A confession & Chunky Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice cream (with a secret ingredient)

Do you ever do things that you later regret?

I’m not talking about eating this chunky chocolate peanut butter (vegan) ice cream,

which is something I’m pretty sure you would not regret.

(I’ll get to that recipe in a bit).

I’m talking about making a decision on impulse, because you just really wanted something.

Since we’ve been in our new interim location, I’ve been living in a vegan desert.  

I miss all my old favorite shopping locales–Sunflower Farmer’s market, Good Earth, even the Wal-mart back in Utah carried some vegan items.  But here, I’ve got nothing.  No bulk food bins (I can’t even get raw cashews in this place!), no almond milk, or vegan gluten-free breads.  It’s a wasteland for vegans.  

So back to what I was saying about regret, which ties into the vegan desert dillema I’m living in.

The other night, I was craving some ice cream.

I didn’t  have any homemade on hand, so Joseph & I, after we put the kids down, went on a date to Wal-mart.  Okay, I know, as we discussed, going to Wal-mart with your husband does not constitute a date, this is besides the point.  We were on a treat run, it was late, & I REALLY wanted some ice cream.  I was crossing my fingers that Wal-mart would have some soy ice cream, or really anything non-dairy would do.

They didn’t have anything even remotely close.

I deliberated, debated.  I looked at my best vegan options.  There weren’t any.  So I ended up buying some ICE CREAM.  Like from a cow, ice cream. You have no idea what living in a small town will do to impair your good judgment.

And please, you don’t have to tell me how stupid that was.  I think I learned my lesson.

Aside from some lapses from veganism during my last pregnancy (as you might remember, the sight of vegetables or fruit, or anything remotely healthy made me sick), I don’t eat things from a cow, goat, sheep, pig, or the like.  I just don’t.  But this time, I did.  I bought the ice cream, full well thinking, “what am I doing?”

In my defense, I thought I’d make up for it by getting  the “healthiest” kind–no sugar added (but loaded with artificial sweetener, yes, I know, not the best choice).

We went home.

Joseph & I sat down to watch another episode of Downton Abbey (we only have 1 more left) & I ate my ice cream.

I thought it was going to be so good.  I think it tasted alright, but no matter, because what I can remember of the experience is overshadowed by the fact that within 15 minutes of eating the stuff, my stomach started churning.  It did not sit well with me & for the rest of the night I was in some intense discomfort.

Which reminded me.

I’m vegan for a number of reasons, but the whole no milk thing, is a no brainer.

Milk makes me sick.

So I just need to have one of those experiences every 6 years or so, to help me remember that milk, in any form, is not my friend.

I tell you this 1) to show you that I’m human & that I’m not a perfect vegan.  And 2) to show you some ice cream that IS vegan & that does not make me sick (& that I think you’ll really love).

My kids & I made some chocolate peanut butter ice cream the other night.  It tastes like a creamy Reese’s peanut butter cup.  And you’ll never guess the secret ingredient–cooked quinoa.  I couldn’t help myself.  I had some left over just sitting in the fridge, & I’ve made brown rice ice cream, so I thought, hey why not quinoa?  And it totally worked.

Chunky Vegan No-soy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Prep Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 c.

Calories per serving: 211

Fat grams per serving: 11 g

Chunky Vegan No-soy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

A chunky, chocolate-y, peanut-buttery vegan, non-soy ice cream. The perfect summer treat!


  • 1, 14 oz. can coconut milk
  • 2/3 c. cooked quinoa
  • 2/3 c. agave nectar
  • 1/3 c. evaporated cane juice or other dry sweetener
  • 2 packets stevia (optional)
  • 3/4 tsp. xantham gum
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 trays of ice cubes (about 3 c.)
  • 1/3 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter or almond butter


  1. You'll need a blender, food processor (or good knife), & a large glass casserole dish. No need for an ice cream maker for this recipe!
  2. A few things. I hope you have a powerful blender, like a Blendtec to work it's magic, but a regular blender will do. Don't scrimp on sugar (it helps the ice cream have a good consistency). Likewise for the coconut milk. Don't go light on this one, otherwise your ice cream will suffer. There's a place for light, low-calorie foods. This is not one of those recipes.
  3. Pour coconut milk into blender.
  4. Add cooked quinoa & blend until smooth.
  5. Add remaining ingredients except for the nut butter & chocolate chips. You'll want to save these for later.
  6. Blend ingredients until super smooth. Like the consistency of frozen yogurt. Don't worry if it's not really thick, it will freeze up nicely.
  7. Chop your chocolate chips, or process in your food processor until you have fine chunks.
  8. Pour ice cream mixture into casserole dish.
  9. Drop peanut butter by the tablespoonfuls on top of ice cream. Cut through the icecream & peanut butter with a knife to distribute the peanut butter.
  10. Sprinkle chocolate over top of ice cream.
  11. Put the ice cream in your freezer for an hour.
  12. Check on it after an hour (it should be freezing up nicely) & stir. This helps the ice cream freeze in a more uniform fashion.
  13. Place back in the freezer & wait another hour.
  14. Stir again & repeat for a 3rd time.
  15. After about 3 hours, your ice cream should be hard enough to serve. It's a matter of personal preference how hard you'd like your cream, so if it's not hard enough for you after 3 hours, let it sit for a half an hour to an hour longer.
  16. Serve immediately, or
  17. Put in an appropriate sized plastic container with a lid. Take it out to sit in room temperature for 12-20 minutes before serving.

Per serving: 3 g protein, 28 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 30 mg sodium.

Recipe submitted to Weekend Wellness at Diet, Dessert, & Dogs blog.   Check it out for other great healthy recipe ideas!


Have you ever eaten or done something that you later regretted?


  1. catherine
    on June 23, 2014 at 10:21 am said:

    What does adding quinoa do for this recipe?

    • Janae Wise
      on June 23, 2014 at 10:25 am said:

      Great question! Adds some nutrients & bulk (& slightly lowers the calorie count per serving). I’ve used brown rice too, but quinoa also works well (as in this recipe). You of course can make ice cream with just coconut milk & sweetener, but I like adding brown rice, quinoa, or raw cashews.

      Hope this answers your question!

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  6. Anna
    on July 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm said:

    My mouth is watering so much reading this post 🙂 I’m definitely going to try this ice cream, the quinoa in it sounds interesting. Also, love your photography, it’s beautiful!

  7. Alisa
    on July 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm said:

    Made this today for our 4th of July celebration for my plant-strong family. It was delicious! I liked it better than store-bought coconut ice cream. The texture was amazing (prob the xantham gum) and the flavor was excellent. I ate way to much, lol. Nobody even knew about the quinoa! Well, not until I told them. They couldn’t believe it.

  8. Christine
    on June 28, 2012 at 8:15 pm said:

    In Janae’s defense, I would have totally gone for the low sugar, low fat stuff. The taste of milk products isn’t appealing, it’s the creaminess contrasted by the crunchy add-ins that I want. So if I couldn’t find anything non-dairy, I would have gone with the “healthier” of the bunch…the lesser evil, right? Not a good choice either way, but I understand your way of thinking. 🙂

  9. Deidre
    on June 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm said:

    I would never have imagined that quinoa was the secret ingredient!

    • Janae Wise
      on June 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm said:

      I know, fun, huh? Once you taste the ice cream, you’ll never guess it’s in there (insert evil laugh).

  10. Heather @ Better With Veggies
    on June 28, 2012 at 11:52 am said:

    I’m the same way with milk. Aside from the animal issues, I’m lactose intolerant and I remember how uncomfortable ice cream made me in my pre-plant-based days. Yuck! That is a good deterrent for sure!

    I love the looks of this ice cream recipe, especially since no ice cream maker is involved. I’m pinning it now!

    • Janae Wise
      on June 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm said:

      Yes, funny, any time I open the freezer & see that carton of ice cream I have absolutely NO desire to eat it. I’m going to go throw it away, right now. NO one should be eating that stuff.

  11. Rachel Kelly
    on June 28, 2012 at 11:00 am said:

    OK, seriously, if you are going to cheat, you don’t go buy some kind of gross ice cream imitation with aspartame, splenda, whatever, and all kinds of weird ingredients you don’t recognize. That is just gross. If I were going to cheat, I’d be buying some Magnum ice cream bars or something high quality and known for taste. EMBRACE the fact that you’re cheating instead of trying to justify it with healthy imitations. Just sayin’. Then at least you can appreciate the experience of eating it despite feeling ill later. Just a thought. When I cheat, I go all out in order to avoid later regret because I know I chose it free and clear. 😉

    • Janae Wise
      on June 28, 2012 at 11:10 am said:

      Isn’t that the truth…! Next time I’m going straight for the Ben & Jerry’s 🙂

    • April
      on June 28, 2012 at 11:50 am said:

      I totally agree! You are WHOLE FOODS girl-sugar is a whole food. Chemical crap is just that-yucky, disgusting chemical crap. Lesson learned I hope 🙂

      • Janae Wise
        on June 28, 2012 at 11:58 am said:

        Agreed. But even muah, little Miss wholefoods-fancypants make irrational choices. This experience just solidifies my convictions to only eat real food that makes me feel great.

  12. Emily Jeffords
    on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 am said:

    I’m not a vegan anymore, but this looks FANTASTIC!!! I’ll be making this treat for my babies this summer for sure!! Thanks!

    • Janae Wise
      on June 28, 2012 at 10:58 am said:

      That’s the fun about vegan foods–everyone can eat them!

  13. Joya
    on June 28, 2012 at 10:35 am said:

    I was giggling to myself reading this, because I had a similar experience recently. Yes, we need reminders I suppose;0)

    • Janae Wise
      on June 28, 2012 at 11:04 am said:

      Oh good. I’m not the only one 🙂

  14. Melissa
    on June 28, 2012 at 10:27 am said:

    Costco cake: ate it twice a few weeks apart (baby shower followed by bridal shower, and both had it). I had a headache and was short tempered, not to mention it made me feel physically ill (from the sugar rush I think) and I totally have to hold on to that feeling the NEXT time it is offered. Tastes delicious, but makes me feel like poop!
    Darn you Costco and your delicious cake!!

    • Janae Wise
      on June 28, 2012 at 10:57 am said:

      Costco is full of wonderful delights, many of which, as you point out, are beautiful, alluring, taste good, but in the end leave you feeling down in the dumps. Drat.

  15. Char @ www.charskitchen.ca
    on June 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm said:

    First, that ice cream looks freakin’ amazing.
    Second, I totally appreciate your honesty. We can’t all be perfect. A few years ago, I was in San Diego with my family after coming off of a cruise ship. The process had taken hours, and we were starving. I ordered a burrito from a Mexican resaturant, asking for only rice, beans, guacamole, & salsa. No meat & cheese, I said. WELL, their first language was Spanish, so I think something got lost in translation. We hike back to the hotel, I bite into my burrito & realize…there’s A LOT of sour cream, cheddar, & mozza cheese. Truthfully, if it was meat I would have stopped eating it. But I was so hungry by that point, I just didn’t care. I ate the whole thing.
    After about 15 mins (and for the next two days) I was dry heaving, had a distended belly, and couldn’t even walk because of the pressure on my abdomen. Yes, sometimes we need those little reminders about why we eat the way we do 🙂

    Sorry for the tl;dr comment. Great post! xo

    • Janae Wise
      on June 28, 2012 at 6:25 am said:

      I think I would have done the same thing you did–starving, so okay, what’s some cheese & sour cream? And, like you, barring eminent death due to lack of sustainable food sources, under no circumstances would I consciously eat meat. Funny how dairy doesn’t seem as big a deal, but it’s the dairy that REALLY does not agree with me. Meat never made me feel *great* but it never gave me quite the backlash that dairy did.

      Glad to know I’m not the only sensitive tummy out there–you’re right, sometimes we do just need a little reminder why we eat the way we do :)..

  16. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
    on June 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm said:

    i can’t wait to try this — how interesting that it has quinoa! great recipe! and sorry that the moo ice cream made you sick 🙁

  17. Katie
    on June 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm said:

    P.S. Me and the hubs only have one more episode of Downton Abbey left too. My husband will be happy to see another husband enjoying this amazing series!

    • Janae Wise
      on June 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm said:

      My husband is into chick flicks more than I am. For example, he might kill me for saying this, but one of his favorite series is Gilmore Girls & one of his favorite movies is P&P along with A Walk to Remember. We’re really enjoying DA. I am so fond of the witty old lady. She’s my fave & is always saying some really quotable stuff.

  18. Katie
    on June 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm said:

    I cannot wait to try your ice cream recipes! I keep forgetting when I plan out the menu to write down the ingredients. When you say cane juice or other dry sweetener in the recipe, does that mean I can use regular ol’ sugar instead?

    • Janae Wise
      on June 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm said:

      Katie, at the top of the recipe you can see there’s a save button. You can save the recipe to your ziplist account (it’s free) where you can save all your recipes from the web. Really helpful. Or you can print it out.

      Dry sweetener can be sugar, sucanant, palm coconut sugar, etc.

      Hope this helps!

  19. Tricia
    on June 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm said:

    Glad I’m not the only one who becomes physically ILL when I eat commercial dairy. I was vegan for a time because of it…..Until I tried raw, grass fed dairy. That’s a completely different story. I feel fabulous when I drink or eat it in any form!

    Still love my vegan ice cream recipes, though, and will definitely try this one.

    • Janae Wise
      on June 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm said:

      Yes, it’s the pits, isn’t it? My stomach starts churning just thinking about it!

  20. Christine
    on June 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm said:

    Can I make this ice cream with an ice cream maker? I don’t have a nice blender…Blendtec is on my Christmas list!! 🙂

    As far as regrets go: I went completely vegan last October, doing a 30 day challenge. I was not completely vegan before that, seeing if I could do it (silly me, of course I could!) and after my 30 days was over, it was just before Thanksgiving and I splurged (had some non-vegan desserts…I’ll never eat meat again) and paid for it for the next 24 hours. I learned my lesson!

    • Janae Wise
      on June 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm said:

      Sure, you can make this with an ice cream maker–just follow the manufacturing instructions.

      Glad to know I’m not the only one with learning a lesson the hard way.

  21. TJ
    on June 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm said:

    oh my, this all looks absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!
    can i have some? 🙂
    xo TJ

    • Janae Wise
      on June 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm said:

      Sure, next time you’re in town 🙂

  22. i.ikeda
    on June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm said:

    Ummm, yeah… I stopped being a vegetarian completely. T_T Still regret it, and trying to figure out how to do it in a practical fashion but still cooking meals for my non-vegetarian husband (who so far refuses to try it in any case).

    The ice cream looks delish! Pinning it to try it asap. 🙂

    • Janae Wise
      on June 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm said:

      Believe me, I know how difficult it is to try & please an omnivorous husband. Don’t give up though–it can be done! I have faith in you :).