Easy Anabolic Ice Cream Recipe

This Anabolic Ice Cream Recipe is high-protein, low carb, and made without any added sugar. This high protein alternative to traditional ice cream still has all the creamy texture and delicious vanilla flavor that you love.

vanilla anabolic ice cream in a sugar cone, topped with sprinkles, held by a hand.

This recipe for Anabolic Ice Cream is creamy and rich, just like traditional ice cream recipes, but packed with extra protein and collagen, and sweetened with a low carb alternative to sugar.

If you’re looking for other easy ice cream recipes to fit alternative dietary requirements, check out our dairy-free Oat Milk Ice Cream, and vegan Coconut Ice Cream next.

Why You’re Going to Love this Anabolic Ice Cream Recipe

  • It’s Diet Friendly! This recipe uses high fat dairy, no-sugar sweetener, and a heaping helping of protein to create a delicious, creamy treat that you can enjoy on your low carb diet plan.
  • It’s Easy to Make. If you know how to use your blender to make a protein shake, then you can make this ice cream recipe.
  • Extra Protein Ice Cream. In addition to protein powder, this recipe includes collagen powder, which has it’s own myriad of health benefits along with it’s high protein levels.

Ingredients in Homemade Anabolic Ice Cream

  • Heavy Cream and Whole Milk – I’m using both in this recipe, even though whole milk has a bit more carbs than cream does. The reason for this is that the combination creates a rich and creamy ice cream with just the right texture. I highly recommend the combination of both– lower fat milks will make the ice cream icy rather than creamy. 
  • Protein Powder – I’ve developed this anabolic ice cream recipe using Pure Protein Vanilla Cream brand protein powder. It’s a whey based protein powder that I enjoy. You can use other types of protein powder as well.
  • Collagen – A few scoops of plain, unflavored collagen powder add extra protein to this ice cream.
  • Vanilla Extract – This enhances the flavors of milk, cream, and vanilla protein powder.
  • Sweetener – Use a powdered sugar-free sweetener, such as Swerve to give the ice cream the right amount of sweetness.

Other powdered low-carb sugar substitutes to try include Besti allulose sugar replacement, or Lakanto monkfruit and erythritol blend.

For the complete list of ingredients and instructions for making anabolic ice cream, please see the recipe below.

a vanilla ice cream cone turned upside down in a small bowl.

How to Store Anabolic Ice Cream

Store this homemade Anabolic Ice Cream in the freezer in an airtight container with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper pressed on top for up to one month.

Tips for Making This Anabolic Ice Cream Recipe

  • Use quality ingredients – When making homemade ice cream, you’ll want to make sure you are using high-quality ingredients for the best outcome.
  • Chill out – If possible, always start with chilled ingredients. This is important for homemade no-churn ice cream recipes and ice cream maker recipes.
  • Don’t skimp on the fat – High-fat milk and cream are essential when making homemade ice cream. Opting for a low-fat option often leads to icy ice creams and inconsistency in the texture.
  • Don’t go crazy with the add-ins – If you’re adding in additional ingredients, pick one or two and make sure they are chopped into pieces no larger than a blueberry or pea.
  • Use your favorite sweetener – But be sure to use one that comes in a powdered version. It’s also important to use a no-sugar sweetener that is a 1:1 substitute for sugar. There are some sweeteners that are much more sweet than sugar and those won’t work well here.
  • Adjust if needed – Some protein powders are sweeter than others. Taste your ice cream base before you churn it to see if you need to add additional sweetener.

Is This Ice Cream Recipe Sugar Free?

There are naturally occurring sugars in milk and cream, as well as in most protein powders. So while this recipe isn’t entirely free of sugar, it is made with sugar-free sweetener instead of the granulated sugar found in most ice cream recipes.

a hand sprinkling sprinkles over a cone of anabolic ice cream

No Churn Anabolic Ice Cream Directions

First, chill a shallow container or a loaf pan in the freezer while you mix the ice cream ingredients. Pour the ice cream mixture into the prepared pan and freeze for 3-4 hours. Stir the ice cream every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours to help add air. This will help create a creamy, smooth texture.

Anabolic Ice Cream Variations

  • Try adding a swirl of peanut butter or almond butter.
  • Swap out the vanilla extract for almond, coffee, or cake batter extract.
  • Instead of vanilla protein powder, make ice cream with chocolate protein, strawberry protein, or any other flavor you love.
  • During the last two minutes of the churn, add chopped nuts or sugar-free chocolate chips.
  • You can use your homemade anabolic ice cream to make ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, or even an ice cream cake!

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vanilla anabolic ice cream in a sugar cone, topped with sprinkles, held by a hand.

Anabolic Ice Cream

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

This delicious and simple to make Anabolic Ice Cream Recipe is high-protein, low carb, and made without any added sugar.


  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 0-½ cup sugar free confectioners’ sweetener (such as Swerve) **see notes**
  • 2 servings unflavored collagen
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Freeze your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  2. In a blender, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, vanilla protein powder, sugar-free sweetener, collagen, and pure vanilla extract.
  3. Blend the ingredients together until they are fully combined and the mixture is smooth– about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and churn until frozen– in my Kitchenaid Ice Cream attachment, this took about 15 minutes. 
  5. Transfer the soft-serve ice cream to a loaf pan and smooth it into an even layer. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill until completely frozen– at least 4 hours. 
  6. Once the ice cream has set, remove it from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften. Then scoop and enjoy. 


  • The amount of sweetener needed will depend on how sweet your protein powder is. If your protein powder is unsweetened, feel free to add the whole ½ cup. If your protein powder is already sweetened, start with no added sweetener and then taste the ice cream base after blending. If needed, add ¼ cup of sweetener and taste again before freezing. I used ¼ cup of sweetener with Pure Protein Vanilla Cream powder. 
  • This ice cream is vanilla flavored but you can customize it any way you like– switch out the vanilla protein powder for chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, etc. 
  • You can also add a swirl of melted peanut butter before freezing in Step 5. 
  • Try swapping out the vanilla extract for cake batter flavor, chocolate extract, coffee extract, or almond extract.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g

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