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Homemade Protein Ice Cream – The Fitnessista

Sharing a recipe for Homemade Protein Ice Cream that’s rich and delicious; The perfect healthy dessert or protein packed snack!

Hi friends! How’s the day going? I hope you had a wonderful morning. How about some ice cream for breakfast?

I have a super easy and delicious recipe for Homemade Protein Ice Cream to share with you today!

(I added peanut butter and chocolate chunks to this batch and it was a dream)

Homemade Protein Ice Cream

We all know how important protein is. Not only is it the most satisfying macronutrient, protein is also the building block for our cells. This is important in the fitness/health world because it can help us build and maintain muscle mass, which is especially important as we age. We want to build and protect our muscle to help our bones and also protect our metabolism, because muscle is “hungry” compared to fat and has a higher energy demand.

I recommend about 1 gram per pound of ideal bodyweight (depends on so many factors, such as body composition, age, goals, preferred eating strategy, etc.) but I recommend 1 palm-sized serving at each meal and snack. I like to aim at service.

This protein ice cream is a creamy and delicious dessert that packs a great serving of protein. It’s a great way to add variety to your protein sources while still enjoying a sweet treat. I’m sharing the recipe with you today so you can recreate it at home!

Is Protein Ice Cream Healthy?

Protein ice cream is a great healthy treat, especially since it includes some healthy fats (from coconut milk) and you can add any toppings you like, including peanut butter, nuts, or fruit. Please note that this should not be a substitute for *real* ice cream, if that’s what you’re after. If you’re craving Ben and Jerry’s and try making this as a substitute, it won’t fill the void for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Get some real deals, enjoy it and get on with your life.

However, if you’re looking to add another protein-packed option to your day and want something that tastes like a sweet treat, give this one a whirl! You can eat it everyday as part of a balanced plan that includes lean protein, smart carbs and healthy fats.

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Protein powder of choice – whey protein and pea protein will work best. This step is important and be sure to use your favorite protein powder! If you’re looking for ideas, try Truvani or Now Foods (use FITNESSISTA for 20% off). Choose a protein powder that has a good texture and tastes good – this is important. You can use vanilla protein powder or chocolate protein powder, depending on what flavor of ice cream you want to make.

Full-Fat Coconut Milk – You can also use unsweetened almond milk, but coconut milk will give it a richer flavor and texture. If you’re not dairy-free, you can use whole milk (which I recommend over skim milk for taste, texture, and nutrients)

Vanilla

sea โ€‹โ€‹salt

Stevia to taste* (You can also use maple syrup if you don’t like the taste of stevia. I avoid other artificial sugars because sugar alcohols upset my stomach)

For the Chocolate Protein Ice Cream: 4 oz semisweet chocolate chips

How to Make Homemade Protein Ice Cream

Phase 1

Make sure the bowl of your ice cream maker is frozen solid! If it isn’t, prepare it the day before making the ice cream. You can also make ice cream in a loaf pan, but its texture will be different.

Phase 2

In a saucepan on the stove, add milk, chocolate chips, vanilla, and sea salt and bring to a boil. As the chocolate chips melt, whisk in the protein powder. Dip a spoon into the mixture (be sure to let it cool before tasting!) and add any sweetener as needed.

step 3

Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and turn on. It will take 20-30 minutes till it gets soft serve texture. For a firmer ice cream, pour the mixture into loaf pans and freeze for 3-4 hours.

step 4

Scoop out any servings you like and enjoy! Add any of the toppings or mix-ins below to customize to your tastes!

Mix-ins and Topping Ideas:

Add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and crushed candy canes for a holiday-ish treat

Top with peanut butter or pop some in an ice cream maker

add chocolate chips or melt some chocolate chips on top

Swirl in some fruit jam

top with fresh berries

Add some ground espresso beans to the ice cream maker (and use coffee instead of water!).

For a lovely almond flavor, add almond extract to vanilla protein ice cream and top with slivered almonds

Add unsweetened shredded coconut and pecans

Here’s the full recipe!

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Homemade Protein Ice Cream

A delicious healthy dessert option with a dose of protein. Add in any mix-ins and customize it just the way you like!

  • Author: Gina Harney // The Fitnessista
  • prep time: 10 minutes
  • total time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6,8 servings 1X

3 Scoops protein powder of choice – whey protein and pea protein will work best. This step is important and be sure to use your favorite protein powder! If you’re looking for ideas, try Truvani or Now Foods (use FITNESSISTA for 20% off). Choose a protein powder that has a good texture and tastes good – this is important. You can use vanilla protein powder or chocolate protein powder, depending on what flavor of ice cream you want to make.

2 Cans of Full-Fat Coconut Milk – You can also use unsweetened almond milk, but coconut milk will give it a richer flavor and texture. If you’re not dairy-free, you can use whole milk (which I recommend over skim milk for taste, texture, and nutrients)

a spoon Vanilla

pinch of sea salt

Stevia to taste* (You can also use maple syrup if you don’t like the taste of stevia. I avoid other artificial sugars because sugar alcohols upset my stomach)

For the Chocolate Protein Ice Cream: 4 oz semisweet chocolate chips

Make sure the bowl of your ice cream maker is frozen solid! If it isn’t, prepare it the day before making the ice cream. You can also make ice cream in a loaf pan, but its texture will be different.

In a saucepan on the stove, add milk, chocolate chips, vanilla, and sea salt and bring to a boil. As the chocolate chips melt, whisk in the protein powder. Dip a spoon into the mixture (be sure to let it cool before tasting!) and add any sweetener as needed.

Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and turn on. It will take 20-30 minutes till it gets soft serve texture. For a firmer ice cream, pour the mixture into loaf pans and freeze for 3-4 hours.

Scoop out any servings you like and enjoy! Add any of the toppings or mix-ins below to customize to your tastes!

notes

Mix-ins and Topping Ideas:

Add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and crushed candy canes for a holiday-ish treat

Top with peanut butter or pop some in an ice cream maker

add chocolate chips or melt some chocolate chips on top

Swirl in some fruit jam

top with fresh berries

Add some ground espresso beans to the ice cream maker (and use coffee instead of water!).

For a lovely almond flavor, add almond extract to vanilla protein ice cream and top with slivered almonds

Add unsweetened shredded coconut and pecans

Have you tried protein ice cream before? What is your all time favorite ice cream flavor?

This was a super satisfying treat, especially with the mix-ins!

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