Finding healthy alternatives for traditional sweets and snacks is a popular trend and I don’t know about you, but I am here for it! Who wouldn’t want to fuel their body with nutritious food while still enjoying the taste? I know what you’re thinking, “how the heck can ice cream be healthy and also delicious?” As someone who always has a tub or two of Ben and Jerry’s in the freezer, I understand your concern. However, these ice cream alternatives taste absolutely amazing while cutting down on calories.
The main ingredient in this recipe is: you guessed it, bananas. After that, the flavor options are almost endless. Add cocoa powder for chocolate, peppermint extract for mint, vanilla extract, or your choice of nut butter.
2-3 ripe frozen bananas
Milk of choice
Pinch of Salt
Wait for your bananas to ripen to the point where they are turning brown, then cut them up and freeze them. Place frozen bananas and a pinch of salt into a blender or food processor, then add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Add as much flavoring as needed for preferred taste. Either serve immediately for softer ice cream or place in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving for a firmer texture.
If you aren’t the biggest fan of bananas, this is another great option for a creamy, delicious dessert. The same flavoring options apply; add your favorite healthy cookie dough or brownie recipe or keep it plain and simple by using cashew butter.
2 cups almond milk
½ cup nut butter of choice
⅓ cup sweetener (maple syrup, sugar, honey, brown sugar, agave, coconut sugar, or xylitol)
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Wisk all of the ingredients together and if you have an ice cream maker, just add the mixture and churn according to your machine. If you have a blender instead, pour the mixture into an ice cube tray, let freeze, then blend the cubes until creamy. Serve immediately or freeze for an hour for firmer ice cream.
Similar to almond milk nice cream but with a tropical twist, this coconut milk dessert is arguably the creamiest option. Some more flavor ideas for this recipe include adding instant coffee or coconut caramel and sea salt.
1 ½ cup full fat canned coconut milk
½ cup coconut milk
¼ cup sweetener (maple syrup, sugar, honey, brown sugar, agave, coconut sugar, or xylitol)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Stir all of the ingredients together and if you have an ice cream maker, just add the mixture and churn according to your machine. If you have a blender instead, pour the mixture into an ice cube tray, let freeze, then blend the cubes until creamy. Serve immediately or freeze for an hour for firmer ice cream.
Beat the heat and treat your taste buds this summer by trying out one or all of these nice cream recipes! Let us know what flavor concoctions you come up with by sharing and tagging us on Instagram @tadarugs.
Autumn is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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