Healthy Peppermint Ice Cream

Making a healthy treat for my next small meal during halftime of the Boise State game :) Just made my own variation of the “Healthy Peppermint Ice Cream” recipe from last month’s Oxygen magazine – SO yummy!!! Great way to celebrate that lucky touchdown! :)

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (I use MRM brand Rich Vanilla flavor)
1/4 tsp peppermint extract (don’t use any more – peppermint extract is strong!)
1/4 c. unsweetened 2% Greek yogurt (I used 0% Fage brand)
1/2 cup table salt

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together, except for salt, in a bowl. Or, use a blender for quicker results (I used a blender = easier).
2. Pour mixture into a sandwich-sized ziploc bag. Seal the bag. Set aside.
3. Fill a gallon-sized ziploc bag halfway with ice. Add 1/4 c. table salt (salt helps make the ice colder). Place the small ziploc bag into the large ziploc bag and seal.
4. Shake the bag vigorously for 5 minutes, until mixture becomes creamy (I needed to use the full five minutes for it to get thick). Remove the bag and rinse off salt. Serve immediately.

You could do all sorts of alterations to this basic recipe. Omit the peppermint and add any other extract, or use another flavor of whey, add PB, etc. Yum!

Makes 2 servings (but I actually just ate both servings and called it a small meal)

Comments

  1. How do you think it would turn out with Casein powder? This would be a great 6th meal/treat.

    • Natalie says:

      Hey Megan! Honestly I’ve never used casein powder so I probably am not the best person to answer this. If you try it let me know what you think!

      • I tried it with 1/2 scoop casein, 1/2cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/4cup liquid egg whites. 1 packet of stevia. I have found the casein to be creamier than whey.

  2. Lindsey says:

    YUM!!!! you are such a life saver! ill need to find out the calories and make this asap! Thank you!

    • Natalie says:

      Hope you like it! It is roughly 40 calories for the almond milk and 100 calories for the protein powder. The Greek yogurt will add about 30 calories or so depending on the brand you use, so the whole recipe has between 160-180 calories – mostly protein :)

  3. Tammy Maynard says:

    Peppermint is my absolute favorite ice cream ever. Can’t wait to try this recipe!! :)

  4. Ice cream is my weakness… After stepping on a scale at my brother’s house and seeing how much I really gained weight (I didn’t have a scale at my house) I got a lil depressed. In a matter of a month or so I probably gained another 10 lbs. I was eating my fav Haagen Daz Coffee ice cream out of depression – I guess. My plan was to drop the ice cream “tomorrow”.. and of course that was going on for like a month. After work I’d stop by my local Walgreens and get one container of ice cream and eat the whole thing while watching tv. I’d never stock up on ice cream because “tomorrow” was going to be the day I started eating well and exercising. So finally in March I STARTED. Kept checking out bodybuilding.com reading different stories (that’s how I ran into you Natalie! and of course that’s how we became friends… bodyspace friends that is lol) and got motivated. I remember the first day at the gym…. I didn’t have a t-shirt with long enough of sleeves – my arms were disgusting I wanted to hide them. Today I look and feel so much better.

    So anyhow.. I’m going to try this recipe as I haven’t had ice cream in months!

    Thank you Natalie for everything you share with us. Much appreciated.

    • Natalie says:

      Joanna thanks for this post!! I hope you got a chance to try this and you enjoyed it. I understand the uncomfortable feeling in the gym – that’s exactly how I felt at first too. I found that when I was able to keep the thoughts I used when ‘talking’ to myself positive, it helped to keep me on track. I know that sounds kind of weird, but it works for me! Like, instead of looking in the mirror and thinking, “oh gross, I hate how I look”, instead I would say, “I might not be where I want yet, but I am so proud that I did (x) today”, or “My legs aren’t there yet, but I really like how my shoulders are shaping up”. By keeping my thoughts positive it helped me to spin into that, “It doesn’t matter anyways”, “What’s the point” mentality. I wish you the best of luck with your goals! Keep me updated!

  5. michelle says:

    oh no! 1/2 c table salt?

    • Natalie says:

      Hey Michelle! That is correct. The salt never touches the ice cream, it is just used in the outer bag to get the liquid cold enough to turn into an ice cream consistency.

  6. Yum! I have to try this soon! Have you tried the protein mug cakes yet Natalie? They’re pretty good too :)

  7. Yum! I love ice cream, although it doesn’t really like me back. Darn digestive track. You are so cute with your bowl of deliciousness! Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. Theresa says:

    Would peppermint flavored stevia work? I’m going to try it! :-) looks like a great recipe!

  9. Jenna Van Der Merwe says:

    Hi Natalie!
    If almond milk is not available what would you suggest? In south africa its very scarcr and almonds are very expensive to make my own.

    Thanks

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