15 Healthier Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
"Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" Who doesn't like a frozen treat on a warm summer day? But if you're reading this article, I'm confident you're not screaming for the sugar, fat, and empty calories. By making some simple substitutions, you can enjoy a sweet frozen treat that is good for you too.

Making ice cream is easier than you might think and actually doesn't require many ingredients. Most recipes are gluten-free and using coconut milk makes it dairy-free too. It can be as simple as throwing your favorite fruits and non-fat "milk" in a blender and then putting it in the freezer to set up. My favorite way to make ice cream is to let my children choose the flavors and make it with me. Here are the steps to make ice cream with a few plastic bags and some simple ingredients. 

Super Simple Homemade Ice Cream

Supplies: One gallon and one pint plastic zipper storage plastic bags.


1 cup liquid (non-fat milk, almond milk coconut milk, soy milk). Coconut milk is my favorite.
2 tablespoon of sweetener
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of finely chopped fruit (optional)


1. Place all ingredients in the pint size bag and seal.
2. Fill the gallon size bag halfway with ice cubes and 6 tablespoons of salt.
3. Place the pint sized bag inside gallon size bag and seal the gallon size bag.
4. Shake vigorously for four minutes until the ice cream forms in the pint size bag.
5. Enjoy your homemade ice cream.  

Here are 15 of my favorite ice cream recipes from SparkRecipes.

Blueberry "Mock" Ice Cream

Burnt Caramel Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream

Five Minute Ice Cream

Granny's Mock Ice Cream Sandwich

Guilt-Free "Fried Ice Cream"

Heavenly Pina Colada Ice Cream

Low Calorie Homemade Fruit Ice Cream

Maple Walnut Ice Cream

"Melted Chocolate Ice Cream" Yogurt

"Much Better than Ice Cream" Greek Yogurt with Raspberries

Peach Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Soft-Serve Banana Ice Cream

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Read 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices for quick and easy store bought ice creams.
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