Peanut Butter Gelato
April 19, 2009
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In the spirit of the (probably short-lived) streak of good weather we’re having, I thought I’d post another ice cream recipe. This one needs an ice cream maker to really get the feel you’re going for, but on the plus side, it’s a great way to stretch that peanut butter flavor farther for fewer calories.
Ice cream like substances are one of my favorite pseudo desserts. Not only for all the same reasons kids scream for it, but also because it seems so apt to pseudo-izing. See, ice cream/frozen yogurt isn’t like cookies or chocolates…it’s not DESIGNED to be unhealthy. In fact, the basic principles behind ice cream are the same as a smoothie and, like most other healthy foods gone bad, the difference between diet friendly ice cream and ben and jerry’s is the same as the difference between a smoothie and a milkshake.
Every ice cream starts the same: dairy, to which is added sweetener and flavorings (there are some ice creams where you add eggs and what not but that’s just too much of a pain for me). You do need a minimal amount of fat for texture, but, as in my other frozen yogurt post, this can usually be worked around by using some chemical additive.
Or, you could just keep the fat and use this necessity as an excuse to get a peanut butter fix for fairly fewer calories than the peanut butter alone would cost you. This is the excuse I used when making this gelato…
Just like Ice Cream
1. 2 cups soymilk (I like 8th continent light original)
2. 1/4c. brown sugar substitute (sugar free maple syrup or splenda…but you might need more-remember when you’re tasting the batter that foods lose flavor as temperature decreases)
3. 1/4c. peanut butter (try to use good stuff, not jif or skippy)
4. 1tsp vanilla
Mix everything together and let the machine do the work. Or you could pour it into a tray, put it in the freezer and stir it every 30-60 minutes.
If you use the 8th Continent Light Original, calorie free maple syrup and Naturally More peanut butter the entire pint comes out to 450 calories….not bad for a pint of ice cream.