37 Most Fantastic Healthy Frozen Desserts - Of All Time!

37 Most Fantastic Healthy Frozen Desserts - Of All Time!

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It’s summer.  It’s hot enough to melt your popsicle.  And it’s time to do something about it.

Inspired by the fact that I now use my porch in lieu of a microwave for defrosting things, I think there is an excellent chance that these insanely good-looking desserts will totally fly in (or out of) your kitchen.

Personally? I can’t wait to try #1 and #26… special mentions to – er – all of them!

My super supportive group of veggie-based chicas (and holla to the couple of chicos!) over at the Finding Vegan Facebook group has leapt to my call for healthy frozen desserts, so that I could wow you with their talents and save you, deliciously, from the heat.  Remember when they helped me with this other dessert roundup? Classic!

 

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Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

All I know is these are something different.

I had a really hard time deciding what to call them, because they’re like half cheesecake and half ice cream bar…. and half peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

They’re also high in protein, gluten-free, low-carb, and can’t really be eaten without a fork.

So what do you call that?

I guess the only thing that could sum it all up without being in paragraph form was Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars.  So there you have it.

To me, this is the dessert-embodiment of all the best things.  All the flavors and textures of my favorites went into this, sans the sugar-overload I would rather avoid but with the metabolism-boosting, muscle-fueling protein I need for my training!

It kinda even gives me a sneaky satisfaction at the thought of thwarting the traditional “sweets-are-bad-for-you” train of thought.

These are something different, all right!  But in this case, different really just means delightful!  Don’t you think?

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Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt

Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt

Going out for ice cream was always a special treat when I was a kid – I couldn’t wait to get a big bowl (or, if it was a really special occasion, a dipped waffle cone!) of banana ice cream.  With gummy bears, of course.  Side note… I wish we had known about frozen-banana ice cream then!  It tastes exactly the same!

Anyhow, right around the time I went to college, I started becoming more health conscious.  That was when I realized what an honest-to-goodness splurge ice cream really is.  Yes, delicious.  Not so much low in fat or sugar! 

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Double Banana Split, Two Ways

There are two kinds of people:  Those who love bananas and those who abhor them.

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With that kind of divide – can I use the word “split”? – in the population, I figured – if some of you really like bananas, you will love a double banana split.  And if you can’t stand to be 5 feet from one, you won’t touch any kind of banana split.  Right?  So then, why not just go bananas with it and make it a double?  (Hm.  Seems like today is punny day!)

I take it you’re with me on team banana if you’ve gotten this far.  Or maybe the “double” banana has just made you curious.  Well, a banana split needs ice cream, and the fact is that frozen bananas make crazy ice-creamy ice cream.  Real truth.

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Plus, if your banana split has little or no added sugar, or dairy for that matter, you have yourself a healthy vegan dessert that won’t hurt waistlines or lactose-intolerant tummies.  Bonus: plenty of potassium and dietary fiber + no fat.  So… I’m thinkin’ maybe we should take this double banana thing and give it a whirl?

Peanut Butter & Berry Split

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1 small (about 6”) frozen banana

1 small ripe banana

1-2 T. peanut butter

2 tsp. blackberry jam

Handful blackberries

Sprinkling of chopped almonds

Blend the frozen banana with the peanut butter in a food processor until smooth.  I tried this in a blender and, yeah, the banana doesn’t really like being tossed around by the little blade like that.  I had to keep pushing it down, and it took for.ev.er.  So, unless you have a special blender that can handle a banana without extra liquid… food processor!  In no time, you have creamy PB banana ice cream!

Scoop this out into a little bowl, cover, and place in the freezer for about 30-40 minutes until it firms up a bit, when you can use an ice cream scoop to shape it into perfect little scoops.

You may have an idea of what to do next… but imma tell you anyway.  It’s what I’m here for.

Place the banana in the center of a banana split bowl or plate and scoop the banana peanut butter ice cream around the sides.  Drizzle blackberry jam lightly over the banana, and place blackberries around the split.  Sprinkle on chopped almonds.

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Something to try – I had more peanut butter banana ice cream than I ended up needing, so I froze some of it in a silicone ice cube tray to use in future smoothies!

S’mores Split

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1 small frozen banana

1 small ripe banana

1 T. ground flaxseed

About 1 T. melted dark chocolate (melt in the microwave in 10 second increments, stirring with a spoon each time until smooth)

½ graham cracker, crumbled

8 mini marshmallows, or 2 large

marshmallows cut into pieces

 

Being firmly pro-banana myself, this S’mores Split adds exactly what I think the original S’more could use.   This is also a lot like the way I make hot banana boats in tin foil around a campfire on a chilly night… except this one is cold, and therefore perfect for a hot summer night!   Adding flaxseed to the banana ice cream makes it extra heart + body healthy, and even adds a slight graham-crackery flavor to it.  Dark chocolate has your antioxidants, and banana…. Well, we already went over that, right? 

Just more reasons to gobble up S’mores Splits, yes?

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Blend the frozen banana with the flaxseed in a food processor until smooth.  

Chill the banana puree, covered, in the freezer in a small bowl for 30-40 minutes, until firmed up and ready for scooping.

Place the banana in the center of a banana split bowl or plate and scoop the banana ice cream around the sides. 

Using a fork, dip into the melted chocolate and then drizzle it over the banana.  Top with graham cracker crumbles and mini marshmallows!

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