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The Best Diet-Friendly Dessert (How to Make Protein Ice Cream)


There are very few indisputable facts of life, but here’s one:

Everyone loves dessert.

It’s a physiological inevitability. You have taste buds and certain foods will be enjoyable and pleasurable. (That is, of course, assuming your name isn’t Jason Feifer; the amazing man without taste.) Doesn’t matter if your dessert is chocolate, cheese, or chorizo.

The problem, of course, is that most desserts aren’t healthy. They’re filled with all the stuff you’re told to avoid (sugar, fat, more sugar). And while I’d argue that the occasional dessert is part of a healthy diet, eating lots of dessert usually does more harm than good. Or at the very least, it makes it really hard to lose weight and look the way you want.

This leaves most people with two options:

1) Eat dessert and don’t look the way you want (or train much more)

2) Don’t eat dessert and crave bad foods.

Both of those options seemed pretty awful to me, so I created a third option:

3) Protein ice cream

Let it be known that protein ice cream really isn’t what it seems. But it’s simple and it tastes really good (even my wife approves). The best part: its nutritional information will surprise you and it can be added to any diet plan.

Protein ice cream is made from protein powder, almond butter, and almond milk. That’s it.

I’m not egotistical enough to say that I created this delicious treat. I can’t recall where I discovered the first variation of this dessert, but I’ve made many small adjustments to the original recipe, and for the past 8 years this has become a daily staple of my diet. Yeah, I eat this stuff every day.  More specifically, protein ice cream is the last thing I eat each day.

Why? For starters I love it. It tastes awesome, it’s healthy, and it’s the perfect way to finish my night. But I also find that this creation satisfies my sweet tooth and doesn’t leave me craving foods that are much worse. In fact, I’ve shared this with every client that struggles with cravings, and they’ve found the same thing. And when you consider that desiring treats is usually the hardest for people when they are adjusting to a healthier diet, this is the perfect way to break up the monotony and help with the transition.

If you want to give my nightly treat a try, here’s how to make it yourself.

Born’s Protein Ice Cream (Goes without saying that this is #BornApproved)

Ingredients: (amounts vary by how many calories you want)

  • 1-2 scoops of protein powder (I use BioTrust because it’s a blend and it mixes a little thicker. You can use plain whey, but that will leave your ice cream a little thinner).
  • 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter (I prefer Justin’s Nut Butter, and will usealltypes of variations; but the maple almond is my favorite when combined with chocolate powder)
  • 1-3 oz of almond milk

How to make it:

Place your almond butter in a bowl and then add protein powder. Wisk in the almond milk slowly, and then mix the powder, almond butter, and milk, until you have a pudding-like substance. If you want, you can eat this right now and call it protein pudding. I prefer to throw it in the freezer for 30-45 minutes for an ice-cream like consistency.

Bonus tips:

If you want, you can top the ice cream with a variety of garnishes. I oftentimes add sliced bananas and cacao powder, or even a few minced nuts for some crunchiness. If you want to go crazy, throw on a dollop of whipped cream. You won’t be disappointed.

I’ll be sure to post a video soon sharing this simple recipe. If you have foods that help you deal with cravings, please feel free to share below for the community and I’ll compile into a craving-killer post.

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  • Jaclyn Valero

    Mr. Born, I love your site, and tonight I will love this ice cream :)

  • Daria McDermott

    This seems easy enough! I will definitely give it a whirl. I’ve got a ton of craving killers on my site too. Would love to share a link to your new page on mine and will definitely share this tip!

  • Gráinne

    Dark chocolate! My latest one is Lindt sea salt. 2 squares of that are 100 calories of happiness for me and will kill a craving while not undoing my hard work!
    If I want a proper dessert, I make chocolate protein souffle or pancakes.
    Also things like walnut pieces with sprinkle of cranberries and sweet cacao nibs with almond butter +/- cottage cheese. But that can be dangerous-portion size is important!

  • Grafikkid

    Macros??? Looks tasty

    • Ramon Parada

      depends on the protein powder you used. just add up the servings/macros on your ingredients?

  • Rob Jost

    my midnight snack is 1 cup greek yogurt, half scoop casein powder, 2-3 oz of milk, blueberries, granola, honey and cinnamon

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  • Jennifer Morgan

    can’t wait to try this! now where is the recipe for the infamous kale chips?! 😉

  • roxana

    vitamuffins usually hit the spot for me. or dark chocolate dreams and pb2. and hersheys has small packages of their new simple pleasures dark chocolate. it comes in a little pack of 4 i think and the whole pack is about 100 calories.

  • Teresa

    I like to mix 6 oz. of plain greek nonfat yogurt (Fage is the best) with 1 T. of Nutella. Tastes like choco-nut pudding. DE-LISH!

  • Chris Bickley

    Wow, looks awesome and easy to make. Will give it a go. Keep these coming. Love snack ideas like this.

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  • Anthony

    I have discovered Jambo protein ice cream. These guys have very good protein ice cream with only 2g of sugar and 28g of protein. You may want to check them out.

  • steph

    this sounds amazing! is there any alternative to almod butter though (they dont sell it where i live) thanks!

    • Andrea

      you can buy online!

  • jennifer

    Thanks for the recipe! I just made tried almond butter for the first time while making protein ice cream – I love it!

  • Lisa Scott

    I am dairy free and use a rice protein powder in my smoothies. Will that work for this ice cream?

    • Karen Wojciechowski

      I have used vegan protein powders in protein ice cream and its worked just fine. Think I used the sunwarrior blend though not just rice protein powder but I would give it a go. I also find that it turns out better if I use a flavored protein powder rather than a plain one but thats just my preference.

  • Karen Wojciechowski

    Ooh like this one, I make protein ice cream with greek yogurt but will definitely have to try this reciepe out