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Secret Ingredient No Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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I love easy ice cream, you know the kind that’s no churn? This no churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream is one of my new favorites…and it has a secret!

Easy No Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream - this easy ice cream recipe has a secret ingredient to keep it smooth and creamy and is FULL of chocolate peanut butter flavor!

I wish I could say I have lots of secrets…but I don’t. I’m a pretty open person, as you all know. I’ve talked at length about infertility, weight, love, and anxiety. What I don’t talk about openly online I talk about with close friends, and even if I have a secret about myself I usually can’t keep my mouth shut forever. I’m just an open book, really. Ask me a question about almost anything and I’ll tell you anything you want to know…and you’ll probably walk away thinking, “WOW…TMI Dorothy!”

The same goes for my food. I wanted to totally keep the secret ingredient in this ice cream a secret until the very end because I know it’s going to freak some of you out. It shouldn’t, but it will. But then I had to go and take pictures with the secret ingredient in almost all of them. I clearly was in too much of a must-finish-photos-so-I-can-eat-ice-cream frenzy.

So, look at the next photo and you’ll see what the secret is. I promise you it sounds weird but it’s not. PLEASE keep reading. Don’t let it freak you out!

Easy Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream Recipe

AVOCADO! Yes, that’s right. I used avocado in my ice cream. **mind blown**

When I started this blog many years ago (almost 6, OMG) I wanted to expand on what a “normal” dessert was. I didn’t just want to make chocolate chip cookies, I wanted to stuff them with Reese’s or make them into gooey bars or cupcakes. This idea is what created some of my favorite, most popular recipes and got me to thinking about new ways to use favorite ingredients.

One of those favorite ingredients just happens to be avocado.

Now, unless you’ve been following me a long time, you probably don’t know about my avocado fascination. Up until about 2012 I’d never even HAD an avocado. (I KNOW, RIGHT?) And then I tasted one and it was love at first bite. If the darn things weren’t so many WW SmartPoints I’d eat a whole one every single day.

Back after I discovered my love of the green fruit, I also learned that you can bake with it. You can substitute it for butter in Avocado Banana Bread or for cream in Avocado Truffles. It really is a miracle food!

It also goes AMAZING in ice cream… in case you were wondering.

Easy Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream made with AVOCADO!

So how did this ice cream come about? California Avocados wanted to say thanks for being a loyal eater of their product, and they sent me a whole flat a few weeks ago. Now, do you know how many avocados is in a flat? A LOT OF THEM. Luckily, several went into guacamole, but I still had more to use up. I remembered those truffles and asked myself…could I make ice cream with them?

Now, I did some googling and found a lot of ice cream recipes using avocado. Most of them are vegan, healthy, and refined-sugar free. This ice cream is none of those things, although it isn’t explicitly unhealthy (like, say this ice cream). I did use the avocado to substitute some of the unhealthy stuff (because even though they’re high in calories and fat, it’s a better fat than butter or regular oil). In fact, one serving of this ice cream is only 7 WW SmartPoints, so it’s not as bad as a bowl of Chunky Monkey or something.

Also: it’s NO CHURN. I have an ice cream machine but often I’m too lazy to use it. This way I can make ice cream without even thinking about it beforehand, and in 4 hours I have a bowl of the frozen good stuff.

No churn ice cream is made using sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream. This one is a bit different, however, and not just because of the avocado.

Easy No Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream - this easy ice cream recipe has a secret ingredient to keep it smooth and creamy and is FULL of chocolate peanut butter flavor!

This ice cream recipe is full of peanut butter, so if you’re afraid that you’ll taste the avocado, don’t worry. This tastes like peanut butter and chocolate, not guacamole. I also used that new chocolate sweetened condensed milk to give it the chocolate flavor without adding cocoa powder. I find that cocoa powder can often give things a bitter taste without adding tons of sugar, which I didn’t want to do.

So, you ask, why add the avocado? I only used 1/2 cup of the sweetened condensed milk, and combined with the peanut butter and blended avocado, I got the texture I needed to freeze into the ice cream. Instead of using heavy whipping cream, I used 8 ounces of Cool Whip (fat-free). You’re welcome to use 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, beaten to stiff peaks, in place of the whipped topping, but I was going for less fat and calories. The avocado adds some smoothness and creaminess, and allows the ice cream to freeze harder than it would if I was just using sweetened condensed milk and Cool Whip.

Please don’t be weirded out by this secret, mmkay? It’s worth a try, I promise. Plus, you can NEVER go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!

(HEY BLOGGERS! Will anyone be at IFBC this weekend? I’ll be partying hard downtown Sacramento, acting like the tourist I am since I’ve only been to the capital city 5 times and I’ve lived in the ‘bugs 9 years. Come say hello!)

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Servings: 8 -10 servings

No Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This No Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream has a SECRET ingredient that keeps the ice cream super creamy! It's full of peanut butter and chocolate too.

Ingredients

  • 1 large California Avocado
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 ounces fat-free Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
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Instructions

  1. Place the avocado and peanut butter in a blender or food processor and process until smooth and no chunks of avocado remain. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in sweetened condensed milk, then fold in whipped topping.
  2. Stir in peanut butter and chocolate chips, then transfer to an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours, or until firm.

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Sweets from friends:
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California Avocados sent me a flat of avocados to play with. This post was not sponsored, I just love putting avocado into my desserts!

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21 comments

  1. I think blogging by nature becomes TMI. You know, we’re writing and sharing recipes, but it’s also like therapy! At least, it totally is for me. No shame here!
    I cannot BELIEVE your not-so-secret ingredient! That’s amazing. I’ve gotta give this a shot!

  2. Wow, this looks like a fascinating flavor combo! I actually love eating avocado and peanut butter on toast, so I can take this tasty leap with you.

  3. Love the secret ingredient! I bet that brings a whole new level of creaminess and (healthy) fat! Will have to try soon!

  4. Avocado! I did not expect that! Love this idea and I can only imagine how creamy and delicious this ice cream is. Sharing!

  5. Love that you used an avocado in here- totally going to stick one in my next batch of no churn to add that creaminess factor 🙂

  6. Great idea! I have made brownies and ‘chocolate mousse’ in the blender with avocados. Had a few recipes for that when my blog was still LV&Y. They add great creaminess and richness and I bet would be great in ice cream!

  7. I’ve actually made chocolate avocado “ice cream” before, and it’s good! Not to mention healthier than the traditional ice creams. 🙂

  8. Sounds wonderful. Wish I had some now… 🙂

  9. Well, I guessed before I kept scrolling and figured out your secret. I think you are a genius to develop this recipe. I certainly will try it. I also learned something else new. Chocolate flavored sweetened condensed milk. I did not know this existed! I always gain a few extra tidbits of information while reading your blog. Thank you! 

  10. I love making no churn ice cream. This healthier version sounds great!

  11. I have totally been wanting to try the avocado in ice cream thing! Avocados are just so fatty i love it. they are perfect obviously. 🙂 looks amazing Dorothy!!

  12. I LOVE avocado!!! And I have seen a lot of recipes for ice cream with it in it. And they always look so creamy and delicious!! Great job!! 😀

  13. This looks amazing!
    Can you taste the avocado??
    Because if you can, it may not taste as good.
    Thanks!

  14. This is a great idea!  I’m just imagining that creamy texture from the avacado. Sounds like a definite winner. Yum. 

  15. I have yet to try avocado in ice cream. I love them both I just haven’t been brave enough to combine them. And this flavor combo is one of my favorites for ice cream. Have fun at the conference!

  16. lol I’m the saaaame way-not good at secrets AT ALL hehe! And omigosh I am SO intrigued by the fact that there’s avocado in this ice cream! It looks amazinggg

  17. This is a great idea! Good luck

  18. I’m really surprised this has avocado in it! Looks creamy and delicious!

  19. Hi, thanks for the recipe, I love Ice cream and peanut butter! I pinned several of your awesome recipes.

  20. Is chocolate condensed milk still available? I don’t recall seeing it in stores, but I will look. If not, can I just add chocolate syrup to the milk instead, and if so, how much?

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