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Peanut Butter & Honey Ice Cream

Peanut Butter and Honey Ice Cream

There are two types of people in this world: peanut butter and jelly people, and peanut butter and honey people. (Ok, so there are probably anti-peanut butter people too, but for the purposes of this post we’ll pretend they don’t exist). Me? I’m the later. I’ll take a peanut butter & honey sandwich over stupid jelly any day.

Peanut Butter and Honey Ice Cream

I know I’ve declared my undying love for our local gelato shop here before, but I’ll admit it’s been a while since I’ve indulged. By far my favorite flavor is their peanut butter and honey gelato. It’s Incredible with a capital I. It’s a shame they don’t have it available in the case more often.

Let’s just say I’ve missed it. (The $11/quart price tag, however, I haven’t missed one bit.)

Faced with a surplus of milk and cream, I took it upon myself to recreate this magical flavor. The resulting ice cream is lightly scented with local honey, and then swirled with creamy peanut butter ribbons. It’s delightfully decadent and surprisingly light and refreshing, despite the copious amounts of cream and egg yolk (health food this most definitely is not).

I’m going to need a bigger bowl. Or maybe just 3 of them all to myself.

Peanut Butter and Honey Ice Cream

See this? This is what you call winning.

You should really make this, like, immediately.

Just don’t you dare substitute the honey with jelly.

Peanut Butter & Honey Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours


2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 cup whole milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons honey*
pinch salt
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter


To make the ice cream, pour 1 cup of the heavy cream into a heat-proof bowl and nest inside a larger bowl filled with ice water. Place a fine mesh sieve over the top of both bowls.

In a saucepan, combine remaining cream, milk, sugar, honey, and salt. Cook gently over medium heat, stirring regularly, until sugar is dissolved and mixture just starts to steam. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks. Slowly whisk in some of the warm cream mixture, 1/3 cup at a time, until about half of the cream mixture has been incorporated and yolk mixture is warm to the touch. You want to do this gradually; doing so will temper the egg yolks rather than cook them.

Pour yolk mixture back into the saucepan and return to medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spatula, about 5 to 7 minutes, or until it reaches approximately 165 to 170ºF. Do not allow it to boil. Pour mixture through sieve into cold cream, discarding any solids. Add vanilla extract and stir until cool. Cover mixture with plastic wrap, carefully pressing wrap down onto the surface of the cream mixture. This will prevent a skin from forming on top of the custard. Refrigerate until completely cool, at least 3 hours or overnight if possible.

Just prior to churning the ice cream, spoon peanut butter into a piping bag fitted with a medium size round tip (you can also drop dollops of peanut butter in if you prefer, but I found the piping bag produced a more swirl-like result).

Churn ice cream according to manufacturer’s instructions. When ice cream is the consistency of soft serve, squeeze in the peanut butter, swirling it evenly throughout the ice cream, then transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze overnight until firm.

*Note: I used a very dark local honey, one with a very strong flavor. I chose to use only 3 tablespoons so the honey flavor would be delicate and not overpowering. If you're using a lighter honey, you may want to increase this a bit. Use your best judgement.

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  1. 1
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Yup I’m not a PB n’ J guy at all but I do love my honey! This sounds like a perfect combo…down with the jelly!!!


  2. 2
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    My ice cream maker has been hibernating in the garage… I think it’s time to wake it up!


  3. 3
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    i don’t have an ice cream maker simply because i know i’d use it too much. peanut butter is one of my favorite foods. ice cream is my favorite dessert. make this for me (i’ll gladly pay you $11/quart) and you’ll be my favorite person.


  4. 4
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    No subs needed here. My husband and I both are big PB + honey fans. This is awesome, Lindsay!


  5. 5
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    What about those of us who are peanut butter and everything folk? Last year I was on a peanut butter and honey kick (after picking up a local raw wildflower honey), and made a peanut butter honey swirl ice cream (I did vanilla ice cream with a swirl of peanut butter-honey mixture). Such a felicious combo :) Glad to see it featured here.


  6. 6
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Yes! Definitely PB + Honey all the way. :)


  7. 7
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    YUM! The only thing that give PB & J or PB&Choc a run for it’s money is PB&Honey!


  8. 8
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    omg love this! My daughter saw this on my computer screen and just said, “Let’s make this”


  9. 9
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    That ice cream looks so creamy and peanut-buttery. We haven’t made any in awhile because we have been stuck on sorbets. But, this has me inspired!


  10. 10
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    ‘stupid jelly’ lol I’ve actually never heard of pb and honey before but it sounds interesting!


  11. 11
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Oh wow, what a fantastic flavor combination :)


  12. 12
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This ice cream was MADE for me. I love peanut butter and honey together!


  13. 13
    Wayne landis
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    you don’t need to badmouth Jelly. I love PB&J. It doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like this as well. Can’t we just all get along!


  14. 14
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I didn’t know I was a pb & honey person until this moment. Thank you! :)


  15. 15
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Yummm! :D


  16. 16
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I die for homemade ice cream.


  17. 17
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    That peanut butter ribbon running through it did me in. I need this in my freezer.


  18. 18
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Love that PB swirl that I can see in the photos, and the honey addition should be great!


  19. 19
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    This is a great recipe for ice-cream, love the flavors!


  20. 20
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    OH.MY.YUM. I am now officially in love with this recipe AND this blog <3


  21. 21
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I love pb and honey! I like to eat my pb and honey sandwiches cold… Or…on warm toast or waffle. OK, I just like the combo! This ice cream sounds amazing and right up my alley! Thanks for sharing.


  22. 22
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Have always preferred PB & honey – especially when the honey starts to soak into the bread. Delish!

    Also, I absolutely love those bowls. Very pretty, and they seem like the perfect size! Where did they come from? Thanks in advance.


  23. 23
    Posted On April 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Ah jeez, I need to get my homemade ice cream to look like yours! I make it in the VitaMix, so it turns out more on the soft-serve end. I LOVE peanut butter in ice cream…last week, I made a peanut butter and banana milk shake just about every night. Your ice cream looks fabulous. I need to get my hands on an ice cream maker and then whip up your recipe :)


    • Posted On April 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

      I’ve never made ice cream in the vitamix! Intriguing!

      My ice cream actually comes out like soft serve once it’s first churned. I then put in the freezer overnight to firm up completely. I bet you could do the same thing with yours!

  24. 24
    Posted On April 18, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I just love the idea of this ice cream – I’ve not had peanut butter and honey before but it sounds divine!


  25. 25
    Posted On April 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Mouth drooling, in deperate need of this ice cream!!


  26. 26
    Posted On April 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

    This looks amazing … the boyfriend would swoon all over it! But then he’d eat the entire batch. ENTIRE BATCH.


  27. 27
    From Cupcakes, With Love
    Posted On April 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

    oooh this looks yum!


  28. 28
    Posted On April 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Peanut butter is just the best…isn’t it? Your ice cream looks refreshing.


  29. 29
    Posted On April 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    not a peanut butter and jelly or pb and honey fan but the pics made this look yummy anyways. will have to try it with a pb substitue. mmmmm

    thanks for sharing!


  30. 30
    Posted On April 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve never had a peanut butter and honey sandwich! (makes mental note for later) But I do long honey peanut butter so I bet this is great.


  31. 31
    Posted On April 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Only peanut butter can make ice cream even better…this looks amazingly good!


  32. 32
    Posted On April 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I’m a peanut butter and chocolate person, but I’d always choose peanut butter and honey over peanut butter and jelly. This ice cream is really beautiful.


  33. 33
    Posted On April 19, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Peanut butter and honey is one of my favourite combinations, I often use it in flapjacks. This ice cream looks gorgeous and I love the idea of the slightly salty peanut butter swirl.


  34. 34
    Posted On April 19, 2012 at 9:11 am

    PB and H all the way! And if you want to throw some big fat slices of B (banana) on there I’ll love it even more!


  35. 35
    Posted On April 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    LOVE this flavor combo! I’m thinking a parfait with some banana slices and chopped, honey-roasted peanuts may be in order. YUM!


  36. 36
    Posted On April 20, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Don t like pb, sorry, but I will find a way to put the honey in! Almonds, anyone?


  37. 37
    Posted On April 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

    One of my favorite ice creams. I use to get it all the time at this little creamery in Annapolis, Maryland, but have never seen it here in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to you, dear friend, I can make my own now. You’ve brought back some great memories. XOXO


  38. 38
    Posted On April 20, 2012 at 11:11 am

    i am SO with you. jelly is totally overrated – i’m a honey kind of girl, all the way. this ice cream looks fantastic :)


  39. 39
    Posted On April 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

    That just looks delicious! I actually do love jelly as well as I love honey. Given the choice though I would probably go for the honey. Funny thing is that the peanutbutter and jelly (or honey) combination is not one that is very common in the Netherlands or they simply never told me. This icecream however looks like just the thing for me. Plus I happen to have received some gorgeous honey as a gift from Canada so will look at making this!


  40. 40
    Posted On April 26, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Never tried a peanut butter and honey sandwich before – I’m inspired!


  41. 41
    Posted On April 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    This ice cream look absolutely amazing and delicious! I have got to try it. Yummy and thanks. I love your blog.


  42. 42
    Cousin Julie
    Posted On May 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Must be a family thing – I’d take a PB&H any day :) xoxo


  43. 43
    Posted On May 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Sounds delicious!


  44. 44
    Posted On May 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Love love love your blog. Found you through Lovin’ from the Oven and I cannot wait to buy your book!! I will be sure to post about it! Thank you!


  45. 45
    Posted On June 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I made your ice cream on Friday for a retirement party, incorporating it into my Perfect Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches. MMMMMmm!


  46. 46
    Posted On August 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Crispy bacon, honey and peanut butter ice cream and banana, chocolate chip and peanut butter ice cream are out of this world. I had to put some weight on a few years ago, what a journey of discovery that was. Thanks for sharing.


  47. 47
    Posted On July 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Made this tonight – absolutely delicious!


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