts, this one is actually good for the body. The cookies, which you'll use in the crust, in the ice cream, and as garnishes, are made from oat flour (more on that below!) and get most of their fat from nut butter. The ice cream is actually a "nicecream", made from bananas with no added sweetener. The cake is exploding with fresh and nourishing summer berries, both in the nicecream and on top.
Because of all these tweaks, this is a summer dessert you can feel good about enjoying. It's free of refined grains, much lower in sugar than other similar recipes, and loaded with fruit. Win win win!
I even admit to having a slice for lunch after I photographed this recipe!
I'm excited to be bringing you this recipe in collaboration with Meli's Cookies. I'm such a huge fan of their cookie mixes and just can't seem to get enough of them. This is actually our third recipe together! Make sure to also check out this summery Chocolate Avocado Mousse Cookie Tart and these cozy Pumpkin Chocolate Cookie Trifles. This recipe uses their Rainbow Chip mix, which just seems so perfect for a nostalgic summer dessert.
Because I'm confident you'll love these cookies as much as I do, you'll actually use them in three different ways in this recipe! You'll make the dough as directed, then bake a few mini cookies to decorate the top of the cake. You'll also bake normal-sized cookies which you'll use to make the crust (it's just cookie crumbs and peanut butter!) and to crush up inside the nicecream. When it comes to cookies, more is more is more, right??
Meli's Cookies are made with whole foods like oat flour and oats, so they're a much more nourishing way to indulge in a sweet treat. Their cookie mixes are certified gluten free, kosher, and preservative free, and the resulting cookies are surprisingly protein-rich since you'll add some nut butter into the dough. You can find these awesome mixes at lots of retailers nationwide, but you can also get them online.
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
This nicecream cake is everything I've ever wanted in a summer dessert! It's nostalgic and refreshing, colorful and summery. Yet it's also filled with nourishing ingredients and loaded with summer berries. It comes together quickly and actually mandates being made ahead of time, so it's a great option for entertaining since all the work can be done a day or two in advance.
This cake is sure to put a smile on everyone's face. Happy summer!
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Disclosure: This recipe has been developed through a paid partnership with Meli's Cookies. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.
Exploding with juicy berries and crunchy cookie chunks, this nicecream cake is a summer dream. It's the perfect make-ahead dessert for all your holiday get-togethers and outdoor parties this season!