This Monday morning started out marvelously. I took advantage of some extra snuggle time in bed with the boys. No early treadmill run for me after yesterday’s race.
Judah was quick to point out that it was a beautiful day out.
We had a little morning chat about the new charts and how we were going to use kind words and play together nicely all day.
I read this that totally hit home.
How true is that?
Then these random builders showed up at the house with their fancy tools and everything asking me if my pipe needed fixing.
I wasn’t totally sure what “pipe” they were talking about, but when they told me they’d work for food we had a deal.
Funny how they seemed to do more playing than actual work, but they played nicely so I fed them some lunch anyway.
I took it upon myself to join them.
After lunch I guess they were done with their work because all they wanted to do was just sit around and eat some “ice cream”.
They even made me some.
As much as I really wanted to try out their ice cream, I took it upon myself to make my own.
Not just any ice cream, but some almond milk protein ice cream.
And yep, I had my protein ice cream on a cold baked purple sweet potato. Pretty much perfection right there. Complete with coconut butter, cinnamon, unsweetened dark chocolate sauce and peanut free NuttZo.
And while I was enjoying my purple protein packed snack, Joaquin found a new friend.
Had a few classes to teach tonight at the gym. One of my friends had her daughter make this awesome sign for me for the race yesterday. I never saw them on the course though so she brought it for me tonight. Isn’t it cute?
He he. Flat Kitty and all. Love it.
Okay, so the ice cream. I wasn’t going to show you that goodness and not give you the recipe. That would just not be nice and you know, we’re working on that around here and all.
I haven’t talked homemade ice cream in awhile, but I have quite a few almond milk ice cream recipes on the blog. The most popular one is the Dreamy, Creamy Low Calorie Almond Milk Ice Cream from a pretty long time ago.
This is a protein variation of it with a few changes.
Now, this protein ice cream is not strictly paleo or 21 Day Sugar Detox approved, but I use almond milk and don’t add any artificial sweeteners. I just use a little grass fed whey protein powder that has stevia in it and well, it’s darn marvelous.
Want to know how it’s done?
Of course you do.
Healthy Protein Almond Milk Ice Cream
(makes two servings)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or other non dairy milk of choice)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon butterscotch or vanilla butter and nut extract (or any other extract of choice)
*You will need about 1/4 cup additional almond milk when ready to prepare ice cream per serving.
Mix first four ingredients together thoroughly (everything except the protein powder). Pour in two ice cube trays and freeze. (Directions and more specifics can be found on this recipe which was my original almond milk ice cream recipe way back when.)
When ready to make one serving of the ice cream, dump one tray of cubes into a good quality blender (I use my Vitamix).
Add 1/4 cup more almond milk and 1/2-1 serving of protein powder of choice. The one I’ve been using is listed below.
Blend until desired consistency. You may need to stop the blender a few times and add a little more almond milk. It takes a little while, but the protein powder makes it really creamy and provides just the right amount of sweetness.
Here’s my four ingredients I mix together to freeze.
Here’s the grass-fed whey protein powder I’ve been using.
I found this Reserveage Organics Grass-Fed Whey Protein at Sprouts. It’s one of the few that only has a couple ingredients and uses stevia leaf extract as sweetener. I’ve been pretty impressed with the taste and texture so far.
Yep. Loving this stuff.
Wish I had some right now actually, but I think I’m going to go to bed instead.
And if you must know, it also goes great on a chilled roasted kabocha boat.
Actually, I’m sure it goes well with quite a few things. I’m sure I’ll keep experimenting.
Have you ever made homemade ice cream?
Do you need my builders’ business card?