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Tons of peanut flavor in the form of creamy ice cream and chewy date chunks, this Chunky Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream is a healthy breakfast or dessert!
When it comes to food holidays I am usually a beat behind and a day too late. Actually that is pretty much true when it comes to trends in general, but that’s a conversation for another time.
Did you know March is National Peanut
Butter Month? (Just peanut, not butter–see how lost I am with this stuff?!)
If the answer is yes, then I applaud your peanut butter awareness and hope you have been living it up with all things peanut for the past 19 days.
If the answer is no, then hi friend we probably have a few things in common. And we have some peanut catch-up snacking to do too!
That I can help with…
Thankfully this peanut celebration lasts for a whole month–plenty of time to get my peanut recipe act together. And thankfully I have some amazing blogger friends who are not only more on top of the food celebration calendar than I am, but who are also joining me today and each sharing a peanut butter treat too. So that means 6 epic vegan peanut butter recipes to choose from. Or hey, there are still almost 2 weeks of March left, so you could even try them all!
I know I said it is technically National Peanut Month not National Peanut Butter Month, but peanut butter is by far the best form to eat these legumes in if you ask me. Creamy, rich, salty, sweet, and the perfect pair for chocolate. A few of the recipes in this bunch went in that delicious direction, but I stuck to straight peanut butter in the form of Peanut Butter Chunk Nice Cream.
Peanut butter nice cream is delicious all on it’s own. But for something a little more fun I added chewy, oversized, homemade peanut butter chunks to the mix. The chunks are made with just 3 ingredients–medjool dates, peanut flour (or powdered peanut butter), and coconut flour for coating. The coconut flour is optional, but helps control the stickiness.
You might be thinking: Why not just use peanut flour for coating? Because a few minutes after dusting it on that peanut flour will magically disappear, absorbed into the sticky chunk center. Coconut flour stays put and keeps your fingers date-stickiness free while rolling or snacking. Oh yes, those chunks do make a delicious snack all on their own!
For the nice cream (if you can resist the chunks long enough to get to this part), you can use more powdered peanut butter or regular peanut butter. The real stuff makes it extra rich and creamy, so that’s what I went with.
Two perfectly complimentary textures, only 5 simple healthy ingredients, and TONS of peanut butter flavor! Chopped peanuts on top are a nice touch too, or chocolate chips wouldn’t be such a bad idea in that spot either.
And now for more peanut butter goodness from a few fabulous blogger friends…
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie Cups from The Coconut Diaries
Peanut Butter Blondie Brownies from Healthy Helper
Chocolate Chunk Coconut Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Love Me Feed Me
Raw Peanut Butter Banoffee Tarts from Choosing Chia
Peanut Butter Banana Chai Oatmeal Scones from Athletic Avocado
With tons of peanut flavor in the form of creamy ice cream and chewy date chunks, this Peanut Butter Chunk Nice Cream is a healthy breakfast or dessert!
Peanut Butter Date Chunks
- 8–10 pitted Medjool dates
- 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 4–5 frozen bananas
- 2 tbsp peanut butter (or powdered peanut butter)
- In a blender of food processor, combine the dates and powdered peanut butter. Process until it forms a sticky ball of dough.
- Roll into bite-sized chunks. Toss to evenly coat with the coconut flour. Set aside.
- Blend the nice cream ingredients until creamy and smooth.
- Stir in the peanut butter chunks saving a few for on top.
- Serve immediately as soft-serve or freeze for approximately 1 hour for a firmer, scoop-able ice cream.
- Top with additional chunks and a sprinkling of chopped peanuts. Enjoy!