Ice Cream Alternatives You Can Make At Home

Ice cream is a favorite dessert but can also be a calorie bomb that ruins your health and fitness goals. Fortunately, you can still enjoy refreshing and delicious frozen treats totally guilt free! Here are our favorite healthy ice cream alternatives.

Frozen Banana: This is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to healthy desserts. A frozen banana in a blender or food processor turns into a creamy, delicious treat that has the same consistency as ice cream. You can have fun with it by adding a few drops of vanilla, cocoa powder, or fruit to give it whatever flavor you want. Pro-tip: peel the banana before freezing it!

Creamy Coconut: Full-fat coconut milk can be used to whip up creamy desserts that are rich and fulfilling without added sugar. After freezing it, you can blend it with avocado or almonds – bonus points for extra protein! We love this recipe for Sea Salt Caramel Coconut Ice Cream.

Fruit Sorbet: It doesn’t get any easier – just freeze your favorite fruit and throw it in the blender or food processor for a delicious sorbet without any added sugar. We like to use berries, pineapple, or mango. If you’re feeling fancy, you can add a dash of brandy or sweet wine for extra flavor.

Chocolate Infusion: Sometimes you have a chocolate craving that just won’t go away until it’s satisfied. We recommend freezing some non-fat Greek yogurt and blending it up with chocolate chips for a full-flavored dessert that still gives you protein and limits sugar. If you’re ready to have at it, check out this recipe for Cookie Dough “Ice Cream” made with Greek yogurt.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com.

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