This recipe goes out to all my lactose-intolerant soul-sisters (and misters). Those of us who truly can’t eat dairy without serious consequences. Those of us who wish we could go swimming in a sea of ice cream or sail away on a boat made of cheese. Those of us whose tastebuds scream for the cream but our tummies beg us to stay away. This Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream is the answer to all your life’s problems.
I have tried my hand at many dairy-free ice cream recipes with next to no luck. They all turn out icy or rock-hard and definitely lack in the creaminess department. Not this Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream…oh no! I struck pure gold here, and I credit the success to the use of coconut cream! Using coconut cream instead of other non-dairy milk makes this dairy-free ice cream just as creamy (or dare I say creamier) than it’s dairy-full counterparts.
Let’s start with the fact that there are only six, good-for-you ingredients that make up this ice cream! It is free of dairy, gluten, soy, and refined sugar! Plus it can be made vegan by substituting maple syrup for the honey! You can even make this paleo if you use creamy almond butter instead of peanut butter! There are so many healthy options with this amazingly creamy dessert recipe!
Let’s continue with the fact that this recipe is insanely easy! The first thing you will need to do before the ice cream-making commences, is to make your frozen peanut butter balls! Everybody knows that the absolute best chocolate peanut butter ice cream has giant chunks of peanut butter mixed in. There have been (many) times that I actually added extra peanut butter balls to store-bought ice cream because there simply wasn’t enough! So pretty please don’t skimp on peanut butter goodness because there’s nothing fancy about making the chunks…just dollop globs of your favorite peanut butter onto a tray lined with waxed paper and toss them in the freezer for at least one hour (preferably a little longer) until they’re completely frozen.
Next, add all of your ingredients into your Vitamix and blend until smooth! Then pour your mixture into your ice cream maker and let it churn! It’s very important that (unlike many other recipes) you do not chill your ice cream base. It must go directly from your Vitamix into the ice cream maker.
TIP: When using an ice cream maker it is crucial that you turn the machine on before you start pouring your mixture into it! Pouring ice cream into an already moving container ensures that it will not freeze to the bottom or sides and hinder the churning process by preventing the machine from rotating.
When your ice cream forms a ball and no longer has a liquid consistency, it is ready to be removed from your machine. At this point it could also become so thick that your ice cream maker stops rotating, which is another indicator that it’s ready!
Now you’re left with a heap of frozen chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness as well as your frozen balls of peanut butter! The peanut butter “globs” will thaw very rapidly, especially if you choose to use an all-natural variety. This just means that you will need to harness your ninja skills and mix in your chunks as quickly as possible when you remove them from the freezer!
You can either mix your peanut butter balls in by hand, or add them to your ice cream maker before your base forms a ball that is so solid that it prevents them from being mixed in . Since I am usually doing 1.5 million other things while my ice cream is churning, I choose to mix them in by hand because I miss my window of opportunity! 🙂
You will have to toss your ice cream in the freezer for at least 1 hour for it to fully harden. But trust me…it is so worth the wait.
Something very important to know about me is that I believe Chocolate Peanut Butter is the only flavor of ice cream that is worth eating. All other flavors are dead to me. If I walk into an ice cream shop and they do not have chocolate peanut butter…or a chocolatey ice cream with the option to add a peanut butter topping, or they have a chunk-less chocolate peanut butter flavor, I usually just don’t order anything. I know, I sound like a brat…or I could just be a woman who knows exactly what she wants and will settle for nothing less. Yep. let’s go with that.
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 can full-fat coconut CREAM (not milk…cream)!
- ¼ cup honey, or maple syrup
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- Cover an 8x8” baking pan with wax paper. Drop 1 tsp spoonfuls of PB on the waxed paper. Put in the freezer to harden.
- Add all ice cream ingredients to your blender (Vitamix).
- Blend for 30-60 seconds or until your mixtures is smooth and uniform throughout.
- Turn your ice cream maker on and pour your mixture into the machine while it is spinning. (**See note below if you do not have an ice cream maker)
- Let your ice cream churn for about 20-25 minutes until it becomes a firm ball or the ice cream maker stops rotating.
- Add the peanut butter chunks at the end of churning. You can add them to the ice cream maker just before the mixture becomes too hard, or you can mix them in by hand.
- Transfer to an airtight, freezer-friendly container and put in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until completely frozen.
- Makes about 1 pint of creamy DELICIOUSNESS!
**If you do not have an ice cream maker (I highly recommend purchasing one...I bought my first one on clearance at Target for $7!)...you can church this ice cream by hand! Pour your base from the Vitamix into a freezer-safe container with a lid. Mix it by hand every 15-20 minutes until it begins to harden. Once it's soft and has a milkshake consistency, add in your frozen peanut butter balls! Keep churning every 20 minutes until it is hardened.
This is one of my top 10 favorite dessert recipes ever. I am so excited that I get to share it with the world! I hope that it will be just as life-changing for you as it was for me. Want to take this to a whole new level? Serve it on top of dairy free brownies (recipes here, here, and here) or on top of cookies (like these, these or these)!
I absolutely have to know…what is your favorite ice cream flavor in the universe?
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