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

Click here for more Homemade and Healthy Ice Cream Alternatives Recipes.

Read 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices for quick and easy store bought ice creams.
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ELRIDDICK 5/7/2020
Thanks for sharing Report
Sounds delicious! Report
AQUAGIRL08 7/16/2019
I was excited to read this! Thank you! Report
Thanks Report
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Love all kinds of ice-cream! Report
Nice to see these recipes Report
I make my own, but use full fat dairy. Lowfat makes a rock hard product. Report
I made raspberry ice cream last night, I put all the ingrediants in a mason pint jar and shake it for 5 minutes, then into the freezer for at least 3 hours to set. Report
some great recipes Report
I can't wait to make some of these! Report
Thanks for the great recipes! :) Report
Printing out these today... thank you for the ideas Report
Wonderful ideas ! Report
Perfect I am a huge ice cream fan. Report
Has anyone really tried these. Why is it necessary to use "non-milk" instead of fat-free Report
I have an ice cream maker, but the idea of being able to make a smaller amount with just a couple of zip lock bags is really appealing! Report
Some of them sound good, true. But I want to find ones that do NOT rely on "fake food" artificial sweeteners, which are much LESS healthy than people believe. There is no way I am putting a whole cup of Splenda into our food or, in fact, into anything except the trash. Report
where is the nutritional values in this recipe, I would love to try some , however; where am I going to find the nutritional value of the recipe ?? Report
This is interested, I must try it sometime soon. Report
Sounds good must try. Report
The small bag goes into the big bag placed on top of the ice. The big bag is then closed. Report
My question is like JKELLEY1107.......do you insert pint bag into quart bag....or on top of lge. bag ? Sorry I am befuddled.... Report
mmmm... delicious! thanks! Report
Hmmm... sugar and skim milk (more sugar) Report
If you have a Vita Mix or large blender you might enjoy the following:
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla or 1/4 cup sugar fee Torani flavorings like English Toffee or Almond Rocca
1/3 cup sugar or less subsitute sugar of choice
1/3 cup powdered milk
32 oz ice
optional: (if making with vanilla may add 1/2-1 fruits) sometimes will make it looser like a shake if too much fruit.
Turn on low and then turn dial up to high. use tamper to push ice down..Done when all ice is pulverized. Makes great tasting soft serve. Makes ice cream in about 30 sec.

if you use vanillla almond milk or chocolate you don't need any sugar. Create 32 Flavors
Note:Carob chip is better than chocolate chip. Only a handful needed. Recipe serves 3-4

Nutritional Info: Nutrition Facts

Easy Vita-Mix ice Cream

4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 88.5 , Total Fat 0.1 g

Saturated Fat 0.1 g,

Cholesterol 1.2 mg , Sodium 41.3 mg

Potassium 132.8 mg ,
Total Carbohydrate 19.0 g

Sugars 19.0 g , Protein 2.7 g

if you use Splenda your calorie and carb count goes way down. Play with it.

PTOUCHET63 - Calorie counts will vary based on the ingredients you use. Go to SparkRecipes and enter the recipe for calorie count and nutritional information. Report
I really have to say that BUTTER PECAN is my favorite flavor of ice cream, but since I'm trying to stay away from ice cream (and milk as they aren't good for me), I find eating strawberries frozen at night is as good as strawberry ice cream for me.
I'm made frozen Pops, with strawberries and diet soda and they are good, too. Report
I have one of those Donvier ice cream makers from years ago and once in awhile we make ice cream in it. Yum! Report
I love your Super Simple Homemade Ice Cream recipe!! I'll have to check out the others too. Hope they're just as healthy!! Thank you!! Report
Do you put the small bag inside the big bag, or just hold it on top while you shake? Report
yum! I just tried it right now because I was so curious to see if it worked...it does. :) It is more icy and definitely not like store bought ice cream but it is enough to cure a sweet tooth. I used half xylitol half white sugar for the sweetner and it was perfect. Maybe wear some gloves because your hands will freeze! Report
I have never made ice cream this way but, it does sound simple enough. I am going to try it. Thanks. Oh, how many calories does this recipe have? Report
I have made this too, but I used frozen fruit with the non-dairy milk, some Stevia, and put it in a blender. Makes it a little faster and you don't have to deal with the bag It is very good. My favorite is strawberry ice cream. You could add some nuts and some chocolate pieces, too after you have blended it together. Report