If you’re a fan of protein shakes or smoothies, then you’re going to love this protein ice cream!
Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s a delicious and healthy way to enjoy ice cream that will help you reach your goals. Best of all, it’s super easy to make – just blend and freeze!
This protein ice cream is made with just a few simple ingredients – protein powder, almond milk, xanthan gum, and frozen berries.
Macro Breakdown & Calories
- 180 Calories
- Carbohydrates: 14 g
- Protein: 25 g
- Fat: 2 g
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Why Use Xanthan Gum?
Xanthan gum is a common food additive that helps to thicken mixtures. It’s what gives the ice cream its creamy texture without using any dairy.
Xanthan gum is derived from a bacterium, and it’s often used as a vegetarian or vegan alternative to gelatin.
When added to food, xanthan gum can help create a smoother texture and prevent items from separating, which is why it works so well in this ice cream recipe.
- Protein Powder: I used chocolate collagen protein powder for this recipe because I love the taste and I find that it mixes well with other ingredients. However, you can use any protein powder you like. If you’re vegan or allergic to dairy, there are many plant-based protein powders on the market that would work well in this recipe.
- Almond Milk: I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk in this recipe, but you can use any type of milk you like such as dairy, coconut or oat milk.
- Xanthan Gum: Xanthan gum is easier to find than you’d think. Just jump to the baking or health food aisle at your local supermarket and you should be able to find it.
- Frozen Berries: I used a frozen strawberry and blueberry mix in this recipe, but you can use any type of frozen berries you like. Alternatively, you can switch it up with other fruits like mango, banana, or cherries.
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How To Make Protein Ice Cream With Xanthan Gum
Add protein powder, almond milk, xanthan gum, and frozen berries to a blender and mix. Make sure to blend well to make sure all of the ingredients are combined. You may need to use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides.
Place in a container and chill for at least 3 hours. If you freeze for any longer than that, you may need to let the mixture thaw for a few minutes to scoop easier.
For More Protein
If you want to add more protein to this recipe, you can do so by adding an additional scoop of protein powder or using higher-protein milk such as soy milk.
For Different Textures
You can also add other ingredients like peanut butter or chocolate chips for different textures. It’s also super easy to customize with your favorite fruits or protein powder.
For Lower Calorie
There aren’t many ways to reduce the number of calories in this recipe other than reducing the serving size.
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For Higher Calorie
You can add high-calorie toppings like nut butter or coconut flakes to increase calories. You can also use full-fat coconut milk in place of almond milk.
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How To Store & Meal Prep
This protein ice cream will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. I recommend storing it in an air-tight container so that it doesn’t get freezer burn.
This protein ice cream is a great meal prep recipe because it can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer for a quick and healthy snack or dessert.
When you’re ready to eat it, just scoop out a serving and enjoy!
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About The Author
Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master’s in Nutrition Sciences. She is an expert in nutrition research, coaching, content creation, and recipe development. Kelsey takes a mindful approach towards health and values building relationships with all foods. She understands the importance of providing recipes that anyone can enjoy, no matter their dietary needs. When she’s not focusing on nutrition, Kelsey has a passion for cooking, the outdoors, running, and travel.