After being on vacation for several weeks, I was ready to sink back into routine. I was in detox mode: refocusing on exercise, loading up on fruits and veggies, stocking up on green juices. And I was off to a great start.

But then this happened:

It had arrived just before I left for my trip.  As I flipped through its colorful pages, all resolve around “eating clean” crumbled. It was as if the recipes were tailor made for my particular brand of sweet tooth…

Spicy Date Ice cream on Brown Butter Walnut Bars

Plum Frozen Yogurt on Lemon Shortbread

Peaches and Cream on Oatmeal Cookies

…and the ringer…PB&J…Peanut Butter Ice Cream on Toast with Berry Jam

An ice cream sandwich on toast, a recipe author Jennie Schacht later told me she ate for breakfast every morning for an entire week once she’d nailed it.

I had to give a try.  Immediately.

We had it for dessert one night. And then, with the kids off at day camp the next day, I served one up for myself  at lunch (it is a sandwich after all), only using chocolate hazelnut spread instead of jam. Delish.

The warm crunchy toast makes a perfect counterpoint to the cold, rich ice cream. It’s also not cloyingly sweet in the way of some desserts since the ice cream gets tucked between slices of toast, not cookies or brownies. Making this with Jennie’s homemade peanut butter ice cream is worth the effort, but if you lack the time, she suggests stirring two teaspoons of peanut butter and one teaspoon of honey into a scoop of softened vanilla ice cream for each sandwich.

Any which way you make this, it’s a treat well worth getting derailed from a post-vacation detox.


Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook. The opinions expressed are my own.



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  1. Nicole Sommerfeld
    08.05.2013 at 8:46 AM #

    Sounds amazing, can’t wait to try. I love anything ice cream. My kids really enjoy turning healthier eating into fun eating as well. Who wouldn’t want to try an ice cream sandwich? (I mean this kind, not the kind with the black, mushy cookie outing….) Maybe lunch next Saturday!

  2. katiemorford
    08.05.2013 at 10:54 AM #

    And these are sort of fun to assemble…something about putting ice cream onto toast!

  3. 08.05.2013 at 12:27 PM #

    Ha! Guess what I am eating for lunch as I read your post? This weekend I made the PB ice cream, swirled in some blackberry preserves, and layered it between the chocolate cookie wafers from the Pure Nostalgia sandwich. And that, my friend, is today’s lunch — all food groups covered: protein, fruit, and chocolate. You can see I am quite in synch with your notion of pairing it with chocolate. I’ll have to try it with the chocolate-hazelnut spread from the Bella Nutella sandwich. So fun to mix and match. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the PB&J for a test drive. I’m delighted that you gave in to impulse and enjoyed one for lunch. I’m confident you got your kale fix at dinner. xo Jennie

    • katiemorford
      08.05.2013 at 3:52 PM #

      Thanks Jennie. Your recipes are so inspiring!

  4. 08.06.2013 at 8:31 AM #

    This is crazy creative and sounds delicious! Wow wow wow.

    • katiemorford
      08.06.2013 at 9:10 PM #

      Thanks Kasey…I’m only copy catting an old favorite!

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