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  • Writer's pictureRachel Ogilby

Protein Ice Cream

Protein ice cream is simply protein powder blended with ice, milk, and xanthan gum. While it might not taste exactly like ice cream, it does taste amazing! This is an awesome treat for those with a sweet tooth or who need a protein boost after dinner. It’s also awesome for breakfast! The most common question I get about protein ice cream (after can you please share the recipe?!) is what is xanthan gum?

Xanthan gum is made from fermented sugar and is more commonly used than you think. You can find it in most health food stores and online. It’s a white powder that looks like flour, is a bit heavier, and is inexpensive.

Xanthan gum - a white powder used for thickening

Now that you know about xanthan gum, you’ll see it everywhere! It’s used in foods such as ice cream, syrups, and salad dressings as a stabilizing and thickening agent. It’s also commonly found in gluten-free baked goods, as it helps create the fluffiness and elasticity typically found in bakery items. Surprisingly, it’s also used in daily household items such as deodorant, toothpaste, and creams! Don’t worry – it’s been researched and proven safe since the 1960’s and has been approved for ingestion by the FDA.

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can use any type of protein powder – vegan, whey, egg white, etc. You can also use any protein powder flavor. I haven’t tried it yet, but I hear great things about salted caramel flavored protein ice cream! Feel free to include nutritional or flavor additions, such as oats, frozen fruit, nut butters, chia or flax seeds, and spices. I like to top my ice cream with a tablespoon of Hershey’s Lite Chocolate Syrup and a few chocolate chips!

Top with sliced fruit, nuts, seeds, or crushed cookies!

I use my trusty Vitamix to blend this, but I imagine any quality blender would work well. If you are having a hard time blending the ice cubes, add a few tablespoons of milk to thin the liquid.

I first heard of protein ice cream from Kelly Yager, personal trainer and fitness influencer. I tweaked her recipe to make it the best fit for me!

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Protein Ice Cream

Makes 1 serving


1 serving/34g protein powder (I mix my homemade protein powder blend with powdered peanut butter)

5-7 ice cubes

3/4 teaspoon Xanthan gum

3/4 cup/190g milk (I prefer chocolate almond milk!)


Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend for 2-3 minutes, or until everything has combined into a smooth, thick consistency. Add toppings if you’d like. Enjoy!

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