Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream

One of the local restaurants that we go to occasionally has peanut butter milkshakes in the summertime. After having a couple of those milkshakes I decided to try my hand at making peanut butter ice cream at home.  I have had a Cuisinart Ice Cream and Yogurt maker for several years but have never used it until now. I chose to use it for a couple of reasons: it requires no salt or ice and it makes a smaller portion than the large ice cream freezer. The counter top ice cream maker makes 1 and 1/2 quarts of ice cream whereas our large ice cream freezer makes 5 quarts of ice cream.  Unless we have a crowd, the smaller ice cream maker is much quicker and easier to use.

peanut butter ice cream

With the exception of the Reese’s cups I had all of the ingredients on hand.

ingredients for pb ice cream

I used Splenda instead of sugar but you could certainly use either. I also used skim milk. Notice that in this recipe  I used evaporated milk, not sweetened condensed milk, just regular canned milk.

pb ice cream recipe

It helps the ice cream freeze a little quicker if the ingredients are cold before putting them in the freezer. I just put everything in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before mixing. I mixed everything before putting it in the ice cream freezer so that the peanut butter would be incorporated well. The ice cream freezer takes about 20 minutes. I chopped 6 or 7 snack size Reese’s cups and added them after 20 minutes then let the freezer continue to work for 5 to 10 minutes. As you can see by looking at the photo, the ice cream is very creamy and not frozen hard. If you prefer hard ice cream you have to transfer the ice cream to another container and place it in the refrigerator freezer until it reaches the hardness that you prefer. My family is so anxious to eat it that we can’t wait for additional freezing time!

peanut butter ice cream

I hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as my family has! I think I have it fixed where you can click on the recipe and print it.

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Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Oh gosh, Pat! I can't let the hubby see this! Lol! He loves anything with peanut butter! I may have to surprise him with this treat over the weekend!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Oh my goodness! Now I'm going to have to get one of those Cuisinart ice cream machines just so I can make this. I have been looking for ice cream recipes that use Splenda (Leo has Type II diabetes) so he can have ice cream. And both of us are peanut butter fanatics! I printed the recipe so that I can try this soon! By the way, the pumpkins from the seeds you sent are growing in the garden. I'll do a post about them when they grow just a bit more.

Vel Criste said...

Now you make me wanna get an icecream machine!!! But in my current state, I'm trying to fend off sweets (although I've had gelato here and there occassionally ;-)) . Thanks for sharing Pat!

Deborah Koval said...

It’s awesome to stumble upon here! I learn how to make peanut butter ice cream when I found out your blog. Ah! Simplicity in your post is beautiful and magnificent information!

designchic said...

I love anything peanut butter - can hardly wait to try!!