The third flavor of my latest obsession (well - maybe obsession is a little strong ;) )
A Strawberries & Cream (pg. 267) caught my eye. I experimented with non-dairy ice creams last summer. I made several that were ok but none that we LOVED. My daughter really wanted strawberry ice cream. This recipe looked like it might fit the bill. It's dairy free although high in fat for what I typically eat. Ice cream is a treat though, right? And these are all good fats from whole foods. Well, we made it and loved it. I was able to get great fresh organic strawberries at our local grocery store. Truly it is a fresh, fruity, creamy ice cream. But this is supposed to be about chocolate, right! I'm getting there.
Ok. Now to the latest in this series...Chocolate Peanut butter. How could you go wrong? Chocolate and peanut butter are two of my favorite things. Technically there is no recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream in the cookbook but there is Chocolate Hazelnut (pg. 265) and a Vanilla Hazelnut (pg. 264). Chocolate Hazelnut sounds awesome as well but I didn't have hazelnut butter on hand and I was honestly responding to a spontaneous craving for ice cream - preferably chocolate. Sooo... I created my own using, Dreena's as a guide. Here it is:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
1 can coconut milk (regular, not low fat)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened plain Almond milk)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons sugar (I used sucanat - unprocessed sugar.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Blend ingredients in blender then transfer to your ice cream freezer following the instructions for your ice cream maker.
I use a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker like this. I really like it. The ice cream was frozen in about 30 minutes.
You certainly could sub the peanut butter for another nut butter. I also want to make this recipe again and try swirling peanut butter into the ice cream (when the ice cream is nearly fully frozen). Chocolate chips or crumbled graham crackers would be great too or a combination of the two for a Smores effect. So many options!
In the meantime, enjoy a little chocolate peanut butter ice cream. :)