Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream


Another month, another Recipe ReDux post! This month’s theme is Frozen Desserts.

Few things go together better than peanut butter and jelly. Whether you favor smooth or crunchy peanut butter, or apricot preserves over strawberry jam, it’s a pretty fail-proof sandwich filling. It’s also a pretty fail-proof ice cream flavor. Who wouldn’t brighten up at the idea of creamy peanut butter swirls and sweet fruity jam in a creamy dessert? (Besides those who are allergic to peanuts – sorry!) I got the idea for pb+j ice cream from a twitter pal, who pointed me in the direction of this gorgeous baking blog. I’ve been making a lot of coconut milk based ice creams lately, but wanted to test a recipe using soy creamer for an upcoming Healthy Eats recipe post.


3 cups soy creamer (I used Trader Joe’s)

½ cup sugar

pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup jam of your choice – I went with strawberry

In a blender, combine creamer, sugar, salt, vanilla and peanut butter and blend until the peanut butter is well combined. Chill in the fridge for two hours or overnight then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

At this point (after about 15 minutes churning in the machine), my mixture was slightly frozen, but also a bit melty. This recipe recommends putting the ice cream in a Tupperware container, and then alternating the frozen ice cream with layers of jam. But because my ice cream was a bit soupy, it didn’t work for me, so I just kind of swirled the jam throughout, leaving it a little gloopy. Then I froze the ice cream for another 4+ hours which did help to harden it, but not as much as I would have liked. More like a soft serve ice cream. However, freezing it overnight did the trick.

Despite it being a little melty with glops of jam, its flavor was absolute perfection! It tasted exactly as an ice cream version of a pb+j sandwich should taste, which made me think it’d be fun if I were to use it in an ice cream sandwich, spread between two sugar cookies or graham crackers. I might even cut back on the sugar next time, since the jam provides enough tooth-aching sweetness, and that’s coming from someone who likes super sweet desserts.

But all in all, it’s pretty amazing stuff.

For more frozen dessert ReDux recipes, check out these other great ideas!

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Janel Funk – Eat Well with Janel
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Kat Lynch – Eating The Week
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Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer
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Rebecca Scritchfield – MeFirst
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Emily Greenfield – The Nutriscientist
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Liz Marr – Liz On Food
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Elizabeth Jarrard- Don’t (White) Sugar-Coat It
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Danielle Omar – Food Confidence RD
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Katie Caputo- East Meats West
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Alysa Bajenaru – Inspired RD
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Nicole Ferring Holovach – Whole Health RD
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Lisa @ Healthful Sense
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Jackie Mills – Delicious Diabetes Cooking
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Audra Losey – Nutrition Know How
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Kristina LaRue – Love and Zest
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  1. Posted August 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Yum Janel! We eat peanut butter every day here…so you could say we like it. I know my kids would love this creative recipe!

  2. Posted August 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Sounds delish! Wonder if it could be made without an ice cream maker.

  3. Posted August 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a fun kid-friendly dessert. I’ve never made ice cream with a soy base – that sounds intriguing. I’ll have to try it.

  4. Posted August 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    This looks amazing! Peanut butter and jelly are really a delicious combo! 🙂

  5. Posted August 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    You’re right,Janel. PB & J are always a winner. I’ve never thought about putting them together for ice cream. What a creative idea.

  6. Posted August 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Yum! I would love to try this, melty or not! My lemno ice cream came out a little on the soft side, but finally froze up pretyy hard after a night in the freezer. This is definitely going on my ReDux list to make!

  7. Posted August 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Vegan ice cream! I really need a ice cream maker. I’ve been told that I am not allowed to buy any more kitchen appliances but I am really considering sneaking a ice cream maker in 🙂 PB&J is the best combo! Thanks, Alex

  8. Janel
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    You could probably get a great end of summer deal on ice cream makers 😉

  9. Posted August 22, 2011 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    My kids laugh when I eat peanut butter with jam or honey on toast. It’s not the done thing here in Australia…maybe I can try them on ice cream?

  10. Janel
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I love this! Any vegemite ice cream in Australia? Tell them to give it a try 😉

  11. Janel
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    How funny! Do you have vegemite ice cream down under? 😉 Tell them to give pb+j a try!!!

  12. Posted August 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a really fun idea. Peanut butter always makes things better. 🙂

  13. Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Just read Emma’s comment about PBJ down under. How funny? I just assumed PBJ was universal for the kid in all of us.

    Brilliant idea, Janel.

  14. Janel
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Maybe they have vegemite ice cream down under 😉

  15. Posted August 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    I tried making ice cream this summer and it didn’t turn out well. This PB & J ice cream sounds great. Maybe I’ll try again…

  16. Posted August 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Pb & j is a great flavor combo. I will never get bored with it. Love the idea of making it into an ice cream maker. I would love to invest in a ice cream maker! So worth it.

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