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    5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard (DF & GF)

    5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard (Dairy & Gluten free)5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard (Dairy & Gluten free)

    I don’t know about you, but Blizzards were my THING growing up. I always got Reese’s Pieces or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup with chocolate ice cream (shocker, I know).

    So if you are reading this right now and are like “what the beep is Rachel talking about? what is a Blizzard?”, I actually feel bad that you haven’t experienced the magical taste and flavor orgasm in your mouth that a Blizzard is. Thanks to Dairy Queen, Blizzard’s combine your favorite ice cream with your favorite candy in this magical blender. It crushes the candy into the ice cream so you have that flavor and candy crunch in every bite. You may also know Blizzard’s as McFlurry’s if McDonald’s was your thing.

    Now, as much as I’d love to chow down on Blizzard’s as frequently as I used to, I unfortunately don’t these days. They are overflowing with my favorite candy and ice cream but they’re also overloaded with unnecessary calories, processed ingredients and nothing your body really needs.  That is why today I am sharing the new & improved, 5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard.

    This 5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard is gluten & dairy free AND it is made with my absolute favorite sorbetto from my friend’s at Ciao Bella.

    Ciao Bella is a gelato & sorbetto company serving some of the most delicious and high quality frozen treats. They originated in Little Italy, NYC (right by me!) and are fully dedicated to providing customers with high quality and delicious gelato & sorbetto. I purchased my Ciao Bella at the Whole Foods near my apartment but check out their store locater to see where it is closest to you!

    Now for this 5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard, I wanted to make it dairy free so I used their Dark Cocoa Sorbetto. It is one of my favorites from Ciao Bella, and it has less than 5 ingredients that you can pronounce. Plus the dark chocolatey flavor is a-m-a-z-i-ng. I may or may not have spooned a few bites before making this..

    I wanted to lighten up the Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard even more so I added powdered peanut butter and cacao powder to it as well as just a splash of cashew milk (instead of whole milk).

    After blending for a couple seconds in my NutriBullet, I topped it off with crushed dark chocolate peanut butter cups and died & went to Blizzard brain freeze heaven.

    Now it’s your turn..

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    5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard (Dairy & Gluten free)5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard (Dairy & Gluten free)5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard (Dairy & Gluten free)

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    5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard (Dairy & Gluten free)

    Prep Time 5 mins
    Cook Time 5 mins
    Total Time 10 mins
    Yields 2


    • 2 cups Ciao Bella Dark Cocoa Sorbetto
    • 2 tablespoons cashew milk
    • 2 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
    • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
    • 6 mini dark peanut butter cups, crushed


    1. Blend sorbetto in your blender or nutribullet for a couple seconds
    2. Add the rest of ingredients, besides peanut butter cups, and blend for another couple seconds (you don't want to over blend or it will be a milkshake)
    3. Pour into your favorite cup and top with peanut butter cups!


    xx, Rach


    Thank you Ciao Bella for sponsoring this post. It means so much to me to work with brands that I love and who support rachLmansfield!

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  • Reply Ashlyn | Dollop Of Yum March 2, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Blizzards are definitely a favorite of mine! Thanks for making a healthier version that’s just as delicious!!

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    • Reply Rachel March 2, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Thank you so much for reading, Ashlyn! Blizzards are such a favorite of mine too. This version won’t have you in a sugar coma though and is probably more than half the calories and fat of a regular one! I can’t wait to try more mix-in ideas too. xx

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  • Reply Kellen March 2, 2016 at 10:03 am

    OMG this looks SO good (and it’s only 7am in California haha). I am definitely going to make this peanut butter chocolatey goodness in my Nutribullet ASAP.

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    • Reply Rachel March 2, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Kellen! Blizzards made this way are acceptable all times of the day I think 🙂 xx

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  • Reply janene March 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I showed the kids the recipe and they all got super excited and my daughter actually screamed. Thank you for this simple recipe lol. The children tummys are going to be happy and I can probably get them to behave for a couple of minutes as this will be a nice dessert later on

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    • Reply Rachel March 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Janene! Oh my gosh, it is my pleasure. I am SO happy to hear that. It definitely must be a struggle to feed your kids food that they think tastes amazing but isn’t too heavy in sugar and processed foods. I hope they love this Blizzard as so much as I do! Definitely let me know 🙂 xx

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  • Reply Liz March 2, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Rachel, I seriously can’t get over these!! I’m drooling over your photos. Must make this weekend!!

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    • Reply Rachel March 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you so much, Liz!! It is so easy to make and is so much lighter than the usually Blizzard! I hope you love it as much as I do! xx

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  • Reply Alexa [fooduzzi.com] March 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    You are KILLING me with this!! Peanut Butter Cup Blizzards were always my go-to, too! How did I not know that you could request CHOCOLATE ice cream in them?!

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    • Reply Rachel March 2, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Haha! They are the BEST! Besides Reese’s Pieces 🙂 I don’t eat plain white food (it’s a weird phobia) so vanilla ice cream literally makes me nauseous. Chocolate has always been my go-to. Unless you’re at McDonalds, they only had vanilla 🙁 You have to try this lighter blizzard! Plus the possibilities are endless! xx

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  • Reply Hadyn March 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    This looks amazing! But what is the nutrition value?

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    • Reply Rachel March 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Hadyn! I do not have the nutritional value calculated. I don’t personal count calories or exact macros, I just eat food that I know is made from good-for-you ingredients. You can definitely plug in the recipe to one of the many nutritional calculators online though 🙂 xx

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  • Reply Medha March 3, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Rachel, this looks so good! ? I’ll make this over the weekend when my friends are over! Cannot wait!!

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