Get Creative: 20 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes That Still Satisfy Cravings

We’ll just go ahead get this fact out there. Ice cream is amazing. It is just the best! Maybe your fave flavor is a simple vanilla or a more complex mix like rocky road. Whatever your ice cream preference may be, we can all agree on how much we truly love it! Ice cream is great in the summer when you need to cool off, but it’s also great in the winter when you’re cuddling into a warm blanket. When you were a kid, the sound of the ice cream truck made your heart race with excitement. Now, your heart does the same thing when someone mentions going to an ice cream shop for dessert. As much as we love this blessing of a food, it sometimes isn’t the best for our health. Ice cream is usually packed with a lot of sugar. Before you get all sad and pledge “no more ice cream”, you should know that there are plenty of healthy hacks to make it at home. Using fruit and swapping in healthier ingredients can make a better ice cream that still satisfies your craving! We have found 20 awesome recipes for ice cream that won’t totally blow your health kick.

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20 Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream


Nothing tastes like summer quite like an orange creamsicle. The creamy, refreshing taste of orange, while you’re laying out by the pool, is the best! Our girl, Desserts with Benefits, came up with a healthy, all-natural recipe to give you that orange creamsicle taste you crave. Get excited, this recipe is “refined sugar-free, low fat, and high protein.”

Using plain, nonfat Greek yogurt gives it some added protein and the 100% orange juice gives you plenty of vitamin C.

Using organic half and half, instead of heavy cream, keeps some of the sugar out too. This simple, refreshing recipe is a great one to try the next time you and your friends are heading to the beach!

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19 Chocolate Banana Ice Cream


What’s another treat that is perfect for summer? Frozen chocolate covered bananas! What if you could get that flavor in an ice cream? Blogger, Eating Bird Food, has brought us just that. The best part? It has no added sugar and no dairy! What?! All you do is throw four ingredients into a blender (five if you want some extra chocolate, yum) and you have got some amazing chocolatey banana ice cream that is sure to satisfy your craving! It is the easiest recipe in the world! You’re going to want to every single day and you totally can without feeling guilty!

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18 Strawberry Ice Cream


Basically, anything revolving around strawberries is guaranteed to taste fresh and delicious. Did you know strawberries contain things like salicylic acid and collagen, so they have anti-aging and anti-acne benefits? Well, now you know! To Simply Inspire has brought us healthy homemade strawberry ice cream you can make in two minutes.

You literally just blend frozen bananas, fresh or frozen strawberries, and your choice of milk.

If you use skim milk, you have got a super low-sugar option for ice cream! Next time you are craving some good strawberry ice cream, but don’t want the guilt, give this a try!

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17 Ice Cream Sandwiches


Remember the phrase “what would you do for a Klondike bar?” Now answer this, what would you do for a healthy ice cream sandwich recipe?! Don’t worry, you won’t have to do much because we’ve got it right here. Divas Can Cook has come up with a way to make ice cream sandwiches healthier, but keep them delicious. They simply use organic graham crackers as the “sandwich part” (you can use cinnamon sugar or chocolate) and a very simple blend of strawberries and bananas. Easy, right?! You can even make a bunch of these and keep them handy in the freezer. You are going to love this one!

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16 Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


Close your eyes and imagine the crisp taste and great textures of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Now you want some right?! Thankfully, blogger Chocolate Covered Katie (love the name), came up with a mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe that is “naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.” You might as well call it “guilt-free.”

This is another recipe with very few ingredients and it very easy to make in your blender.

You can even add spinach or spirulina to add to the green color or add to the health! However you choose to make this one, it will be delicious and you won’t have to call it cheating on your diet.

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15 Iced Coffee Ice Cream


You know you can be without your iced coffee! If you’ve ever felt the need to get your caffeine fix and ice cream fix at the same time, this recipe is for you! Brought to you again by Dessert With Benefits, this recipe is actually made with low-fat cottage cheese. Don’t knock it until you try it! You actually can blend all the ingredients together, pour them into ice cube trays, and freeze them to make later. Once they are frozen solid, you just let them thaw a bit and throw them in the food processor. We won’t tell anyone when you totally try this for breakfast tomorrow!

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14 Vanilla Ice Cream


There is nothing more deliciously classic than vanilla ice cream. You can use it in ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, hot fudge sundaes, whatever you want! Amy’s Healthy Baking has brought you a wonderful, creamy 6-ingredient vanilla ice cream recipe that you are sure to love! It is gluten-free, and low sugar. Amazingly, it is only has 8 grams of protein. Not too bad!

She even includes explanations of the “science” of ice cream making, so you can become a pro!

The next time you’re craving vanilla ice cream (with or without some hot fudge), try this delicious, healthier version!

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13 Mango Coconut Ice Cream


What are the most tropical flavors you can think of? Like what would you want to eat or drink on the beach? If you said mango and coconut, this recipe is for you! Garlic & Zest has created a delicious mango coconut ice cream recipe. This one has a few more ingredients than the others, but it is so worth it! You basically make mango puree, mix it with your other ingredients, and top it with fresh mango slices and shredded coconut. How great does that sound?! You can even throw in some extra mangoes for extra flavor! If you want a tropical vacay from your couch, give this one a try!

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12 Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream


Yeah, you read that right. This recipe has green tea AND matcha! Melanie Cooks has brought you a healthy ice cream recipe with two of the most beneficial ingredients. Green tea is one of the healthiest things you can drink (or eat). It is shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. Matcha boosts your metabolism and has so many antioxidants! All you have to do is mix matcha green tea powder with water, milk, and cream and you are good to go! It will taste like it came right from your favorite Japanese restaurant and it will even be beneficial for your health.

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11 Key Lime Pie Ice Cream


Pie is one of the most delicious and indulgent things you can eat. And don’t even get us started with key lime! As much as you love pie, you can’t eat it all the time. The Bewitching Kitchen has brought a 5-ingredient, machine-free recipe for ice cream inspired by key lime pie!

It is made with whipping cream, key lime juice, and graham cracker to really get that pie feeling.

This recipe can serve 11 people and is nothing to be guilty about! If you’ve ever felt the need for key lime pie, but in a cool and creamy ice cream version, this recipe is perfect!

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10 Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream


Red velvet, cheesecake, and ice cream are just three of the best desserts you can imagine. Admit it, your mouth is watering right now! However, these desserts are not the healthiest. The Domestic Rebel has really figured it out though! The recipe uses Little Debbie red velvet cakes, which are amazing. You can try to find less sugar-filled red velvet cake at your local grocery store or make your own. The other ingredients are perfect! Just grab some Cool Whip, condensed milk, and instant cheesecake pudding mix. This will taste like a restaurant or bakery style indulgence while taking away the guilt.

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9 Avocado Ice Cream


Super fun fact! Avocados can be used as a substitute in so many different ways. Want healthier brownies? Try to make them with avocados! Want those healthy fats in your smoothies or ice cream? Go get you some avocados! This recipe from Elephantastic Vegan has so many healthy and fresh ingredients! It is dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan! It is sweetened with coconut milk and your choice of sweetener.

The healthiness of those ingredients means you can throw in some chocolate chips (vegan ones even) and not feel bad about it!

If you are an avocado fan and an ice cream fan (who isn’t), go try this recipe NOW!

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8 Peach Ice Cream


This might be one of the easiest, most simple ice cream recipes you’ll see ever! It really allows the delicious peaches to shine! Peaches are another one of those fruits that are absolutely perfect in the summer! They are also beneficial to your eyes, nervous system, and teeth. Little Sunny Kitchen is killin’ it with this recipe! All you have to do is find some fresh peaches (frozen is great too), choose your sweetener, get some natural yogurt, and squeeze a little lemon. And there ya go! This is definitely not a recipe to be guilty about. Gather your friends and enjoy this one hanging out on the porch!

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7 Nutella Ice Cream


Raise your hand if a jar Nutella is your guilty pleasure?! Get those hands up (ours are up too)! The chocolatey hazelnut flavor of Nutella is literally irresistible. You might be wondering how to turn Nutella into a healthy ice cream. The Sassy Life has done it!

This awesome recipe only has four ingredients and it is very easy to make!

The result is incredibly rich, but also creamy. Whipping the cream beforehand is genius! It makes about two quarts of ice cream, so it is perfect for entertaining. What a great idea to get your Nutella and ice cream fix at the same time!

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6 Vegan Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream


What is one of the most classic dessert combos you can have? That’s right! Warm apple pie and ice cream. YUM! And apples are one of the healthier fruits you can eat. Feasting on Fruit has brought us a vegan apple cinnamon ice cream. This recipe uses delicious coconut milk, fresh apples, and your choice of nut butter to create a dairy-free apple cinnamon masterpiece! An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?! You will be so happy you tried this one. Once fall rolls around, go out to your local apple orchard, pick some apples, and make the freshest apple cinnamon ice cream ever!

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5 Cherry-Vanilla Buttermilk Ice Cream


Did you know cherries have a crazy amount of health benefits? They are filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and even have cancer-preventative compounds. With all these benefits, why would you not put them in an ice cream?! My Recipes has made a cherry vanilla buttermilk ice cream that looks and sounds amazing.

It uses very natural ingredients like actual vanilla beans, fresh cherries, and maple syrup.

Even the buttermilk has its benefits, such as improving digestion and providing calcium. Give this recipe a try if you want an ice cream packed with so many health benefits, it’s like you’re not even eating ice cream!

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4 Cookies And Cream Ice Cream


This one is for all the Oreo lovers out there. Yeah, you! Believe it or not, we have a healthy recipe for cookies and cream ice cream. It is brought to you by none other than Dessert With Benefits! This recipe has no refined sugar, is gluten-free, and high in protein. “How do you acquire ‘healthy’ Oreos” is what you might be asking. Homemade healthy Oreo cookie batter is the answer! You just make some homemade Oreos into a batter and add it to some coconut milk and nonfat Greek yogurt and you are good to go! This recipe is a great way to get your Oreo fix without eating a whole sleeve (and a half) of them!

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3 Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream


This next recipe has so many things going for it. Get pumped! Not only is it vegan AND paleo, it is also nut-free and soy-free. Who even knew you could have all that in an ice cream?! Thanks to Wallflower Kitchen, we’ve got a wonderful blueberry coconut ice cream recipe.

Blueberries are an actual superfood with so many health benefits.

They have so many antioxidants they can maintain brain function and improve memory. They can even help your muscles recover after a workout. And they are delicious! This really is an ice cream you won’t have to feel bad about bingeing on.

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2 Lemon Ice Cream


How refreshing does lemon ice cream sound right now? The fresh taste of a sour lemon is one of those flavors that is one of a kind. Lemons are another fruit with so many health benefits, why wouldn’t you try them in an ice cream? They are filled with vitamin A, C and E, folic acid, calcium, and iron! Epicurious has come up with a super easy recipe to get those lemon benefits in a creamy ice cream. SImply grate some lemon zest, squeeze some lemon juice, mix them with the other ingredients and you have yourself an awesome lemon treat. What should you do when life hands you lemons? Make lemon ice cream, obviously!

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1 Healthy Chocolate Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cake


This recipe has everything you’ve ever wanted and more, while still being healthy! It has got a mix of healthy ice creams covered with your favorite summer fruits and dark chocolate. This masterpiece of a recipe is provided by Salted Mint. The beauty of this recipe is the freedom!

Just choose two of your favorite flavors, that you think might work well together.

This recipe uses hazelnut and salted caramel. Feel free to make your own ice cream, buy your favorite healthy version at the store, or use the recommendation from the recipe. You can also choose your own fruits and garnishes if you want! This recipe is perfect to impress your friends, but stay healthy!

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