Ice Cream Recipes for Summertime

23rd January 2020
Did you know that you can prepare ice cream with your favorite fruit in a simple and easy way? Keep reading this article to discover how to get your summertime cravings.

When summertime comes around, so do the cravings for cold treats. Ice cream is a favorite ally, especially because hydration is important this time of year.

Most ice cream is loaded with sugar, food coloring, and other unhealthy ingredients. Here are some quick and sugar-free ice cream recipes that only require a few ingredients.

Types of ice cream

Depending on how its made, there’s the classic ice cream, popsicles, and sherbert. Although similar, each kind has different qualities. Learn all about them below!

Ice Cream

To make ice cream healthy, you can use bananas as a base. The first thing to keep in mind is that the riper the banana is, the sweeter the result will be. This way, you can take advantage of your bananas that are about to go bad and get much more sweetness out of them than from the green ones.

The steps for preparing this are the following:

  • Peel and cut the sliced bananas and freeze them in small bags. 
  • Other fruit can be used as a base. Just do the same as with bananas. Peel, chop and freeze.
  • Consume these desserts directly or frozen before serving. In the latter case, it’s recommended to take the ice cream out of the freezer so that it can thaw a bit before serving. This will make it easier to scoop balls.

Banana Ice Cream

Popsicles

For this kind of summertime treat, plain yogurt, greek yogurt, freshly-whipped cheese, milk, or even fruit juice are used as bases.

Once you choose your base, add your desired fruit and blend until the texture is to your liking. Pour the mixture into freezer-friendly molds and freeze. It’s important to leave them in the freezer at least four hours before eating them.

Sherbert

In order to make sherbert, you mainly use fruit juice or pulp. Simply make your desired fruit juice and freeze it in a large mold. You can use healthier sweeteners such as dates, raisins, or other dehydrated fruit.

Examples of Summertime Cold Treats

1. Piña Colada Delight

Ingredients:

  • Pineapple.
  • Cold coconut milk.
  • Shredded coconut.
  • Bananas

Blend all the fruit and add 1/3 of a cup of coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut for every banana. Lastly, blend well and serve or freeze immediately.

Piña Colada Ice Cream

2. Banana Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • Dark chocolate – 70 percent minimum.
  • Plant-based milk of choice.
  • Bananas.
  • Chopped dried fruit to taste—optional.

First, mash the bananas and add 1/3 cup of milk for each banana used. Add the chocolate into the mix as well as the dried fruit. Last, serve or freeze immediately.

3. Pistachio Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • Bananas.
  • Pistachios.
  • Plain yogurt.

All you have to do here is blend frozen bananas and add 3.5 ounces of peeled pistachios and a half cup of yogurt per banana.

Pistachio Ice Cream

4. Strawberry Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries.
  • Bananas.
  • Regular or plant-based milk.

This recipe involves just one step: blend everything keeping in mind that you need to add 1/4 cup of milk per every banana used. 

5. Mango Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango.
  • Half a banana.
  • Dates—less is best.
  • 1 tablespoon of cream cheese.
  • A splash of milk.

The only step required to prepare this treat is to blend all the ingredients together and serve immediately or freeze for at least four hours.

mango popsicle

6. Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 6 strawberries.
  • 1 banana.
  • Half cup of plain yogurt.

If you want to try this delicious recipe, all you have to do is blend everything and freeze it for at least four hours. You can also blend the frozen ingredients and serve immediately.

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

7. Creamy Strawberry Banana Cream

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of strawberries.
  • 1 banana.
  • Half a cup of milk.
  • 2 cups of freshly whipped cheese.

First, beat the cheese and milk until it’s blended together. Then, add the frozen fruit and keep blending until you attain the desired consistency. Serve immediately or freeze.

8. Blueberry Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • Half cup of plain yogurt.
  • 1 banana.
  • 3 tablespoons of blueberries.
  • Nut butter of choice.

Preparing this delicious summertime ice cream consists of just one step: blending everything together. Just like all the previous recipes, you can serve this instantly or freeze.

9. Red Berry Frozen Treat

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana.
  • Frozen mixed berries.
  • 2 egg whites beaten to stiff peaks.
Red Berry Ice Cream

First, beat the egg whites till they reach stiff peaks. Next, add the red berries and blend everything together. This treat has to be consumed immediately since it cannot be frozen. 

To end with here’s a helpful recommendation: these summertime ice creams can be decorated before serving with dark chocolate bits, chopped dried fruit, cinnamon, or shaved coconut. Choose your favorite topping and enjoy these summer recipes!

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