This protein ice cream contains ZERO grams of refined sugar, and up to 20 grams of protein. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and tastes ridiculously amazing. Dessert first? YES.
How are you? Hope you’re having an amazing morning! We’re just hanging out here at the house and going to hit up the pool later this afternoon.
Let’s start the day with a little dessert, shall we??
I’ve been really trying to up my protein game lately. I don’t really love having chicken during the day unless I make it in advance, I’m traumatized from deli meat (I’m pretty sure I had listeria last summer when I got super sick before the IDEA conference), and a girl can only eat so much tuna and eggs. An easy way to get extra protein is to add a couple scoops of collagen to my afternoon coffee, and I’ll have a satisfying snack before bed to help stabilize my blood sugar. I’ve been looking for ways to change up my game.
When I saw the protein powder in the pantry, I realized it had been a hot minute since I’d made a protein powder creation to share with ya.
And then it hit me: ice cream.
I’m not even really an “ice cream person.” If it comes down to it, I want a cupcake, gooey chocolate cake, a cookie or a brownie. If you put ice cream on top of my brownie, I’ll probably have a couple of bites, but that’s not why I’m here.
But protein ice cream? I can get behind that.
(Word to the world: this chocolate bar makes an awesome chocolate shell. Just melt, drizzle, and it will harden outside the ice cream.)
Here’s the super easy recipe if you’d like a healthy protein-packed treat tonight!
Dairy-Free Protein Ice Cream
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 serving chocolate plant-based protein powder (I used Onnit but it’s not my fave)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanille
- 1 banana or 1 cup Thai coconut meat
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Place in the bowl of an ice cream maker and process until creamy. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, no worries, just place in a glass container to freeze for a few hours. You may have to let it defrost a bit before eating.
The ice cream alone was pretty amazing… but it was even more amazing atop these grain-free brownies. I LOVE the ingredients, and they’re a fun treat to make with Liv since she can almost do the entire thing herself. (If you want to do completely homemade grain-free brownies, these are another family fave.)
There we go.
Please let me know if you give it a try!
I would probably have a vanilla protein powder version of this before bed (the caffeine in the chocolate wires me a bit), but loved how satisfying this was.
Do you snack before bed? What’s your go-to?? I’ll usually have tea with collagen, a goat’s milk Greek yogurt, or a bowl of cereal with almond milk. (<— the Pilot got me into this habit) Oh, or wine. haha.
More protein powder creations:
Protein donuts (YES)
These crispy protein bars (seriously taste like candy)
The classic never dies
2-minute protein muffin