23 Healthy Frozen Desserts to Help You Cool Off Without a Ton of Calories
When it comes to healthy homemade frozen desserts, two-ingredient vegan chocolate ice cream is only the beginning. From ice cream to popsicles to 30-calorie froyo cupcakes (yes, it's true), there are so many ways to give in to your sweet tooth without regretting it later. Plus, as the weather gets warmer, what's better than sinking your teeth into a cool, refreshing treat? Read on for the 23 best healthy frozen dessert recipes you can make all Summer long.
— Additional reporting by Jenny Sugar, Lizzie Fuhr, and Hilary White
30-Calorie Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes
A combination of two of the best desserts ever, these 30-calorie froyo cupcakes are so easy to make with just Greek yogurt, bananas, and strawberries.
Frozen Nutty Banana Nibblers
So simple, yet so genius: frozen bananas with peanut butter. Use up your ripe bananas by popping them in the freezer with peanut butter sandwiched in between, and you've got a healthy dessert waiting for you at a moment's notice.
S'mores Ice Cream Sandwiches
Get excited for Summer with a delicious s'mores ice cream sandwich. It's a cooling twist on the classic campfire treat.
Raspberry and Pineapple Chia Popsicle
Chia seeds add a unique texture to these berrylicious pineapple pops that are high in fiber and full of vitamins.
Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
This vegan treat will fool any ice cream fan! Each strawberry cheesecake bite is only 100 calories.
Frozen Banana Pops
Ice cream obsession, begone. These frozen banana pops are a healthy treat that taste just like an indulgent dessert.
Green Tea Popsicle
Green tea, Greek yogurt, and avocado join forces to make the perfect healthy snack for the Summer. Matcha powder is rich with antioxidants and fiber, and the caffeine gives you just the extra kick you need without the extra calories.
Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
For a sweet and refreshing treat, taste some peppermint chocolate chip ice cream. Some surprising ingredients like spinach and medjool dates go into the mix to give your ice cream a healthy boost without losing any flavor power.
Pineapple Nice Cream
This three-ingredient treat is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and cool you down.
Avocado Coconut Popsicle
Avocados are usually classified as savory, but who knew they were so good at being sweet? These avocado coconut popsicles are smooth, creamy, and decadent. For a healthier take, swap the cream for almond milk and go easy on the sugar.
Avocado Ice Cream
You can make ice cream with avocados — it's so simple! And it's tasty, full of healthy fats, and surprisingly high in fiber.
Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
Skip the Wendy's Frosty and blend this vegan chocolate ice cream in your food processor for a creamy treat on hot days. The best part is there are only two ingredients (plus optional chocolate chips).
Dairy-Free Avocado Mint Ice Cream
Want a healthy version of an old-school sundae? Make a big batch of this avocado ice cream recipe, which resembles soft-serve, and toss in some tasty brownie bits!
Five-Ingredient Vegan Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
If you love the combo of bananas and chocolate, but you're looking to lighten things up, this healthy chunky monkey ice cream from Healthful Pursuit is right up your alley. Not only is it vegan, gluten free, and sugar free, but it also calls for only five ingredients!
Watermelon Strawberry Mint Popsicle
Craving something cold and refreshing? Look no further than these watermelon strawberry popsicles. With just a hint of mint, these light treats are easy to make and low in calories. Added bonus: they only call for three ingredients!
Vegan Strawberry Fudgsicle
A dairy-free spin on one of our favorite frozen treats, vegan fudgsicles offer a decadent chocolaty complement to bananas and fresh strawberries. No need to feel guilty after finishing off one of these, either — they are only 80 calories each!
Vegan Mango Ice Cream
You won't believe how quick and simple a recipe for vegan mango ice cream can be. Instead of grabbing a pint of sorbet, just make your own homemade mango treat at home without all the extra sugar or fat.
Lemon and Lavender Popsicle
Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of Pure Bar, shared this easy-to-make recipe for refreshing lemon-lavender popsicles. Made using only five ingredients, the not-too-sweet icy treats are perfect for Summer get-togethers and backyard BBQs.
Vegan Banana (Spinach) Ice Cream
Five ingredients, no cholesterol, and packed with fiber and iron: vegan banana spinach ice cream.
Fresh Fruit Popsicle
Fresh fruit adds texture and flavor to these popsicles, and they are easy to create in your own kitchen. This video shows you the tricks of the popsicle-making trade, from layering colors and flavors to getting the sticks to stand up straight.
Strawberry-Basil Limeade Popsicle
Combine fresh fruit with herbs to create a sophisticated (and healthy!) popsicle. This strawberry-basil limeade popsicle is pleasing to the palate and loaded with fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
Yogurt Jam Pop
This quick and easy yogurt jam pop recipe packs in protein and probiotics with plain or vanilla yogurt, and sweetens the deal with strawberry jam. Feeling experimental? Substitute in your favorite fruit flavor!
Vegan Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Once again, you don't need a fancy ice cream machine to make delicious (and healthy) ice cream. All you need to make this vegan cherry chocolate chip ice cream is a food processor and a few simple ingredients.