Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Coconut Ice Cream

When it comes to dessert , the taste really needs to be worth the calories. Therefore, my general rule is make dessert as decadent as possible, enjoy every spoonful, and be satisfied with a smaller portion.  Dairy ice cream, even in small doses, tends to make me feel a bit sluggish, so I started trying some non-dairy ice creams, and that is how I fell in love with the taste and creamy texture of ice cream made with coconut milk. Unfortunately, this treat also tends to be rather expensive, except for the simple flavors I can find at Trader Joe’s. Thus, with a little creativity, I have sought to make a delicious, calorie-worthy, dessert of excellence. photoINGREDIENTS:

  • Pint of Chocolate Ice Cream made with Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 Cup salted creamy peanut butter

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Set ice cream on counter to soften slightly (the time it takes to get from the store to home is generally the perfect amount of time for the ice cream to soften)
  2. Put ice cream and peanut butter in kitchen aid mixer on a low setting and mix together for 30 seconds.
  3. Scrape ice cream out of kitchen aid mixer, put it back in the ice cream carton, and return to freezer. Ready to Serve.

Makes 4 servings, 340 calories per serving.

OPTIONAL Chocolate Peanut Butter Hard Shell Topping:

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips with one tablespoon of peanut butter for 30 seconds in microwave. Stir. If not melted, continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until smooth
  2. Pour melted chocolate peanut butter topping directly over ice cream. It should harden within a minute or two.

OPTIONAL Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie:

  1. Follow recipe for Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies, omitting baking soda and eggs
  2. Microwave for 45 seconds, then pile on the ice cream

Peanut Butter Mousse Dip

For some reason, the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is just magical. This recipe uses Vanilla yogurt as the sweet, creamy base for a peanut butter mousse. It works deliciously well with apples as a dipping sauce. Or, for a more decadent desert, I do a scoop of mousse with a small scoop of French Silk ice cream for a peanut butter chocolate pie flavor.

Peanut Butter Mousse (1)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 oz nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (no sugar or oil added)
  • 2 oz dark chocolate (72% cocoa)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk yogurt and peanut butter together until well blended and whipped.
  2. Break chocolate into small pieces and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Melt in 15 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth.
  3. Drizzle chocolate over the cold peanut butter yogurt mixture. Wait 10 – 15 minutes until the chocolate hardens.
  4. Break the hardened chocolate with the whisk to break into smaller bites.
  5. Serve with finely chopped apple slivers or with a small scoop of ice cream.

Makes 8 servings of 1/4 cup each, 155 calories per serving.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is one of my all-time favorite desserts! Not only does it magically combine the wonders of chocolate and peanut butter, but it is full of protein and raw ingredients so it doesn’t give me that sugar crash that follows most desserts. If you leave out the eggs and baking soda, it also makes an excellent cookie dough to just have on hand in the fridge. You can also microwave a spoonful of cookie dough for 30-45 seconds, and it will develop the texture of a warm cookie fresh out of the oven; add a scoop of ice cream and you have a quick and easy dessert ready to go!

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz peanut butter (all natural, creamy, salted)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pizza stone in oven to preheat.
  2. Combine all ingredients until creamy and smooth.
  3. Place small spoonfuls on preheated pizza stone (should make 40 cookies)
  4. Cook for 11 minutes
  5. Let cool five minutes on pizza stone before moving cookies to a cooling rack.

Yields 30 cookies, 140 calories each.