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13+ Healthier Ice Cream and Ice Pop Recipes

For 13+ Healthier Ice Cream Recipes look no further. You can make these at home using just a handful of whole ingredients. Serve as ice cream, ice pops and soft serve! Includes no-churn, sugar-free, egg-free and dairy-free options too!

To be honest, I can’t recall the last time we bought ice cream or ice blocks from the shops because these healthier alternatives – homemade ones, are just as good and satisfying as the real thing. This is why I provide over 7 homemade wholefood ice cream and ice pop options in The Wholesome Cook Book – like these two below… Caramelised Banana Choc Tops and Breakfasty Berry Ice Pops.

13 Healthier Ice Cream and Ice Pops - Wholesome Cook

You can fancy them up by adding nutritious ingredients and mix and match flavours to your own likes, dislikes and dietary needs. While some of these are sugar-free and low sugar, you can tailor others to your liking using your sweetener of choice.

More Wholefood Ice Cream Inspiration from The Wholesome Cook book. Check out page 311 of  for these simple wholefood blender sorbets. Mint choc chip anyone? YUUUM!

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A few tips for making your ice cream and ice pops

For a dairy-free version: use a non-dairy milk of your choice, coconut yoghurt or coconut cream. For sweetness: add a little honey, rice syrup, a few stevia drops or maple syrup because once frozen, foods taste less sweet. Prevent freezer-burn on ice cream: keep ice cream in an air-tight container or a special ice cream box in the freezer. If using loaf tins, place a sheet of trimmed baking paper on top and press into the mixture gently to remove any air. Prevent freezer-burn on ice pops; remove them from moulds as soon as they’re set and wrap each snugly in some baking paper. Keep wrapped pops in a zip lock bag. Create a softer texture in low fat low sugar ice creams: add some arrowroot flour, xanthan or guar gum to the mixture. Adding a tablespoon of vodka per 500ml apparemtly also works because of alcohol’s low freezing point.

1. Instant Chocolate Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

Instant Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

I’m sure you’ve heard of nana ice cream. It’s simple and made with frozen bananas. Add a little cacao or peanut butter to the blend (banana split-style) and you’ll be set for dessert – get the recipe from the archives here.

2. Blender Vanilla Milk Ice Cream 

Blender vanilla ice cream Wholesome Cook

A super simple blender ice cream if you’re after plain vanilla without the additives. No ice cream machine required. Simply freeze some milk and cream (coconut cream or dairy-free milk) into ice cubes then blend a handful with a ratio of 2 milk to 1 cream in a power blender with a little vanilla powder or essence. You can sweeten it with honey, rice syrup or liquid stevia as well.

3. Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Ice Cream

Dark chocolate and cinnamon ice cream My Darling Lemon ThymeDark chocolate and cinnamon ice cream My Darling Lemon Thyme

Head over to Emma’s My Darling Lemon Thyme blog to get this lush dairy-free recipe.

4. Rum and Raisin Ice Cream

Rum and Raisin

It’s one of my favourite flavours and it’s a recipe that made it from the blog here into The Wholesome Cook book here. Yum!

5. Mango and Yoghurt Ice Pops

Mango and Yoghurt Ice Pops

A summer fave! It’s been doing the rounds on Instagram, sadly not always credited to the source… but here it is simple, sugar-free mangoes and yoghurt (including a dairy-free version) from the archives here.

6. Caramelised Banana Ice Pops

Caramelised Banana Choc Tops Wholesome Cook Book

This amazing choc top recipe is one of the 7 delicious REAL FOOD ice cream recipes in The Wholesome Cook book. Adaptable for dairy-free, paleo and vegan diets. You’ll also find the recipe for the Breakfasty Berry Ice Pops, pictured in the featured image there.

7. Life-changing Burnt Salted Caramel and Choc Chip Ice Cream

Life-changing Caramel and Choc Chip Ice cream Wholesome Cook

Need I say more? Adaptable to be dairy-free and vegan as well. Get the recipe here.

9. Roasted Strawberry and… Miso Ice Cream

Roasted Strawberry Miso Ice Cream David Lebovitz

There is some sugar in this recipe by David Lebovitz (which you can swap out for your sweetener of choice), but I was most intrigued by the use of miso (a salty fermented soy bean paste). I bet these are a flavourful combo.

9. Berry Sorbet Ice Pops

Berry Sorbet Ice Pops

Nothing could be easier than blending 2 cups of frozen berries with 1/2 cup of your choice of milk and freezing into ice pop moulds. Summer on a stick.

10. Fig Coconut and Blackberry Ice Cream

Fig Coconut Blackberry Ice Cream by Green Kitchen Stories

This recipe by Green Kitchen Stories looks as good as it sounds.

11. Christmas Pudding Ice Pops

Christmas Pudding Ice Cream Pops

Oh yes, while these festive ice pops do contain traditional fruit mince – hey, it’s Christmas and a little indulgence with friends and family is part of the deal, they can be made dairy-free and vegan.

12.Blackcurrant Caramel Yoghurt Ice Pops

Blackcurrant Caramel Yoghurt Ice Pops

These are absolutely amazing with just the right amount of tang from unsweetened blackcurrant juice.

13. Latte Granita

Latte Granita Cook Republic

Coffee lovers rejoice! This recipe by Cook Republic is for you.

14. Mango and Macdamia “Weis” Pops

Mango and Macadamia Weis Bars I Quit Sugar

The team over at I Quit Sugar will have you and the kids covered this summer with these “weis” inspired pops – recipe is in the IQS Kids Book.

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Janet Catesby October 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Thank you for all these delicious icecream recipes. Just in time for summer.

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook October 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

You’re welcome Janet! The weekend is meant to be very summery in Sydney so I thought I’d share these. :-)

Nicole - Champagne and Chips October 5, 2015 at 7:47 am

What a fantastic roundup. I adore ice cream and having some healthier options up my sleeve is always a good thing.
Your salted caramel creation is a must! :)

All That I'm Eating October 6, 2015 at 9:15 pm

These all sound so good I wouldn’t know which one to try first!

Kitchen Gadget April 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm

Delicious treats! I should try those healthy ice cream and ice-pop recipes at home too. More practical, not to mention safer!


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