I love vanilla ice cream but don't eat it because it's so high in sugar and fat. Is it possible to make a healthy, high-protein version using basic ingredients?
I started experimenting with protein ice cream at proteinpow.com because I love ice cream and found the idea of eating a healthy version really exciting. I thought it would be especially good served on top of a fresh stack of post-workout protein pancakes!
I went through a lot of trials and errors with my protein ice cream, but eventually arrived at what is so far my favorite formula. The recipe is simple and calls for only three ingredients. But the best part is that it doesn't require an ice cream machine.
Are you ready to get your ice cream on?
Protein Ice Cream
- 1 frozen Banana (freeze without peel)
- 300 grams Low-fat Cottage Cheese
- 1/2 cup (54 grams) Banana Flavored Whey Protein Powder
Using a food processor, handheld blender, or mixer, blend all ingredients together. Don't use a whisk or spoon because the aim is to end up with a mixture that's creamy, not lumpy.
- Place the mixture in a Tupperware container and stick it in the freezer for an hour.
After an hour, remove the container and give the ice cream a good stir. You want to make sure that it freezes evenly. Think of yourself as a human ice cream machine.
Put container back in the freezer. Wait for another hour before taking it out and giving it another churn.
Repeat steps three and four until the ice cream is nicely set and ready to be munched with gusto.
Since there's a lot of churning involved, I like making this on the weekend. I wake up, make the mixture, stick it in the freezer, take it out to churn, put to back in, go to the gym, come back, give it another couple churns and … pow! It's ready.
This recipe works with casein or protein blends—it makes the ice cream even creamier! If you use other types of protein, you may have to add a couple of tablespoons of milk to the mix if it's too thick.
Try using vanilla protein powder, and try adding vanilla extract or shaved vanilla pod for an even richer vanilla flavor. You can also add some Walden Farms calorie-free caramel sauce to your ice-cream.
For an insanely tasty, guilt-free dessert, try making protein crepes and topping them with protein ice cream. It tastes like a cheat meal, but it is packed with protein!
This recipe serves two people so feel free to duplicate it. If you do, you'll just have to leave your mix in the freezer for longer so it gets the right consistency.
Serving Size Per serving, recipe serves 2
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