Ice Cream Alternative Recipe | Frozen Banana Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

You’ve had dinner, kept to your trainer’s meal plan for the second day in a row, and are feeling pretty proud of yourself, when all of a sudden, it hits. The relentlessly, evil, sugar craving that reared its ugly head right around the time of the first bloody death on the current Game of Thrones episode. What should you do?

a) Ignore it and try to power through until bedtime
b) Cave in and start the diet again tomorrow
c) Find an alternative
d) Cry

I’m usually fluctuating between b, c and d at all times, and this time, I landed on c. My last roommate had a Yonana, which we used a total of once to make froyo out of frozen bananas. Taking this concept, I grabbed a few ripe and frozen bananas that I had cut up and tossed in the freezer (because I can never remember that we never eat all the bananas when I buy them in bulk at Costco) and threw them in man’s greatest invention – the Blendtec. Rummaging around my fridge, I tossed in a few things I thought would be good – so basically, peanut butter, and a few leaves of spinach for good measure – and gave it a whirl. The outcome was the consistency of soft serve and it totally did the trick.

Here’s the recipe. Like all great dishes, though, experiment with the measurements and ingredients to find a consistency and combo you like.


Frozen Banana Chocolate Protein Ice Cream Recipe

For the base:

  • 1 sliced frozen banana
  • 1-2 TBSP unsweetened nut milk (almond milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk)
  • 1-2 TBSP chocolate protein powder (This is the KEY to making it taste good…or not so good. A good and tasty protein without a ton of sugar is HARD to find. Or you can use vanilla flavored protein as well)
  • 1-2 TBSP of natural peanut butter

Toss it in the Blendtec (or food processor) and blend until smooth. Because of the small amount of liquid, you’ll need to stop and scrape it down, but be patient, it takes a minute or so. Toss in some add-ins after the banana base is smooth.

Add-ins – mix and match:

  • additional peanut butter
  • spinach
  • fruit
  • almonds (add in last and blend in only a bit if you like it chunky)


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