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).
Homemade Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes
~ 4-Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches from Healthful Pursuit ~ Leanne’s simple treats are: “Quick and easy ice cream sandwiches made with crushed gluten-free cereal, vegan chocolate chips, macadamias and banana soft serve.”~ Brownie Cookie and Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches from Against All Grain ~ Danielle uses her Brownie Corner Cookies and creamy Coffee Ice Cream to make these out-of-the-world ice cream sandwiches!
~ Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Fearless Dining ~ Sandi uses either her homemade gluten-free brownie mix or a ready-made gluten-free brownie mix. Likewise, she says you can use store-bought ice cream. Last, as you can see, she dresses her ice cream sandwiches with sprinkles or chopped peanuts (or nuts). I’m sure you know which ingredients your family and friends will love!
~ Caramel Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Fit Cookie ~ Sarah creates the cookie dough and caramel layers and relies on So Delcious Cookie Dough Ice Cream for the ice cream layer. The resulting ice cream sandwiches are not only gluten free but also dairy free, egg free, and vegan. She said: “My kids loved these, and were so excited that there was a decadent ice cream treat that they could eat. We had some friends try these ice cream sandwiches as well, and they didn’t even know they were allergy friendly. Win!”
~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Making It Milk Free ~ Lacy uses her gluten-free, allergy-friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies and any flavor of So Delicious Cashew Milk Frozen Dessert to make her ice cream sandwiches.
~ Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches from Gluten-Free Palate ~ As you can see, Chrystal’s ice cream sandwiches, which use gluten-free graham crackers, have a bit of festive holiday flair, which can be easily omitted during the rest of the year.
~ Classic Paleo Ice Cream Sandwiches from Against All Grain ~ Despite looking like the ice cream sandwiches we remember from childhood, Danielle’s luscious ice cream sandwiches are made using coconut flour, coconut milk, arrowroot powder, and a few other simple ingredients.
~ Classic Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches from Better Batter ~ Naomi admits that her recipe requires some planning and prep but her ice cream sandwiches taste like the ones you remember–and they’re gluten free and vegan (no dairy, no eggs). She says that “most recipes out there either give you a recipe for crisp wafer or a soft cookie. The best texture – the one closest to the commercial variety – combines these. Any good recipe for an ice cream sandwich requires cookies that are soft when frozen but still firm when thawed.”
~ Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches from Flippin’ Delicious ~ Brianna used her very popular edible cookie dough for the outside and So Delicious Coconut Cookie Dough Frozen Dessert for the filling so these ice cream sandwiches give you double the cookie dough factor! She does add that you could use So Delicious Cashew Chocolate Cookies and Cream Frozen Dessert for the filling if you prefer. All these options are not only gluten free but also dairy free and vegan.
~ Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches from Unconventional Baker ~ Audrey says it best: “Cashew + Vanilla + Banana + Chocolate Fudge… this is what summertime tastes like … No baking, no churning, but lots of delicious “ice cream” in sandwich form seemed the way to go.” I love that her recipe is also gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. She says that you can even turn this recipe into an ice cream cake if you like. Ice cream cakes are always a huge hit!
~ Kitchen Sink Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ Once you see the ingredients in Jeanine’s Kitchen Sink Cookies, you’ll agree that they earn their name. I bet you’ll also agree with this statement once you give her ice cream sandwich recipe a try: “These chewy cookies, which are are slightly crisp around the edges, are great paired with a tall glass of cold milk. But, they are also the perfect cookie to pair with your favourite gluten free ice cream.”
~ Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches from Better Batter ~ Naomi says: “My neighbor cries with glee when I share this classic dessert on summer nights. These ice cream sandwiches are a delightful departure from the norm when you swap in Mexican chocolate for regular chocolate chips.”
~ Mini “Oatmeal” Raisin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Daily Bites ~ Hallie uses a grain-free “oatmeal” cookie, which contains two key ingredients, and ready-made dairy-free ice cream to create her gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan mini ice cream sandwiches.~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Paleo Mom ~ Sarah points out that there are so many options for dairy-free ice cream now compared to just a few years ago. She says you can use one of those ready-made ice cream products or “go ahead and make your own ice cream!” She adds: “I think they taste better 100% homemade anyway!” ~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sarah Bakes Gluten-Free ~ Sixteen of Sarah’s perfect chocolate chip cookies (which have an easy dairy-free option) give you eight fantastic Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Fill them with the ice cream of your choice. Her family recommends vanilla bean ice cream.
~ Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches from Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ Linda’s recipe is grain free, dairy free, egg free, and vegan. The ice cream recipe is so simple and delicious that you might want to try it on its own some time!
~ Chocolate Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ From Kim: “Cookies and cream ice cream is sandwiched between two soft and cakey rich chocolate cookies in these gluten-free ice cream sandwiches. They’re everything you could want in an ice cream sandwich and more!” As you can see, she used a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter to make her ice cream sandwiches as she made them and then took them to Disneyworld so she could enjoy a ready-made ice cream sandwich like other guests.
~ Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches from Petite Allergy Treats ~ Laura gives you the skinny on her pretty, healthy, and delicious version of ice cream sandwiches: “They are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, egg free, peanut free, tree nut free and free of the top 8 food allergens. The filling is pure banana, nothing else. Overall, a healthy cool treat just in time for summer.”
~ Coconut Cacao Nib and Banana Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Mommy Bowl ~ Deanna’s grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and raw ice cream sandwiches are full of delicious, nutrient-dense ingredients.
~ Patriotic Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ Red, white, and blue star cookies will grab everyone’s attention, which makes them the ideal way to showcase these PB&J ice cream-filled treats. They’re the perfect treat for holidays like Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veteran’s Day but to be honest, there’s no occasion where patriotic treats won’t be appreciated.
~ Peanut Butter & Roasted Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches from Simply Quinoa ~ Alyssa’s ice cream sandwiches are made from her three-ingredient roasted banana ice cream and whole-grain peanut butter cookies. They’re gluten free, dairy free, and—as I like to say—“more free.”~ Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches from Gluten-Free Gobsmacked ~ Show your love by offering up Kate’s ice cream sandwiches, which are made using homemade gluten-free, heart-shaped chocolate cookies and ready-made ice cream. ~ Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches from Go Dairy Free ~ This recipe uses ready-made ingredients—gluten-free, dairy-free graham crackers and ice cream—for quick “homemade” treats! ~ Ice Cream Sandwiches from Elana’s Pantry ~ Elana uses her famous vegan chocolate chip cookies and her vegan vanilla ice cream to create these mini irresistible ice cream sandwiches. ~ Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches from No Gluten, No Problem ~ Pete and Kelli use ready-made vanilla ice cream and homemade “unleavened chocolate cake-cookie” to create a classic gluten-free version of ice cream sandwiches. ~ Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches from GF Jules ~ Jules’ ice cream sandwiches are made from her delicious chocolate chip cookies and ready-made ice cream for a gluten-free, dairy-free frozen treat.
~ Crisp Chocolate Wafer Ice Cream Sandwiches from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ Jeanine makes crisp chocolate wafers (what she calls “Oreo knockoffs”) and fills them with ready-made ice cream. As her photo shows, you can gussy them up even more by rolling them in sprinkles, nuts, etc.~ Chocolate-Coated Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches from Cuter Than Gluten ~ Dawn’s ice cream sandwiches use unbaked egg-free cookie dough dipped in chocolate for the outsides and homemade or ready-made chocolate ice cream for the filling. For the final touch, they’re rolled in chocolate bar pieces and peanuts, if you wish. Oh, I do! ~ Hot Fudge Ice Cream Sandwiches from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ Lynn uses her gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, ready-made ice cream, and a layer of her homemade hot fudge to create these decadent ice cream sandwiches. ~ Ice Cream Sandwiches from Forest and Fauna (this site is no longer active so, I’ve linked to the recipe via the Wayback Machine) ~ Andrea covers so many allergen-free bases with these gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, raw, and paleo treats. Check out her post to see more variations!
~ Chocolate Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Spunky Coconut ~ Kelly’s gluten-free, dairy-free ice cream sandwiches are made from her healthy grain-free chocolate biscotti recipe as well as her chocolate ice cream recipe from The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cookbook. However, ready-made chocolate ice cream may be used instead.
~ Nutter Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches (Low Carb) from All Day I Dream About Food ~ Not only are the cookies that “sandwich” the ice cream made using peanut butter, but the homemade no-churn ice cream filling also includes peanut butter. Double peanut butter, folks! These ice cream sandwiches are not only ideal for those who love peanut butter but also for folks who are eating grain free and low carb.
~ Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches from All Day I Dream About Food ~ Here’s yet another ice cream sandwich recipe from Carolyn. This one with one of my very favorite flavor variations–Snickerdoodle! This recipe is grain-free, sugar free, and keto.
~ Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Jeanette’s Healthy Living ~ Jeanette made gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches and she shared: “for a most decadent, celebratory touch, I melted some dairy-free/soy-free chocolate chips and drizzled it on top of the chocolate chip ice cream sandwich just like Chef Locricchio’s recipe in Teen Cuisine.”~ Paleo Mallomar Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Paleo Mom ~ One batch of Sarah’s Magic Shell, one batch of her Paleo Graham Crackers, and one batch of her Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream and you’ll have these fabulous-looking Mallomar Ice Cream Sandwiches. ~ Broinhas and Sweet Corn Ice Cream Sandwiches from In Johnna’s Kitchen ~ Johnna made these ice cream sandwiches using Broinhas, which are Brazilian Corn Cookies, and Sweet Corn Ice Cream. She says that this gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free combination of shortbread-style cookies and creamy mildly sweet ice cream “made a terrific hot day dessert!”
~ Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Non-Dairy Queen ~ Sarena uses her homemade gluten-free pizzelles to make her ice cream sandwiches. So pretty and so tasty!
~ Paleo Ice Cream Sandwiches from Oatmeal with a Fork ~ Lauren uses a healthier “ice cream” filling for her lighter, paleo-friendly ice cream sandwich treats. I love their Whoopie Pie appearance!~ Raw Ice Cream Sandwiches from Oatmeal with a Fork ~ Lauren pleased her whole family—including her brother-in-law, “the hardcore junk food enthusiast with a penchant for Oreos and ice cream”—with these nut-free, chocolaty cookie and avocado ice cream sandwiches. ~ Go Bananas! Chocolate Almond “Ice Cream” Sandwiches from Pocketfuls ~ Lisa uses several different ingredients to create the magic in her gluten-free, vegan treats.
~ Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Ice Cream Sandwich from Tasty Yummies ~ Simple banana “ice cream” is Beth’s filling for her sandwich made from flourless, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and paleo nut-butter (or sun butter) based chocolate chip cookies.
~ S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches from Fork and Beans ~ Cara calls these: “A more grown-up and allergen-friendly way to enjoy your S’mores by the campfire.” There are never enough ways to get one’s S’mores fix!
I bet it will take only one of these homemade gluten-free ice cream sandwich recipes to prove to you that they are by far the best!
Originally published July 29, 2014; updated August 2, 2022.