Healthy High Protein Rocky Road Blender Ice Cream

This healthy rocky road ice cream is smooth, creamy and packed with protein, it’s the perfect snack, dessert or post workout treat- No ice cream maker needed! Made with NO cream, sugar, dairy or butter, it’s naturally vegan, gluten free, dairy free and comes with a tested paleo option! 

Healthy Rocky Road BLENDER Ice Cream- Smooth, thick and creamy and LOADED with protein, this simple, easy blender made ice cream (nice cream) has NO dairy, cream, sugar or nasties- An Aquafaba option too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Happy Fri-yay. 

Gross, I hate that word. Fri-yay.

Happy Friday, folks. I’m STOKED to have Natalie back again to share a delicious recipe! You guys LOVED her Cookies and Cream Protein Ice Cream last time so of course, it was a no-brainer to get her to create another unique blender ice cream. 

Kind of off topic, Nat’s been a huge wealth of knowledge these past few weeks- I’ve been working on cutting down my protein intake and upping my fruit and vegetables and peppering her with questions. Ironically, her ice cream recipes have been a lifesaver. That, and her approval of excess cocoa powder consumption. That is a story for another day- In the meantime, enjoy this beauty she is sharing today- A healthy high protein rocky road blender ice cream

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Healthy Rocky Road BLENDER Ice Cream- Smooth, thick and creamy and LOADED with protein, this simple, easy blender made ice cream (nice cream) has NO dairy, cream, sugar or nasties- An Aquafaba option too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

When I think rocky road, I think remote, rustic country store in the mountains in the summertime with a small selection of overpriced ice creams and a hefty scoop of nostalgia to go along with it. Maybe that’s because there was that one time that I ate rocky road ice cream out of a waffle cone from a rustic country store after a long hike while on vacation in the Rocky Mountains. Yeah, that could be it.

So I’m probably the only one with that particular mental association.

Editors note- I would associate that too….after a sherpa carried me throughout said long hike. 

Healthy Rocky Road BLENDER Ice Cream- Smooth, thick and creamy and LOADED with protein, this simple, easy blender made ice cream (nice cream) has NO dairy, cream, sugar or nasties- An Aquafaba option too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

The only other distinct rocky road memory I have was devouring a massive hunk of rocky road fudge from Honeydukes at Universal after waiting 3 hours to go on the Harry Potter ride because I made the mistake of going just a month after the Harry Potter part of the park opened.

Yep, I’m probably alone on that one too. Plus, what kinda dork goes to Honeydukes and comes out with something as boring and muggle as fudge?

Editors note- I should cast the cruciatus curse on Nat for this….I mean, Fudge VS Butterbeer or even those frogs?! 

Healthy Rocky Road BLENDER Ice Cream- Smooth, thick and creamy and LOADED with protein, this simple, easy blender made ice cream (nice cream) has NO dairy, cream, sugar or nasties- An Aquafaba option too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Anyways, perhaps my rocky road memories are a little out of the ordinary. But I have an out of the ordinary Rocky Road Ice Cream recipe to go right along with the theme!

The rocky. Rocky road ice cream is traditionally made with pieces of toasted almond for that crunchy element. But just in case there wasn’t enough chocolate in the ice cream, I went ahead and gave the almonds a dip into some melted chocolate first. Everything is better when chocolate-covered, am I right?

The road (a.k.a. marshmallow swirl). If you just want to grab a bag of Dandies marshmallows, cut them small, stir them in, and get to eating, I won’t judge. Even if you don’t cut them up and just leave them as ridiculously huge bites of marshmallow, still no judgment. I’m about the biggest marshmallow fan there is, so I get it.

But if you want a slightly more wholesome, more homemade option, then grab a can of chickpeas and let’s make some clouds vegan aquafaba marshmallow fluff.

If you haven’t heard of aquafaba yet, then it’s just the liquid from a can of chickpeas. And with the help of a few other ingredients and a LOT of whisking, it can become fantastically fluffy.

 

When I say a lot, I mean a lot of whisking. Mine took about 20 minutes total to get to the stiff peak stage. Stiff peak just means when you pull the whisk out the fluff stands up in a little mountain and doesn’t fall back down. If you have a stand mixer, then no big deal. If you are using an electric hand mixer, then get ready for an arm workout. If you are using a plain old whisk, then no. Just don’t even try.

You want to make the fluff right before building your ice cream jar otherwise, it will separate. There will be extra fluff, so bring friends. Friends who like ice cream.

 

The ice cream. The chocolatey ice cream to hold all these mix-ins is just simple chocolate banana ice cream or nicecream. Frozen bananas + cacao or cocoa powder + a blender. 

I hope you enjoy this fluffy, fruity, funky take on rocky road!

Editors note- 

For my paleo friends, you totally don’t need to miss out on the marshmallow action- Although it turns out a little differently. Once you make the chocolate ice cream portion, simply top it with roughly chopped homemade marshmallows, using the recipe specified here. Unfortunately, it doesn’t become particularly runny, but it gives a delicious texture. I tried blending them WITH the chocolate ice cream and well….I thought it turned into shaving cream. 

For those wanting a high protein option, add a standard scoop (32-34 grams) of protein powder to chocolate ice cream portion. I use my standby vegan brown rice protein powder, casein protein powder or paleo protein powder. These powders are all very thick, so depending on how ripe your bananas are (and also how powerful your blender is!), you may need a dash or two of non-dairy milk to thin out. 

 

Make this healthy high protein Rocky Road Blender Ice cream and let’s slow motion that epic gif above.

Nat…she’s talented. 

Clean Eating Blender Rocky Road Ice Cream (Whole 30, Paleo, V, GF)- Whole30 friendly fruit based nice cream made in a blender- NO cream or butter and completely dairy free and sugar free! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Healthy High Protein Rocky Road Blender Ice Cream
Serves 1
This healthy rocky road ice cream is smooth, creamy and packed with protein, it's the perfect snack, dessert or post workout treat- No ice cream maker needed! Made with NO cream, sugar, dairy or butter, it's naturally vegan, gluten free, dairy free and comes with a tested paleo option!
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Marshmallow Fluff (original option)
  1. Brine from one 15 oz. can of chickpeas
  2. ¼ cup maple syrup (or agave or honey)
  3. ½ tsp cream of tartar
  4. ¼ tsp vanilla bean powder (or extract)
Paleo option
  1. See link above recipe card
Ice Cream
  1. 4 frozen bananas
  2. 2 T cocoa powder
  3. 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
  4. milk of choice*
Chocolate covered nuts
  1. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  2. 1 tsp coconut oil (optional, for a thinner more even coating)
  3. 1/4 cup almonds (Or any nut. Or even use dried white mulberries for a nut-free option)
Whole30 Option
  1. 4 frozen bananas
  2. 2 T raw cacao powder
  3. coconut milk
  4. Handful of raw seeds/nuts, to top
For the chocolate covered nuts
  1. Melt the chocolate chips. Stir in the coconut oil.
  2. Toss your almonds in the chocolate. Stir to coat.
  3. Fish them back out and arrange on a piece of wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to set.
For the marshmallow fluff
  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Or you can use a large mixing bowl and an electric hand mixer.
  2. Beat on high speed for 15 to 20 minutes or until it is thick and fluffy with stiff peaks. It will seem like it’s not going to work for the first 10 minutes at least, just keep going.
  3. Use immediately or it will begin to separate.
For the ice cream
  1. Blend the bananas, cocoa powder and optional protein powder in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. If too thick, add milk of choice a tablespoon at a time.
Assemble
  1. In a jar/bowl, layer the chocolate ice cream with the marshmallow fluff, throwing in a few nuts between each layer. Top with a dollop of marshmallow and a sprinkling of nuts. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. * If protein powder is too thick, you may need to add a dash of milk/liquid of choice.
  2. If you opt for the paleo option, disperse paleo marshmallows on top, before topping with the chocolate covered nuts.
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Clean Eating Blender Rocky Road Ice Cream (Whole 30, Paleo, V, GF)- Whole30 friendly fruit based nice cream made in a blender- NO cream or butter and completely dairy free and sugar free! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

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Healthy Rocky Road BLENDER Ice Cream- Smooth, thick and creamy and LOADED with protein, this simple, easy blender made ice cream (nice cream) has NO dairy, cream, sugar or nasties- An Aquafaba option too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

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22 thoughts on “Healthy High Protein Rocky Road Blender Ice Cream

  1. arman!!! this is the most beautiful photography i have ever seen. you also said the words honeydukes and sherpa which make me love you even more.. we should probably hang out soon (where in the world are you carmen san diego?) before our relationship takes a turn for the rocky road.. or at least the rockies if you come to me 🙂

  2. This treat is right up my alley! I like my ice cream loaded with hunks and chunks of chocolate and all kinds of good stuff. And woah, that GIF. SO dreamy!!! Way to go Nat!

    xxMeah

  3. Just loaded up on bananas and I’m feeling ice cream with this weekend with all this heat in Philly! Probably won’t look as good as yours, but I’m going to eat like it’s my last meal anyhow!

  4. Natalie, this looks incredible! I’ve never liked Rocky Road until now, which is so sad because ALL THE WASTED YEARS. I definitely have to try making this with protein powder!

  5. I just had an inexplicable urge to go upstairs and stick my face in a bucket of ice cream. You know, kinda like the ALS Bucket Challenge from last year…but just updated for 2016. Instead of ice, it’s blender ice cream. Think we can make that trend? I vote yes!

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