National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is here once again so I’ve updated this collection of wonderful homemade gluten-free ice cream sandwich recipes for you. You’re going to love checking out all the choices and hopefully, soon, you’ll also making one of these recipes. All of us could benefit from an ice cream sandwich in our lives, right?Before we get to the recipes, I’m going to share two “cheater” versions. One is to make gluten-free Ice Cream Sandwiches using gluten-free cookies such as gluten-free Vanilla Wafers. Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures told me she does that in this version.
You could also use gluten-free animal crackers to make mini ice cream sandwiches or homemade gluten-free animal crackers (using larger animal cookie cutters) to make animal-themed ice cream sandwiches that kids of all ages will enjoy! What’s better than a regular ice cream sandwich? Definitely an animal ice cream sandwich. Especially when you make it using your favorite animal cookies! I mean personally, I’d love an elephant ice cream sandwich!
Want a fancier quick and easy homemade ice cream sandwich? Use these pretty and absolutely scrumptious ready-made gluten-free Pizelles. Order from the maker, Bella Lucia, or Vitacost. (These are not affiliate links; I’m simply a fan.)
One additional note … there are ready-made gluten-free ice cream sandwiches on the market today. To date, I have not consumed any of them. Let me tell you why.
All of the brands I’ve seen to date are made by companies that also make gluten-full products. Some of them are made on the same equipment as the gluten-full versions. Some of them contain oats via oat milk, oat fiber, and/or oat flour.
I’ve yet to see any such products say they use certified gluten-free purity protocol oats. While most of these products are certified gluten free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group, which certifies products to less than 10 ppm gluten. You can read more about their certification process on their website.
I don’t believe that any product that contains “mainstream” oats—oats that are grown in the same fields as gluten-containing grains, processed on the same harvesting equipment as those grains, and/or processed in the same facility—is safe. Period. These oats are also called sorted oats or mechanically sorted oats because mechanical sorting is the process that manufacturers use to remove the gluten grains, as many of them as possible anyway. Such sorting NEVER removes all the gluten grains. And certification can never ensure that every single item made by a company is safe. There are gluten hot spots with such oats. A fact that I talked about at length in regard to “gluten-free” Cheerios. Cheerios are not safe for anyone who eats gluten free for medical reasons (e.g., celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity).