How to make healthy frozen desserts easily at home

A sugar cone with scoops of Lemon Cha Cha (bottom) and Columbus Crunch photographed at the Johnson's Real Ice Cream in Dublin on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (Rob Hardin / Alive)Alive Food Review Johnson S Real Ice Cream
A sugar cone with scoops of Lemon Cha Cha (bottom) and Columbus Crunch photographed at the Johnson's Real Ice Cream in Dublin on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (Rob Hardin / Alive)Alive Food Review Johnson S Real Ice Cream /

Frozen desserts are unarguably the best things to happen in the dessert space, particularly, ice cream. Whether it’s gelato, sorbet, popsicle, frozen yogurt, or soft serves, ice creams can satisfy our sweet tooth like no other. Since its invention more than 500 years ago, we have been enjoying these cool and refreshing desserts that melt in your mouth and feel like heaven, especially on a hot summer day! A scoop of your favorite flavor, with a handful of fresh fruits, syrups, or nuts, and it’s the perfect bowl of happiness that you can ask for after a long day, or when you are catching up on your favorite show or movie.

That being said, most of the frozen desserts that we find in stores are loaded with sugar and artificial flavorings, which, needless to say, taste great, but are not necessarily always good for health, especially if you are making them for kids. While we all deserve a little sweet treat every now and then, wouldn’t it be great to have a healthier version of it?

One of the best ways to get healthy frozen desserts is to make them at home. You can make them to your taste, use ingredients right from your kitchen, and also get the nutritional benefits while satisfying your taste buds. But fear not, not all ice creams are hard and complicated to make.

We bring you some of the easiest ways to whip up your favorite frozen dessert, with ideas from classic recipes to vegan and sugar-free options.

How to make frozen desserts at home

Use maple syrup or honey, instead of sugar

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Frozen yogurt with berries. Photo by Lisa Wiltse (Photo by Lisa Wiltse/Corbis via Getty Images) /

For one, honey keeps the ice cream softer, and adds a glaze to the texture. But remember, that neither syrup nor honey will not solidify or crystallize the dish like sugar does, although it will give a very unique taste to your dish. Try this Frozen Tropical Fruit Yogurt, which needs only four ingredients. It’s refreshing, guilt-free, and feels like a party in your mouth with fresh fruits, and creamy yogurt, all whipped together with honey or maple syrup. You can also make a kids’ version of frozen yogurt with these all-natural, fruit blend from Once Upon a Farm.

Use banana or coconut milk instead of dairy

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Toasted panko banana ice cream /

Whether you prefer vegan options or not, coconut milk or bananas are a great way to make your ice creams smooth and creamy. More so with banana, which will also help you skip the sugar or other sweeteners. All you need to do is freeze the bananas overnight and then blend them in a food processor the next day. You can have it just like that or blend in a handful of berries, or some shavings of dark chocolate, or garnish them with these, nuts, or cut fruits. Don’t forget to try this very exotic Blueberry and Lavender ice cream with coconut milk.

Use fresh fruit pulps and juices

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Popsicles on display during Cocktail Reception  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Paraiso Miami Beach) /

Fruits are rich in natural sugars and acids which give a nice balance of sweet and tart taste. And this is “the” season for farm-fresh berries, stone fruits, mangoes, and more. Make the most of the seasonal harvests and make sorbets and popsicles with blended kiwi, strawberry, mango, pineapple, peaches, or anything that you can grab at the store. Or go for the mixed flavored Rainbow Pops with kiwi, blackberry, peach, and raspberry, that are colorful, flavorful, and healthful. We bet kids are not going to stop at one.

This summer, skip the trip to the supermarket and make yourself your favorite frozen desserts, right in your kitchen. You’ll be surprised at your own dessert-making skills!