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Today is my husband’s birthday, and unlike myself, he could be happy without any cake on his special day. But, let me forget low carb ice cream, and I would have one disappointed man, wearing a party hat. Ice cream is his favorite treat, the one he craves and the dessert he chooses over ANYTHING else.
I think, no wait, I know he could eat a half-gallon at a time if he would let himself. Do you have a treat like that? One you crave? I wish I only had one, so I better spare you that long list!
A couple posts back I shared the recipe for my Chocolate Toffee Crunch ice cream, and though my husband certainly had a bowl, or three, he is more of a vanilla man. Vanilla over Chocolate, weird right? I couldn’t imagine liking anything better than chocolate, so I had to get a little in this recipe even though it was for my vanilla loving man.
He did tell me that this was one of the best sugar-free ice creams he had ever tried. So I guess he didn’t mind the chocolate and peanut butter that I used to “jazz up” his vanilla with after all! He is so kind, and my biggest cheerleader so I take every chance I get to make him happy! Doing that, in this case, was certainly through his stomach.
This ice cream recipe starts with a rich vanilla base, that I adapted from an old family recipe. It only needed a few tweaks before it was low carb ready. I started by heating the vanilla mixture to the proper temperature of 170 degrees. It will thicken slightly.
After it has cooked, it needs to cool completely. It is best to let your base chill thoroughly before adding it to your ice cream maker. Be sure to follow the directions on your ice cream machine when making your ice cream.
Once the vanilla ice cream has churned, I stir in my chocolate chunks and then I layer in my peanut butter drizzle. Like you see in the picture above. That’s how I get the visible swirls when I serve it.
However, if you want to save a step, you can just drizzle these ingredients in as the ice cream churns. It will still have the same wonderful flavor and texture.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as my husband does and will tonight with his low carb chocolate cake. Even if he is content with just the ice cream, this girl thinks birthdays are just plain old “vanilla” without the cake too!
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