15 Healthy Frozen Desserts To Buy That’ll Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Any dietitian will tell you that there’s no reason you have to deprive yourself of a sweet treat now and then— the key is to keep nutritious choices on hand that can satisfy your cravings. Fortunately, your local supermarket is packed with a ton of healthy frozen desserts that aren’t packed with added sugar, preservatives, and other questionable additives.
While perusing products in the frozen dessert aisle, the first thing you’ll want to check on the nutritional labels is the sugar content — more specifically, the added sugar. Since added sugar has no nutritional value, it’s considered “empty calories.” According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugar you should eat daily is 37.5 grams for men, or 25 grams for women.
With that in mind, here are some dietitian-recommended healthy frozen desserts — from protein-rich Greek yogurt bars to decadent dark chocolate-covered fruit.
1. Goodpop Organic Freezer Pops
Eva De Angelis, RD, health/nutrition specialist at Health Canal, says she often keeps these refreshing fruit pops on hand for several reasons: they’re made with 100% fruit juice, contain no added sugar, are free of common allergens, and are USDA certified organic.
They only have 6 to 8 grams of sugar and 40 calories per serving, to boot. Plus with three different flavors to choose from, you’re bound to always find one that satisfies your sweet tooth.
Buy now: GoodPop Organic Freezer Pops
2. Alden’s Organic New School Orange Cream Ice Cream Bars
If creamsicles happen to be your favorite treat, look no further for a healthier alternative. Katherine Gomez, RD and medical reviewer at Psychemag, says these organic ice cream bars are one of her favorite frozen desserts because they’re gluten-free, just 90 calories per serving, and contain no artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or GMOs. They do have a modest 11 grams of sugar per serving, but as Gomez points out, at least it’s from real cane sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup.
3. Diana’s Bananas Dark Chocolate Banana Halves
Several dietitians named these chocolate-covered bananas as one of their favorite frozen desserts and it’s easy to see why. They’re made with just three easy-to-recognize ingredients — bananas, chocolate, and peanut oil.
“You get the health benefits of fruit with the decadence of chocolate,” says Annie Bell, RD and Director of Nutrition Programming at Atascosa Health Center.
Grace Koeppen, RD for Jugo Feed, notes that these chocolate-dipped bananas are also gluten-free, and made with no dairy. With 3 grams of fiber per serving, they’re surprisingly satiating, too.
4. Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars
Melissa Baker, RDN at FoodQueries highly recommends these high-protein dessert bars because they contain 5 grams of filling protein and are relatively low in added sugar. Because they’re made with real Greek yogurt, these bars also contain live and active cultures — and a hefty dose of bone-strengthening calcium.
Best of all, Yasso’s bars come in a wide range of crave-worthy flavors, including Birthday Cake, Mint Chip, Sea Salt Caramel, Fudge Brownie, and Cookies and Cream.
Buy now: Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars
5. So Delicious Dairy Free Vanilla Almond Milk Frozen Dessert Sandwich
Francesca Alfano, CDN, says these ice cream sandwiches are a great option for those who are lactose intolerant or who have a dairy allergy since they’re made with almond milk.
“They are also pre-portioned into 100-calorie servings and have only 8 grams of sugar, making them a nostalgic treat you can feel good about,” she adds.
No artificial flavors here; these are made with natural flavors and real vanilla extract. To boot, they’re non-GMO and contain no cholesterol-raising trans fat.
6. Sweet Nothings Spoonable Smoothies
These fun frozen smoothies are even healthier for you than they taste — and they offer a fun way to get your vegetables in, too.
Koeppen also likes their squeezable smoothies because they’re made with just a few ingredients: real fruit, ground chia seeds, and veggies. There’s no added sugar, and they even pack a couple of grams of filling fiber to help keep hunger pangs at bay.
Plus, you can get 25% off your first order with a WellzyPerks membership!
Buy now: Sweet Nothings Spoonable Smoothies
7. Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars
“For those who prefer frozen yogurt over ice cream, these are a great low-calorie, low-sugar option,” says Koeppen. “They are made with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.”
One of the main reasons why these healthy frozen desserts happen to be a go-to for Koeppen is that they contain live cultures to support a healthy and happy gut. Plus, they also boast an impressive 5 grams of protein and 10% of your daily value for calcium.
8. SorBabes Sorbet Bars
If you struggle to find treats that accommodate your food allergies, SorBabes has you covered: these vegan bars are dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free. Plus, they come in a number of delicious flavors, like Wild Berry, Mango Coconut, and Vanilla Caramel — each with an indulgent crunchy coating.
These have a slightly higher sugar content than other options on the list, with around 14 to 15 grams per serving. That said, Koeppen still likes them because they contain no artificial sweeteners or flavors, and they’re still lower in sugar than most traditional ice creams. SorBabes uses 100% vegan cane sugar, and they pride themselves on using real farm-fresh fruit.
Buy now: SorBabes Best-Sellers 4-Pack
9. Tru Fru White & Dark Chocolate Frozen Whole Raspberries
Amy Davis, RD with Fresh Communications recommends these healthy frozen desserts because they’re made with real fruit, contain no artificial colors or flavors, and are trans-fat free. The berries are frozen at peak ripeness and then immersed in rich white and dark chocolate.
While they taste super indulgent, these raspberry bites only have 6 grams of added sugar per serving.
10. Clio Snacks Greek Yogurt Mini-Bars
“Because I live with type 1 diabetes, I try to find healthy desserts that contain a bit of protein and/or fiber and are lower in carbohydrates to help keep my blood sugars stable,” says Megan Warnke, RD.
These Greek yogurt bars fit the bill, with 4 grams of protein — just 6 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of added sugar per serving. Or get the “Less Sugar” versions with just 1 gram of sugar each!
“They’re the perfect sweet treat to fill you up while preventing a blood sugar spike,” adds Warnke.
As an added bonus, thanks to the yogurt base, these mini-bars also contain gut-friendly live and active cultures.
11. Chloe’s Fruit Pops
We love this brand for its super-simple approach to fruit popsicles: They’re just fruit, water, and cane sugar, which makes the flavor strikingly intense. Blueberry, raspberry, mango, lime, strawberry, chocolate, and coffee are flagship flavors and they’ve recently added a strawberry pop with allulose and monk fruit.
Looking for something creamy (and chocolate-y)? Chloe’s also has nondairy pops made with oat milk. We love the Cookies and Cream and Raspberry Chip.
Buy It: Chloe’s Fruit Pops
Nubocha is dairy-free gelato made from just a few ingredients: premium nuts or cacao, pure spring water, and allulose, a low-calorie keto-friendly sugar substitute. The spare approach was borne out of the Italian heritage and chocolate-business background of its founders.
There are five flavors in total, all vegan, keto-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher-certified. The best flavors, however, are chocolate and vanilla. Chocolate is especially airy and has a pleasantly bitter note that might surprise you; vanilla is a delightful blend of cashews and vanilla.
Buy It: Nubocha
13. Nick’s Swedish Ice Cream
If you’re doing a low-carb thing and long for ice cream that tastes like ice cream, Nick’s is a great bet. This Swedish brand delivers super packaging and a creative (and delicious) array of flavors, from classics to more inventive to all the chocolate-lovers flavors. We sampled at least a half dozen and all are sweet and creamy with no sugar-alcohol aftertaste.
Buy It: Nick’s Swedish Ice Cream
14. Killer Creamery Vanilla Sammie
Here’s another option for anyone trying to keep things low-carb. These pints from Killer Creamery contain only 2 to 3 net carbs, and no added sugar thanks to sugar alternatives such as allulose, erythritol, monk fruit, and stevia. But you definitely don’t have to be following a low-carb diet to enjoy this healthier frozen dessert.
Buy It: Killer Creamery
15. ReThink Ice Cream Cardamom Pistachio
Here’s a novel concept: Ice cream that’s gentler on your stomach, thanks to A2/A2 lactose-free milk, no sugar alcohols, and prebiotics. Kids will likely dig the mint with chocolate flakes, chocolate almond butter, and chocolate majesty; adults might like the more sophisticated lemon poppy seed or coffee hazelnut.
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