By Lindsay Cohn
Ice cream is synonymous with summer but the sugar crash and, for some of us, dairy bloat, take away the fun. Luckily, the Internet giveth “nice cream.” These luscious, creamy, indulgent treats are made with a base of banana or avocado, so you get all the goodness of ice cream in a healthy dessert that loves you back.
Here are five of our favorite healthy super easy nice cream recipes, sure to please any palate.
1. Peanut Butter, Banana & Chocolate Chunk from A Dash of Megnut
We all scream for this vegan nice cream, which has just three ingredients: Peanut butter, bananas, and vegan chocolate chunks. Pro tip: Almond butter would be awesome,
2. Mango, Strawberry & Banana from Courtney’s Sweets
This tropical delight is a perfect cool-down on a hot day. Bananas are full of electrolytes—calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium—which are vital to nerve and muscle function and lost when you sweat. It’s all fruit, which means plenty of sugar, so watch your intake.
3. Mint-Chocolate Chip Avocado from Eating Bird Food
Mint chocolate chip is a classic and this version doesn’t require dairy or an ice cream maker to whip up. Easy, indulgent, and full of healthy fats—we’ll take a scoop.
4. Chocolate-Banana from Bowl of Delicious
Craving chocolate? Treat yourself to a scoop (or two) of this dessert. Made with just frozen bananas and antioxidant-rich cacao powder, this vegan treat is as decadent and dreamy as any gelato we’ve ever tried.
5. Vegan Avocado Banana Soft Serve with Pistachios from Divine Healthy Food
Pistachio ice cream lovers, this one’s for you. Also, this might be the very best way we know to use up that other half of the avocado.