Cherry Coconut Protein-Rich Ice Cream

Why not turn your morning protein smoothie into a yummy ice cream that you can enjoy as a dessert at any time of the day! (Well this was my thought anyway.) When you’re feeling like ice cream but you don’t really want to over indulge and you would like to support your metabolism rather than hinder it, try this dairy-free ice cream. I recently bought a protein based sugar-free ice cream in my local health food store and loved it but decided of course I could do a better job with less cost. We have dairy-free delicious smoothies that taste like ice cream too!

Ingredients

  • 1 can of coconut milk (BPA free)
  • 2 cups (450 g) frozen pitted cherries
  • ¼ cup (35 g) protein powder (I used Reboot with Joe’s Protein Powder)
  • Pure stevia to taste (See substitutions below and notes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients coconut milk, half of the cherries (only 1 cup, protein powder, stevia, and vanilla extract into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Chop the remaining cup of cherries and keep some cherry juice aside (from them thawing).
  3. Add the cherry mixture to an ice cream maker. Let it run for 20-25mins. If you do not eat this immediately transfer to a container and freeze.
  4. If you do not have an ice cream maker pour the chocolate mixture into a tin or container then freeze until firm.
  5. Thaw for about 5-10 minutes before serving to soften it up a little if desired. Drizzle cherry juice over the top if collected to add another yummy element.

Notes: Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar so it’s a very personal choice. I suggest starting with 1/8 tsp and add more until it comes to your level of sweetness, it’s important not to go overboard with stevia because it can over power dishes, otherwise use the stevia substitutes listed above.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

Substitutions

  • Coconut milk – coconut cream, almond milk hazelnut milk
  • Cherries – raspberries, strawberries, blueberries
  • Protein powder – I used Joes protein powder otherwise use an additive free vegan protein powder
  • Pure stevia – dates (4-6), ¼ cup of honey or maple syrup

Calories: 230

Fat: 19g

Trans Fat: 16g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 15mg

Carbohydrates: 16g

Fiber: 4g

Sugars: 11g

Protein: 4g