I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! From hot days to birthday celebrations, ice cream is a quintessential staple of so many special moments. If you’re in the mood for a delectable treat with a little less guilt, try one of these four healthy recipes for alternative ice cream. As refreshing as they are delicious, these frozen dessert recipes can easily be made using many of the fruits that might already be in your refrigerator at home. Choose any (or all) of the following alternative ice cream creations for a twist on a delicious indulgence that you can enjoy all year long.
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Superfoods for a Super (N)Ice Cream: Chia ice cream with coconut and kiwi
This vibrant, dairy-free ice cream alternative features superfoods like coconut milk, kiwi and chia seeds for a satisfying treat that you can feel good about. Want to make these popsicles look as beautiful as they are delicious? Place the kiwi slices on the sides of the popsicle molds before pouring in the coconut-chia mixture for a super treat that is both beautiful and delicious.
- 6 ice cream on a stick molds
- 2 kiwi fruits
- 1 ¼ cup coconut milk
- 5 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons agave syrup
Stir the coconut milk, chia seed and agave syrup together in a bowl until smooth. Peel the kiwis, cut them into slices and lay them into the molds. Pour in the coconut-chia mixture and freeze for at least five hours.
Go Bananas –Chocolate Bananas on a Stick
Go bananas with this quick and easy healthy ice cream alternative!
Americans throw away 103 pounds of spoiled food from their fridge every single year. Did you know that bananas hold the coveted spot for top foods that spoil the fastest? In addition to using ripe bananas to make banana bread, transform the fruit into a healthy—and festive—summer treat. Pro Tip: replace wooden ice cream sticks with a chocolate stick for a fun twist.
- 6 wooden ice cream sticks
- 3 ripe bananas
- ¾ cup of cooking chocolate (choose dark or milk depending on taste)
- Toppings to suit (i.e. chopped almonds, grated coconut, sprinkles)
Peel and halve the bananas and push a stalk or a chopstick in each half. Place the banana halves on a cutting board and freeze them for about three hours. Melt the chocolate (preferably in the water bath) and spread the toppings on grease-proof paper. Dip each of the bananas into the melted chocolate and quickly roll them into your chosen toppings. Allow to cool and enjoy or simply freeze them.
Ice, Ice, Watermelon: Refreshing Watermelon on a Stick
Nothing says summer like a bite of juicy watermelon and the following recipe allows you to enjoy this low-calorie fruit in a whole new way. Using a variety of shaping molds to create these fruity popsicles is a fun way to let your friends and family get creative in the kitchen.
- Wooden ice cream sticks
- One ripe, sweet watermelon
- Shaping molds
Cut the watermelon into small triangles and if necessary, remove the seeds. Or use the molds to cut out shapes as desired. Push an ice cream stick into each triangle, if necessary, cut a small slit with a knife. Put the watermelon triangles in the freezer compartment until they are completely frozen.
You can also dip the melon triangles in vegan chocolate before you freeze them.
Vitamin Power: Smoothie Popsicles
What’s better than a thick and creamy fruit smoothie? Wake up to a satisfying on-the-go breakfast with this delicious fruit smoothie on a stick. Prepare these popsicles the night before a busy day to keep you fueled and feeling your best.
- 6 ice cream-on-a-stick-molds
- ¾ cup blueberries
- 1 banana
- 6 ½ tablespoons of vegan cream
- ½ cup vegan yogurt
- Approx. ¼ cup of muesli granola
Mix the blueberries, banana and vegan yogurt briefly in a blender. Whip the cream until stiff and stir it into the mixture. Fill some muesli granola into the molds and add the yogurt mixture. Don’t forget to place an ice cream stick into the mold as well. Then, put the file molds in the freezer for at least six hours.
With these four healthy recipes for alternative ice cream at your fingertips, now it’s your turn to get creative! Whether it’s adding your favorite fruits or spices and toppings to the mix, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating your very own frozen dessert. Enjoy!