Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Peanut Butter (sort of healthy) Ice Cream


In my continuing efforts to eat only ice cream this summer...

Forget the chocolate milk. You ready to up your post workout recovery, uh, "drink" game? Of course you are.

Because this is ice cream.

That you can feel kind of sort of good about eating. It's mostly milk and peanut butter. And, yes, I did eat some after my workout today. And, no, I did not regret it. And, even though I'm being a wee bit facetious with the whole ice cream recovery drink thing--you can for real drink this and it really will help you recover. It's full of tons of protein, a little fat, and some sugar (so much less sugar and cream than regular ice cream, though). It wins over Gatorade by, like, 10 million percent.

It's also delightfully cheap for something with delightfully real ingredients.

I've made several changes to the original recipe that make this easier, quicker, and creamier. If you have a cheap-o ice cream maker like me, this will come out more like a soft serve or milk shake. you can freeze it overnight, or eat it quickly (you can guess which option I chose...).

Happy Summer!!!

Peanut Butter (sort of healthy) Ice Cream
makes 1 quart
Prep time: 5 minutes 
Mix time: 20 minutes
Cost: $2.00 (or $.50/ 1 C serving)
milk: .40, cream: .25, peanut butter: .50, sugar: .15, vanilla: .15, chocolate chips: .55

Note: You can also use 2 1/4 C milk and 3/4 C cream

2 1/2 C milk (we used 2 %)

1/2 C cream
1/2 C creamy peanut butter
6 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2-1 C chocolate chips, optional

Combine milk, cream, peanut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla in a blender. Blend. Alternately, you can just give it a good solid whisk--you want to be sure you incorporate the peanut butter thoroughly. 

Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the instructions. (If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can freeze this into ice cubes and then blend it up the next day.) 

When it's done, top or mix in chocolate chips. If you need that dark chocolate for health reasons of course. 

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