I was leery when I first heard of hemp-based ice cream, but it received rave reviews, even from dairy-consuming columnists. On first trial, we decided to get two pints, and I let my husband pick. He chose Mint-Chip (yes!) and Chocolate Fudge (Really? Are you sure you don’t want the Vanilla Bean?). After silently whining about his choice for a few minutes, I realized I could dress up the chocolate ice cream with … hmmm, a peanut butter ice cream topping perhaps?
But unlike ordinary drizzles this peanut butter ice cream topping (adapted from the homemade “chocolate” recipes in my book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook) is like a mock Magic Shell! As soon as it hits the cool ice cream, it begins to set up into a firm but breakable, buttery coating.
As it turned out, the ice cream tasted pretty awesome, and didn’t really need a topping. It has a semi-deep fudgsicle flavor with a pleasant chocolate fudge ribbon throughout. But as you can imagine, the homemade magic shell propelled the dessert to an indulgent sundae level.
Special Diets + Peanut-Free Options
When made as is, this peanut butter ice cream topping is vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. To make it peanut-free and nut-free, use sunflower seed butter, pea butter or soy butter (obviously, that last option is not soy-free). If nuts aren’t a problem, it is also tasty with almond or cashew butter. If coconut is a problem for you, melted cocoa butter is amazing as a 1:1 substitute. Look for it with the raw food items in natural food stores, or purchase online.
Now go and enjoy this magically delicious recipe, it takes just 3 minutes!
- 2 teaspoons creamy peanut butter (sub sunflower seed butter or soy butter for nut-free)
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar or powdered coconut sugar (grind in a spice grinder for 30 seconds)
- Few drops of vanilla extract (optional)
- Tiny pinch of salt (omit if using salted nut or seed butter)
- In a small dish, melt together the peanut butter (or alternative) and the coconut oil (I just place them in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds). With a fork, whisk in the sugar, vanilla, and salt, if using.
- Scoop ice cream, drizzle peanut butter ice cream topping on. Watch the magic happen.