If you don’t already know by now my birthday is at the end of the month and my parents thought a Vitamix would be something I’d may enjoy. umm YEAH! I use it at least 2-3 times a day. Fruit juice in the morning, post-workout protein shake and then at night after dinner if I have a hankering for something sweet I try to whip up a batch of ice cream. I had some successful ice cream attempts and not so successful. With your typical blender I use to add a lot of ice. I’ve found out with the Vitamix that too much ice will ruin the creamy consistency and make it very icy.
A long time ago before I had a Vitamix, I remember Heather from Heather Eat’s Almond Butter was always making some sweet concoction and adding in protein powder. I was checking out her recipes and sure enough I was finally able to try her protein ice cream! I had all ingredients on hand and within minutes Mike and I were enjoying this creamy concoction. I’ve already tweaked up flavors and we’ve been sharing this after dinner each night with him.
It is AMAZING! It always fills the void of getting self-serve frozen yogurt which I truly love. We have a rule in the house that I can only have self serve frozen yogurt once a month because I complain I’m eating too many sweets! So in the mean time I’ll enjoy my protein ice cream which is low calorie and high protein.
Double Chocolate Protein Ice Cream
Adapted from HEAB
1 cup non-dairy milk (almond milk is my choice)
1 scoop (30g) chocolate protein powder (I like Gold Standard 100% Whey)
1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 packet of stevia
Pinch of sea salt
1/3 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
17-18 ice cubes
Into the Vitamix or blender, add in all the ingredients into the order listed except for the ice cubes. Blend on setting 1 to incorporate everything together. Add all the ice cubes (or if in a blender a handful at a time) and blend on high. Use the tamper with the Vitamix to get the ice into the blades and blend smoothly. It will be done once it forms 4 pillows on top, process any more and it will start to melt.
Serve in a bowl or in an empty peanut butter jar. We like to add toppings to our protein ice cream like cereal, bananas, fresh berries, muesli, chocolate chips and/or shredded coconut. My favorite way was putting it into a partially empty peanut butter jar. Chocolate ice cream and peanut butter, I died and went to heaven for a moment!
This is just a basic recipe and can be easily swapped to change the flavors up. The other night I used a vanilla ice cream flavored protein powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2-3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. I subbed in about 7 frozen peach slices and added the remaining 11 ice cubes. This tasted like a marshmallow it was so good!
You will get hooked.. I promise.