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The Best 9 Low Calorie/High Protein Ice-Creams In Australia

Are the new wave of ice-creams still a guilty pleasure or are they actually good for you?
POSTED ON Mar 02, 2022
# NAME Calories per 100gProtein per 100g
121 kcal10.4g
105 kcal7.6g
210 kcal3.7g
210 kcal2.3g
120 kcal5.5g
127 kcal10.1g
138 kcal5.5g
130 kcal8.1g
141 kcal14g
The Best 9 Low Calorie/High Protein Ice-Creams In Australia

Ice-cream is one of the life’s simplest pleasures. No matter the season, or time of day, there is never a bad time to enjoy the creamy, sweet goodness of ice-cream. From dairy ice-creams and coconut ice-creams, to soy or almond ice-creams – there are plenty on the market to choose from. However, ice-cream has always been one of those guilty pleasure foods. They don’t exactly scream healthy, which can be a bit unfortunate for those of us watching our calorie and sugar intake yet still love a big bowl of the stuff.

The good news is in the last several years there have been many high-protein, low cal and even “healthy” ice-creams to hit the supermarket shelves. While you’d think these healthy versions could never live up to the real deal, the good news is with some brands out there, you can’t even tell the difference. I’ve been dairy-free for a few years now and can honestly say I don’t miss dairy ice cream because there are so many delicious dairy-free options available.

Now, back to this idea of healthy ice-creams. Is it actually a thing? Well, by any dieticians’ standards, the ingredients of ice-cream – whether low calorie and high protein or not – aren’t necessarily healthy. But of course, anything that has natural sweetener and is significantly lower calorie than the “real deal” is going to be better on your waistline and better for your #gains.

These days there are countless low calorie and high-protein ice-creams available, with most of them being low in sugar and fat, and also high in protein and fibre. Yet you shouldn’t be distracted by the “low calorie” branding, because not all ice-creams are made equally, and some ingredients can be questionable. So, what’s exactly in low-calorie, high protein and “healthy” ice-cream?

What’s in Low Cal & High Protein Ice-Cream?

Regular ice-cream contains easily identifiable ingredients like milk, cream, sugar, egg yolk and so on. The ingredients in low-cal and high protein ice-creams are significantly different, with some containing ingredients you might have never heard of, like: 

Protein: Different brands will have different types of protein, but a common one is milk protein isolate.

Stevia: Stevia is made from a super sweet herbaceous plant. It’s a non-nutritive sweetener, meaning it doesn’t have any kilojoules or carbohydrates, and is about 100 times sweeter than regular sugar. 

Erythritol: Erythritol is a sugar alcohol which isn’t metabolised by our body during digestion; it is also calorie free. While safe for consumption, it can cause an upset stomach in some people.

Xylitol: Xylitol is another sugar alcohol. 

Prebiotic fibre: To make low-cal ice-creams “high fibre”, many of these ice creams contain prebiotic fibres, also known as inulin. These help to bulk out the ice cream and basically give it more texture (with no calories).

Organic vegetable gum: Vegetable gums are made up of indigestible polysaccharides. They’re often used in processed foods because of their texture and how they increase shelf life.

High Protein Vs Low Cal Ice-Cream

Now, it’s important to note not all low calorie ice-creams are high in protein. In fact, most of them aren’t. However, in most cases, high protein ice-creams are low in calories. Make sense? There aren’t too many high calorie ice-creams available in Australia at this point in time, but there are plenty in the US, which means it’s only a matter of time before it hits our shores.  

As such, in the table below we’ve broken down the target market of each brand, i.e. – is it marketed as low calorie? High protein? Both? We’ve also broken down the macros and pricing per serve.

The Best Aussie Low Cal & High Protein Ice-Cream Brands

Below is a list of some of the most popular and easily available low calorie and/or high-protein “healthy” ice-creams in Australia. We’ve chosen all chocolate versions for some kind of consistency, and broken down the macros to per 100g, also for an equal measuring stick. Here’s what else you need to know about them. 

NAME Calories per 100gProtein per 100gCarbs per 100gCost per serve
Fro Pro Chocolate 121 kcal10.4g9.8$2.00
Fit Lato Chocolate 105 kcal7.6g4.7g$4.43
Denada Double Choc Chip 210 kcal3.7g2g$2.30
Over The Moo Choc Choc 210 kcal2.3g26.9g$2.00
Tilly’s Choc Brownie 120 kcal5.5g18.6g$2.00
YoPro Double Choc 127 kcal10.1g13.1g$3.98
Halo Top Brownie Batter 138 kcal5.5g15g$2.25
Gym Bod Chocolate Pudding Ice-Cream 130 kcal8.1g4.2g$3.33
Noway Choc Double Choc Chip 141 kcal14g5.1g$3.24
High protein

Fro Pro Chocolate

Calories per 100g: 121 kcal

Protein per 100g: 10.4g

Carbs per 100g: 9.8

Cost per serve: $2.00

FroPro is Australian owned and made but only sold at Woolworths stores. FroPro ice creams are also gluten free and made from all-natural ingredients, making it one of the healthier low cal ice-cream options.

High protein

Fit Lato Chocolate

Calories per 100g: 105 kcal

Protein per 100g: 7.6g

Carbs per 100g: 4.7g

Cost per serve: $4.43

Fit Lato is an Aussie brand created by a pharmacist and health and fitness professional. Jane Morgan is a former elite junior athlete for the Australian Hockey team turned pharmacist. Together with co-founder Indika Liyanage, an engineer, they combined their knowledge, skills, passion for health and fitness in a quest to create an indulgent product which tastes good, is made from naturally sourced ingredients. Fit Lato offers gluten-free and dairy-free options as well. You can buy Fit Lato from 260 stockists around the East Coast of Australia.

Low calorie

Denada Double Choc Chip

Calories per 100g: 210 kcal

Protein per 100g: 3.7g

Carbs per 100g: 2g

Cost per serve: $2.30

Denada is a popular 99% sugar-free ice-cream made from all-natural ingredients. It’s also low carb, low lactose (with dairy free options), and gluten-free. I’d say Denada is my favourite pick, tasting most like regular ice-cream.

Low calorie

Over The Moo Choc Choc

Calories per 100g: 210 kcal

Protein per 100g: 2.3g

Carbs per 100g: 26.9g

Cost per serve : $2.00

Over the Moo is 100% dairy-free ice cream, and it’s vegan-friendly and gluten-free. Basically, it’s the ideal ice-cream for those with intolerances. It’s available at Woolworths, IGA and independent grocers.

Low calorie

Tilly’s Choc Brownie

Calories per 100g: 120 kcal

Protein per 100g: 5.5g

Carbs per 100g: 18.6g

Cost per serve: $2.00

Australian made and owned, Tilly’s is new to the ice cream market and exclusive to Woolworths. Similar to other brands, Tilly’s markets itself around having 300 calories per tub, although this depends on the flavour you go with. Tilly’s also says its ice cream contains no artificial sweeteners.

High protein

YoPro Double Choc

Calories per 100g: 127 kcal

Protein per 100g: 10.1g

Carbs per 100g: 13.1g

Cost per serve: $3.98

Yo Pro is more commonly known for its high-protein yoghurts but it also has high-protein ice-cream. They say their products have no added nasties like sugar or artificial ingredients. They market themselves as a brand “to fuel professional and aspiring athletes alike using the best quality ingredients and in the most natural way possible”.

Low calorie

Halo Top Brownie Batter

Calories per 100g: 138 kcal

Protein per 100g: 5.5g

Carbs per 100g: 15g

Cost per serve: $2.25

Available at most major supermarkets, Halo Top markets itself as having around 300 calories per tub. It offers heaps of flavours, with Birthday Cake certainly being an Aussie favourite. Halo Top also offers a dairy-free range, with certain flavours additionally gluten free.

High protein

Gym Bod Chocolate Pudding Ice-Cream

Calories per 100g: 130 kcal

Protein per 100g: 8.1g

Carbs per 100g: 4.2g

Cost per serve: $3.33

Gym Bod creates “Better-For-You versions” of your childhood favourite sweet treats, including high protein ice cream. The company started in 2018 in a Toowoomba, Queensland garage after importing in a 136kg Soft Serve Machine from China where the founders spent weekends mixing various concoctions of Protein Power to create a high protein, low carb soft serve.

High protein

Noway Choc Double Choc Chip

Calories per 100g: 141 kcal

Protein per 100g: 14g

Carbs per 100g: 5.1g

Cost per serve: $3.24

Noway®Frozen Dessert has a creamy healthy ice cream texture, minus the dairy and the calories. It’s both high protein and low calorie, and the only downside is it can only be bought in-store at the present moment. Unlike most milk/high dairy healthy ice cream options, Noway Frozen Dessert is both dairy and gluten-free and made with coconut cream.

Calories Compared to Regular Ice-Cream

When you consider the calories in low-cal ice-cream compared to regular ice-cream, at first glance they seem on par. For example, Aussie favourite Bulla Choc Chip ice-cream has 108 calories per serve, with just 11.8 grams of carbohydrates. It’s pretty similar to the low calorie ice-creams. However, you need to be careful and consider the serving size. Bulla’s Choc Chip ice-cream serving size is 47g, whereas most of the low-cal options are anywhere from 60g to 85g.

For example, Halo Top’s Chocolate ice-cream’s serving size is 85g with 100 calories per serve and 18g of sugar. That means in reality, regular ice-cream can have around double the calories of low-cal ice-cream. But at the end of the day, regular ice-cream isn’t too bad compared to low-cal options (as long as you mind your servings and you read the ingredients list).

Fan Favourites

According to the sub-reddit r/1200 Australia (which is a low-calorie living sub-reddit), the fan faves when it comes to low-cal and high protein ice-cream is Tilly’s, Halo Top, YoPro and FroPro. I personally enjoy Denada the best as I think it tastes the most like ice cream, followed by Halo Top.

For the Gluten Free and Vegans

Most of the above ice-creams have gluten-free and vegan versions, you just need to be mindful and read the ingredients. Over the Moo is probably the best option for vegans as all of their products are dairy and egg free, with most being gluten-free as well. 

Other Healthy Dessert Alternatives

If you don’t love ice cream or would rather make your own low-cal, high-protein dessert at home from scratch, why not give these a try?

Make your own protein

Make your own protein custard

Make or order your own protein donuts

Enjoy low calorie jelly and protein custard

Final Verdict

At the end of the day, if you’re going to sit down a pint of ice cream it’s probably better to pick the low-cal and high protein variety than regular ice cream (as long as you’re not concerned about the artificial sugars). However, ice-cream is a dessert. It’s a treat. In any case, it shouldn’t be consumed on the reg but rather in moderation. No amount of “healthy” branding can make low-cal and high protein ice-cream better for you than home-made banana ice-cream, for example, or a piece of fruit, you know? Basically, everything in moderation and go forth and enjoy!

Psssst – Check Out The Rest of Our Ice-Cream Data

If you want more info about the best low calorie, high protein ice-creams in Australia – good news, we have all the important details written down in a handy spreadsheet, which you can view here.

Ally Burnie
Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.

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  1. Linda Parker
    Linda Parker

    I like “Licks” but I notice they are not on the list. Are they not good as well and on par with the others? 🤔

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    • George Zhu
      George Zhu

      We’ll update the article soon. Theres been a bunch of new ones that have popped up like gym bod too

      Reply
Ally Burnie
Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.