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"How Can I Make Two-Ingredient Protein Ice Cream?"

Ask The Protein Powder Chef: How Can I Make Two-Ingredient Protein Ice Cream?

A craving for homemade ice cream doesn't mean you have to shell out hundreds on yet another kitchen appliance. Save cash and counter space with this two-ingredient recipe.
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"Hi Protein Chef! It's getting really hot where I live right now, and I am really craving ice cream! Is there a way to make protein ice cream without using an ice cream machine? Thanks!"

I used to think you needed an ice cream maker to make ice cream. I spent years wishing I had an ice cream maker, bookmarking exotic homemade ice cream recipes, and adding ice cream makers to my Amazon.com cart, only to then remove them. After buying a waffle maker and a juicer, I couldn't justify the purchase of another kitchen appliance.

One day it dawned on me: I could make ice cream without a machine! I mean, what do ice cream makers do? They churn a cream-based mixture for a long time while cooling it. I thought, "I can do this by churning the mixture myself! By just placing it in the freezer, taking it out to give it a churn, sticking it back in, giving it another churn, and repeating, I'll get an ice-cream-like consistency".

So, I tried it. The result? Spectacular! The ice cream was smooth, creamy, cold, and absolutely perfect for a hot summer day. What's also great about protein ice cream is that it's unbelievably easy to make. All you need is time and two—yes, two—ingredients: Greek yogurt and protein powder.

"What's also great about protein ice cream is that it's unbelievably easy to make."

Here's a recipe to get you started:

Ingredients
Directions
  1. In a large Tupperware container—ideally square shaped for the increased surface area—mix yogurt with the protein powder until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Spread a thin layer of the mixture onto the Tupperware. The thinner the layer, the faster it will chill.
  3. Place in freezer for an hour.
  4. After an hour, take it out, and give it a churn. Mix your protein-packed mixture with a spoon or, better yet, a fork to break up potential clumps. Stick it back in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Complete Step 4 a few more times until the mixture reaches your preferred consistency.
  6. Remove the ice cream from the freezer, get a scooper out, and serve yourself a bowl of healthy ice cream!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Recipe serves 2-3
Amount per serving
Calories 511
Total Fat13g
Total Carbs22g (3 g sugar)
Protein76g
Protein Ice Cream PDF (314 KB)

Notes
  1. Consider melting a square or two of dark chocolate and pouring that on top of the ice cream. It'll congeal on impact, creating a delicious chocolate shell.
  2. You can make this recipe with casein too. If you do, be sure to use a bit over 1/4 cup of casein, since it will absorb a lot more of the moisture from the yogurt than the whey does.
  3. Try this with different flavors of whey, and consider adding some extra flavoring to the mixture. Cinnamon or vanilla pods would mesh well with this ice cream.
  4. To heighten the banana flavor, mush a ripe banana in with the yogurt and whey.
  5. You could use 0 percent Greek yogurt to make this too. However, bear in mind that 2 percent—or even full-fat—yogurt will yield a creamier batch.


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About The Author

Anna's passion for exercise and nutrition inspired her to create proteinpow.com while she was still in the last year of her Ph.D. program.

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soheil25

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soheil25

looks amazing! will try

Jul 26, 2013 4:18pm | report
 
StoneWarrior44

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StoneWarrior44

76 grams of protein per serving for ICE CREAM? that is just plain out ridonkulous!

Jul 26, 2013 6:21pm | report
 
MulattoMami

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MulattoMami

LOL!!!!

Jul 26, 2013 7:24pm | report
itsJustAROD

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itsJustAROD

My jaw dropped when i read that lol. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO BE EATING INSTEAD OF CHICKEN!

Jul 27, 2013 12:22pm | report
germankid

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germankid

I could not stop laughing! I totally agree with itsJustAROD. I'm going to stop cooking chicken and ice cream mode now!

Jul 27, 2013 2:25pm | report
ryanbr6

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ryanbr6

The label also states "Serving Size - Recipe Serves 2-3"

Safe to say the amount of protein is referring to the entire recipe, not one serving.

Jul 29, 2013 3:17pm | report
ambennett91

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ambennett91

Regarding the nutrition facts, the macros are based on per serving. "Amount per serving"...so yes 76g of protein is correct which makes sense since you're using a half a cup of protein (one scoop of whey has around 25g).

Jul 30, 2013 2:12pm | report
loic901

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loic901

looking great will def try it with the Cor i just ordered!

Jul 26, 2013 8:36pm | report
 
descorpus

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descorpus

Never tought to know how one does create own ice cream. Now that I do... definitely gonna buy me some greek yogurt tubs.

Jul 27, 2013 12:00am | report
 
KthxHibye

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KthxHibye

Those stats (Calories/Protein) are awesome... They need to make this **** pre-made in a huge gallon tub! lol

Jul 27, 2013 12:24am | report
 
jwetzel52

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jwetzel52

So can you leave it in the freezer without getting frozen solid or will it stay creamy?

Jul 27, 2013 5:06am | report
 
alexistheboss

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alexistheboss

Just made it, with 2scoops Phase8 100ml Whipping cream 100ml Milk 500g Yogurt.

Jul 27, 2013 9:04am | report
 
kylebaker781

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kylebaker781

How was it?

Jul 27, 2013 9:55am | report
Charbuilds

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Charbuilds

What did it taste like?

Jul 27, 2013 5:08pm | report
itsJustAROD

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itsJustAROD

he hasnt replied so the amazingness of it mustv killed him.

Jul 28, 2013 6:54pm | report
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carguy123

^^^^ lol to above comment

Jul 30, 2013 8:52am | report
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^^^^ lol to above comment

Jul 30, 2013 8:52am | report
MLZ

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MLZ

I know what I'm gonna be buying on my next stop to the store... this looks awesome. And so much protein for 1 serving!

Jul 27, 2013 4:18pm | report
 
MLZ

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MLZ

Tried it with 0% greek yogurt 500 g and 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder, along with cinnamon, 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp choc. Tastes amazing. The cinnamon flavour is awesome! Highly recommend it.

Jul 27, 2013 9:49pm | report
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tkeene83

I just tried it but I used an ice cream maker. I used 900 grams of plain cabot 2% greek yogurt and a full cup of chocolate phase 8 protein powder. While it's decent, even though I used more protein powder than it directed, it still couldn't over power the flavor of the yogurt. If you like plain greek yogurt then it's not an issue, but for me I definitely need to use a flavored yougurt. As for the consistency, it stiffened up to the right texture in 20-30 minutes.

Jul 27, 2013 6:47pm | report
 
dogetta

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dogetta

I all ways add splenda to greek yogurt because I dont like the taste even if I add protein powder. Flavored yogurt has a lot of sugar

Jul 28, 2013 1:39pm | report
tkeene83

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tkeene83

That's a good idea, I have some stevia I could try. I just tested out vanilla greek yogurt but the only protein powder I have is chocolate, it actually didn't turn out that bad though. But to your point, that's a lot of sugar.

Jul 28, 2013 2:24pm | report
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xcrashingx

definitely gonna make this!

Jul 28, 2013 9:29am | report
 
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sdjjubjub

Nutrition facts are wrong -_-. That would be 22grams sugar, not 3. Also it would be 509 calories...Simple math...

Jul 28, 2013 11:07am | report
 
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gregory1256

Done and done

Jul 28, 2013 11:40am | report
 
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