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Healthy Ice Cream Alternatives on National Ice Cream Day

I scream, you scream, we all scream for National Ice Cream Day! July 21 marks this year’s national day to celebrate everyone’s favorite frozen treat. There’s no doubt you’ll want to grab a spoon and order extra sprinkles on this special Sunday. Maybe you’d even like to mark the occasion by ordering a sundae!

However, if you’re trying to watch your waistline or just want to incorporate more clean eating into your diet, you might be on the hunt for something you can munch on while your family is filling up on Phish Food. Grab your blender and clear up some freezer space. We have some amazing, healthy ice cream alternatives you can make at home.

  1. Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas

Chocoholics unite! If you’re looking for a less-guiltly fix to satiate your sweet tooth, try out The Little Epicurean‘s recipe for chocolate-covered bananas. This ice cream shop favorite is so easy to make at home with only a handful of ingredients. Best of all, you can customize the toppings you choose to add to this sweet treat, making it as low-calorie or indulgent as you’d like. Here’s what you’ll need to make this treat:

  • Bananas, cut into halves or thirds
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Semi-sweet or dark chocolate
  • Toppings, like peanuts, shredded coconut, sprinkles or chopped Heath Bar candies
  1. 5-Minute Peach Fro-Yo

Take advantage of one of summer’s juiciest fruits by making homemade peach frozen yogurt. The recipe from Just a Taste might be the easiest thing you’ve ever made. All you have to do is still all the ingredients into a food processor or blender until it achieves a creamy consistency, then either serve it immediately or store it in an airtight container in the freezer if you’d like to indulge later. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to have on hand:

  • Frozen peaches — you can buy a frozen bag or still some chopped fresh peaches in the freezer
  • Agave nectar or honey
  • Plain yogurt
  • Lemon juice
  1. Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

If you’re craving blueberry cheesecake-flavored ice cream, you can recreate this dessert for only a fraction of the calories in only a few minutes. Sally’s Baking Addiction‘s recipe only requires three ingredients:

  • Blueberries
  • Honey or agave
  • Greek yogurt

Blueberries add antioxidants and vitamins, Greek yogurt packs a punch of protein and the natural sweetener of your choice adds some guilt-free richness to this treat. We recommend going with vanilla Greek yogurt, as unflavored Greek yogurt tastes a little bitter. If plain Greek yogurt is all you have to work with, add some extra honey or agave to neutralize the bitterness.

  1. Easy-Peasy Lemon Ice Cream

There’s something indescribable about the taste of lemon chiffon ice cream on a sunny summer day. Luckily, you can recreate this sweet favorite without the heavy cream and processed sugar, while keeping the same delectable lemony taste. Like some of the other recipes listed here, you’ll just need a blender or food processor and a container to store the leftovers — if there are any! To make this ingredient “skinny,” you’ll need to make sure you’re getting low-fat ingredients. Here’s what yo

u’ll need to follow Crazy for Crust‘s recipe:

  • Condensed milk
  • Fat-free Cool Whip
  • Lemons
  • Lemon extract
  1. Peanut Butter Banana “Nice Cream”

Maybe you’d like to indulge in one of the most classic food combinations: chocolate and peanut butter. You can have a healthy alternative to your favorite peanut butter ice cream by whipping up a delicious frozen treat known as “nice cream.” It’s aptly named, as it’s kind to both your waistline and your taste buds. What makes this recipe even better is the fact that you can easily make it vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. If you’ve got some family members with dietary restrictions or allergies that are holding them back from celebrating National Ice Cream Day, you can whip up some extra nice cream. To follow this recipe from Fit Foodie Finds, you’ll use the following ingredients, some of which are already taking up space in your pantry:

  • Frozen sliced bananas
  • All-natural peanut butter
  • Plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • Mini chocolate chips
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