Protein Ice Cream Recipe

protein ice cream recipe
protein ice cream recipe

If you’re a fan of protein shakes or protein bars for breakfast, have you ever considered swapping them with ice cream? Yes, you heard that right – ice cream for breakfast! Before you judge, promise me you’ll try this protein ice cream recipe. It’s incredibly creamy and delicious, and no one will ever know that it’s a healthy option. The best part? You can enjoy it for breakfast or dessert!

Large bowl of several scoops of chocolate and vanilla protein ice cream. Two spoons are beside the bowl.

Is This Ice Cream Healthy?

You better believe it! This protein ice cream is made with minimal, good-for-you ingredients and contains no refined sugar or artificial preservatives. It has more fiber and less sugar than traditional ice cream, making it a guilt-free treat. With 11 grams of protein per serving, it can help balance your blood sugar and leave you feeling satisfied. If you’re someone who could easily eat a whole pint of ice cream in one sitting, this recipe is definitely for you!

Here’s What You Need

We’ll be using a banana ice cream base for both flavors of this protein ice cream. The two essential ingredients are:

  • Frozen bananas – peel and slice the bananas before freezing for easier processing.
  • Dairy-free milk – any type of dairy-free milk will work. Almond milk is a popular choice, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

Ingredients measured out to make chocolate protein ice cream: nut butter, banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, and chocolate chips.

Additional Ingredients for Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

  • Almond butter or peanut butter – choose nut butter without any added ingredients. For a nut-free option, try sunflower butter or tahini.
  • Chocolate protein powder – adds a rich chocolate flavor to the ice cream. Nuzest protein powder is recommended.
  • Cocoa powder – enhances the chocolate flavor.
  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs – for added crunch and flavor. Lily’s chocolate chips are a great dairy-free option with no added sugar.

Ingredients measured out to make vanilla protein ice cream: almond milk, banana, cinnamon, protein powder, and vanilla.

Additional Ingredients for Vanilla Protein Ice Cream

  • Vanilla protein powder – adds protein and vanilla flavor. Nuzest protein powder is recommended.
  • Vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste – either option works to give a delicious vanilla flavor.
  • Cinnamon – adds a touch of spice to the ice cream.

How to Make Protein Ice Cream

To make either flavor of protein ice cream, simply add all the ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth. It’s that easy!

Side by side photos of bananas, protein powder, almond milk, and nut butter before and after being blended to make chocolate protein ice cream.

Side by side photos. One shows cinnamon, bananas, almond milk, and protein powder in a food processor. The second photo shows the mixture blended smoothly.

When to Eat Protein Ice Cream

You might be wondering when the best time to enjoy protein ice cream is. The answer is both! This ice cream is healthy enough to have after a workout or as an afternoon snack to satisfy your cravings. It’s also delicious enough to be enjoyed as a dessert after dinner.

Three scoops of vanilla protein ice cream in a bowl.

How to Serve

There are two ways to serve this protein ice cream: as soft serve or as scoopable ice cream. You can enjoy it right away as soft serve by spooning the mixture into bowls and adding your desired toppings. Alternatively, you can transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe dish and freeze it for at least 2 hours for a more traditional scoopable texture. When ready to enjoy, simply scoop the ice cream and add your favorite toppings. If the ice cream becomes too hard in the freezer, let it thaw on the counter for 5-10 minutes before diving in!

Bowl and spoon with three scoops of chocolate protein ice cream.

How to Store Leftovers

This protein ice cream stores well in the freezer. Place any leftovers in a tightly covered freezer-safe container and store them for up to one month. Be sure to cover the ice cream tightly to prevent freezer burn!


Can I customize the flavors of this protein ice cream?

Absolutely! The base recipe can be customized with different flavors and mix-ins to suit your preferences. Get creative and experiment with various ingredients to create unique and delicious combinations.

Can I use regular milk instead of dairy-free milk?

Yes, you can use regular milk if you prefer. However, using dairy-free milk keeps the recipe vegan-friendly and lactose-free.

By following this protein ice cream recipe, you can enjoy a guilt-free, protein-packed treat that satisfies your sweet cravings. With endless flavor variations and toppings, this recipe is a versatile and delicious way to enjoy ice cream while nourishing your body. So go ahead and indulge in a bowl of creamy, healthy protein ice cream!

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