vegan chocolate peanut butter ice cream


If you're looking to become a vegan ice cream expert (hand raised), first you have to master the basics. Once you get there, you can then move on to making those basics even better. Chocolate is good all on its own, sure. But once you add peanut butter, your ice cream game is immediately elevated. You've gone from basic to classic with the addition of one magical ingredient.

For this recipe, you will need:

2 15-ounce cans organic coconut milk (Full fat is best!)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons arrowroot
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar

In a medium stockpot, add your coconut milk, sugar and cocoa powder. Thoroughly whisk together and bring this mixture to a light simmer over medium heat.

Put a few tablespoons (two to three) of your warm mixture into a small bowl. Add your arrowroot and whisk together until completely smooth, eliminating all lumps. Add the arrowroot mixture back to your base and whisk together for about one minute more. Remove from heat.

Transfer your ice cream base to a large bowl and refrigerate for about 3-4 hours or up to overnight. Once completely chilled, it's time to churn: add to your ice cream maker of choice and follow the given instructions for your appliance. (If you're using the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment, like me, the churning will take about 15-20 minutes on a medium speed.)

While your ice cream is churning, put your peanut butter and brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Stir together, eliminating any sugary chunks. Put in the microwave at thirty second intervals, stirring between each. The goal is to get the peanut butter and sugar to meld together as well as warming the peanut butter to a slightly thinner texture, making it easier to ripple between layers of chocolate. 

When your ice cream has churned to the correct texture (think soft-serve), transfer to a freezer safe container, spooning generous amounts of your peanut butter between each layer. Swirl it together with the back of a spoon to more evenly incorporate. Move your container to the very back of your freezer to harden completely. This should take about 4-6 hours, depending on the coldness of your freezer.

If chocolate-peanut butter is your go-to, this is definitely the ice cream for you.

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