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Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

4.86 from 14 votes

Rich and creamy homemade chocolate protein ice cream that’s secretly GOOD for you at the same time!

Healthy Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

If you’re anything like me and have ever finished a workout by going straight to the freezer for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, this healthy ice cream recipe is for you.

For anyone who wants to be healthy but could happily eat a bowl of ice cream every day, this plant-based chocolate treat is the perfect solution, because it tastes like a sweet and decadent dessert, and yet it’s packed with vitamins, fiber, protein, and nutrition.

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Chocolate Workout Ice Cream

The recipe was inspired by these Workout Brownies.

While it might seem like eating ice cream would counteract all the hard work and benefits of exercising, the ingredients in this wholesome snack are the same ingredients you’d find in a post-workout smoothie – just now in the form of ice cream!

Ice Cream >> Smoothies.

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The protein ice cream is made up of just five plant-based ingredients, with no refined sugar or artificial preservatives.

It can easily be customized to suit your own personal needs.

Feel free to add a handful of chia seeds or shredded coconut, sub the almond butter with peanut butter or coconut butter, and change up the flavor by experimenting with different protein powders until you find your favorite.

*For a version without protein powder, try this Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream.

Plant Based Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Want to make a vanilla version?

Simply omit the cocoa powder and use your favorite vanilla protein powder.

Or for peppermint workout ice cream, add a scoop of unsweetened or chocolate protein to this Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream.

Chocolate Workout Ice Cream Recipe (Vegan, No Ice Cream Maker)

To get the fancy soft-serve look, I piped the nice cream through a bag fitted with a 1M star tip, which is the same tip I used to pipe the frosting on my Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes and on this Vegan Cheesecake Recipe.

Above – watch the video of how to make the healthy chocolate ice cream

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Workout Ice Cream Recipe

The recipe was adapted from this Banana Ice Cream.

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Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

Creamy chocolate ice cream that is good for you at the same time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 2 – 4 servings
4.9 from 14 votes


  • 4 frozen overripe bananas (banana-free options are listed below)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter, or allergy friendly sub
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder (such as this one)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • optional 1/4 tsp instant coffee


  • Blend all ingredients until completely smooth. (If you’re not using a Vitamix or food processor, thaw the bananas a little before blending so your machine will be able to handle them.) Either serve immediately as soft serve, or freeze up to an hour and then scoop out with an ice cream scoop for the classic ice-cream shape.
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Published on July 12, 2020

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  1. Lauren says

    Looks delicious, don’t get me wrong. But that’s an awful high ratio of fat and carbs to protein for a post workout ice cream. Again, delicious. But I’d probably sub the bananas for frozen strawberries, up the protein powder, exchange the nut butter for PB2 powder, add enough unsweetened plant milk to make it mix and use a thickener like guar gum or xantham gum to make it thick like ice cream. That would be much more inline with a post workout snack where you don’t want to sabotage a workout with high calories for not a whole lot of protein.
    I will however be making this ice cream for my kids as its a much healthier alternative to store bought with all the right micro-nutrients for growing bodies.

  2. Deborah says

    Could you please tell me how you got the lovely swirls in the ice cream? It’s like you would see on a soft serve on an ice cream cone.

    Thank you

  3. Michelle bainbridge says

    5 stars
    I have just made this but with salted caramel protein powder as I had that to hand. Also used peanut butter and added some butter biscuit flavdrops and it tasted like banoffee ice cream and was bloody yummy 🤤 will be making more! Thanks for the recipes . 🙏🏼

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