Ice Cream Grahamwiches

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The scrumptious filling used in this ice cream sandwich recipe with graham crackers is a combination of sweet sugar-free whipped topping and sugar-free chocolate pudding, for a less-guilty version of this summer treat.

stack of ice cream sandwiches with graham crackers.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to make what I call ice cream grahamwiches. They’re lower in sugar than their ice cream sandwich counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they’re less flavorful. 

In the summer, I love to have tasty treats in my freezer handy should unexpected guests drop by. This recipe is the kid’s version of Granny Jordan’s frozen cranberry banana salads on both counts. They are easy to make (of course) and the filling’s made with a sweet and creamy combination of sugar-free whipped topping and sugar-free pudding instead of ice cream. That means the only sugar is the small amount you’ll find in the graham crackers and the sprinkles if you use them.

Personally, I use chopped nuts on mine or leave them plain; saving the sprinkled ones for the kidders. If you make these, you’ll end up with at least 30. I quit after 30 and started passing out spoons for all of us to lick what was left in the bowl. ~smiles~

This ice cream sandwich with graham crackers recipe is a game-changer. They taste just like ice cream sandwiches, but with a bit more flavor to them and a lot less guilt. Who can resist that? I’ve included some options below on how you can adapt these faux ice cream sandwiches to suit you and your family. Let’s go!

Ingredients for ice cream sandwich with graham crackers recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Graham crackers
  • Sugar-free whipped topping
  • Milk
  • Sugar-free instant pudding mix
  • Optional: sprinkles and chopped nuts

How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches With Graham Crackers

Add chocolate pudding and milk to a medium bowl.

Add your chocolate pudding mix to the milk in a medium bowl; using the amounts called for on the package.

Mix ingredients together.

Mix that up for about two minutes, until well blended.

Add whipped topping to bowl and mix again.

When your pudding is all mixed up, add whipped topping and mix again until well blended.

There we go, all whipped up! This will be smooth and creamy, the perfect “faux ice cream” for our grahamwiches! This really is delicious and I hope you try it. Make them with your kids or grandkids or save ’em all for yourself, whatever cranks yer tractor.  I’ve been known to make these and keep them all to myself for a least a month before letting other folks know they exist.

Graham crackers ready to make ice cream sandwiches.

Break graham crackers in half and place them on a plate to get ready to make these.

This is just the amount I started out with, I ended up using about double this.

Put a dollop of cream on half of a graham cracker.

Put a dollop of cream on half of a graham cracker.

Add another graham cracker on top to make an ice cream sandwich.

Top with another.

Press each side into sprinkles.

For the kids, I pour out some sprinkles on a plate and just gently press each side into them.

Or press each side into chopped nuts.

I love the crushed nuts on them for me. You get the whole salty, chocolaty, sweet thing goin’ on!

Plain ice cream grahamwich.

Plain is also delicious though!

You can smooth the sides with a butter knife or the back of a spoon if you like.

Place in freezer bags and store in the freezer.

I put each one in a cheap little sandwich baggie and then place all of the baggies in the freezer until we need them.

They will be frozen in an hour or so. This is important to know because Katy kept coming to “check”on them.

Stack of ice cream sandwiches with graham crackers.

With sugar-free pudding, sugar-free whipped topping, and naturally low in sugar graham crackers, these ice cream grahamwiches are for everyone!


When stored as directed, these ice cream sandwiches with last for up to 6 months in the freezer.

Recipe Notes

  • You can also make these with regular pudding and regular whipped topping if you prefer.
  • For something different, use chocolate graham crackers instead.
  • Another option is to mix the sprinkles or chopped nuts into the whipped topping before spreading it onto the graham crackers. Other mix-in ideas are mini chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, mini M&Ms, or toffee bits.
  • Use whichever instant pudding mix you prefer. You might opt for sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix, lemon pudding, or strawberry pudding instead.
  • To make this a gluten-free ice cream sandwich recipe, use gluten-free graham crackers and gluten-free instant pudding.

Check out these other irresistible ice cream treats:

Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

Homemade Peach Ice Cream (No Eggs Needed)

Mint Oreo Ice Cream Pie

Fried Ice Cream Milkshakes

No Churn Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Grahamwiches

The filling used in this ice cream sandwich recipe with graham crackers is a combination of sugar-free whipped topping and sugar-free chocolate pudding for a less-guilty sweet summer treat.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: icecream
Servings: 30
Calories: 345kcal


  • 30 graham crackers broken in half
  • 1 large box sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip Lite
  • milk according to pudding package
  • sprinkles and chopped nuts optional


  • Prepare pudding with milk according to package directions. Add whipped topping and blend until smooth.
    1 large box sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix, 8 ounces Cool Whip Lite, milk
  • Place a large dollop on a graham cracker and top with another. Dip each side into sprinkles or nuts if desired.
    30 graham crackers, sprinkles and chopped nuts
  • Place in individual zipper seal sandwich bags and freeze until firm.


Calories: 345kcal
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  1. Birthday blessings for Brady, he is so handsome, I so enjoyed reading this account of your journey into motherhood, I so relate, I guess both you and I found out that they won’t/didn’t break. ~wink~ Thank you for sharing this recipe, it looks and sounds scrumptious.

  2. I made these over the weekend and we love them! We drink skim milk so I used that and lite Cool Whip and used 1/2 the milk as the box instructed. Using the large box of pudding I think I made up about 28-30 squares. The little sandwiches give us just enough to satisfy our sweet tooth, but not too much. Thank you!

    1. I made these again yesterday using lemon sugar free pudding and no nuts. Oh my! They were luscious. My husband doesn’t like lemon desserts, so I have them all to myself! Thanks again for a simple, awesome summer time recipe!

  3. I love these, although I altered the recipe a tad. Instead of milk I used almond milk, and I’m not huge on sugar free things because of aspartame so I got a 50 calorie mousse but because of that I had to leave it in the freezer for 15 min so it could thicken a bit so I could put it in between the graham crackers. I also opted out of sprinkles and went straight for crushed peanuts. Came to 83 calories per serving with only 2g of sugar. And it hit the spot just right. Thanks so much for such a great idea!

  4. YAY! I just made these for myself and my husband as a special treat for after dinner… Although I used heavy whipping cream to make my own whipped cream from scratch [less sugar and yucky stuff that way]… I CANNOT wait for them to finish freezing! YAY!

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