Nutty Bars Ice Cream is a rich peanut butter ice cream loaded to the absolute max with chunks of Little Debbie’s classic Nutty Buddy Wafer Bars.
Over the top? Maybe a little bit, but who is going to complain when you hand them a bowl of ice cream that literally tastes like a peanut butter cup filled with chunks of nutty bars? No one. That is who.
Nutty Bars Ice Cream
A bowl of this ice cream tastes like a childhood dream come true – if your childhood happened to include Nutty Buddy Bars. Full disclosure, mine did not.
However, Sean introduced me to these irresistible peanut butter-filled, chocolate-coated wafer bars when we were first married and oh man, I made up for lost time.
Nutty Bars are his first choice for a packaged snack and have been for about as long as I’ve known him. (Side note – the bars are branded differently now, no clue why. They may be Nutty Buddy bars or just Nutty Bars where you are.)
So, naturally, when I had the idea for Nutty Buddy Ice Cream? It needed to happen just as soon as I could get to the store for a box of Nutty Bars.
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Nutty Buddy Ice Cream
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:
- creamy peanut butter
- light brown sugar
- kosher salt
- heavy cream
- vanilla extract
- Nutty Bars
Nutty Bar Ice Cream
Stir together the peanut butter, brown sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Then, add in the cream and whisk until smooth.
Then, whisk in the milk and vanilla. Pour into the ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.
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When the ice cream finishes churning, transfer about a third of the ice cream to an airtight container and sprinkle with about a ½ cup worth of chopped Nutty Bars. Repeat these layers twice more.
I usually get 5-6 servings out of a batch of homemade ice cream. However, this Nutty Bar ice cream is very rich, and we tend to enjoy it in smaller portions.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream
I’ve got my eye on these homemade nutty bars for the next time I play with this recipe. But, even if you don’t have nutty bars, you can still make peanut butter ice cream on its own. It’s like a bowl full of a creamy cold Reese’s cup. Absolutely divine!
And, for those of you who haven’t yet tried this chocolate peanut butter ice cream, I strongly recommend that it be added to your dessert menu ASAP. You won’t regret it.
And, no post about peanut butter flavored ice cream could be complete without a hat tip to monster cookie ice cream. An ice cream filled with the best cookies in the world (according to my brother) is kind of a big deal.
Nutty Bars Ice Cream
- ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1⅓ cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 packages of Nutty Bars chopped into ½-inch wide sections, about 1½ cups worth
- Stir together the peanut butter, brown sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir in the cream and whisk smooth. Slowly add the milk and vanilla, whisking until smooth. Pour into the ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
- When the ice cream finishes churning, transfer about a third of the ice cream to an airtight container and sprinkle with about a ½ cup worth of chopped Nutty Bars. Repeat the layers twice more.