Protein Ice Cream

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This protein ice cream recipe needs just 3 ingredients to make and yields a thick and creamy frozen dessert that packs in over 15 grams of protein per serving! 

protein ice cream recipe.

High protein desserts are always a win in our books.

They not only satisfy the sweet tooth but also keep you more satisfied.

We have a handful of favorites, including protein pudding, cookies, and donuts. When we crave something creamy and cool, nothing beats protein ice cream. 

The market is currently saturated with a plethora of protein ice creams, pints of low calorie and low-sugar dairy treats, and frozen desserts based on protein powder. While some are quite tasty, I think we can agree that the price is not.

Halotop, Arctic Zero, and even house brands are all coming out with more high protein ice cream flavors, but what I told you that you could easily make your own?

Table of Contents
  1. How to make protein ice cream
  2. Protein Ice Cream Tips
  3. Storage instructions
  4. Recommended tools to make this recipe
  5. Frequently asked questions
  6. Protein Ice Cream (3 Ingredients!) (Recipe Card)

The best high protein ice cream

You don’t need an ice cream maker or any hard-to-find ingredients. You don’t need to spend much money to enjoy a small serving. Oh, and this tastes like regular ice cream! 

  • It’s a no churn recipe. This means that you don’t need to own an ice cream maker!
  • You can customize it. This recipe works as a blank canvas that you can flavor any way you like!
  • It needs just three ingredients. Coconut milk, protein powder, and a sweetener! 
  • Enjoy it after a workout. While a protein shake works well, post-workout ice cream sounds so much better! 

How to make protein ice cream

This is the kind of ice cream you can eat before a workout, post-workout, or between meals. You can enjoy it guilt-free and with a generous portion that other brands of ice cream would scoff at. It can be enjoyed hard scoop style (my favorite!) or soft-serve smooth style.

The Ingredients

  • Full Fat Coconut Milk– Gives the ice cream that ultra creamy and smooth texture instead of icy. The higher fat content also helps the ice cream be scoopable, something many homemade ice creams lack! The coconut milk must be from a can and must be chilled prior.
  • Protein Powder– I like to use vanilla protein powder as it adds a subtle vanilla flavor but plain also works.
  • Granulated Sweetener of choice OR dates-There is the option to use either dates or a granulated sweetener to add sweetness. Either white sugar, allulose (it’s sugar free and low carb), or coconut sugar works.
  • Vanilla extract– Optional, but enhances the vanilla flavor. Omit if you are making another flavor.

The Instructions

Start by placing a loaf pan in the freezer for at least an hour before making the ice cream.

Next, you’ll need to add your chilled coconut milk into the blender and blend for just a minute or two. You want the texture to be silky and smooth. Chilling it prior is to ensure the cream separates from the liquid. The entire can will be used, but it helps with consistency.

Add your protein powder and sweetener (or dates) and blend until smooth and creamy.

Transfer to the loaf pan and place in the freezer. For the first hour, stir the ice cream every 20 minutes, three times. Then allow the ice cream to freeze properly.

Finally, remove the protein ice cream from the freezer for 10-15 minutes to thaw slightly. Scoop out into bowls and enjoy.

high protein ice cream.

Protein Ice Cream Tips

  • Please ensure that you use full-fat coconut milk over light or low-fat varieties. The latter will yield a very icy consistency and be difficult to scoop.
  • Pre-freeze the loaf pan before adding the ice cream mixture in it to freeze. It will help the ice cream freeze more evenly.
  • If you want to use another milk or non-dairy milk, you’ll need to add a frozen banana or frozen fruit of your choice to be able to scoop it. You can even use straight fruit and omit the liquid completely.
  • Using the correct protein powder is key, as different brands and different kinds will yield different results. Brown rice, casein, and pea protein are all fantastic choices. I prefer casein as, unlike other protein powders, it is incredibly thick and creamy. Depending on your brand, they can also be delicious and not overly sweet.

Flavor variations

As mentioned earlier, this protein powder ice cream is a blank canvas that you can flavor up in many ways! Here are some ideas:

  • Chocolate– Use chocolate protein powder and add 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. 
  • Cookie dough– Make a batch of protein cookie dough and crumble it into the mixture.
  • Strawberry cheesecake– Add 1/4 cup of frozen strawberries and stir through some cottage cheese ice cream.
  • Peanut butter– Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter before blending. 
  • Cookies and cream– Crumble some Oreo sandwich cookies (or even homemade ones). 
  • Mixed berries– Add some frozen berries to the mixture before freezing. 

Storage instructions

To store: Protein ice cream should always be covered completely in the freezer, in a freezer-friendly container. The ice cream can be frozen for at least five days.

To re-freeze: Re-freezing the ice cream is not recommended, as it will build up ice particles. If you’ve refrozen it and it is no longer creamy, let it soften and re-blend it in the blender. It will have a soft serve consistency.

  • High speed blender. My go-to blender that makes this ice cream super creamy and smooth.
  • Food processor. Use your food processor if you don’t have a good quality blender.
  • Loaf pan. A non-stick loaf pan is a fabulous vessel for storing and scooping ice cream.
protein powder ice cream.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I use any type of protein powder?

The best protein powder for protein ice cream is brown rice, casein, or pea protein. Avoid using whey protein powder as it tends to freeze hard and yield an icey treat instead of a creamy one. 

Do I need an ice cream maker to make protein ice cream?

No, you do not need an ice cream maker. This recipe can be made using a blender or food processor.

Can I make this recipe vegan?

Yes, if you use a plant based protein powder, there will be no dairy in it whatsoever.

How can I make the ice cream thicker or creamier?

You can make protein ice cream creamier by blending through a frozen banana, raw cashews or adding a high fat element, like cream or nut butter. 

How much protein is in protein ice cream?

There is 9 grams of protein per serving of protein ice cream.

protein ice cream

Protein Ice Cream (3 Ingredients!)

4.98 from 664 votes
This no churn protein ice cream recipe is a guilt-free frozen dessert made with just 3 ingredients! It's creamy, smooth, and made in a blender!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 7 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Place a large, deep loaf pan or deep pan in the freezer.
  • In a blender or food processor, add your coconut milk and blend until smooth and creamy. Add your protein powder and granulated sweetener or dates and blend until a thick and creamy texture remains.
  • Transfer workout protein ice cream to the loaf pan. To ensure it doesn’t become too icy, lightly mix your ice cream ever 20-30 minutes for the first hour.
  • Thaw for 10-15 minutes before eating. Lightly wet an ice cream scoop before scooping the ice cream into a bowl. 
  • To enjoy it soft serve style, let it thaw to desired texture.

Notes

* You can use up to 4 scoops (2 cups) of protein powder in this recipe. If you use more, blend for a longer period of time and consider adding an extra half a can of coconut milk for extra creaminess. 
** You can sub this for 1/2 cup Medjool dates. 
TO STORE: Protein ice cream should always be covered completely in the freezer in a freezer-friendly container. The ice cream can be frozen for at least five days.
TO RE-FREEZE: Re-freezing the ice cream is not recommended, as it will build up ice particles. If you’ve refrozen it and it is no longer creamy, let it soften and re-blend it in the blender. It will have a soft serve consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 9gFat: 1gSodium: 35mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 1IUCalcium: 69mgIron: 4mgNET CARBS: 2g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I don’t think the calories per portion are correct. There are 155 calories per portion in the coconut milk alone , that is without the protein powder, so how can there only be 55 cals per portion?

  2. 5 stars
    Awesome layout. I even could understand it and understand it with confidence to make it. Like your style of teaching or explaining or sharing.

  3. You should use a different pic bc the video makes it look way creamier than the picture (which looks icy) I would assume it’s more like the video since that’s more accurate and wasn’t gonna make it but saw the video and now might give it a try. It’s your blog obv so do what you wanna do just a suggestion as a reader saying the photo really doesn’t do this ice cream justice at all lol. Love that you use allulose here. I hate when I see “healthier” ice cream, caramel, or really any dessert recipes that requires creaminess or the sweetener dissolving well into the liquid and the person used erit bc it literally re-crystallizes every time unless there’s a ton of water in it which you can’t have with ice cream. I’ve seen so many caramel sauce or toffee recipes that use erit and I’m like how you gonna sit there and basically tell ppl to waste a ton of expensive sweetener in a recipe that’s scientifically im possible. Anyway rant over but love to see that you change the sweetener based on what you are making and it shows you know your stuff when it comes to sugar free baking lol.

  4. Hey man ! I loved the ice cream! I wanted to ask you what it’s considered to be one serving of ice cream so I can dial in the macros

  5. I have not tried this recipe yet but am excited to do so..my question is could you make this in an ice cream maker like my Cuisinart???

  6. Hi

    Do you think this recipe will work using casein protein?

    If so, do you recommend any adjustments?

    Thanks! Btw got your cookbooks love them

  7. Could I use almond or cashew milk in place of the coconut milk? I have a severe allergy to coconut. Thanks!

  8. I used my vanilla whey protein powder and it worked fine. Creamy and delish. It wasn’t sticky at all. Thanks!

  9. Could I make this using my ice cream maker? I’ve got one so feel obligated to use it occasionally! ?

  10. Why do I only see the calories for this ice cream and nothing else and why does it say 1-4 scoops of protein powder

    1. It depends on how much protein you want to add, if you want full macros, feel free to calculate it using the ingredients you use. Enjoy

  11. Hi, it looked like coconut cream in the video, but it was definitely coconut milk? I am excited to try this. Thank you for sharing. Vickie

  12. Is there a specific protein powder (Brand name please) you prefer for taste? I have tried a couple that didn’t taste good.

    I am on a limited budget, caring for my elderly Mom, & don’t want to waste money buying something that isn’t good.

    I look forward to making your ice cream & the white chocolate macadamia nut protein bars soon.

  13. hello can you tell me the nutritional infos please carbs protein fat thanks I tried it with chocolat proteil I added cacao and mct oil 🙂

  14. Hi! I have a question about the protein powder you used. The recipe calls for 1-4 scoops of a protein powder with 32-34g, but you link to a protein powder with 21g per scoop. I would want to try and only use 1 scoop of the Sunwarrior protein, because I’m trying to keep calories under 100 and was wondering if that’s what you used and would be enough.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi there! Yes- Sunwarrior is a little different, but you’ll need to use 1.5 scoops of it, as I’m using it based on averages 🙂

  15. Can I use a protein powder with whey in it? Or was the note only due to vegan considerations? I’m not a vegan, btw. Thanks!!!

        1. It will be super sticky and be like a protein shake. Whey is the purest form of protein powder compared to casein or brown rice.

  16. Same here–I NEVER get sick of ice cream! It is just so versatile and it comes in so many flavors that you never get bored! I definitely have to make some workout protein ice cream again! Now I’m craving it!

  17. I spent more than 5 hours on your blog. It is like i have been attracted by a magnet seriously best blog I ever visited ! all the recipes are soooooo convenient and healthy, I’m proud of you. Where have you been all my life. I’m going to try everything you have posted and hopefully will be very delicious as the pictures.
    Thank you so much for your efforts I really appreciate it.

    -sorry for any grammar mistakes. I’m from United Arab Emirates .