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Top 7 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes

Last updated: July 2, 2019
Healthy Ice Cream Recipes

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Top 7 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month Guilt-Free

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

Summertime means the cravings for ice cream are at an all-time high. Though there is no time of the year that we don’t love eating ice cream, the need for it becomes unavoidable once the heat hits.

And this is why July has been dubbed National Ice Cream Month — because we all love a good cone when the temps start to rise.

However, we all know that ice cream isn’t exactly healthy. From the heavy amounts of sugar to the other ingredients that we’ve never heard of, when you buy your ice cream from the store, chances are good you’re getting something that will satisfy your sugar cravings, but will leave your body feeling less than fabulous.

So why not get the best of both worlds and eat ice cream while still managing to make it healthy? We can’t figure out any reason why you wouldn’t do something like this, and we are here to help you complete that mission.

So read on for our favorite healthy ice cream recipes that will let you eat these tasty treats guilt-free.

1. Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Delight

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

This tasty ice cream will make you feel like you’re getting all the sugar your body could ever want and need. Instead, you’ll be getting a healthy dose of goodness that will leave you feeling oh-so satisfied.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 T peanut butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Throw first 4 ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy
  2. Add in peanut butter and blend to mix

2. Mint Chocolate Chip Creation

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

If you love mint chocolate chip anything, then you are going to go bananas over this ice cream (pun intended). By swapping out the bad ingredients for wholesome good ones, you can eat this ice cream and not worry about doing damage to your body.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 browned bananas (frozen)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ⅛ tsp peppermint extract (**make sure it’s pure**)
  • 2-3 T chocolate chips
  • Optional: ½ cup coconut cream or raw cashews

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth

3. Green Tea Pistachio Ice Cream

Green Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe

This mix will make your mouth quite happy — we just know it. And it will make your body even happier since you aren’t filling it with unhealthy ingredients. In fact, you’re filling it with antioxidants coming from the matcha and the pistachios.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cashews
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 T matcha green tea powder
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ⅓ cup pistachio pieces

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak cashews overnight in water
  2. Rinse and drain in the morning
  3. Blend all ingredients until smooth

4. Nutella Fro Yo

Nutella Ice Cream Recipe

This fro yo is almost too easy to make. You may find yourself heading to the kitchen to whip this dessert more often than you’d imagine, but hey — it’s much better than grabbing for that jar of Nutella and digging in, right?

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 overripe bananas (frozen)
  • 3 – 4 T chocolate hazelnut butter
  • 2 – 3 T choice of yogurt
  • Optional: sweetener

DIRECTIONS

  1. Throw all ingredients into a blender and mix

5. Peach Orange Paradise

Peach Orange Ice Cream Recipe

Got a thing for orange dreamsicles? Yeah, us too. Get that same flavor without all the bad stuff thanks to this ice cream recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup canned coconut cream
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups frozen peaches

DIRECTIONS

  1. Throw all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth

6. Salted Caramel Sensation

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Recipe

In case you didn’t know it, you can still eat salted caramel ice cream without falling off the healthy wagon. With just a few simple ingredients, you can recreate your favorite ice cream flavor.

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 10 whole milk ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 pitted dates
  • ¼ tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend first 4 ingredients until smooth
  2. Add in the dates and salt until just combined

7. Cookie Dough Delight

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe

This dairy-free approach to cookie dough ice cream will have you wondering why you ever ate the unhealthy version. This is definitely a repeat that we will be enjoying all summer long.

INGREDIENTS

Vegan cookie dough

  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup flour (either white, spelt, or almond)
  • 2 T vegas chocolate chips
  • Pinch sea salt

Vegan ice cream

  • 2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 T vegan chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak cashews in water overnight
  2. Rinse and drain in the morning
  3. Mix together cookie dough ingredients and roll into small balls on parchment paper-lined pan
  4. Freeze cookie dough balls for at least one hour
  5. Mix ice cream ingredients (except chocolate chips) and blend until smooth
  6. Transfer ice cream to a loaf pan and stir in chocolate chips and cookie dough balls
  7. Freeze for 4 hours

Making ice cream doesn’t have to be difficult and doesn’t mean that you have to throw all your healthy morals out the window. As you can see above, it is possible to make ice cream that is healthy and that will leave you screaming for more.

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