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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sauce {Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off}

It's a funny thing.  With all three pregnancies, I craved different foods.  With both of my boys I craved comfort foods.  And fried foods.  But couldn't stand the thought of chocolate.  With my first...bear with me, I always tell this story...I once ate Long John Silver's everyday for an entire week.  And I wanted everything.  I had to have chicken, fish, shrimp, hushpuppies, fries, and coleslaw on my plate and a bottle of malt vinegar its side.  A full week.  Man, I could not get enough of that stuff.  Plus, I started liking pickles again.  I know, so totally stereotypical, but true.

Skip to child number three.  More comfort food.  From meatloaf to chicken sandwiches to burgers to tacos and chilaquiles.  And big, tall glasses of milk.  And again, I wasn't really feeling the chocolate.  It was mostly ice cream when I had a craving.  And lots and lots of cheese.

But my point today is child number two.  My sweet girl.  My drama queen.  I don't know if it's the fact that I was constantly active, working in busy kitchens until I was so big I could barely reach the grill over my belly.  Or that the majority of my pregnancy stretched through the warm parts of the year (Spring-Fall).  But I ate so incredibly healthy with this pregnancy.  I craved mango and pineapple and had it pretty much on a daily basis.  Big, heaping plates of it.  I enjoyed salads and foods that seemed to fall on the healthier side, along with my normal Mexican fare.  So yes.  Completely healthy.  Well, almost.  I craved two less-than-healthy things on a fairly regular basis as well.  One was Cherry Coke.  Crazy because I hadn't had a drink of "dark" soda in years. YEARS I say.  Well, or coffee...but that was nothing new.  I needed caffeine with this one, even though I knew it probably wasn't the best thing for me. It was my one vice throughout the pregnancy.
But what I really wanted to talk about was less-than-healthy craving number two. That would be vanilla ice cream drizzled with a fat glob of warm peanut butter sauce with banana slices scattered over that and a smattering of chocolate chips to top it all off. As much as I craved my tropical fruit and salads, I equally craved this. And I don't know if it was the hormones or what, but the peanut butter sauce was THE best thing in the whole wide world. I used to eat it at work. It came in a tub. I was never able to duplicate it. Of course, I never really wonder. I would always just scoop a big heap of peanut butter from the jar and plop it on my ice cream. We're talking post-pregnancy (this would be the past nine and a half years.

UNTIL NOW! I had a little conniption when I turned a page and saw Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sauce in the Joy the Baker Cookbook. And then I made it and had a huge conniption. IT WAS EXACTLY THE SAME AS I REMEMBERED. No. Actually. IT WAS BETTER! There's only one problem. Now I can make it anytime I want. Which means I can eat it anytime I want. And more times than not, the little devil on my shoulder shoves the angel into the peanut butter just to shut it up.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sauce

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: condiment dessert vegetarian peanut butter butter birthday ice-cream American
Ingredients (~½ cup)
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ c. creamy natural peanut butter
  • ¼ c. powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs. heavy cream
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat. Once heated through, peanut butter mixture should be smooth and easily pourable.

Pour over scoops of vanilla ice cream. And whatever else suits your fancy. Enjoy. Immensely!

ever-so-slightly adapted from the Joy the Baker Cookbook
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  1. Oh my word does that look tasty.  When I was in the Navy I used to dump PB over chocolate ice cream.  It quickly caught on and I frequently had people coming to my stateroom to "borrow" my super chunky peanut butter!

  2. Wow! While I would like to say my life would be better without knowing this sauce exists I know that'd be a lie :) Heather, I blame you if I eat too much of this!

  3.  This sounds absolutely delightful!
    And I totally get starting to like foods when pregnant with my first pregnancy (only lasted 10 weeks unfortunately) I craved tomatoes (I HATED tomatoes all my life) and now I can eat them.

  4. I craved all things mustard with number one and with number two it was all about raspberries (which even though healthy becomes expensive when you want them all the time). 

    At some point I'm going to make this peanut butter sauce and from then on I know I will crave it daily.  Dangerous!

  5. I love the idea of the little devil shoving the little angel into the peanut butter!! And what a wonderful sauce! I'm travelling at the moment so I can't do any cooking, but when I get home, I have to make this. I craved peanut butter and banana sandwiches when I was pregnant with my son, but this is a much, much better way to get a peanut butter and banana fix :)

  6. Is it weird that I love reading about pregnancy cravings? Like....a lot. I really hope I crave peanut butter nonstop when I'm pregnant...I'd just sit at home with a tub of this!

  7. And I had a "conniption" when I saw this decadence in my sidebar!!! The only thing I craved when I was pregnant was ice tea; both times. It may very well be why I only gained 7 lbs. Of course, I didn't have YOU to tempt me then!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Heather...

  8. Yes, notice that I didn't mention how much weight I gained with each pregnancy.  With my boys, you can take your number times 10 (eek!) give or take a few pounds.  Only half of that with my daughter, though.

  9. great! now I won't stop eating ice cream

  10. I can't wait to try this!  We're going grocery shopping in the city this weekend and my plan is to bring home lots and lots of ice cream.  I'll have to add peanut butter to my list, because I HAVE to have that sauce.  OMG!  I'm having a conniption fit just thinking about it. :P  

    On a side note, I can totally understand your week-long Long John Silver craving, that's all I wanted to eat when I was pregnant with Nick.  That and lots of beef jerky.  With all of my pregnancies, I craved all things spicy, like jalapeños straight from the can, and those spicy mango lollypops.  :P  

  11. Pregnancy cravings are such a funny thing. Mine were completely different with each, but they all correlate to their favorite foods now :)
    This looks insanely scrumptious, and a bit dangerous :)

  12. This would be dangerous around here as well!  I made something similar-ish with peanut butter and vanilla yogurt.  I always end up eating way too much of it!

  13. Heehee I do the same thing to the little devil! Peanut butter sauce is hard to resist! I was here last night drooling for like 10 minutes and rendered completely speechless when I tried to comment. . . I HAD to come back and sneak another peek.

  14. Oh I can imagine you at Long John Silvers with a smile of true happiness. Having babies brings out the beast of our cravings, mine was chile con queso and fried ice cream, together? Lol, I sticky tabbed this recipe when I first got the book. I knew it was going to be a hit, but after seeing these pics it maight be too much for a gal to handle.. ice cream diet!!

  15. I have just made the base for chocolate ice cream and I'm going to make this sauce to go on top of it.  How American does that sound??   LOL  I can't wait.

  16. Oooh! That looks really yummy!

  17. I have this recipe tagged to make too but I am a bit afraid that I'll like it way too much. ;-)

  18. Gerry @ Foodness GraciousMay 28, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Sometimes I wish I was a girl because listening to yours and other friends cravings all sound so darn good!! (sigh) I'll never have cravings....

  19. Que bueno todo, me encanta el helado