We’re all about ice cream around here, but it’s not something we should be indulging in every day. Here’s the scoop on healthier homemade treats that still hit those sweet and creamy notes, without demolishing your nutrition goals.
Set Strawberries with Coconut Cream
Wobbly strawberry jellies are set with omega-3-rich chia seeds, sweetened with only a spoonful of maple syrup. Creamy whipped coconut “cream” makes this feel decadent, but keeps it dairy-free.
Avocados masked as decadent chocolate mousse? Count us in! Full of monounsaturated fats, fibre, vitamin E and A, no special occasion is needed to indulge in this ice cream alternative.
Healthy Vanilla Latte Smoothie
Rich and creamy coffee-based summer drinks are often loaded with fat, sugar and a slew of unpronounceable ingredients. Good news! They’re totally hackable at home in your blender, saving you empty calories and a chunk of change.
Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free – and flavourful. These cashew ice cream-esque bites offer an alternative to ice cream cake, without sacrificing taste or texture.
Coconut Cashew Rice Pudding
Rice pudding is sun-kissed with tropical coconut and cashews, for an alternative to ice cream that you’ll feel good about getting a double scoop of.
Dairy-Free Banana Ice Cream
The master recipe for banana “nice” cream, have fun with the add-ins in the form of seasonal fruit, chocolate chips, almond butter and granola. Packed with potassium, fibre and deceptively healthy creaminess.
Toasted Coconut Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are back at it again, cavorting around as a dairy-free ice cream and pudding alternative. Rich coconut milk makes this feel like dessert, while contributing healthy fats. Top with summer berries and a sprig of mint for a next-level treat.
Cardamom Rice Pudding
A Scandinavian classic, rice pudding is imbued with mellow cardamom and topped with summertime plums, for a healthy whole grain dessert that will still satisfy your your creamy-sweet tooth.
Tea Sorbet Sunrise
It doesn’t get any easier than this adult-worthy icy treat. Store-bought lemon sorbet, tea and a shot of tequila (optional), are all you need for an ice-cold, dairy-free dessert perfect for muggy days.
Vegan Vanilla Faux Ice Cream
If you’re looking for an alternative to dairy and sugar-based ice creams, a can of coconut milk perked up with espresso beans is just the ticket. The healthy fats in coconut butter rounds things out.
Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
The perfect breakfast on the go or afternoon snack, swap strawberries for peaches or blueberries, and add a splash of vanilla extract to kick it up a notch. Grab two straws and kick back on the dock with your partner, for a healthier take on ice cream season.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
Allison Day is a cookbook author, nutritionist (RHN) and the creator of the award-winning food blog Yummy Beet.