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3-C Protein Ice Cream (Chocolate, Coconut and Coffee)

This is an easy base recipe for protein ice cream. Any number of variations can be made. Use your favorite add-ins and your favorite brand and flavor of protein powder.

3-C Protein Ice Cream (Chocolate, Coconut and Coffee)

2 cups milk of choice*
2 scoops BSN Syntha-6 chocolate protein powder, or your protein powder of choice
2 tablespoons instant coffee
1/8 tsp Xanthan gum, optional*
1/2 cup coconut

Combine milk, protein powder and instant coffee in Vitamix, or high-speed blender. Blend until combined, then with blender running, sprinkle in Xanthan gum. Pour the mixture into your prepared ice cream maker. When the mixture starts freezing, add coconut. When ice cream maker stops churning, remove and serve immediately for soft-serve, or transfer ice cream to a covered bowl and freeze for a couple of hours. If the ice cream becomes too hard after freezing, you can place it in microwave for 30 seconds, or leave it on the counter for a few minutes to soften it enough to scoop.

*You can use any milk, dairy or not. I’ve found that when using low-fat, skim milk or fat-free almond milk, the ice cream crystallizes more than when using full-fat milk. This is not a problem for me, but if you want it to be creamy, use full-fat milk. The use of Xanthan gum also helps to prevent ice crystals.

*This is what America’s Test Kitchen has to say about Xanthan gum in ice cream:

Many ice cream manufacturers add xanthan gum to their products because it prevents the formation of large ice crystals during churning and storage. And that translates into a smoother ice cream. This can easily be done at home. Adding 1/8 teaspoon of xanthan gum to the base prior to churning had our ice cream starting out smoother and less noticeably icy than a control recipe made without the gum—and it stayed that way for more than a week.

HOW TO ADD IT

Xanthan gum has a tendency to clump when it comes in contact with liquids; here’s how we ensure even incorporation:


Create a vortex: Place ice cream base in tall, narrow container, leaving at least 4 inches of headspace. Insert immersion blender to bottom of container. With blender on high speed, create vortex in middle of liquid.

Sprinkle and Blend: Slowly sprinkle xanthan gum over vortex (3/8 teaspoon per 2 cups of gravy or sauce and 1/8 teaspoon per quart of churned ice cream), allowing it to be sucked down into blade of blender for at least 30 seconds to thoroughly combine.

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Freezing Cilantro

If you are like me and love cilantro, you purchase those wonderful bundles of fresh flavor often. Trouble is, I rarely use the entire bundle, and after about a week in the fridge, it takes on a rather unpleasant slimy appearance and has to be thrown out.

I have found an easy way to preserve leftover cilantro for future recipes and thought you might find this useful as well.

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When I use cilantro, I go ahead and wash and drain the entire bundle, cut off the ends of the stems and discard. Chop the remaining cilantro and set aside the portion needed for the recipe. Then place the leftover chopped cilantro in a couple of snack-sized baggies and add just enough water to cover. Seal the baggies and freeze. Then, next time I make soup, I can grab a baggie from the freezer, and pop the frozen cilantro right into the soup (the baggie will easily tear away from the frozen ice).

If you want to save the cilantro in smaller portions, you can place it in an ice-cube tray, cover with water, and once frozen, pop the cubes out and place them in a baggie in the freezer. Take out one or two cubes as needed.

I’ve never tried using the frozen cilantro in an uncooked recipe, but it is great for cooked dishes!

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