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I have posted a few “treat” recipes the past couple weeks. First, a Mint-Berry Ice Cream. Then, Chocolate Banana Pops.
All are 100% real, made with real pronounceable ingredients.
I think it is obvious I have been having a bit of a craving lately for ice cream and treats! Before proceeding on with yet another absolutely delicious, mouth watering real sweet treat let me stop and clear one thing up that may be lingering in your mind at this point…
No, I am not pregnant!
Here the truth:
I am a woman.
I am an American.
Put the two together and you get some intense ice cream desires particularly this time of year as summer starts calling! I despise ice cream until the warm months of summer approach! Then I crave it!
One of the my favorite ice cream flavors of all time is peanut butter cup! Peanut butter and chocolate…who can resist! There is no way I am going to pick up a tub from the store…have you read those ingredient lists filled with fake ingredients!
We will occasionally make peanut butter cups. A super easy and delicious treat made with only a few real ingredients! This weekend while dreaming of ice cream as I played in the 90º heat of Florida with my kids I had a profound moment…why not combine our homemade peanut butter cups with homemade ice cream?
Well, I did!
And the results…Amazing!
You will need an ice cream maker for this recipe. I highly recommend purchasing one if your family enjoys ice cream. After just a couple batches of homemade ice cream you will make all the money back from the machine purchase. You also have the guarantee of knowing exactly what in your ice cream!
Ice cream you can feel good about eating and serving your family as a special treat!
Let start making!
Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream (Makes 6 cups)
* 1 cup good quality peanut butter (I purchase freshly ground peanut butter through my health food store)
* 2/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup (you could probably use honey)
* 1 cup whole milk (preferably from pastured cows, I use raw milk)
* 2 cups heavy whipping cream (preferably from pastured cows, I use Natural by Nature)
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1 cup chopped homemade peanut butter cups (see recipe below)
In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter and maple syrup and mix until smooth. (I used my Kitchen-Aid Mixer, but any hand held mixer would work great or a wood spoon and lots of elbow grease)
Add in the milk and mix on low speed for a couple minutes. Add in the heavy cream and vanilla and mix for another minute. Cover your bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour (you can also leave it overnight).
Process your milk mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers directions. For me this means pouring the mixture into the freezer bowl and mixing for 15 minutes until thick and creamy. During the last few minutes of churning, pour in 1 cup of chopped homemade peanut butter cups (see recipe below) and allow them to thoroughly mix into the ice cream.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (Makes 7 muffin size cups, adapted from The Healthy Family and Home)
Peanut Butter Filling:
* 3/4 cups good quality peanut butter
* 1 tablespoon raw honey honey
* 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
Combine all 3 ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Drop spoonfuls of the filling into silicone muffin cups. Place in the freezer to set. While the peanut butter is setting mix up the chocolate topping.
* 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
* 1 tablespoon raw honey
*1/4 cup organic coconut oil (melted)
Mix together all 3 ingredients. Remove the peanut butter cups from the freezer and spoon the chocolate topping over each. Place the peanut butter cups with chocolate topping back in the freezer and allow to harden about 20-30 minutes. Remove from freezer. Chop into pieces and add to ice cream above.
One of the key ingredients in these little peanut butter cups is coconut oil!
Coconut oil is our family main cooking oil as it can handle high temps. which come from cooking on the stove top (we use olive oil for cold dishes).
I remember buying my first jar of coconut oil a couple years ago and wondering what in the world I was going to do with it. Today we go through gallons! Coconut oil is also amazing for treats as it will harden when cooled making the perfect oil for chocolate dips and hard treats like peanut butter cups! Coconut oil is also a great skin moisturizer and hair conditioner.
We seriously use it for everything!
I am excited to announce a new giveaway so you can get started making your own peanut butter cups and chocolate banana pops!
Our family uses coconut oil from Wilderness Family Naturals and this week you have a chance to win your own 64 fl. oz. jar of virgin cold pressed, organic coconut oil! You can also check out Wilderness Family Naturals on Facebook!
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