Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard, FitBloggin’11, and Stonyfield Yogurt Recipe Battle!

A few weeks ago I had this little dilemma in my hands. That little dilemma was a BOGO Blizzard coupon for Dairy Queen.

I *heart* Dairy Queen. And if I’m going to Dairy Queen, you better believe I’m getting a blizzard.

So what’s the problem? If I used every Dairy Queen coupon that’s emailed me as an excuse to go get a blizzard, I’d have not a muffin top, but an avalanche spilling over my pants.

Co-worker says “They’re not that bad, if you only eat a little bit.” Um, what? Are there people who go order blizzards or other ice cream sundaes and don’t finish them? I am not one of them – I have endless room when it comes to ice cream.

On that note, I decided it was time to take some protein ice cream and turn it into a blizzard. I haven’t mentioned protein ice cream yet, but if follow the healthy-living blog circuit, you might have heard. It’s a delicious blender concoction of protein powder, milk, ice and gums. Xantham gum and guar gum do magical things, I swear.

This protein-packed, lower cal version may not be the magical thing that wards off my ice cream fever forever. Put some real ice cream in front of me (once in a while) and I’ll still go to town. But to keep the cravings at bay, I’ll take one of these every once in a while too.

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Blizzard

a big handful of ice cubes
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop (25gm) chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 packet Truvia, or other sweetener to taste
1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
25gm Trader Joe’s miniature peanut butter cups

2 tablespoons PB2
1 tablespoon water
vanilla stevia drops, to taste

In a blender, process the ice, almond milk, protein powder, cocoa powder, truvia, xantham gum, and guar gum until smooth. If it’s not thick enough, you might need a couple more ice cubes.

Throw in the peanut butter cups and pulse. If your mixture is thick enough, they probably actually won’t move around and you’ll need to mix them in my hand anyway.

Stir together the PB and water, and sweeten to taste. Layer the ice cream mixture in the glass with the peanut butter sauce.

Find a really big glass (the one pictured wasn’t big enough – there was extra blizzard that didn’t fit in there, believe it or not!)

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 336.0
Total Fat: 13.2 g
Cholesterol: 28.2 mg
Sodium: 358.4 mg
Total Carbs: 26.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
Protein: 29.4 g

And for comparison, the damage from a small peanut butter cup blizzard from the Queen is…

Calories: 530
Total Fat: 21 g
Cholesterol: 45 mg
Sodium: 260 mg
Total Carbs: 74 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 13 g

And in other news…

I just bought my ticket to FitBloggin’11!
I read great things from everyone who attended this year’s event, and I am very much looking forward to it. Anyone else going?’

And one more thing! 

Please take a moment to visit Family Fresh Cooking’s Stoneyfield Yogurt Recipe Battle and vote for my Haddock with Feta Yogurt Sauce! Just click the link above,  look for Cara’s Cravings Haddock with Feta Yogurt Sauce, and cast your vote. You may vote once every 24 hours, and the voting will close on August 25th at 12am. Thank you! (And ps while you’re there – be sure to scroll through the list and check out the many wonderful yogurt recipes! Good luck to all!)

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48 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard, FitBloggin’11, and Stonyfield Yogurt Recipe Battle!”

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    Elina — August 20, 2010 @ 3:11 pm Reply

    I say go for the real thing. You won't get a muffin top (or whatever else you're afraid of) from one indulgence (and yes, I would eat the whole thing too).Voted for your recipe. I meant to make it last week but things came up so it's still on the top of my must-make list. :D

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    Lizzy — August 20, 2010 @ 3:18 pm Reply

    Voted for you!!!!!! Maybe I will go to FitBloggin… have to look into it more.I am one of those people who gets kiddie icecreams because I can't finish them. I don't have a sweet tooth, but trust me, I have a cheese tooth : )

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    beeskneeslife — August 20, 2010 @ 4:12 pm Reply

    Alright I think you have convinced me I need to buy some gums! My husband buys this smoothie mix packet from the grocery store and all it really is is guar gum, sugar, and flavoring. I can make that myself!I have a bottomless stomach when it comes to ice cream, too. It's the devil!

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    Cara — August 20, 2010 @ 4:14 pm Reply

    I get plenty of the real stuff too :) Just the other night I took advantage of a free blizzard birthday coupon and tried the new Oreo Brownie Earthquake – OMG! I think it's my new favorite! Vanilla soft serve, oreo pieces, brownie chunks, hot fudge and marshmallow :)

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    ChubbyNewlywed — August 20, 2010 @ 6:08 pm Reply

    Dang, now I really want some ice cream!!! Voted for you :) I love your blog and I hope you win!

  6. 6

    Lisa — August 20, 2010 @ 7:09 pm Reply

    I have the exact same arguement with myself about DQ blizzards! It's so good, but yet, so bad and I feel guilty after! Thanks for the healthier alternative : )

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    Dani Spies — August 20, 2010 @ 7:50 pm Reply

    Holy yum! I will be trying this soon!! I am planning on goinf to FitBloggin' – haven't bought my ticket yet but will soon. YEAH ! We can meet for protein shakes and martini's in real life:)

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    Katie @ Health for the Whole Self — August 20, 2010 @ 7:59 pm Reply

    You're a stinkin' genius in the kitchen. I am a Dairy Queen lover as well, so I'll definitely be making this! Can't wait to meet you at FitBloggin! :)

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    Shannon — August 20, 2010 @ 11:44 pm Reply

    voted! this sounds delish… except it's not good for me to keep those mini pb cups in the house ;) i hear there's that new smaller size blizzard!

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    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — August 21, 2010 @ 6:31 pm Reply

    Your version of the Blizzard is much more my thing. I am just like you, get me started on some big yummy dessert and the end is no where in sight. I have not yet experimented with the guar gums, but it is my intention to do so. I am so happy you are a part of my Yogurt Battle, your Haddock has been getting lots of votes.I really want to go to Fitbloggin' next year. We'll see. are you going to BlogHer Food??

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    grace — August 22, 2010 @ 7:29 am Reply

    it honestly pains me to think of wasted blizzards. come on, people! :)great creations, cara–your haddock was leading the way when i voted!

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    Lindsay — August 29, 2010 @ 8:32 pm Reply

    I need to get my hands on some guar and xantham gums. Yes, I've been reading about them on healthy-living blogs for some time, but have yet to try them. My protein ice cream does not look as yummy as yours! p.s. love the idea of putting PB2 in it! I have a chocolate peanut butter protein powder that would be perfect for this.

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    Michelle — November 11, 2010 @ 7:59 pm Reply

    I've made this twice without guar and xanthan gums and it turned out just great.Today, I made it with 1 tbsp chunky TJ PB, 3 tbsp Ovaltine choc powder, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, and 1 cup FF lactose free milk and some crushed ice. Tastes pretty good! Thanks so much!

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    Cara — November 11, 2010 @ 8:00 pm Reply

    @ Michelle, you are so welcome. Thanks for the feedback, glad you like it!

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    Michelle — November 12, 2010 @ 3:12 am Reply

    Cara, I just have to add that I'm pregnant (1st trimester) and nothing taste good and it's so difficult to keep anything down these days. Somehow these blizzards are perfect for me! I hope you have more blizzard recipes to share! Thanks again!

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    Michelle — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    Cara, I just have to add that I'm pregnant (1st trimester) and nothing taste good and it's so difficult to keep anything down these days. Somehow these blizzards are perfect for me! I hope you have more blizzard recipes to share! Thanks again!

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    Michelle — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    I've made this twice without guar and xanthan gums and it turned out just great.Today, I made it with 1 tbsp chunky TJ PB, 3 tbsp Ovaltine choc powder, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, and 1 cup FF lactose free milk and some crushed ice. Tastes pretty good! Thanks so much!

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    Lindsay — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    I need to get my hands on some guar and xantham gums. Yes, I've been reading about them on healthy-living blogs for some time, but have yet to try them. My protein ice cream does not look as yummy as yours! p.s. love the idea of putting PB2 in it! I have a chocolate peanut butter protein powder that would be perfect for this.

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    Lindsay — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    I need to get my hands on some guar and xantham gums. Yes, I've been reading about them on healthy-living blogs for some time, but have yet to try them. My protein ice cream does not look as yummy as yours! p.s. love the idea of putting PB2 in it! I have a chocolate peanut butter protein powder that would be perfect for this.

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    grace — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    it honestly pains me to think of wasted blizzards. come on, people! :)great creations, cara–your haddock was leading the way when i voted!

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    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    Your version of the Blizzard is much more my thing. I am just like you, get me started on some big yummy dessert and the end is no where in sight. I have not yet experimented with the guar gums, but it is my intention to do so. I am so happy you are a part of my Yogurt Battle, your Haddock has been getting lots of votes.I really want to go to Fitbloggin' next year. We'll see. are you going to BlogHer Food??

  22. 22

    Shannon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    voted! this sounds delish… except it's not good for me to keep those mini pb cups in the house ;) i hear there's that new smaller size blizzard!

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    Katie @ Health for the Whole S — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    You're a stinkin' genius in the kitchen. I am a Dairy Queen lover as well, so I'll definitely be making this! Can't wait to meet you at FitBloggin! :)

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    Dani Spies — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    Holy yum! I will be trying this soon!! I am planning on goinf to FitBloggin' – haven't bought my ticket yet but will soon. YEAH ! We can meet for protein shakes and martini's in real life:)

  25. 25

    Dani Spies — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    Holy yum! I will be trying this soon!! I am planning on goinf to FitBloggin' – haven't bought my ticket yet but will soon. YEAH ! We can meet for protein shakes and martini's in real life:)

  26. 26

    Lisa — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    I have the exact same arguement with myself about DQ blizzards! It's so good, but yet, so bad and I feel guilty after! Thanks for the healthier alternative : )

  27. 27

    Lisa — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    I have the exact same arguement with myself about DQ blizzards! It's so good, but yet, so bad and I feel guilty after! Thanks for the healthier alternative : )

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    ChubbyNewlywed — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    Dang, now I really want some ice cream!!! Voted for you :) I love your blog and I hope you win!

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    Cara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I get plenty of the real stuff too :) Just the other night I took advantage of a free blizzard birthday coupon and tried the new Oreo Brownie Earthquake – OMG! I think it's my new favorite! Vanilla soft serve, oreo pieces, brownie chunks, hot fudge and marshmallow :)

  30. 30

    beeskneeslife — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Alright I think you have convinced me I need to buy some gums! My husband buys this smoothie mix packet from the grocery store and all it really is is guar gum, sugar, and flavoring. I can make that myself!I have a bottomless stomach when it comes to ice cream, too. It's the devil!

  31. 31

    beeskneeslife — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Alright I think you have convinced me I need to buy some gums! My husband buys this smoothie mix packet from the grocery store and all it really is is guar gum, sugar, and flavoring. I can make that myself!I have a bottomless stomach when it comes to ice cream, too. It's the devil!

  32. 32

    Lizzy — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Voted for you!!!!!! Maybe I will go to FitBloggin… have to look into it more.I am one of those people who gets kiddie icecreams because I can't finish them. I don't have a sweet tooth, but trust me, I have a cheese tooth : )

  33. 33

    Elina — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I say go for the real thing. You won't get a muffin top (or whatever else you're afraid of) from one indulgence (and yes, I would eat the whole thing too).Voted for your recipe. I meant to make it last week but things came up so it's still on the top of my must-make list. :D

  34. 34

    Elina — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I say go for the real thing. You won't get a muffin top (or whatever else you're afraid of) from one indulgence (and yes, I would eat the whole thing too).Voted for your recipe. I meant to make it last week but things came up so it's still on the top of my must-make list. :D

  35. 35

    Cara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    @ Michelle, you are so welcome. Thanks for the feedback, glad you like it!

  36. 36

    Michelle — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    Cara, I just have to add that I'm pregnant (1st trimester) and nothing taste good and it's so difficult to keep anything down these days. Somehow these blizzards are perfect for me! I hope you have more blizzard recipes to share! Thanks again!

  37. 37

    Lindsay — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    I need to get my hands on some guar and xantham gums. Yes, I've been reading about them on healthy-living blogs for some time, but have yet to try them. My protein ice cream does not look as yummy as yours! p.s. love the idea of putting PB2 in it! I have a chocolate peanut butter protein powder that would be perfect for this.

  38. 38

    Shannon — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    voted! this sounds delish… except it's not good for me to keep those mini pb cups in the house ;) i hear there's that new smaller size blizzard!

  39. 39

    Dani Spies — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    Holy yum! I will be trying this soon!! I am planning on goinf to FitBloggin' – haven't bought my ticket yet but will soon. YEAH ! We can meet for protein shakes and martini's in real life:)

  40. 40

    beeskneeslife — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    Alright I think you have convinced me I need to buy some gums! My husband buys this smoothie mix packet from the grocery store and all it really is is guar gum, sugar, and flavoring. I can make that myself!I have a bottomless stomach when it comes to ice cream, too. It's the devil!

  41. 41

    Elina — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    I say go for the real thing. You won't get a muffin top (or whatever else you're afraid of) from one indulgence (and yes, I would eat the whole thing too).Voted for your recipe. I meant to make it last week but things came up so it's still on the top of my must-make list. :D

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    Elina — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    I say go for the real thing. You won't get a muffin top (or whatever else you're afraid of) from one indulgence (and yes, I would eat the whole thing too).Voted for your recipe. I meant to make it last week but things came up so it's still on the top of my must-make list. :D

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    Lizzy — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    Voted for you!!!!!! Maybe I will go to FitBloggin… have to look into it more.I am one of those people who gets kiddie icecreams because I can't finish them. I don't have a sweet tooth, but trust me, I have a cheese tooth : )

  44. 44

    beeskneeslife — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    Alright I think you have convinced me I need to buy some gums! My husband buys this smoothie mix packet from the grocery store and all it really is is guar gum, sugar, and flavoring. I can make that myself!I have a bottomless stomach when it comes to ice cream, too. It's the devil!

  45. 45

    Lisa — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    I have the exact same arguement with myself about DQ blizzards! It's so good, but yet, so bad and I feel guilty after! Thanks for the healthier alternative : )

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    ChubbyNewlywed — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    Dang, now I really want some ice cream!!! Voted for you :) I love your blog and I hope you win!

  47. 47

    ChubbyNewlywed — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    Dang, now I really want some ice cream!!! Voted for you :) I love your blog and I hope you win!

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    Elina — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    I say go for the real thing. You won't get a muffin top (or whatever else you're afraid of) from one indulgence (and yes, I would eat the whole thing too).Voted for your recipe. I meant to make it last week but things came up so it's still on the top of my must-make list. :D

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