There’s nothing quite like treating yourself to an ice cream cone as soon as warm weather hits. Sweet, creamy, rich, and cooling, you simply can’t beat this classic treat. That said, sometimes it can lead to feeling like you’ve devoured a pure dairy and sugar bomb—which isn’t always ideal while trying to fall asleep on a hot night. That’s why we’ve located 15 healthy ice cream recipes that are just as delicious as the real deal but won’t make you feel like you’ve overdone it.
These healthful alternatives put a lighter spin on some of our favorite ice cream flavors. There will be no sacrificing taste here. And one of the nice things about DIY’ing your ice cream situation is that you know it won’t have any preservatives or artificial sweeteners.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to have an ice cream machine to enjoy these healthy ice cream recipes.
Most can be created with a hand mixer, blender, or just some good, old-fashioned elbow grease. And while we’ve included a few “nice cream” recipes involving frozen bananas, you’ll also find gluten-free, keto, paleo, and vegan options below. So no matter what dietary restrictions you and your loved ones may have, everyone can enjoy one of these scrumptious and healthy ice cream recipes.
Read on for 15 healthy ice cream recipes that are sure to steal your dessert-loving heart.
We can’t get enough of this gorgeous tart blueberry jam swirl and cashew cookie crumble.
Soft serve counts as ice cream, right? Same family. Not only is this chocolate and tahini take on “nice cream” absolutely delicious, but all you need is 5-10 minutes, one bowl, and four ingredients to make this healthy ice cream recipe.
This refreshing ice cream recipe is dairy-free and uses coconut milk as its base.
Whip up this peanut butter banana ice cream in just five minutes then top with gluten-free brownies and nuts. Healthy, delicious, and ready to eat.
Sweet potato gives this healthy ice cream recipe a smooth, creamy texture as well as tons of nutrients. Just grab some chocolate, coconut sugar, and coconut milk and you’re ready to go.
Keep it simple with this sweet little confection. All you need are some strawberries and bananas and you are ready to rock and roll.
Turmeric is chock-full of health benefits, and it is the star of this luscious ice cream recipe.
A delicious ice cream recipe that is easy to make and both low fat and gluten-free? Sign us up.
If you’re a fan of coconut then this is the recipe for you. It tastes just as good as it looks. Who’s drooling now?
Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and oh-so-delicious. All you need are six ingredients, five minutes, and then patience as it firms up in the freezer.
Blizzards could possibly fall in the milkshake camp, but I firmly believe it’s an ice cream treat. This vegan, gluten-free recipe features a banana base and just a few more ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry.
Get out your food processor, because this mango melon sorbet is the perfect summer dessert. All you need for this vegan delight is some melon, mango, bananas, and coconut syrup.
To say that I’m obsessed with this cherry ice cream recipe is an understatement. It utilizes the juice from frozen cherries to make simple syrup, sweetening the ice cream without adding extra sugar. YUM!
You might be looking at this ice cream and wondering, “how on EARTH is that healthy?” But you’ll just have to take our word for it. The ice cream base is made of raw cashews and coconut cream and it’s sweetened with coconut syrup that gives it a delicious caramel flavor.
Keep it simple and vegan with almond milk and bananas—enjoy!