Peanut Butter Chocolate Almond Milk Ice Cream

So I mentioned recently that I fell in love with an easy chocolate banana almond milk ice cream recipe. I love it, because I love all things ice cream and things that include frozen bananas. Yum! My husband does not share the same affinity for bananas in dessert, but he loves ice cream. So I needed to find an almond milk treat that could satisfy both of us. The only complaint I have with my newest concoction is that it wasn’t nearly enough to satiate us ice cream monsters. So I would recommend doubling or even tripling (or get crazier with it!) the recipe.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Almond Milk Ice Cream
inspired by Denise Santoro Lincoln’s almond milk ice cream recipes

Ingredients:
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter

Instructions:
. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, gradually heating and stirring until melted. Add canola oil and stir to incorporate. Place mixture into a Ziploc bag and set aside.

n a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup almond milk with cocoa powder and sugar. Microwave for 40 seconds and then stir. Place mixed milk along with the remaining cup of almond milk in a blender with the vanilla and peanut butter. Blend until fully incorporated

Place mixture into an ice cream mixer and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. A few minutes before the ice cream is completely churned, snip the corner of the Ziploc bag containing the melted chocolate. While the ice cream mixer is still running, drizzle the chocolate into the ice cream. Let the ice cream to continue to churn for 5 minutes.

Monday Munchies: Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bars

Cookie dough has always been one of my absolute favorite treats. My husband shares this passion as well, meaning we work really well together! We’ve got a routine down in which he gets the beater of the mixer when I’m finished preparing the dough, and then we continue to sneak cookie dough out while still managing to actually bake some cookies.

We’re getting ready to move soon because I got a new job that starts in August (yay!). So, when Brandon had his last day at work on Friday, I sent him over with some baked goods for his co-workers. He requested cookie bars, and I decided it was time to try something I’d wanted to make for a long time: cookie brownie bars. As if a chocolate chip cookie isn’t good enough, to have a brownie companion makes it even richer and lovelier! Maybe I’m overselling this, but seriously, it’s an ingenious idea.

I looked through several blogs to get some ideas about how to go about making this goodness. And it’s simple. I didn’t have the time to do everything from scratch, so I made my regular chocolate chip cookie dough (I love the Toll House recipe!) and made my brownies from a mix.

The process? Simple! Observe….

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Prepare cookie dough.
3. Prepare brownie mix as directed.
4. In a greased 13×9 pan, pour in the brownie mixture.
5. Dollop the cookie dough on top, spreading evenly over the brownie mixture.
6. Bake for about 40 minutes or until both the brownie and cookie portions are thoroughly cooked (test with a toothpick).

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Enjoy! And I hope you had a happy Monday!

Melissa