Protein Ice Cream (3-Ingredient)

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Whip up a batch of this protein ice cream whenever an ice cream craving strikes. This recipe tastes just like Halo Top and is made without any artificial preservatives!

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💛 Why you’ll love it

This protein ice cream recipe is a wonderful new way to increase how much protein you eat. Everything about this ice cream is heavenly!

It is so soft you don’t need an ice cream scoop. And every bite melts in your mouth.

Plus, this high-protein ice cream is so good for you that you can enjoy a few scoops for breakfast. Ice cream from breakfast? It’s a wonderful way to wake up your metabolism!

There are a lot of different ways you can make this ice cream recipe too. Keep reading, and I’ll share all the different variations, tips, and ideas that will give you an ice cream recipe that isn’t overly sweet but still delicious.

📋 Ingredients

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There are just three ingredients in this protein ice cream. All three of them are easy to find and are basic pantry staples.

Protein powder

The main ingredient in protein ice cream is a keto-friendly flavored protein powder. I used chocolate peanut butter flavor.

There is also a cookie dough flavor that would taste delicious if you used it in an ice cream recipe.

Coconut milk

Make sure that the coconut milk you use is sugar-free. Unsweetened coconut milk makes this ice cream nice and velvety.

Vanilla extract

Use real vanilla extract to add a deeper flavor to the entire bowl of ice cream. You only need a small amount because the protein powder already has plenty of flavor.

Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.

💭 Tips

  • Add powdered sweetener. If you like sweeter ice cream, you can add in 2 tablespoons of powdered sweetener.
  • Let protein ice cream thaw before serving. After it is frozen solid, let it sit out for about 10 minutes before serving it.
  • Grease the loaf pan. You can also use parchment paper. This ice cream tends to stick to the pan.

🔪 Instructions

Making this chocolate protein ice cream is easier than you might think. Here’s a bit more information and some photos of the process!

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Blend the ingredients

Place all the ingredients in a food processor or a high-powered blender. Then, blend them until the mixture is smooth.

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Taste and adjust

Taste the protein ice cream and add more vanilla extract or a little bit of powdered sugar substitute if you think you want it to taste differently.

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Freeze the ice cream

Add the high-protein ice cream to a prepared loaf pan.

You do not have to serve immediately. Store it in the freezer for up to six months.

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🍽️ Serving suggestions

The best way to serve protein ice cream is to scoop it into a bowl and add your favorite toppings.

Some of my favorite ice cream toppings are sugar-free chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, and chunks or slices of fruit.

You can even add some cookies with your high-protein ice cream. These keto shortbread cookies are the perfect option. Or, use this ice cream recipe to make keto ice cream sandwiches!

For a sweet and salty combination, serve this ice cream with some salty keto fries or fried cheese sticks.

This ice cream also makes the perfect birthday dessert. Add a scoop of protein ice cream with a slice of delicious chocolate cake or a simple layered carrot cake!

📒 Variations

There are a lot of different ways to change this protein ice cream and make it taste just how you want it to. In fact, you can make so many flavors without much effort.

  • Use a high-speed blender and add some frozen fruit to your ice cream.
  • Instead of chocolate protein powder, use the vanilla protein powder and cocoa powder.
  • Or, add nut butter, and it will taste like marshmallow peanut butter ice cream. The best type is either almond butter or macadamia nut butter.

You can also use unsweetened almond milk instead of coconut milk!

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🙋 FAQs

Below are some questions people often ask about homemade protein ice cream. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

Is ice cream healthy?

Yes, this sugar-free ice cream is really good for you. Unsweetened coconut milk is full of healthy fats. Plus, the protein powder is fortified with vitamins and minerals and gives you a boost of protein.

Is chocolate protein powder keto-friendly?

Not all varieties of chocolate protein powder are low-carb or sugar-free. Read the ingredient label before you buy the protein powder.

How do you make ice cream have soft-serve consistency?

The best way to make light ice cream is to blend it really well in a blender or food processor. Then, let it thaw for a bit before you try to scoop it.

Is this ice cream dairy-free?

Yes, this high-protein ice cream is dairy-free. I used coconut milk, but you can use any type of non-dairy milk as long as it is low in carbs.

How do you store protein ice cream in the freezer?

The best way to store homemade ice cream is to store it in a freezer-safe dish. To prevent freezer burn, make sure you keep as much air off of it as possible.

Can I add frozen bananas to protein ice cream?

No, I do not recommend adding bananas to this ice cream. Bananas contain way too much natural sugar and carbs to be a keto-friendly option.

If you enjoyed this protein ice cream recipe, here are some more frozen keto desserts you should try next. They are all refreshing on a hot day.

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📖 Recipe

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Protein Ice Cream

Author: Lisa MarcAurele

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Whip up a batch of this protein ice cream whenever an ice cream craving strikes. This recipe tastes just like Halo Top and is made without any artificial preservatives.

Prep Time10 mins

Total Time10 mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free

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Servings 6
Calories 110

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.

  • Pour the mixture into a well greased loaf pan.

  • Freeze for several hours until hardened.

  • Once frozen solid, remove for 10-15 minutes from the freezer before serving.

Notes

If you like a sweeter ice cream, you can add in 2 tablespoons of powdered sweetener.
Let protein ice cream thaw before serving. After it is frozen solid, let it sit out for about 10 minutes before serving it.
Grease the loaf pan. You can also use parchment paper. This ice cream tends to stick to the pan.

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Nutrition

Calories: 110 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 2mg

Additional Info

Net Carbs: 2 g | % Carbs: 7.2 % | % Protein: 68.5 % | % Fat: 24.3 % | SmartPoints: 2

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