Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream

Ice cream.  ICE CREAM.  IIICCEE CRREEEEAAAAAMM!!!  Sorry, I’ll try to contain myself from now on, I’m just a little (read: extremely) excited to share this recipe.  Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is an all-time classic…  and now it’s been made totally, utterly, and completely guilt-free with this Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream recipe.  This sweet and creamy, mouthwatering amazingness is refined sugar free, low carb, low fat, and high protein, but you would NEVER ever ever suspect it.  Ohhhh yes.

I worked pretty darn hard to perfect this recipe.  It required three trials to get just the right flavor, texture, and amazing nutrition label.  But it was so, so worth it.

This Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream is so sweet, so rich, and so creamy, you'd never know it's completely guilt-free! Yes, this sugar free ice cream is low carb, low fat, high protein, and gluten free -- Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, high protein, gluten free, dairy free and vegan options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

In my first trial, I tried to make a no-churn ice cream by blending all of the ingredients in a blender, pouring everything into a ceramic loaf pan, then freezing until firm.  Sadly, it froze into a rock hard brick, and even after thawing it for a while, each scoop was super icy and crystallized.

In the second trial, I gave up on the no-churn ice cream idea and used my ice cream maker.  The texture was spot on, but it wasn’t flavorful enough and could be a bit sweeter.

In the third (and final) trial, I added more stevia extract and some more Homemade Vanilla Paste.  To achieve that “true” ice cream flavor, I also added a tiny bit of butter flavoring.  My first bite?  FOODGASM ON A SPOON.

This Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream is delectable all on its own, sandwiched in between two Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, on top of a warm slice of Citrus Pound Cake, added to a Red Velvet Smoothie to transform it into a milkshake, or served alongside some Homemade Maraschino Cherries!  No matter how you serve this sugar free ice cream, you’ll be glad you did.

9 cups

Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Fat per serving: .5

Calories per serving: 150

Ingredients:

  • 32oz Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • one 12oz can Evaporated Fat Free Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Paste (I used homemade!)
  • 2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 1 tsp Natural Butter Flavor
  • 128g (4 scoops) Unflavored Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • ¼ tsp Salt

Directions:

  1. Freeze your ice cream maker bowl for 24+ hours (I used my KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment).
  2. In a blender, add the yogurt, milk, vanilla paste, stevia extract, and butter flavor. Blend until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the protein powder, xanthan gum, and salt.  With the blender running, slowly add in the dry ingredients.  Blend until smooth.
  4. Place the frozen ice cream maker attachment onto the stand mixer and turn on the “stir” speed. Pour ice cream mixture into the ice cream bowl and churn until soft-serve consistency.
  5. Transfer the ice cream into a freezer-safe dish. Cover and freeze until it’s the texture you prefer (~3-5 hours). Serve and enjoy!

Notes:

After freezing solid, I find the best way to “thaw” the ice cream is in the fridge for a couple hours, rather than sitting on the counter or some time in the microwave.

  1. The recipe above is my revised recipe. I originally posted a Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe back in 2011 but wanted to omit the added sugar from the brown rice syrup.  Just in case you wanted to see the previous recipe and/or the changes I made, I’m providing the old recipe here:
  • two 12oz cans Evaporated Organic Fat Free Milk
  • one 8oz tub Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • 3 tbs Grapeseed Oil
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 Vanilla Bean, scraped
  • 64g (2 scoops) Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
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Now, here’s the new recipe’s nutrition label:

This Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream is so sweet, so rich, and so creamy, you'd never know it's completely guilt-free! Yes, this sugar free ice cream is low carb, low fat, high protein, and gluten free -- Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, high protein, gluten free, dairy free and vegan options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

WHHHHAAAT?!?!?!?  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???  Only 150 calories, .5g fat, and 10g of carbs PER CUP!

Did you know that typical storebought ice cream has 500 calories per cup?  Yeah, for real…  compared to 1 cup of Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Ice Cream, 1 cup of my Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream has:

  • 350 less calories
  • 31.5g less fat
  • 31g less sugar
  • 16g more protein

I really couldn’t ask for more.  Actually yes, I could — I could most certainly ask for another bowl full of this Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream.

If you stopped buying ice cream from the grocery store, you sure won’t be missing out on anything with this Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream — it’s perfectly scoopable and totally creamy, just like storebought ice creams.

The only difference is that this heavenly goodness is made without the added sugar, heavy cream, and eggs.  BOOM.

This Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream is so sweet, so rich, and so creamy, you'd never know it's completely guilt-free! Yes, this sugar free ice cream is low carb, low fat, high protein, and gluten free -- Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, high protein, gluten free, dairy free and vegan options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Enjoy!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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36 comments on “Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream”

  1. Happy birthday! This looks great.

    xx
    S

  2. Happy birthday! I hope you still enjoy it. I once went to exam prep for the whole day on my b-day. I didn’t get to make myself delicious healthy ice cream like you so it looks like you’re having a good birthday to me. Just go out and celebrate later ok?

  3. Thanks Samantha Erin and Kat!
    Kat, exam prep for a whole day?! 🙁 I wish I could’ve shared my ice cream with you!

  4. Happy Birthday! Thanks for procrastinating and making this healthy vanilla ice cream 😉 It looks super good!

  5. Out of all the ice cream I’ve made I have for some reason never made my favorite classic – vanilla. This recipe looks delicious.

    And happy belated birthday!!

  6. your recipes are amazing!! i love them all 🙂

  7. Ah! I’m late to the party on this one, but HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYY!!!
    And oh my gosh this recipe looks awesome! I’ve been craving ice cream like mad because the supermarket stuff is filled with high fructose corn syrup, or a ton of cream. But this looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it ^_^.

  8. i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on tastingspot.com

  9. I’m late but Happy brithday! I hope your exam went well 🙂

  10. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits
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    Thank you all for the birthday wishes! My exam went well too (I think this ice cream is a lucky charm)

    😀

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  14. This looks so good – I can’t wait to try it!
    x Izzy

  15. CANNOT WAIT TO MAKE THIS.

    BUT…Can I use almond milk in place of the •one 12oz can Evaporated Fat Free Milk?

  16. Hi. I followed the recipe pretty closely. Froze the ice-cream bowl for more than 24hours and used all the same ingredients MINUS the evaporated milk and the whey. I used soy milk instead and since I was out of whey, I used vegan protein powder.
    It would NOT churn! I’m wondering if you know what COULD have happened? There was a lot of mixture in the ice-cream maker. Will it not turn to ice-cream if there is TOO MUCH in the machine? Or perhaps it needs more than 10-15 minutes? SO CONFUSED! (It tasted REALLY good though)

  17. about 15 minutes.

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  22. Hayley Strutt
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    Hi Jess this looks fantastic. Do you think this would work without the protein powder? Or do I need to use it to bing everything together? Cheers xx

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  30. PURE CRAP!!

    Low fat is for MORONS!! Not to mention these other crap ingredients.

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