Double Chocolate and Peanut Butter Ice Cream – Midweek Indulgence

 

chocolate and peanut butter ice cream

Okay, confession time: I was supposed to write a post about gluten-free flapjacks today but I’m posting about chocolate and peanut butter ice cream instead.

I know… I know… this is a health blog, but I’m just not cut out to be that strict seven days a week.. .it’s IMPOSSIBLE and no fun at all. Well, for me anyway. Besides, I feel like since I eat mainly healthy food during the week and workout, it’s really not the end of the world. It’s all about the balance… And if I’ve learnt anything from the weight loss and fitness articles I’ve been writing for All4Women lately, it’s that depriving yourself entirely of “naughty” treats is a very, very BAD idea.

So yesterday in the sweltering heat, I decided to make two new ice cream flavours. No ice cream machine, no eggs… so, so easy…

chocolate ice cream

First I made chocolate and peanut butter ice cream. If you’ve never tired chocolate and peanut butter together, you’re missing out a WHOLE lotta sinful goodness, I promise you. I can’t get enough of this flavour combo, almost as much as I can’t get enough of salted caramel right now.

I thought it would be harder to make chocolate ice cream, but it’s so easy. All you really need is some good cocoa powder and a few other ingredients (I’ll show you the recipe I used in a bit)…

A few weeks ago we visited Cold Gold in Stellenbosch to try their ice cream and see what all the fuss was about. If you’re in the neighbourhood – or feel like a mini day trip into the winelands – you’ve got to go visit them. Their honey and cinnamon ice cream was to die for! It was soooo good. That’s what inspired me to try and make my own version…

honey and cinnamon ice cream

 

honey and cinnamon ice cream 2It really has made the perfect midweek sweet indulgence! And seen as Geoff’s sick with the flu (this summer flu really seems to be doing the rounds), I thought this might cheer him up a little.

But I’m not feeling guilty about all those tasting spoonfuls… just yet. I managed a 25 minute jog / walk this morning at 06h25 before the heat set in properly. It was gorgeous outside and as much as I love my workout DVDs, I feel like I need to get in a lot more cardio. Plus, I miss listening to music. All that talking from the instructors can get a bit much sometimes. 

This morning, nature was my gym…

nature is my gym

Okay, enough pictures and talk, let’s get to those recipes!

Just a quick side note… I only used enough ingredients for one ice cream batch and then split it into two, but for the purpose of this post I’ll pretend I made two full tubs. 🙂

 

Double chocolate and peanut butter ice cream

Makes +/- 1 litre

1 Tin condensed milk

500 ml full cream

4 T cocoa powder (or more if you want it really chocolatey)

Chocolate cookies, crumbed (I used a gluten free variety, but you can use whatever you like: Oreos, etc.)

2 T peanut butter, any type

2 t caramel essence (you can also use coffee or vanilla)

METHOD:

  1. Mix together the condensed milk, cocoa powder, crumbed cookies, peanut butter and caramel essence.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the cream until it’s thick, smooth and frothy.
  3. Gently fold the cream into the chocolate mixture and pour into a freezer-proof container.
  4. Chill in the freezer for eight hours or overnight until set.

 

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Honey and cinnamon ice cream

Makes +/- 1 litre

1 Tin condensed milk

500 ml full cream

2 T cinnamon (as much or little as you prefer)

3 T honey (or as much as you prefer)

50 g almonds, diced, chopped or shaved

2 t vanilla essence

METHOD:

  1. Mix together the condensed milk, cinnamon, honey, almonds and vanilla essence.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the cream until it’s thick, smooth and frothy.
  3. Gently fold the cream into the honey and cinnamon mixture and pour into a freezer-proof container.
  4. Chill in the freezer for eight hours or overnight until set.

 

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7 Replies to “Double Chocolate and Peanut Butter Ice Cream – Midweek Indulgence”

  1. […] was homemade chocolate ice cream I’d made the night before. Of course. With chocolate cookies, peppermint crisp, whipped […]

  2. loved the pix and am just waiting to warm up here to use the ingredients for my home.

    have invested in a blender to help me mix all these up.

    you are the queeen of healthy desserts, mel 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Ooooh, that’s the next thing I need to invest in – a blender, definitely! 🙂 I wouldn’t say this ice cream is very healthy, but it sure is good! I’m going to try make it healthier though… thanks for giving me the idea!

  3. My two favorite food groups in one recipe. How can it be anything but delicious. Beautiful countryside for a gym. Lovely indeed!

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      It was stunning outside Bill and now I’m just a little addicted to getting outside for a run/walk in the morning. 😉 Though, my shins are telling me to give it a break so might just do some yoga tomorrow. Hope you’re still going strong with the yoga!

  4. Wow, these favors of ice cream sound amazing and seriously couldn’t agree about sometimes being a bit naughty, but ice cream is totally worth it in my eyes. Totally pinned and if it ever warms up here, would totally love to try to make the peanut butter one for sure 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Yes, exactly! I’m with you there Janine – ice cream is sooo good, but so worth it! 🙂 BUT it’s got to be GOOD ice cream! Can’t stand some of the ones in the shops.

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