Three Healthy Ice Cream Recipes Perfect for Summertime
Ice cream is
pretty much the most amazing dessert.
I live four houses down from a famous local ice cream parlor and even in mid-December, the line is around the block.
Summertime? The line is too long; I need it now.
So I decided to experiment and make a few healthier ice cream treats for the hot weather. One is low calorie, one is high protein, and one is kinda-sorta not that healthy for you, but it’s still really good. Plus, two out of the three are vegan-friendly.
Let’s get to it. We’ll talk about the recipe inspiration, the nutrition breakdown, and (most importantly) how it tasted!
Recipe #1 – Frozen Greek Yogurt with Coconut Chips, Honey, and Chia Seeds
This recipe came straight from my brain. I love the thickness of greek yogurt and the fact that it’s nonfat is uh-maze.
This recipe is easy. You can either mix these ingredients together when room temp then freeze, or freeze the yogurt before mixing the contents in. I did the latter.
When I first tried it, the plain Greek yogurt was overpowering so I added additional honey. After marinating for about 10 minutes, I thought this was very good! It was complex and satisfying.
- 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- Handful of coconut chips
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey + more for garnish
Combine coconut chips, chia seeds, and honey with frozen Greek yogurt. Let marinate for ten minute before serving. Add honey as a garnish.
- Calories: 270 calories
- Fat: 8g
- Sugar: 18g
- Protein: 18g
Note: Most of the fat and sugar came from the coconut chips, so if you want to trim this down, try it with something else–possibly crushed dried fruit.
Recipe #2 – Peanut Butter Banana “Ice Cream” with Raspberries
This recipe did not come from my brain because it’s very common. Blending frozen bananas with peanut butter has been on trend for some time. But raspberries? Game changer.
This is another easy recipe. It took about 4 minutes to peel the bananas, shove them in the blender with peanut butter, and finish with a garnish of raspberries.
Once thoroughly blended, transfer to dish and surround with raspberries. Strawberries would also be delicious.
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 10 raspberries
Blend banana and peanut butter together and add raspberries to top.
- Calories 160
- Fat: 7g
- Sugar: 21g
- Protein: 4g
Recipe #3 Cashew Ice Cream with Cherries and Cocoa Powder
This is also a Vitamin World original. I love that cashew milk is extremely low calorie, but still thick like milk. This recipe takes the longest because we recommend blending the ingredients at room temperature before freezing it for 4-5 hours.
The above picture is me pitting cherries. I’m not sure if this is correct? If you’ve got a better way, please let me know in the comments!
We blended it with a bit of ice for this picture, but we don’t recommend doing that- it thinned out the mixture too much.
- ½ cup cashew milk
- ½ cup cherries
- Pinch of cocoa powder
Combine all three ingredients and blend together. Place in freezer for 4-5 hours or until completely frozen. Enjoy!
- Calories: 45 calories
- Fat: 0g
- Sugar: 0g
- Protein: 2.5 g
^^ Wowza. This one is low calorie. Eat up!
So here are our awesome summer ice cream recipes that will satisfy your cravings without negating your cardio kickboxing class you just took. Happy blending!
Kelsey is a Midwesterner at heart who currently lives in Denver, Colorado. She loves hiking, running, dancing, vegetarian cooking, and writing in her spare time.