Check out my recipe for making Ninja Creami Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Protein Ice Cream! All of the delicious flavors from Reese’s peanut butter cups with the added benefits of extra protein! This recipe uses the Ninja Creami to create protein ice cream instead of a traditional ice cream maker.
Chocolate and peanut butter are one of the best flavor combinations out there!! Whether it’s in ice cream, cakes, or candy bars, peanut butter, and chocolate go together really well as the flavors complement each other without one overshadowing the other.
This recipe comes in at 403 calories, 40 grams of protein, 3 grams of sugar, and 10 WW points. See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for all nutrition facts.
The base of this recipe gets its super-rich flavor from combining a chocolate protein shake with some extra cocoa powder and gets its super creamy texture from the help of instant pudding mix. To keep this recipe high in protein with fewer calories and sugar content, I made my own peanut butter from powdered peanut butter! You can’t even tell the peanut butter came from a powder!
When I say this protein ice cream is good…I mean it!! It’s sooooo good that you would never know that it started out as a protein shake and has very little sugar in it! Not only is it rich and delicious, but the texture…the texture is incredibly smooth!
I had Luis sample this flavor and the first thing he said was….”WOW!!! You could sell this stuff… no seriously….we should sell this stuff!!” So, I guess you could say that my recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Protein Ice Cream was a hit!
If you’re looking for extra protein but still want it to taste like ice cream and not like protein shakes, give this one a try!
What brand of protein shakes make the best ice cream?
There is no right or wrong answer here. It is 100% based on your own preference. You need to try a couple of protein shakes or protein powder, taste them, and then turn them into ice cream to figure out what you like best.
In general, the most common protein shake used to make ice cream seems to be Fairlife protein shakes. However, with the recent shortage in Fairlife shakes, folks have been turning to Premier Protein shakes.
I tried to get my hands on some of the Fairlife shakes to compare them to the Premier protein shakes. But, they are were not available anywhere! So, most of my recipes are made with Premier Protein shakes. Coming from someone (me) that doesn’t like the taste or texture of protein shakes, I can say that the Premier Protein shakes do really well in the Ninja Creami, and in most cases, you can’t even tell the ice cream was made with a protein shake!
For this recipe, you can use regular peanut butter and regular peanut butter cups instead of sugar-free if you would like. The change in ingredients will alter the nutrition facts. But, I promise you can’t tell the difference between the regular ingredients and the sugar-free/lower-calorie ones.
I started using PB Fit peanut butter powder in my protein ice creams instead of regular premade peanut butter due to the lower calorie count. I’ll admit, I was skeptical…peanut butter from a powder? That can’t be good! But wait…I opened the container and added some water based on the instructions…and something magical happened!! I made peanut butter out of powder!! And it actually tasted like peanut butter. The texture is great.
Tips for making Ninja Creami Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Ice Cream
Jif peanut butter has 190 calories and 7 grams of protein in 2 tablespoons. PB Fit has 70 calories and 8 grams of protein in 2 tablespoons.
Technically, you can. But, protein shakes by themselves don’t taste that great as ice cream. Adding additional flavorings and stabilizers will increase the quality and taste of the ice cream.
No, you do not need cream cheese to make protein ice cream. But, you will need to add something to help thicken it up and make it a creamy consistency. In this recipe, we are using instant pudding mix instead of cream cheese but you can use guar gum or another substitute instead. See a full list of cream cheese substitutes here.
If you are making this recipe in the Ninja Creami, you cannot add peanut butter and expect it to turn out as a peanut butter swirl. The Ninja Creami will fully mix the peanut butter into the rest of the ice cream creating a peanut butter-flavored ice cream.
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Add Food Grade Vegetable Glycerin To Make Leftover Ice Cream Scoopable Right Out of the Freezer
*Add 1 Teaspoon to full fat/full sugar bases *Add 1.5 teaspoon to high protein bases *Add 2 teaspoons to low sugar/low fat lite bases. Freeze and process per the recipe. Take the leftovers out of the freezer and scoop without having to reprocess.
Original and Deluxe Ingredient Measurements
Use the multiplier below to adjust quantities based on the machine that you own. 1X=Original 16 ounce 1.5X=Deluxe 24 ounces
Ice Cream Base
- 1-2 Tablespoons (2 Tablespoons) Chocolate Almond Milk
Make the Ice Cream Mixture
- Freeze on a level surface for 24 hours. Your freezer should be between 9 and -7 degrees Fahrenheit. To avoid getting a bump on the top of the frozen mixture, freeze with the lid off of the container.
Process the Ice Cream
- After 24 hours, remove the pint container from the freezer.
- Place the pint container into the outer bowl of the Ninja Creami and then process on "LITE ICE CREAM."
- If the ice cream is dry or crumbly looking, pour in a tablespoon or two of chocolate almond milk and then respin. You may have to repeat this process a couple of times.
- Remove the pint from the machine and add 3 peanut butter cups and process on "Mix-ins."
- Remove the pint from the machine and enjoy!
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Optional ingredients are not included in the nutrition information.
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