4 ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Day

Cool, creamy and sweet – what’s not to love on National Ice Cream Day? Although the dessert is a wonderful treat in moderation, it’s not exactly a health food.  Elle Hall, dietetic intern, is here to change that, with four easy, healthy ice cream alternatives that promise to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”

3 frozen bananas, chopped into 1-inch chunks
¼ unsweetened chocolate almond milk
1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
½ tablespoon cocoa powder
½ tablespoon mini chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Place bananas, almond milk, almond/peanut butter and cocoa powder into food processor.
  2. Pulse mixture until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides as necessary.
  3. Add in chocolate chips, if desired. Scoop into bowl and enjoy!

Adapted from a recipe featured on Eating Bird Food

[Tip: Frozen bananas make a wonderful alternative to ice cream. Blend them with other frozen fruit, a small amount of liquid and whatever flavorings or additions you choose!]

Pumpkin Pie “Ice Cream”

4 medium frozen bananas, sliced
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  1. Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth.
  2. Pour into freezer-safe container to save, or enjoy right away.

Adapted from a recipe feature on The Gracious Pantry

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Treats

16 ounces low fat vanilla yogurt
1 8-ounce container low fat whipped topping
2 cups fresh chopped strawberries
24 graham crackers

  1. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with plastic wrap
  2. Combine yogurt, whipped topping and strawberries in a large bowl.
  3. Place 12 halves of graham crackers on top of plastic wrap. Spread strawberry yogurt mixture on top of crackers and place remaining graham crackers on top.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  5. Slice and serve! Can be stored in a freezer bag

Adapted from a recipe featured on Laughing Spatula

Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

4 cups frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
½ cup plain yogurt

  1. Add all ingredients to food processor.
  2. Blend until creamy (about 5 minutes).
  3. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container to store in the freezer.

Adapted from a recipe featured on Just a Taste

 

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