Easy to Make Ice Cream Alternatives

When you’re trying to make good decisions about what you eat, finding a healthy ice cream alternatives may seem tricky. Luckily, there are some easy to make substitutes you can try and they aren’t difficult to make.

By combining fruit, liquids and natural sugar alternatives you can make delicious frozen treats that are low in processed sugar and fat content as well as low in calories.

Ice Cream Alternatives

Smoothie Bowl

Choose a fruit, base, thickener, sweetener (optional) and power boost (optional), place in blender, mix, pour into a bowl, add toppings and enjoy!

Fruit 1-2 cups (fresh or frozen)

  • Berry mix (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • Strawberry banana (1 cup of strawberries/ 1 large banana)
  • Strawberry peach (half to one cup of each type of fruit)
  • Other fruit(s) of your choice

Base 1 cup

  • Almond milk
  • Water
  • Coconut water

Thickener (optional- to taste)

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Banana (my personal favorite. I always use a half or whole banana in all of my smoothies to make it thicker and creamier. Tip: freeze ripe banana halves and keep them in the freezer.)

Sweetener (optional- to taste)

  • Agave nectar
  • Raw local honey

Power Boost (optional)

  • Greens (1 cup of greens such as spinach or kale)
  • Protein powder (1-2 tablespoons)

Toppings (optional)

  • Granola
  • Oats
  • Nuts
  • Fresh fruit
  • Seeds (sunflower or chia)
  • Dark chocolate pieces

Chrissy’s Tips: You can create a healthy sundae or banana split with your smoothie by adding a small amount of dark chocolate and bananas, or turn it into frozen popsicles by adding your smoothie to the popsicle molds (following the steps below).

Fruit Popsicles

  1. Mix ingredients in blender
  2. Pour into the molds
  3. Freeze for 3-5 hours until fully frozen 
  4. Place in hot water or tap molds on table top to loosen them
  5. Enjoy your popsicles

Mint Watermelon Lemonade Popsicles

  • 3 cups watermelon slices
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water (can use regular or flavored-sugar free water)
  • 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Watermelon/Strawberry Popsicles

  • 3 cups watermelon slices
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Juice of 1 lime or lemon

Chrissy’s Tip: Switch out and substitute different fruits like peaches, blueberries, or cherries.

Mixed Fruit Slice Popsicles

This popsicle is not blended. First, cut fruit into small pieces and place in mold leaving some room at the top for the liquid and the lid. Then, add water of your choice, leave room for water to expand when it freezes. Finally, freeze for 3-5 hours, place in hot water to loosen and enjoy.

  • 2 Kiwis
  • 2 Peaches
  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 2-4 Cups liquid – try flavored water (such as the brand Hint – no added sugar) or coconut water. The liquid amount may change based on the size of your molds so adjust accordingly.

Chrissy’s Tip: Feel free to mix it up with the fruit, try adding raspberries, cherries, blackberries, pineapple or mango to the mix.

Making healthier choices is possible, and there are tools to help. Check out our blog on apps to support a healthier lifestyle here.

This blog was originally published on the Life Enriching Communities website with the title Homemade Healthy Alternatives To Ice Cream

Blog author Chrissy Schriefer is a Wellness Specialist who works at The Connection, a fitness center offering a variety of classes and equipment specifically designed for those aged 50+. The Aquatic Center includes a 75-foot heated pool, aquatic bikes, and a whirlpool. The Connection is located in College Hill, Ohio and membership is open to the community. For more information call 513-853-2000.

Confident Living is a continuing care at home membership program, focused on helping you remain active and independent as you age in your own home. We serve the greater Cincinnati area. For more information, contact us online or call (513) 719-3522. 

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