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Sometimes you just want ice cream, and finding a low carb vegan ice cream substitute is not easy. Further, finding a low carb vegan ice cream that actually tastes good and is creamy is nearly impossible. I certainly haven’t found one yet!
The other day, CM was asking me to make him some homemade ice cream that included both chocolate, and peanut butter. I’ve tried using bananas before (you know, “nice cream”), but the result is so icey, and banana-y. Plus, I wanted a keto version. So, I turned to avocados.
I’m sure you guys have come across a recipe for avocado pudding before. It’s nothing new – you blend together avocados, chocolate, some form of sweetener and maybe another flavor and the result is surprisingly amazing. I figured that this little miracle might transfer well to the freezer and make a nice low carb dairy free ice cream that pretty much anyone can enjoy! This recipe is also great because it’s tree-nut-free, and if you use sunflower seed butter in lieu of peanut butter, peanut free, too. Just one more allergen-free dessert to add to the list!
Notes on Making Chocolate Peanut Butter Low Carb Vegan Ice Cream:
- I used a crunchy, salted peanut butter for this. It’s gives a nice contrast to the creaminess of the avocado. Plus, salt and chocolate is always a good combo.
- You could also use sunflower seed butter for a similar effect!
- I don’t actually add any sweetener to this, but 10 drops of stevia will sweeten it nicely, if you really have a sugar craving.
- This will freeze pretty hard (unlike traditional ice cream, this does not have any air whipped in), so running the scoop under hot water before serving will make your life much easier.
- Also, if you check the ice cream frequently while it’s freezing, you may be able to catch it at that point where it’s not too hard yet.
- You can totally eat this without freezing it, and it’s delicious…so I hear…
- 4 medium Hass avocados (obviously, remove the seed and peel)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened peanut butter
- 10 drops liquid stevia (optional)
- In a food processor or high speed blender, combine avocados, cacao powder and stevia (if desired). Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a tightly-sealing, freezer-safe container. Swirl in 1/4 cup of peanut butter.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours.