Hi, friends! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Joey and I spent the weekend up in Minneapolis for a little belated birthday celebrating (more on that later), and just got home a little over an hour ago. The weekend was packed full and fun but I’m ready to head to bed and rest up for the week ahead. It’s going to be a crazy one!

Although it might be a bit late in the season to be posting ice cream recipes, I couldn’t resist sharing one more that’s quite different from the others I’ve made. First, it’s low in calories, fat and added sugar. Second, it’s packed with calcium, protein and other good-for-you ingredients that you can feel guilt-free eating.

Being a huge fan of almond milk, I’ve been toying with the idea of making a high-protein frozen dessert for a while now. Toward the end of last week I finally got around to making my dreams a reality when the craving for ice cream hit.

Be forewarned, this ice cream isn’t as smooth and creamy as traditional cream-based desserts. It has a slightly more sorbet-like consistency and is best eaten immediately after it comes out of the ice cream maker. I can only imagine that I’ve got a few more days yet this fall that will allow me to justify making this treat again.

Almond Milk Ice Cream
Adapted slightly from Bay Area Bites

Ingredients
*1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
*1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1 medium ripe banana
*2 heaping tablespoons low-sugar chocolate milk powder
*2 heaping tablespoons chocolate protein powder
*1/2 teaspoon stevia or other sweetener

Instructions
*Blend all the above ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Transfer mixture to the bowl of an electric ice cream maker and freeze for 20 minutes or until mixture reaches an ice cream-like consistency. Serve immediately.

Happy Cooking!

Madison

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  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Love this lighter ice cream version! Looking forward to some weekend shots:-)

  • http://www.devabydefinition.com/ Deva

    This looks really good! Out of curiosity – what brand of almond milk do you buy? Many of the ones I have picked up have been lower-protein?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelsey-Hagelberg/1172310099 Kelsey Hagelberg

    Looks and sounds amazing. My roommate and I were at the grocery store the other day and picked up Rachael Ray’s October edition. It is getting me excited for fall! What crazy recipes are you going to blog about?

  • Kristin

    Hi Madison! This recipe made me think of you. http://www.healingcuisinebyelise.com/2011/09/almond-joy-ice-cream.html
    Tyler and I are still trying to save and not buy our Kitchenaid ice cream maker til we find a really good deal but I can’t wait to try out some of her recipes! They’re sugar-free! I’ve been learning tons about the effects of sugar on the body. So trying to cut back but who can go in life without ice cream?! Enjoy!