Summertime and ice cream go hand-in-hand, but all that extra sugar isn’t exactly good for us. These delicious and guilt-free healthy ice cream recipes from DW Fitness Clubs are a fantastic alternative for both adults and little ones.

How many calories are in ice cream?

The amount of sugar and calories in ice cream varies from brand to brand, and it’s easy to accidentally eat more than you intended.

According to SELF Nutrition Data, as a general rule of thumb one serving (half a cup or 66g) of a basic vanilla ice cream contains 137 calories and 14g of sugar.

And here’s what’s inside some of the UK’s favourite frosty treats:

While lollies have much lower amounts than ice cream, all of them are lacking nutritional value.

Instead, try these healthy ice cream recipes that are low-fat and jam-packed with yummy goodness.

Super easy healthy banana and cinnamon ice cream

Ingredientshealthy ice cream recipes

  • 3 bananas
  • 150ml of Greek yoghurt
  • 3 tablespoons of sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste
  • Fresh fruit to garnish

Method

  • Chop up your bananas into equal-sized chunks and put them in the freezer for an hour to 90 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and blend in a food processor with the yoghurt, honey, cinnamon and vanilla bean paste.
  • Blitz the mixture until it’s creamy and smooth.
  • Put the mix back into the freezer for around another hour to 90 minutes.
  • Serve in scoops in a bowl and top with fresh fruit for an additional health boost.

What are the health benefits?

Greek yoghurt is always a good alternative to things like cream or buttermilk. Not only is it extremely low in saturated fats, it’s also a decent source of protein and calcium. Although bananas are relatively high in natural sugars, they pack plenty of nutritional goodness. They’re a particularly good source of vitamin C and potassium.

 

Healthy blueberry ripple ice cream

healthy ice cream recipes

Ingredients

  • 100ml of Greek yoghurt
  • 150ml of vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
  • 1 punnet of blueberries (around 150g)
  • 1 lemon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of sweetener

 

Method

For this recipe you’re going to create two types of ice cream and then mix them up to create a delightful ripple effect. Here’s the simplest way to get it done…

  • Mix your blueberries with the Greek yoghurt and two tablespoons of sweetener. Mix in the lemon juice and zest
  • Put this mixture in the freezer for around 30 minutes (it should be a little bit stiff, but not completely frozen solid).
  • In the meantime, mix the vanilla yoghurt, bean paste, salt and remaining sweetener in a bowl.
  • Take your blueberry ice cream mix out of the freezer and fold it slowly into your vanilla mix.
  • Once you’ve combined the two, place the entire lot back in the freezer for an hour to 90 minutes.

What are the health benefits?

Whether you want to call this ice cream or frozen yoghurt, this tasty recipe can fit right into a healthy diet. Blueberries are often called a “superfood” and when you check out what’s inside them it’s easy to see why. They are a brilliant source of vitamin K, contain high levels of antioxidants, and studies have even suggested that they could lower your risk of heart attack.

Natural fruit ice lollies

healthy ice cream recipes

Ingredients

  • 350g of strawberries or mangoes
  • 200ml of natural yoghurt (or fresh fruit juice if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Sweetener depending on how sweet a tooth you have

Method

Summer treats don’t come much easier than this!

  • Take the fruit of your choice and whiz it up in a blender. Add the yoghurt (or juice) and honey.
  • Taste the mixture before you go any further and add sweetener accordingly.
  • Split the mixture into equal amounts in six lolly moulds, adding a stick into each.
  • Pop them in the freezer for about 90 minutes.

Note: You can switch in any fruit you like into this recipe; bananas, raspberries and blackberries are all ppopular choices.

What are the health benefits?

The main issue with shop-bought ice lollies is that they can contain a lot of added sugar. Although this version does have natural sugars from the fruit, you can use honey and sweetener your liking while still keeping a close eye on the sugar content.