Healthy Ice Cream & Frozen Treat Recipes

There's nothing like hot summer days and evenings--lounging on a lawn chair, splashing in the pool, or grilling with the neighbors--to make you crave a chilly treat. Try one of these sweet ice cream, sorbet, and smoothie recipes to help you cool off.


  • view all thumbnails
1/21
Fat-Free Watermelon Sherbet

    This icy, delicious dessert takes just four ingredients -- watermelon, sugar, gelatin, and cranberry juice -- and costs 27 cents per serving to make.

2/21
Cherry-Berry Ice Cream

    Scoop up this passionate pink confection for a summer treat no one will turn down. Make a double batch; you'll want seconds after indulging in this lovely, low-fat dessert.

3/21
Meyer Lemon Sorbet

    Enjoy a chilled take on our favorite summer drink ? lemonade- with this low-fat lemon sorbet.

    Tip: Add a little soda water to a scoop of sorbet and enjoy an instant frothy lemonade.

4/21
Tropical Fruit Pops

    Experience a bit of paradise in your own backyard: Enjoy these refreshing, nutritious popsicles for just 34 calories per serving.

5/21
Chocolate Sherbet

    Dark chocolate contains naturally occurring serotonin and dopamine, the "feel good" hormones. So enjoy a bowl of this creamy thrill, and feel great about 151 calories per serving.

6/21
Mango Freeze

    This fruity drink is high in cardio-helpful potassium and has no added sugar ? just a touch of honey.

7/21
Frozen Chocolate-Banana Bites

    Bite-size banana pieces delight the young while dark chocolate helps keep you young-at-heart by keeping blood vessels clear.

8/21
Honey-Apricot Frozen Yogurt

    Guilt-free indulgence! Apricots contain the highest levels and widest variety of carotenoids, a special type of antioxidant that lowers bad cholesterol and helps prevent heart disease.

    Tip: Purchase apricots that have no touch of green. Once ripened, the fruit lasts 3 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.

9/21
Blueberry Smoothies

    Sip this dessert to feel anything but blue. Blueberries provide a dose of fiber and powerful antioxidants. Best of all, this treat is only 117 calories for a generous, 8-ounce serving.

10/21
Tea-and-Lemongrass Sorbet

    The light, crisp flavor of lemongrass elevates this cool treat above lemonade on a hot summer day. An aromatic herb, lemongrass is commonly used to aid digestion.

    Tip: Lemongrass can be found in Asian or Mexican grocery stores. Substitute the zest of one lemon for two small lemongrass stalks.

11/21
Frozen Hot Chocolate

    If you miss your cold-weather excuse for drinking hot chocolate, don't pine away the summer a minute longer. Now relish your favorite chocolate beverage poolside -- instead of fireside.

    Tip: Dutch-pressed cocoa powder has a mild flavor and dissolves well in liquids.

12/21
Easy-Freezy Sorbet

    All the flavor, none of the fat. This fancy sorbet has zero saturated fat, and takes 10 minutes to make. No wonder we named it "easy-freezy".

13/21
Sorbet Melon Parfaits

    Champagne isn't just for weddings. At only 136 calories per serving, you'll find every reason to celebrate summer with this bubbly melon dessert.

14/21
Banana Crunch Pops

    This delicious version of monkey tails is so tasty, you'll never miss the chocolate. Satisfy your craving for crunch with its crispy granola shell.

15/21
Pomegranate Smoothies

    Tart, crimson juice is offset by sweet honey in an antioxidant-packed sipper.

    Tip: Pomegranate juice is available in the produce section of most supermarkets.

16/21
Watermelon-Limeade Cooler

    Chill out in the hammock with this tangy refresher. Watermelon isn't common in beverages, but it's a wonderful way to use up leftovers from your family picnic.

17/21
Summer Fruit Shake

    Spend the morning picking out blueberries, then whip up this exceptional shake for a mid-morning snack. Fat-free milk reduces the calorie count by 50-70 calories over whole milk.

    Tip: Instead of honey, use a bit of ripe banana to sweeten the shake.

18/21
Citrus Granita

    A bit of lead time for freezing, five ingredients, and a warm summer day are all you need to enjoy this 113-calorie treat!

19/21
Black Cherry Sorbet

    Sparkling fruit juice and fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries are at the heart of this breezy sorbet. You won't need an ice- cream maker, but you will need a food processor and an electric mixer to make it.

20/21
Kiwi Melon Cooler

    Whip together a thick, satisfying fruit smoothie that's light on calories but high in flavor thanks to kiwifruit, honeydew, and apple juice.

21/21
Popular Slideshows
From a whimsical monkey cake to a cute robot cake,...

From creamy lemon ice cream topped with homemade b...

Try our do-in-a-day decorating projects that deliv...


Top Brands


Related Links
From a whimsical monkey cake to a cute robot cake,...

From creamy lemon ice cream topped with homemade b...

Try our do-in-a-day decorating projects that deliv...

A three-step makeover lets this living room accomo...

Share Your Thoughts