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.
Paleo Blueberry Crumble Ice Cream from Fed and Fit
We can’t get enough of this gorgeous tart blueberry jam swirl and cashew cookie crumble.
Chocolate Tahini Banana Soft Serve from Minimalist Baker
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.
Mango Basil No-Churn Ice Cream from Camille Styles
This refreshing ice cream recipe is dairy-free and uses coconut milk as its base.
Chunky Monkey Banana Ice Cream from Food Faith Fitness
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.
Chocolate Sweet Potato Ice Cream from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
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.
Strawberry Banana Ice Cream from Not Enough Cinnamon
Keep it simple with this sweet little confection. All you need are some strawberries and bananas and you are ready to rock and roll.
Golden Milk Latte Ice Cream from Camille Styles
Turmeric is chock-full of health benefits, and it is the star of this luscious ice cream recipe.
Chocolate and Pomegranate Ice Cream from Food Faith Fitness
A delicious ice cream recipe that is easy to make and both low fat and gluten-free? Sign us up.
Coconut Keto Ice Cream from The Recipe Critic
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?
Chocolate Coffee Nice Cream from Half Baked Harvest
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.
Cookie Dough Blizzard Ice Cream from Minimalist Baker
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.
Mango Melon Sorbet from Camille Styles
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.
Cherry Ice Cream from Erren’s Kitchen
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!
Butterscotch Swirl Pumpkin Cookie Dough Ice Cream from Full of Plants
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.
Vegan Chocolate Nice Cream from Fit Foodie Finds
Keep it simple and vegan with almond milk and bananas—enjoy!
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