I love ice cream. I mean, loooooooovvvveee it. Its cold, melty, comforting sugary goodness envelopes you after a rough day, soothes a broken heart and relieves PMS like no other. Since National Ice Cream Day (yes it’s a thing) is next Sunday – July 19th – and yes, it’s on my calendar, we’re coming at you with some yummy ice cream alternative recipes. You see, I had to give up dairy (it was a sad day), but the cravings for it were strong. This week on our Instagram – @gofitted – we’ll be featuring some of our favorite dairy-free ice cream alternatives and here on the blog, we will feature some of our favorite ice cream alternative recipes to help you curb that sweet tooth.
Healthy Dairy-Free Ice Cream Alternatives
A few of my favorite dairy-free ice cream alternatives are by So Delicious. They make to-die-for coconut milk based products and ice cream is one of them. Try this one and you can thank me later:
The only problem is that it still does have 18g of sugar in 1/2 cup and for a recovering sugar-a-holic, that’s way too much. Forlorn, I would limit myself to a spoonful or two of it and try to exert the willpower; the problem is, we here at fitted. believe that life and its possibilities should be limitless (and I think ice cream could fit into that category).
Plus eating one spoonful just made me crave more.
So, I created a banana ice cream alternative (recipe coming soon) which was delicious until I got sick of the taste of banana. What’s a girl with a sweet tooth (but trying to curb the sweets) to do? And then I stumbled upon Spinach Ice Cream. Whaaaaa? How is that even possible?
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I was walking through Costco, and the Blendtec rep caught my attention. My favorite kitchen appliance is my Blendtec blender, so I usually swing by to see what goodness is being demonstrated. My little ears heard, “ice cream,” and I perked up. I made a beeline for the table, shoving people out of the way (not really, okay, maybe one person) to grab a cup of this green “ice cream” she was offering. Lo and behold, it was delicious. She explained what she put in it and said, “Google, ‘Popeye’s Ice Cream.”
I experimented with a few recipes I found and ended up combining a few of it together. I even snuck in avocado, and my 10-year-old loved every bite. I tried to take some pictures, but the family ate it so fast we were almost done before I remembered to grab my camera.
Blendtec has a video with the recipe, which you can find below. I made some with my own tweaks (recipe, with tweaks below).
Healthy Ice Cream Alternative | Mint Chocolate Chip ‘Ice Cream’ Recipe
3/4 C Half & Half (Didn’t have it, so I used creamer, but you could also use almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
1/4 C Agave (I don’t like Agave and have heard that it may not be as great for you as everyone says it is, so I used a little bit of raw honey)
2/3 C Powdered Milk (Eliminated this completely; used an avocado instead)
2 C Spinach
1 1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract (I used 3 drops of Doterra’s peppermint oil instead)
2 1/2 C Ice Cubes
(I also added a handful of semi-sweet, mini gluten-free chocolate chips, though I’m sure any kind of chocolate would be fine).
Add ingredients to jar in order listed, secure lid, select “Ice Cream.”