So you’ve kept yourself disciplined, making healthy food choices all week long. Now, it’s time for a little reward for your sweet tooth, with ice cream being the guilty pleasure of choice. Instead of going completely rogue and dismantling all your hard work by diving headfirst into a 1-liter tub of ice cream, you can instead, delve into your creativity by making your own ice cream at home.
By doing so, not only will you be able to control what ingredients you use, but you’ll also be in complete control of the calories, fat and sugar that you take in, ensuring you don’t ruin your diet all in one go or being held hostage in your kitchen for hours.
If you’ve never made ice cream before and are worried that your skills in the kitchen are not up to scratch, rest assured, it’s a lot easier than you think.
To help you get started, we’ve rounded up four healthy ice cream recipes which you’ll find to be incredibly simple and delicious.
1. Strawberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream
Strawberry ice cream is the ultimate in summer decadence. To make an easy, creamy homemade strawberry Greek yogurt ice cream, you will need to prepare the right equipment before you begin. Get out your gelato maker, a knife and chopping board, a wooden spoon and freezer trays and you’re all set. Slice strawberries and blend them with a tub of your favorite greek yogurt. Omit the usual ½ cup of milk and instead, opt for a spoon of canned coconut milk as a fantastic substitute for heavy cream, especially if you want to cut down on the calories.
Pop this in the freezer for 2 hours and your ice cream will be ready! Serve with sliced strawberries or shaved dark chocolate.
2. Avocado Walnut Ice Cream
The most important thing when making avocado-walnut ice cream is to choose an avocado at its perfect moment of ripeness. Too soon and it will be hard and flavorless, too late and it will overripe and mushy. Blend avocado, a handful of walnuts, a banana, and a cup of coconut milk. Perfectly ripe avocado has its own natural sweetness but if you want a little more of a bang, add some maple syrup to sweeten it further. Quite often, if you use a banana that is a little over-ripe, the ice cream will be sweet enough and you won’t have to add anything to it at all.
Pop the mix in the freezer for 2 hours and serve with extra chopped walnuts on top to add a crunchy dimension of texture.
3. Chocolate Ice Cream
This healthy, 4-ingredient chocolate ice cream is made up of dark chocolate, cacao powder, unsweetened almond milk and coconut flakes, and boasts the same creamy texture of traditional chocolate ice cream without the fake, unnatural fillers. Plus, it’s also dairy-free, vegan, and ready to eat in just five minutes!
To add a bit of sweetness to the dessert, blend all of the ingredients with a fully ripe banana until smooth. Depending on if you choose to use frozen banana slices and how solid they are, you may need to thin out your ice cream with almond milk.
Freeze the mix for 2 hours and In the end, you’ll be treated to a soft and refreshing ice cream made with all-natural, healthy ingredients.
4. Matcha Ice Cream
If you like ice cream which doesn’t pack too much sweetness, then this recipe might just be the right choice for you. Matcha, a Japanese green tea powder, has a bitter flavor profile as an individual ingredient, but with the addition of natural sweeteners such as dates and honey, you won’t have to worry about touching that jar of sugar to try and balance out the bitterness.
Matcha ice cream is easy to make. With its makeup of naturally sweet and healthy ingredients, not only will this ice cream satisfy your cravings, but it’s also good for your health.
Start with some coconut milk, a tasty, calorie-burning liquid which is great for your heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Pair this up with some unsweetened almond milk, which has been proven to help with weight loss, improve vision, promote a healthy heart, and strengthen bones, and you’ve got yourself a great thick and creamy base. Then, simply throw in those dates and honey for natural sweetness. Pop it in the freezer for two hours and bon appetit!
Surprisingly, this deliciously sweet, bitter, and grassy concoction is secretly low in calories and carbs, contains no added sugar, and is laden with antioxidants.
With summer here, it is definitely time to pull out the blender and start experimenting with some frozen treats. Ice cream is the ultimate summer snack and there are so many different flavors that you can make. Let your imagination run wild!