Summer is just around the corner, even though it seems so far away. And what says summer more than a cone of ice cream? There’s so much to love about this creamy treat – but the high butterfat and sugar content may make you want to seek out other options to cool off. Yet, making your own ice cream is a combination of art and science. How can you get that same creamy mouthfeel with far fewer calories? You can whip up ice cream alternatives in your kitchen at a fraction of the price. Check out the list of substitutes below and give them a try:
Raspberry ‘ice cream’
This homemade recipe from Bicycling Magazine uses frozen bananas as its base, creating a smooth, creamy texture. You can make this ice cream plain or add raspberries to it for an extra dose of antioxidants. Throw in a handful of chocolate chips to satisfy your sweet tooth – we won’t tell! You can also experiment with different berries, like strawberries or blueberries. Here’s how you can do it: Using a food processor, blend three frozen bananas together. Once the chunks are gone, add ½ cup of berries. Add ½ tablespoon of almond milk or coconut milk to help them mix.
Chocolate-dipped almond milk bars
These “ice cream” bars have the best of both worlds: They have good-for-you ingredients like almond butter and Greek yogurt – and they have chocolate. Keep your energy up and avoid a sugar crash with ingredients that level off your blood sugar. This recipe from food blog The Harvest Kitchen suggested mixing together two frozen bananas with ½ cup of almond butter, along with 1 cup of Greek yogurt and 1 ½ cups almond milk. Don’t have almond butter? Try peanut butter – just reduce the amount of liquid you use. Pour the almond milk blend into popsicle molds or paper cups. Let them sit in the freezer until set. Dip the finished result in melted chocolate and enjoy!
Cherry tea popsicles
Sometimes nothing can satisfy your sweet tooth like a popsicle. But the store-bought brands may be full of high fructose corn syrup and artificial red dyes. Instead, you can try making these cherry tea popsicles from Le Zoe Musings, with fresh sweet black cherries. Brew several cups of your favorite tea and sweeten to your liking. Let it cool completely and add in the cherries before slowly pouring the blend into popsicle molds. The cherries may sink to the bottom if they’re added all at once. Instead, fill the mold halfway, let it set for 40 minutes, then add a second layer and let freeze overnight.
There are so many ways you can make these ice cream alternatives. You can add different fruits or experiment with different non-dairy milks. Coconut milk promises a rich ice cream while fresh fruit can help you cool off in the midst of summer. Enjoy!