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Decadent, nutty and extra creamy, this peanut butter ice cream recipe tastes just like a thick peanut butter milkshake! Sweetened with only dates, this healthy ice cream will satisfy your sweet tooth without giving you a sugar overload.

In every season there is particular type of food that is a popular dish to eat. For instance, when you think fall, what foods come to mind? Pumpkin spice? Turkey? Stuffing? Apple pie? During the cold winter months, soup and homemade bread is on top of our list of favorite meals. Come summer, I think fresh fruits and veggies, summer drinks and of course, ice cream!

While I am not the kind of person who “screams for ice”, as the famous novelty song by Howard Johnson says, I am, however, quite fond of making it! Rich heavy whipping cream, paired with fresh milk, a little sweetener and our favorite ice cream flavor is just about the best summer dessert one could ask for. Especially during those dog days of summer when the heat and sunshine bear down on us.

Last summer, in the pursuit for natural, low glycemic sugars, I began experimenting with using dates to sweeten desserts. One of my family’s favorite date sweetened desserts was peanut butter ice cream. Making date sweetened ice cream is incredibly easy. Unlike the typical French style ice cream, there is no need to make a custard or temper eggs. Simply soak the dates, then blend all of the ingredients in a blender. Within just a couple of hours, you will have fresh, homemade ice cream sweetened with dates. No sugar crashes. No worries about your child eating too much. No feeling guilty.

Date Sweetened Ice Cream Recipe

Makes: About 1 quart

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Ingredients

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 heaping cup (150 g) dates, pitted and chopped
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
Pinch of salt
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup warm water

How to Make Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Chop the dates into small pieces and place in a bowl. Cover with warm water and allow to soak for 45 minutes to an hour.

Drain the water from the dates and add them into a blender. Place the rest of the ingredients in the blender — peanut butter, milk, cream, salt and vanilla. Puree on low for about 30 seconds. Switch to high and process until only small specks of date pieces remain. Cool mixture in the fridge until throughly chilled, about two hours.

Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Dish up up soft serve style or place the tub of ice cream into your freezer for a firmer consistency.

Tips for Making Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Always soak your dates before adding them to ice cream. The softer the dates are, the smoother the ice cream will be.

This peanut butter ice cream recipe is thick! Churn the ice cream slowly for the best results.

Use a high powered blender to puree the dates so that no large chunks remain.

Yield: About 1 quart

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sweetened With Dates

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sweetened With Dates

Decadent, nutty and extra creamy this peanut butter ice cream recipe tastes just like a thick peanut butter milkshake! Sweetened with only dates, this healthy ice cream will satisfy your sweet tooth without giving you a sugar overload.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 heaping cup (150 g) dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup warm water

Instructions

  1. Chop the dates into small pieces and place in a bowl. Cover with warm water and allow to soak for 45 minutes to an hour.
  2. Drain the water from the dates and add them into a blender. Place the rest of the ingredients in the blender — peanut butter, milk, cream, salt and vanilla. Puree on low for about 30 seconds. Switch to high and process until only small specks of date pieces remain. Cool mixture in the fridge until throughly chilled, about two hours.
  3. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Dish up up soft serve style or place the tub of ice cream into your freezer for a firmer consistency.

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