I have eaten ice cream every night before bed for the last 3-4 weeks.
And I have no intention of eating anything else before bed for a while.
Here’s what I’m doing:
Simplest Protein Ice Cream
1 can light organic coconut milk (I use Native Forest brand)
4 scoops whey protein (I use MGN Pure Isolate)
1 cup-ish unsweetened almond milk (enough to bring total liquid up to 3 cups)
add-ins as desired: 1 TBSP vanilla extract, 1 TBSP coconut extract, cocoa powder, cinnamon, etc.
Mix everything together using a blender or stick blender. Dump it all into your ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s directions. Eat when done.
Makes 4 servings, each with about 7g fat, 28g protein, minimal carbs.
The coconut milk I use contains guar gum. Because this protein ice cream is not full-fat, it will not be as creamy as regular ice cream without the guar gum. You can add more guar gum if you like, but I have not yet experimented with this.
The protein powder I use contains xanthan gum. This works as a thickener for the protein powder, and it obviously helps thicken the ice cream as well. You can also add xanthan gum if you like (again, I cannot vouch for this yet), but as many protein powders already contain it, just check your product label.
You can make this full-fat, and creamier, by using regular coconut milk instead. I choose to use the lower fat coconut milk (which is essentially just watered down full-fat coconut milk) so that I can add toppings like shredded coconut and sliced almonds to the ice cream when I eat it.
Do not use cartoned coconut milk — it is too thin.
What you add to the ice cream for flavor should be determined by the flavor of protein powder. When I use cinnamon bun protein powder, I add extra cinnamon. When I use cake batter protein powder, I add vanilla. When I use Rocky Road protein powder, I add cocoa.
You could also add any other ingredients you might like — smashed berries, chopped nuts, etc. Just follow your ice cream machine’s directions for adding such things.
Got any ideas for other ways to soup this up?