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5 Incredibly Healthy Foods That Taste Like Ice Cream

5 Incredibly Healthy Foods That Taste Like Ice Cream

Summer is finally here, and nothing beats the heat quite like a fresh scoop of ice cream. But, if you are lactose intolerant or trying to abide by a healthier lifestyle, a churned mash of refined sugar and cream may not be the best thing for you. Never fear! Here are 5 incredibly healthy foods that actually taste like ice cream!

Frozen bananas. Commonly known as “one-ingredient ice cream,” frozen bananas, when thrown into a food processor, develop the thick, creamy consistency of soft serve ice cream. Toss in a little cocoa powder and nut butter to combine with the banana’s inherent sweetness to create a crazy delicious and healthy peanut butter cup “ice cream” treat. It’s a treat that both the intolerant and steadfast ice-cream-o-philes will adore.

Coconut milk. If you are lactose intolerant, frozen coconut milk mimics traditional ice cream beautifully. You could even pop coconut cream into an ice cream maker along with additional flavorings and get similar results as you would with cream, except for the wonderful addition of a light coconut flavor. Plus, the healthy fats in coconut milk are known to assist with weight loss and metabolism. Eat ice cream and keep a trim tummy? Yes, please!

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Strawberries. Or, really any berries for that matter. Pop a cup of frozen berries in the blender with a little greek yogurt and raw honey and viola – a healthy and refreshing treat! Realistically, this is more of a frozen yogurt than ice cream, but hey, it’s creamy and cold and full of berries! Who cares?

Cashew cream. Similar to coconut milk, soaked cashews, when blended with water, create a naturally sweet cream. For a basic icy alternative, blend it with soaked dates/maple syrup and vanilla, freeze, stirring occasionally, and you’ve got yourself a plant-based ice cream that tastes absolutely delicious. Or, perhaps more easily, pop it all into the food processor with frozen fruit to make creamy soft serve.

Kale smoothie. You read correctly. All it takes is a little kale, soaked cashews, frozen bananas, dates, vanilla, and ginger. Stuff it all in your favorite blender and watch the miracle ensue! How healthy and delicious does that sound? For more details, click here.

Don’t suffer from the ice cream blues. There are plenty of options out there for ice cream lovers who are looking for healthier alternatives. Do you have a good, healthy ice cream alternative? Share below!

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Jordyn Cormier

Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the backcountry! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at


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7:19AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Thank you so much!

12:32AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014


2:24AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

First, "keep a trim belly" with coconut cream?? You have got to be joking. Health benefits aside, it's still pure fat. Saturated fat. Doubt that's going to help keep you in cheeky shorts.
Second, what does the kale do in the last recipe? Sounds like it's just thrown on top. Not really ice cream, but then again, neither is yoghurt with strawberries.

On the positive, frozen bananas are amazing. It's a perfect way to use overripe bananas. Just throw them in the freezer! Throw them in whole, or make it easier by peeling and cutting up first.

My addition would be tahini. I add instant coffee, tahini, vanilla, and something to sweeten (molasses, date or prune purée, or old fashioned, raw sugar). Mix it up, freeze, stir, freeze, eat.

9:10PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

i love ice cream going to try a few asap ...but kale ...i agree with cedar f does not do it for me......i think

5:19PM PDT on Jul 28, 2014


8:18PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

i love almost anything coconut

2:24AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Yummy ideas. Thank you.

12:27PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Bananas are great, thanks !

9:32AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

The kale ice delight sounds unique. Thanks.

5:46PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014


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