22 Healthy Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Recipes
Transform a carton of market-fresh raspberries into a slushy-smooth treat: sorbet. The refreshing summer dessert recipe calls for only five ingredients and has zero grams of fat! The only topping this raspberry sorbet recipe needs is a few more fresh berries.
Test Kitchen Tip: Love mangoes? Substitute the blushing island fruit for raspberries.
Layered Fruit Pops
Eating fresh fruit becomes a lot more fun when you transform it into these healthy ice pops. To make the fruity swirls, blend batches of two different fruits until they're smooth, then alternate layering them into ice pop molds. If you don't have an ice pop mold, don't pass this healthy frozen dessert by—just layer the fruit blends into wax-lined paper cups instead.
Every chilly spoonful of this ultra-creamy gelato lingers with sweet notes of dried hibiscus (yes, we used actual edible flowers to make this healthy gelato recipe). Blend the flowery Italian treat with sweet cantaloupe or watermelon for a healthy fix of fruit, then serve in adorable bowls at your next garden party.
Banana Ice Cream
You don't need milk, cream, or sugar to make ice cream. In fact, for this healthy banana ice cream, you only need three ingredients. Grab a bunch of ripe bananas and blend them together with unsweetened coconut milk and a splash of vanilla, then freeze and enjoy (maybe with a few extra banana slices on top).
Sticking to healthy frozen desserts doesn't mean you can't also indulge in a boozy treat every now and then. As the name suggests, this fruity ice pop recipe is spiked with Pimm's No. 1, so each lick comes with a bit of cocktail flavor. But there's plenty of freshness, too—strawberries, orange slices, cucumber, and mint leaves are all frozen into the center of these ginger ale pops.
Golden Pineapple Granita
Fresh pineapple, honey, and lime juice are all you need to make this naturally sweet, 63-calorie granita (essentially flavored, crushed ice). And we didn't skimp on the pineapple flavor—this healthy frozen dessert calls for a whole pineapple. Garnish the sunny yellow treat with lip-smacking lime for a tart finish.
Banana Crunch Pops
Dessert Pizza with Banana Ice Cream
Turn pizza into a yummy frozen dessert with a chocolate crispy cereal crust and healthy banana ice cream. Finish off your dessert pizza (and make it even healthier) with fresh fruit and chopped nuts. This dessert is also easy to tweak to satisfy different tastes—if everyone in your family has a different favorite, they can each top their own slices.
Kiwi-Strawberry Rooibos Ice Pops
These pretty ice pops get their gorgeous pattern (and yummy flavor) from slices of fresh fruit frozen in the center. But rather than using just juice to make up the rest of these healthy ice pops, we gave them a twist by using a mix of apple juice and freshly brewed vanilla rooibos tea. It's a much cooler way to enjoy the taste of tea in the summer than a steaming mug.
Avocado might sound like an unusual addition to this healthy sherbet, but trust us: It's delicious. It makes each bite extra creamy and helps balance the light, citrusy lemon flavor. This homemade sherbet recipe will prove to you once and for all that avocados are good for much more than just topping toast.
Raspberry Fudge Greek Frozen Yogurt
Raspberry, fudge, and shaved chocolate for just 115 calories (and no ice cream maker needed)? Count us in! This gourmet-style frozen yogurt makes a delicious and refreshing addition to a summer barbecue or a relaxing afternoon by the pool, and using Greek yogurt makes this healthy frozen dessert a little better for you, too.
Whether it's orange, lemon, lime, or all three, sun-kissed citrus makes a totally tart (and refreshing) summer treat. Freeze the mix in a pan, then scrape a metal spoon across the surface to create the signature shaved-ice texture of this healthy frozen dessert.
Roasted Cherry-Almond Milk Pops
Made with unsweetened almond milk and creamy Greek yogurt, this easy frozen dessert comes pretty close to traditional ice cream pops. They're healthier than what you'll find at the store, though—lots of roasted cherries (and no added sugar) give these pops their strong fruity flavor. And if you're craving something closer to a fudge pop, just replace the plain almond milk with chocolate almond milk.
Fat-Free Watermelon Sherbet
Sweet watermelon and tangy kiwifruit are pureed into a smooth ice-pop texture then frozen in paper cups for a simple yet gorgeous 70-calorie dessert. (No ice pop molds required!)
Test Kitchen Tip: This ice pop recipe is easy to make with almost any fruit you have on hand. Try our pineapple-blueberry and mango-raspberry variations to discover your favorite.
Mint Greek Frozen Yogurt
You love Greek yogurt for breakfast, but we bet you haven't tried it like this. Two hours of freeze time and a few summery mix-ins, like vanilla and fresh mint, turn plain yogurt into protein-packed dessert. If you want to make this healthy frozen yogurt recipe a little more indulgent, try topping with a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
Dark Chocolate Banana Nut Pops
Looking for a fancy summer sorbet? This sunny, low-cal sweet will brighten your day. Just boil sugar and water, and then add orange peel, orange juice, and basil to the mix. Chill and freeze before serving—scooping it into a hollowed-out orange half is optional, but it will make this healthy sorbet recipe a whole lot cuter.
Sherbet Fruit Pops
Sherbet fruit pops are one of the easiest ice pop recipes you can make because they start with store-bought sherbet, then you just make them healthier with fresh fruit. Choose between raspberry and tangerine sherbet, then mix with orange juice and spoon into kiwifruit-filled paper cups. Freeze overnight and enjoy!
Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt
Sliced fresh strawberries bring juicy flavor and pretty pops of color to this better-for-you take on classic strawberry ice cream (frozen Greek yogurt is just like a smooth, luscious healthy ice cream). Top each bowl with a whole strawberry for a cute garnish.