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Hello Chocolate Covered Katie readers, Heather from Heather Eats Almond Butter here (HEAB for short). Many thanks to Katie, one of my favorite bloggers, for allowing me to guest post on her blog. Really Katie, it’s an honor! So, we all know how much Katie likes her ice-cream. If you haven’t done so, you should really check out her Black Forest Ice-Cream.

And have you tried her Peanut Butter Banana Ice-Cream recipe yet?


Oh, and I really liked Katie’s 3-Ingredient Coffee Ice-Cream as well.

Wow Katie, come to think of it, you have a lot of great ice-cream recipes. Thanks for sharing!

Now, I’ll share my favorite homemade ice-cream recipe with you. It doesn’t require an ice-cream maker or any refreezing. Nope, all you need is a blender and a few ingredients, including two special ingredients known as The Gums.





*1 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer unsweetened vanilla or chocolate almond milk)

* 1 scoop (30 grams) protein powder 

* 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder (Optional)

* 1/2 tsp vanilla

* 1 packet stevia or other sweetener of choice (Optional. I actually think the protein powder alone makes it sweet enough.)

* 1 tsp cinnamon (Optional)

* Pinch of Celtic sea salt

* 1/3 tsp xanthan gum*

* 1/2 heaping tsp guar gum*

* 17 – 18 ice cubes

*I use the Bob’s Red Mill brand of xanthan and guar gums. If you can’t find them in your area, I’ve found the cheapest place to buy them is at Keep in mind you only need to use a little at a time, and the bags will last you forever. So worth the investment in my opinion!


Blend all ingredients except ice in high-speed blender until well blended. Then add in ice 1 handful at a time and blend…unless you have a Vita-Mix. With a Vita, just throw all the ice in at once and tamp away.

Troubleshooting/Other variations:

I’ve gotten many emails regarding protein ice-cream disasters, and before you try it, I have several tips to share:

1) Not all protein powders are created equal. First off, make sure you like the taste of your particular powder. If you don’t, then you won’t like the ice-cream. Also some protein powders already contain either xanthan or guar gum themselves, and so you may need to adjust the amount of gums you add. If you end up with a gloopy mess, then something went wrong.

2) I always use BOTH gums. Xanthan thickens the ice-cream, and guar gum makes it creamy. So, if it’s too thin, add more xanthan, and if it’s too icy, add more guar. It may take some trial and error, but you when you get it right, the texture should resemble soft serve ice-cream.

2)You don’t have to use protein powder. Instead of the powder, try adding a frozen banana or any other frozen fruit, but again, keep in mind you might have to adjust the gums. Often times, instead of protein powder, I’ll use 1/2 frozen banana and 1 TBSP cocoa powder or hot chocolate mix. So yummy!

Need even more instructions? Then please see the protein ice-cream video I made below. I hope it helps, and I hope you enjoy some HEABified ice-cream soon! :)

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Yes! Love HEAB’s protein ice cream concoctions.

  2. Ah you make it sound so easy! If I had guar gum I’d give it a shot for sure :)

  3. Great guest post Heather! 😀

  4. Faith says:

    I love banana soft serve but I bet the addition of the gums make it a lot more like real ice cream!

  5. Hi Katie,
    Hope you’re having a good holiday weekend. Thanks so much for allowing me to spread the love of protein ice-cream on your amazing blog. I love you my sweet friend, and I hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!!!

  6. P.S. Loved the “surprise picture”. 😉

  7. I haven’t made protein ice cream before, but I’ve made a super duper thick protein shake. It almost broke my Magic Bullet!

  8. Great post!
    I would love to make some homemade ice cream! Maybe I will be ready to attempt it by the time it gets warm again :)

  9. I have to have protein ice cream at least once a week!

  10. stylish1 says:

    I really need to invest in the gums! Once I do, I’ll make me some ice cream fo sho :)

  11. MoniMeals says:

    Double Score! I get to see the ice cream “madness” making here and on HEAB site. Yipee! Thanks again to you both. :) Don’t forget the Puffins for topping!

  12. Loveee protein ice cream. The gums changed me forever :) All thanks to HEAB!

  13. Molly says:

    I loooove protein ice cream! Usually if I make a protein shake with my breakfast I will just add extra ice and have dessert for breakfast… no shame!

  14. Lori says:

    We love this in our house. I will never be without the gums again!

  15. Oh my gosh the protien ice cream is addicting. I could eat it for every meal.

  16. ytotheummy says:

    mmm, i haven’t tried protein ice cream before, or even really gotten too adventurous with my homemade ice creams, but i’m really beginning to think i should…..

  17. Katelyn says:

    Love this!! So trying it for dessert tonight…I earned it after all, I ran my first 5K today! :)

    That is so genius, it’s probably much more ice cream-like than Banana Soft Serve, my long-standing favorite…everything looks delicious! Especially the parfait and the maple nut oatie :)

  18. Dianne says:

    Cool! I’ve never tried using the gums, but I did just try Jay Robb’s rice protein powder! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. This is BRILLIANT and I’m so glad you’ve been featured on Katie’s blog! She was the first one to introduce me to FRUIT ice cream ( besides plain ole banana ice cream which every raw enthusiast brags about and I love myself, but Katie shares my approach in quirky creative takes on anything:) Lol.. not to mention I’m CHOCOLATE OBSESSED:)

    We miss ya Katie:)

    Heart and Soul,

    The Soulful Spoon<3

  20. Katie hope you are having a wonderful holiday and birthday weekend ; )

    You and Heather both have the best ice creams!!! Love you both!

  21. Lizzie says:

    Hmm ice cream! I could eat it all the time! ^_^ All your recipes look amazing!

  22. Penny Knight says:

    I love this ice-cream. I burned out the motor on my blender (so not a vitamix) making this ice- cream. Though it had been used on several things including Protien ice- cream prior to the batch that destroyed the motor.

  23. Marianne says:

    No protein ice cream here – my blending apparatus does not get along with ice in any way, shape, or form. And I kinda like real ice cream better anyways 😉

  24. Damjana says:

    Great post HEAB and thanks for stopping at my site – I liked your suggestions!

  25. I have never made or tasted protein ice cream but since it’s been all over the blog world I really want to :)

  26. Carbzilla says:

    Happy Happy Birthday, Sweetest Girl!

    I LOVE your header – I must not have caught it sooner cuz I catch you in Google Reader.

    I hope you’re having a fabulous day!

  27. Hehe, consider the protein love spread, ladies. Fun guest post! I definitely ran out (read: sat at the computer) and ordered “the gums” because of HEAB. I have not figured out the best proportions for a great smoothie, but they are thick, and even more fun to eat off the spoon. I have high hopes that it will all balance out soon. This whole food processor / banana / protein powder movement has changed my food world this month! You guys are so fun to follow online. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  28. Frances Kendall says:

    Honestly, I haven’t made this so-called “protein-ice cream”, but I’m planning to. I’ve read many posts/articles regarding protein intake at least to lessen your cravings so that you’ll not gain more weight. I think I found the best breakfast dessert. I would like to add some twist, have you heard about spirulina powder? It is algae but one of the most potent nutrient sources. I know that it sounds disgusting but knowing its health benefits is surely worth trying for.