Dreams really do come true. Do you want to know how I know that? It’s because not only is it possible to enjoy a bowl of ice cream 100% guilt-free, but that same bowl of ice cream can also help you to lose weight. Think it’s impossible? Not with this recipe for protein-packed keto chocolate ice cream with peanut butter nuggets. It makes a decadent chocolate ice cream entirely from scratch before then making homemade peanut butter nuggets as well. The very first time I tried this ice cream, I knew right then and there that one of my dreams in life had come true – I really can enjoy my favorite desserts while focusing on losing weight!
Totally Decadent and 100% Keto-Friendly
The first thing you’re going to be doing is making the chocolate ice cream. And believe me, even without the peanut butter nuggets, this ice cream is already one mean keto-friendly treat. It’s also super simple to make. Start by adding ¼ cup of heavy cream into a saucepan along with ⅔ cup of water, ½ cup of a low carb sweetener like Stevia, and a pinch of salt. Heat it all up over a medium heat and then add in three tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, two scoops of chocolate flavored protein powder, and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
The cocoa powder provides a great mix of bioflavonoids that offer up some great benefits for your health. There have been many studies conducted that have found cocoa flavanols have the potential to be useful in either treating or preventing ailments like cancer, heart disease, anxiety, allergies, insulin resistance, and inflammatory conditions. (1)
After mixing everything together, remove the saucepan from the heat, allow the mixture to cool, and then transfer it into a blender. Mix in a bit of heavy cream, blend it all together, and then refrigerate the mixture for a minimum of four fours. While doing so, you can make the peanut butter nuggets by simply combining everything required in a bowl – a bit of all-natural peanut butter, some pure vanilla extract, Stevia, and vanilla flavored protein powder.
Follow the recipe directions below for using an ice cream maker to finish off the recipe. You’ll want to enjoy the ice cream immediately once it’s ready, although I don’t think that will be too much of a problem for most people. This ice cream is like one giant frozen Reese’s peanut butter cup – only 100% keto-friendly and healthy. And since it’s keto-friendly, it’s also an ideal frozen treat for individuals with type 2 diabetes to enjoy – even with the peanut butter content. In fact, regular nut and peanut butter consumption has actually been found to potentially lower your risk of developing diabetes according to one study. (2) This keto ice cream is truly a delicious dessert that everyone can enjoy!
Protein-Packed Keto Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Nuggets
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
For ice cream:
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup water
½ cup granulated Stevia or other low carb granulated sweetener
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 scoops (2 oz) chocolate protein powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
For peanut butter nuggets:
¼ cup natural peanut butter
2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp granulated Stevia or other low carb granulated sweetener
1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a saucepan place ¼ cup of heavy cream, water, sweetener and salt and heat over medium heat until warm.
- Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and protein powder and mix to combine.
- Remove from the heat.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Transfer the mixture in a blender.
- Add the heavy cream and blend to combine.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for minimum 4 hours.
- To make the peanut butter nuggets, combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Shape into ¼ inch balls and freeze for minimum one hour.
- Transfer the chocolate mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Stir in the peanut butter nuggets during last stage of freezing.
- Serve immediately.
- If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer to an airtight container and freeze for 1-2 hours.