Healthy ice cream? It almost sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? However, it’s definitely possible to not only make a bowl of totally healthy double chocolate ice cream, but it actually ends up tasting quite tasty as well! That is so long as you follow this simple DIY recipe that will show you how to make ice cream healthy. The ice cream is full of chocolate flavor from a few great sources, and it even provides you with a ton of protein. But my favorite part about this whole recipe has to be how easy it is to make. Even if you’ve never made your own ice cream before, with this recipe you’ll be making healthy homemade ice cream that’s so good your friends and family will never stop asking about it.
The Definition of Nutritious and Delicious
I hope you like chocolate ice cream because this recipe definitely piles on some wickedly yummy chocolate ingredients. You’ll be using two teaspoons of cocoa powder, one scoop of chocolate flavored protein powder, two cups of unsweetened chocolate almond milk, and last but not least, ¼ cup of sugar-free dark chocolate chips. Not only do all four of these ingredients add a ton of great chocolate flavor, but they each provide their own distinctive health benefits as well.
Cocoa powder is an incredibly rich source of flavonoids that provide some pretty great benefits for your health thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. (1) The sugar-free dark chocolate chips contain many of the same flavonoids, while also adding in a solid amount of heart healthy fats to your ice cream. In fact, numerous studies have found that dark chocolate is one of the best snacks to have when it comes to your cardiovascular health. (2)
And speaking of your cardiovascular health, almonds are another great heart healthy snacking option that help decrease your risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels. (4) The good news is unsweetened chocolate almond milk provides the same great benefits in a great tasting way.
You’ll also need one cup of plain Greek yogurt when making this recipe. It adds nearly as much protein as the whey powder, offering 20 grams per one cup serving. On top of that, Greek yogurt is a great source of probiotics to help give your gut health a boost. (4) With the protein content covered, in order to add some healthy fats into the mix, you’ll also need ½ cup of either raw or toasted hazelnuts. They’re a perfect option to pair with chocolate ice cream anyway, but they also provide this recipe with 23 grams of fat, an extra six grams of protein, and a good mix of essential vitamins and minerals.
The only other things you’ll need to add are ½ cup of pitted dates to sweeten the ice cream up a bit in a 100% natural way and a pinch of salt. Blend everything together in a food processor and then transfer the mixture into an ice cream maker to finish everything off.
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How to Make the Best Homemade Protein Ice Cream
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
½ cup raw or toasted hazelnuts
½ cup pitted dates
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop (1 oz) chocolate protein powder
2 cups unsweetened chocolate almond milk
¼ cup sugar free dark chocolate chips
pinch of salt
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and process to combine.
- Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Serve immediately.
- If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer to an airtight container and freeze for 1-2 hours.