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5-Minute Low-Carb Protein Ice Cream

desserts recipes Jun 15, 2019
Sometimes you just need a HUGE bowl of low-carb, low-calorie, sugar-free ice cream to end the I right?? 😆
But seriously, what's better than sitting down with a big bowl of guilt-free ice cream that takes 5 minutes to make and actually tastes pretty dang good! Ice cream is my weakness, so I've set out to make a super simple (but still delicious) low-carb, low-calorie version that can be doctored up however you like.

A few quick notes about the recipe:

  • The two types of protein powder I usually use are:
  • If you're not a fan of xanthan gum (some people claim it causes digestive issues) you can leave it out, try sunflower lecithin, or try this alternative. However, the texture won't be as close to real ice cream (but it will still taste delicious!). You could always add some plain yogurt to bring the texture back as well. 
  • If you need a food scale, I highly recommend this one from Amazon. It's cheap and has lasted me a long time!
Prep Time:
5 mins
 Cool Time:
0 mins 
Total Time
5 mins

Makes 1 Serving



  1. In a high-speed blender, add cashew milk, protein powder, and ice (in that order).
  2. Cover and pulse 10 times until the ice is semi-crushed.
  3. Remove the lid, scrape down the sides, and then cover and blend on high for ~15-20 seconds. Add the xanthan gum and/or other thickeners and blend again until mixture starts to get thick.
  4. If using a Vitamix or similar blender, use the mixing tool and constantly stir while the mixture is blending. If you don't have a powerful blender, you will probably have to stop and start it a few times, scraping down the sides in between blends.
  5. Once the mixture becomes thick and creamy, you're good to go!
  6. Transfer to a bowl, add toppings if desired, and enjoy! I highly recommend this stainless steel insulated bowl - keeps everything nice and cold (while keeping your hands warm and avoids excessive melting - unless you like soupy ice cream!) 😉


Feel free to add toppings of your choice to spruce it up a bit! My favorites include:

Nutrition Per Serving (using Perfect Keto Whey): 188 Calories, 8g Fat, 23g Protein, 6g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 3g Net Carbs
Nutrition Per Serving (using Organifi Complete): 188 Calories, 8g Fat, 21g Protein, 8g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 5g Net Carbs
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