Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - Protein Ice Cream

I'm not gonna lie. It's darn hot. I mean DARN hot. We're "enjoying" 108 degree days here in Scottsdale, and with little to no humidity, it's much like opening the oven door, after it's been set to broil, and singeing your eyebrows. Hot. While AC is a wonder, there's nothing better than ending the day with a big bowl of creamy ice cream, especially when that ice cream moves you closer to your goals. Most often, a training diet is extremely limited - but the protein shake is nearly always a constant. My ice cream recipes are based on the simple protein shake, but I've branched out from there - offering recipes that taste fantastic, and include ingredients that have no caloric or macro impact, but provide a variety of flavors that keep competition diet from being bland and boring. 

A few tips - 
Casein (a type of protein) will increase the 'creamy' in ice cream. You can add casein either with a protein powder that includes it, or with whole milk, greek yogurt, or even cottage cheese. 
Preparation - you can make my recipes with an ice cream maker, or with a simple ziploc bag. Simple and easy.
Ingredients - know your boundaries. If your diet allows you to put it in a protein shake, you can put it in your ice cream.

Here's one of my favorite Protein Ice Cream recipes, and you can find TONS more on my website (click here). 

Caramel Fleur-de-sel Protein Ice-Cream
Recipe by Chelle Stafford
Makes 1 serving

1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 ½ scoop vanilla protein powder (minimum 20g protein per scoop, my scoop = 1/3 cup)
*optional: 10 drops Capella caramel drops & 12 drops Capella Vanilla Custard drops
*optional: 1 Tbsp coconut oil or melted butter
2 Tbsp, divided, sugar-free caramel sauce
Pinch of fleur-de-sel (flaked sea salt)

In a blender or magic bullet, blend the almond milk, protein powder, and capella drops (if using) until smooth.
Pour mixture into ice cream maker and turn on.
After 10 minutes, add 1 Tbsp caramel syrup, drizzling in to mix with the ice cream. Run for 10 more minutes or until ice cream reaches desired hardness.
Remove ice cream to bowl, top with remaining 1 Tbsp caramel and sprinkle on the sea-salt.

If you prefer a harder ice cream, remove batch to a bowl, cover and freeze 20-30 minutes.

235 calories, 31 g protein, 8 g carbs, 8 g fat.

No ice cream maker? No problem! For Ziploc baggie method (and more recipes!) visit: http://recipeforfitness.com/recipes/desserts/protein_powder_ice_cream.html

More protein ice cream flavors are available on my website, including: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Cherry Banana, Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana, Green Tea, Mint Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip, Mocha, Strawberry, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Cinnamon Spice, Apple Pie, Apple Harvest, Super Chocolate, Blueberry, Cookies & Cream, and more! 


  1. Thanks Chelle! I need to start making more of these ice creams when the craving hits! Stay cool!

  2. Thank you for this one :) Will have this in the mornings as a snack