12 Deliciously Easy Protein (Yes, Protein) Ice Cream Recipes

If you're craving a sweet treat—and let's be honest, who isn't?—these sinfully tasty ice cream recipes pack something extra: protein. How's that for a post-gym snack?

Protein Ice Cream
via BodyBuilding.com

This recipe is extremely basic—with just three ingredients and five steps, you have every reason in the world to give this baby a try. Think of it as a gateway protein ice cream recipe into the others: once you’ve had a taste of its easy, delicious final product, you’ll definitely come back for more. In different shapes. And flavors. Luckily, you’re now equipped with this list!

Heather’s Protein Ice Cream
via Heather Eats Almond Butter

This blogger includes a video at the bottom of her post, which is especially helpful for those who might want a visual aid. She doesn’t actually include almond butter in the mix, but she uses it as a topping, which is good enough for me. Also: Look. At. That. Photo.

Choco-Cherry Protein Ice Cream
via Fit Bottomed Eats

Let me explain: There’s chocolate, and there are frozen cherries. Sorry, do you need to know more? Oh, stop asking questions and whip this one up already.

Birthday Cake Protein Ice Cream
via Ripped Recipes

It may not be the healthiest of this bunch (at 409 calories), but it’s sure as hell better than the alternative. Which is to say, it’s better than straight-up cake.

Shelly’s Pistachio Protein Ice Cream
via The World According to Eggface

Although I’ve never been a huge fan of pistachios, I can appreciate those who are. (Hi, mom!)

Protein-Packed S’mores Ice Cream
via Dashing Dish

Let’s play a guessing game that you’re destined to lose. How many calories do you think S’mores Ice Cream would be? 500 calories? 400? How about you cut that number in half, and then some. This recipe, with cocoa powder, marshmallow fluff and graham cracker, checks in at an underwhelming (but totally awesome) 160 calories. Um, so … I’ll have three. That’s how it works, right?

Apple Pie Protein Ice Cream
via Nutritionist in the Kitch

With a wicked combo of frozen bananas, unsweetened applesauce and red gala apples, this one’s not to be missed.

Strawberry Protein Fluff
via BodyBuilding.com

For a little more variety, I decided to include this recipe for protein “fluff,” unmatched in lightness and easy to make.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Ice Cream
via JMax Fitness

Chocolate and peanut butter: arguably the most legendary combination known to mankind. And now it’s healthy. Swoon!

Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream
via Dr. Sara Solomon

Spinach is this recipe’s secret ingredient, subtle enough to go unnoticed, but prevalent enough to turn the protein ice cream a healthy shade of green. Impressed? Me, too.

Raspberry Almond Chocolate Protein Ice Cream
via The Healthy Foodie

Almonds? Check. Raspberry? Check. Chocolate? Check. Over 16 grams of protein and less than 120 calories? Somehow … Some way … Check.

Key Lime Protein Ice Cream
via More Sugar for Me

Ivan Nikolov of MoreSugarFor.Me initially found a version of this recipe on a web forum, but took it upon himself to revamp it into a “functional” (“It boosts your body’s functional abilities,” he says on his website.) protein ice cream that can be considered a whole meal. Mmm, key-lime juice.

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