This peanut butter ice cream cake is ridiculous. It’s just so over the top, so decadent, so so good. The big problem with this ice cream is it is very hard to only have a single serving. Kinda like all ice cream really, but this one is very tempting to say, “More, please!”
This is the kind of dessert you have just for the sake of having a dessert. Or, after a very (and I mean very) light meal. Like, let say you ate spinach for dinner, great this is the dessert to serve afterward.
I jest, but just so you understand this is ice cream cake is no joke. It’s sweet, rich and crazy good.
Hard to believe it only has 4.4 net carbs per slice!
So this recipe is low carb, super keto friendly, sugar-free and of course, naturally gluten-free. Make sure the chocolate you use is gluten-free. I use Lily’s dark chocolate in most of my recipes and it is indeed gluten-free.
I did try this with coconut milk in place of heavy cream and it does work, but the taste is very different. If you are wanting to make this dairy free, I say go ahead, just know that the coconut flavor does change the flavor profile of this recipe quite a bit. It was good, it just wasn’t as good with the heavy cream. Usually, I love coconut milk as a replacement, but with this recipe, there was something about the coconut milk that overpowered the peanut butter.
Peanut butter ice cream cake
This is a great little ice cream cake. It seriously screams peanut butter in every bite, and it is super creamy.
This ice cream base doesn’t require any stabilizers, or alcohol to prevent ice crystals. Since the fat content is high, the ice cream doesn’t form any ice, it just freezes perfectly into hard old fashioned ice cream.
The best sugar substitutes
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Use your favorite 1:1 sugar substitute.
Powered is preferred over granular, as it blends better and has a nicer texture. Erythritol and xylitol also tend to get grainy when cold, but I found the powdered versions to do it much less.
If you don’t have powdered erythritol or xylitol and only have granular, go ahead and give it a blast with a high-speed blender, or food processor. My favorite powdered sweetener by far is So Nourished Monk Fruit Blend, I find it has almost no aftertaste at all.
Swerve and stevia will work perfectly fine here as well as does any powdered erythritol or xylitol.
Just remember, xylitol is poisonous to dogs and cats, so if that’s your choice and you have little furry friends running around, it can be deadly to them.
A bit about the peanut butter
If you want to use chunky peanut butter, that would totally work, but make sure you use a natural and sugar-free peanut butter like Adams. You can always sweeten the ice cream base to your liking by adding more or less sugar substitute.
A bit about the crackle topping and decorating the peanut butter ice cream cake
I used a silicone loaf mold for this ice cream. Silicone molds work so well when it comes to ice cream. I was able to peel my silicone mold off my ice cream very easily.
While the ice cream loaf is still cold, drizzle your chocolate and peanut butter crackle. I mixed 2 tsp of coconut oil, with 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 2 tsp of coconut oil with 3 tablespoons of good quality chocolate to create the drizzles.
The coconut oil creates a crispy snappy shell over the cold ice cream.
Oh, and I have a fabulous recipe using this same crackle recipe on these low carb coconut ice bars.
A few notes about texture, freezing, and cutting
This is very much like old fashioned hard ice cream.
This means when it is totally frozen it is rock hard. Leave the loaf out for 15 minutes before attempting to cut it into slices. A cutting board and a sharp warm knife make for easier slicing.
The loaf cake really makes for a great presentation, perfect for a summer BBQ, or an after-dinner dessert for a crowd.
More Frozen Treats
Looking for more low carb frozen treat recipes? I have a few you will want to check out. These raspberry ripple iced cream bars are a bit less decadent but taste like fresh summer raspberries, and you will also want to check out this luscious lemon gelato too, so good!
No Ice Cream Maker? Follow these instructions instead Note: This method works well. It doesn't add as much air into the ice cream base as the ice cream maker does, but it works in a pinch. Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs (and sugar alcohols) are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fibre. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream Base
Peanut Butter Shell Coating
Chocolate Shell Coating
Peanut Butter Ice Cream Base
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Coating
Nutrition Information: Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 15g Unsaturated Fat: 15.5g Cholesterol: 65mg Sodium: 113.8mg Carbohydrates: 5.9g Fiber: 1.6g Sugar: 2.1g Protein: 6.3g
No Ice Cream Maker? Follow these instructions instead
Note: This method works well. It doesn't add as much air into the ice cream base as the ice cream maker does, but it works in a pinch.
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs (and sugar alcohols) are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fibre.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.