May 18, 2014

(Gluten-Free) PB Brownie Ice Cream

#1 I always must have the news on in the morning.  Local news, then the Today Show.  Sundays throw me off because Today is only, like, an hour.  That's why Sunday mornings are for Mad Men reruns.

#2 I've worn glasses since I was 9 and contacts since I was 12. What did people do before such things were invented?  One of my biggest concerns has always been 'What would I do if I were trapped on a desert island? How would I see?' Cue irrational (but not really) fears.

#3  I will procrastinate some things forever.  I graded a stack of 300 papers in March.  This weekend, since school is almost over and all, I decided it was do or die:  it was time to sort hundreds of tests into assessment binders.  The kids might want them, now that 2nd grade is over and all.  I certainly don't want them.

#4  I last got my hair cut in February.  The other day, someone said, "Oh, you got a haircut!"  No.

#5 One of my biggest pet peeves is when people don't have to eat gluten-free, but they choose to because they mistakenly believe it's healthier.  I made this ice cream for a friend who does have to eat gluten-free.

#6  I will make delicious ice cream, we will devour it in two days, and then I will stare at the picture on my computer desktop for two months before I get around to sharing it.

(Gluten-Free) Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream

2 cups chocolate milk (I used 2%)

1 T. + 1 t. cornstarch
1/8 t. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

2 t. vanilla
1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Frozen brownies, frosted and cut into chunks
-I used this brownie recipe, made with gluten-free flour from Trader Joe's and it came out really well.

-I used the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting too and that, obviously, was perfect.

In a large saucepan, combine the chocolate milk (all but 1 tablespoon), the salt, and the sugar.  Allow it to come to a boil and then let it boil (a rolling boil) for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. 
In a small bowl, whisk together that extra tablespoon (or so) of milk with the cornstarch.  Remove the milk mixture from the heat and whisk in the cornstarch/milk.  Return the pot to medium heat and let it come back to a boil, stirring constantly, for another minute (or until it's thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon). 
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and peanut butter.  After the peanut butter melts, add in the heavy cream.  Whisk well.  Pour through a mesh sieve to catch any undissolved lumps.  Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours until cooled. 

Following the manufacturer's instructions, pour your cooled mixture into an ice cream maker.  Once its consistency is nearing that of soft ice cream, stir in the chunks of frozen brownie and let it stir to combine.  Once it's all mixed up, pour into a freezer safe container and store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.


  1. So I don't know for sure that I have a gluten intolerance, but after we did the Whole 30, if I at anything that is "heavy" with what I assume is gluten (bread or any heavy starch really) I feel sick. So I ry and avoid it buy making my own meals instead. But if it's in a restaurant or one ingredient I want/need, then ehhh I'll still buy it, lol. This ice cream looks delish! I just had my hair cut over the weekend for the first time since February, myself. It was so time.

  2. Re: #2, I had the same exact conversation with Isaiah last night after watching Godzilla. If my glasses got smashed in a disaster and I didn't have my contacts, I would probably die because I'd be basically blind. Literally. Reason #23401230985 I want LASIK, as soon as possible.

    People who use gluten-free as a diet annoy me. I think we've discussed this before...

    I need a hair cut. I haven't had one in over a year. I'm planning on making an appointment while in Seattle with someone who specializes in curly hair...and then I'm thinking of going pretty short. Well, short for like, shoulder length. It's past my shoulder blades in the back right now.

  3. I, too, used to let the papers pile up. It stinks when you have to buckle down and actually grade them! Oh the life of an elementary school teacher!

  4. UGH grading papers. Those are the worst!!!!


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