Perhaps this was ingrained from childhood. My older sister and I always fought over peanut butter cups. More than one shady Halloween candy trade resulted in one or the other of us completely miserable as the other hoarded them, pillowcase full of crinkly, orange wrappers. Of course, I, being the more impulsive one, would eat them all in a day or two. She would eat them slowly. Patiently. Biding her time until she could eat the last one in front of me.
First, peeling away the brown cup. Licking the bottom of it to catch that melted circle that invariably remained.
Then, nibbling around the rippled sides, savouring every bit of pure chocolate.
The last bite of smooth, peanut buttery centre, chocolate-glazed and completely heavenly.
And while I’ve forgiven my sister her torturous transgressions (for the most part), the love of peanut butter and chocolate remains.
While my recipe for Peanut Butter Pie is, and always will be my favourite, some days I just want to satisfy the craving but not have leftovers for days. And as quick and easy as that recipe is, sometimes I want something even quicker and easier!
That’s where this recipe for a Peanut Butter Milkshake comes in. I decided to take my Smoothie Bowl philosophy and apply it to milkshakes. Who doesn’t want to eat delicious things with a spoon? It works for smoothies, why not for shakes?
And ooooohhhhhhh my, was I ever on the right track!
First of course, you need to put ice cream in your blender. I’m using my trusty Magic Bullet.
Now, most recipes say to use ice cream that’s been out of the freezer for a couple minutes. This did not work for me. The first time I made this, the ice cream melted way too fast and it was a disaster for everyone and everything involved. There was melted ice cream EVERYWHERE. Even on the ceiling. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?
Then, top it with peanut butter. The smooth kind works better for my blender, but you might like some crunchy!
Incredi-bowls (get it, get it? Sorry, my family has a deep and abiding love of puns, you can thank my sister for this one) need to be really thick, so you want to add less milk than you would for a normal milkshake. Just a tablespoon.
I had to stir mine a couple times to make sure all the ice cream was getting blended, but it should be nice and smooth in the end.
As I said, you want this to be really thick. To this end, and to avoid the melted disaster I had on my hands before, I left the bowl in the freezer overnight. It worked MIRACLES.
Dump your milkshake into the frozen bowl, and wait for the boys. You know. The ones that you’re bringing to the yard.
Just kidding, don’t wait! WAITING MEANS MELTING. Throw your toppings on the milkshake. I used chocolate sauce, some crumbled reeses’ cups that had also lived in the freezer overnight (New York is HOT, okay!) and some whipped cream.
And oooooooooh mannnnnnn.
This reminds my of my brother, who from an early age decided he needed to ‘kill’ his ice cream before he ate it, caveman style. We would all be eating our ice cream normally, and he would be hacking and slashing at it with his spoon (usually with lightsaber noises, as one does) until it melted enough to make something like this. So this one’s for you, brother. Enjoy mightily.
It’s everything you want a milkshake to be. Rich. Creamy. Thick enough that a spoon can stand in it.
PLUS YOU CAN EAT IT WITH A SPOON!
Chocolate and peanut butter are the BEST.
- 2 cups packed chocolate ice cream
- 1 heaping tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp milk (the fuller the fat, the creamier the milkshake. I used 2%)
- OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups , whipped cream, chocolate sauce, peanuts, really whatever you want 🙂
The night before you plan to make this, place your bowls in the freezer. This will help keep the milkshake thick and not melt as quickly. This is optional, but very helpful!
In your blender, mix the chocolate ice cream, peanut butter and milk until smooth. The shake should be VERY thick in order to suspend your toppings, so add more ice cream if necessary, or 2-3 cubes of ice.
Pour in your frozen bowl, and top with all your toppings!
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