Rich and creamy homemade chocolate protein ice cream that’s secretly GOOD for you at the same time!
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.
The healthy chocolate treat is a perfect solution for anyone who wants to be healthy but could happily eat a bowl of ice cream every day.
It tastes like a sweet and decadent dessert, and yet it’s packed with vitamins, fiber, protein, and nutrition.
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The ice cream 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 instead of a smoothie this time, it’s deliciously creamy chocolate ice cream.
Ice Cream >> Smoothies.
Still craving chocolate? Make a Brownie In A Mug
Protein ice cream ingredients
The protein ice cream calls for just five plant-based ingredients, with no refined sugar, xanthan gum, 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.
What kind of protein powder?
To ensure good results, I recommend going with a brand and flavor of protein powder you already know you like, either sweetener or unsweetened.
Some readers swear by casein, whey protein, or egg white protein. But as a vegan, I like to make protein ice cream using a plant based powder instead.
A few of my favorite options include a blend of ingredients such as hemp seed, brown rice, pea protein, or pumpkin seed protein. Chocolate soy protein works as well.
*If you prefer a version of the protein ice cream recipe without protein powder, try this healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream.
To get the fancy soft-serve ice cream look, I piped the nice cream through a bag fitted with a 1M star tip.
Vanilla protein ice cream
Want to make a vanilla version instead of chocolate?
Simply omit all of the cocoa powder. Use either your favorite vanilla protein powder or plain protein powder and pure vanilla extract to taste.
Or for peppermint workout ice cream, add a scoop of unsweetened or chocolate protein to this Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream.
Above – watch the video of how to make the healthy chocolate ice cream
The recipe was adapted from this Banana Ice Cream.
Chocolate Protein Ice Cream
- 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. View Nutrition Facts
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