If you’re trying to lose weight or you’re looking to increase the amount of protein in your diet, it can be easy to write off the idea of ice cream. It is possible, however, to pack the good stuff into a frozen dessert and enjoy the benefits of protein without missing out on something sweet and tasty. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite tried-and-tested protein ice cream recipes for you to try out.
Banana and cottage cheese ice cream
You don’t need cream and calorific additions to make a delicious frozen treat, and this recipe from BodyBuilding.com offers proof of that. Freeze a banana without its peel, and add 300g of low-fat cottage cheese and half a cup (54g) of banana flavoured whey protein powder to a food processor, and then stick the ingredients together in a Tupperware container for an hour or two. Take the ice cream back out of the freezer to stir to ensure the ice cream freezes evenly, and then stick it back in the freezer until frozen.
Chocolate and cherry protein ice cream
This ice cream recipe only requires a couple of ingredients and is super simple to make. Add a scoop of vanilla or unflavoured protein powder to a tablespoon or super-free, fat-free Jell-O pudding mix, and mix with three tablespoons of water. Then, add some frozen cherries and a tablespoon of chocolate chips, and allow to freeze for up to an hour. The result is a tasty, cost-effective take on ice cream, and is packed with all of the protein you'll need to pump some iron or go for a jog. If you don't have time to make ice cream from scratch every time you want a treat, consider making this recipe in bulk and storing it in an ice cream freezer so that you always have a sweet treat on hand when it's necessary.
Peanut butter ice cream recipe
This treat may take three or four hours to freeze, but it's certainly worth the wait. Add a scoop of casein vanilla protein powder to a tablespoon or cocoa powder, one tablespoon of powdered peanut butter, two tablespoons of all-natural sweetener and a splash of unsweetened almond milk. Combine all of the ingredients together in a single bowl, mix until creamy, freeze for four hours and then enjoy. A single serving will contain 24g of protein and 5.4g of fat, so it's a convenient and guilt-free way of getting some ice cream into your diet.
Apple pie protein ice cream
Add a frozen banana, a half cup of unsweetened applesauce, a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, a tablespoon of natural almond butter, a scoop of vanilla protein powder, a quarter cup of unsweetened almond milk and three ice cubes to a blender, and blend until it turns into a thick, smooth, milkshake consistency. Pour into a bowl and add chunks of apple, before freezing for an hour and a half. Take the mixture out every 30 minutes to stir.
Which of these recipes stands out to you? Let me know in the comments below.