Starting with a frozen banana, and adding peanut butter powder, protein powder, and almond milk, you can have soft serve protein ice cream in a matter of minutes!Jump to Recipe
Calories and macros: For one bowl of this protein ice cream, it had 180 calories, 32 grams of carbs, 9 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fat.
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How to make protein soft serve ice cream
Soft serve ice cream is my favorite kind of ice cream! The smooth texture for me beats any icy or hard ice creams that are impossible to scoop.
To make this recipe more like soft serve, all you need is to blend a frozen banana with some liquid in a food processor. There is no need to re-freeze the ice cream, or freeze it after it’s mixed.
For protein ice cream, I used
- 🍌1 Frozen banana, I then added
- 🥜2 tablespoons peanut butter powder. Then,
- 🥛1 tablespoon vanilla unsweetened almond milk.
- Then, to increase the protein, I added 🍨1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optimum nutrition from Costco). Remember from my other recipes.. just because protein powder comes with a scoop for 30-40 grams of powder, doesn’t mean you need to use a full scoop with everything. For ice cream, less is better!
Once you have all the ingredients, you need a food processor. A blender doesn’t work as well, because there isn’t enough liquid to assist with the blending. A food processor on the other hand does well to blend, without too much liquid.
The peanut butter takes on most of the flavor, which is why I didn’t call it banana ice cream. Plus, I already have a recipe for protein banana ice cream here!
Healthy Ingredients Swaps
Classic ice cream can be extremely high in calories, fat, and sugar. There are many ways to lower the calories of traditional ice cream, increase the protein, or decrease the sugar. Some changes that I made for this
- I used almond milk instead of cream. Vanilla unsweetened almond milk is 30 calories per cup, and we only needed 1/2! So, 15 calories. 1 cup of cream is 469 calories!! So, 1/2 cup is 234! So, altogether, we’ve saved 219 calories for this bowl of ice cream
- I left out the sugar. In classic ice cream, you could have as much as 387 calories for 1/2 cup of sugar! Not here. I used none!
- I added protein powder, to help the carbs from the banana slowly absorb, and keep you fuller longer.
Total calories saved = 606 calories!
Can you make ahead or store
If you choose to make this ahead of time, you’d have to keep it in the freezer, and it will no longer taste like soft serve. It could re-freeze, and then when you thaw it, it might have an icier texture, rather than the smooth, just made texture.
So, do yourself a favor. It only takes 5 minutes to make. So, keep the bananas in the freezer, and that’s it! Assemble when you are ready to eat it!
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Protein Peanut Butter Soft Serve Ice Cream
- Freeze one banana over night.
- In a food processor, combine frozen banana, peanut butter powder, and almond milk.
- Spoon into a bowl and eat!
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