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Looking for healthier dessert recipes to savor the season?

With warm weather, pool parties, and summer vacations it’s nice to have healthy dessert options to satisfy your cravings while keeping cool. We’ve put together some healthy dessert recipes, including dairy free ice cream and milkshakes. 

Dairy Free Ice Cream

Few desserts are as irresistible as ice cream. That’s why we’ve created these dairy free ice cream recipes made from bananas and whole-food ingredients. These nutrient-dense raw desserts are dairy free (moo-free) and gluten-free. They’re filled with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that benefit your body. Although the idea seems daunting, with a blender and a few quality ingredients, making fresh ice cream is easier than ever. Just make sure you use a high-speed blender like a Blendtec, Vitamix, or Ninja.

Ready to enjoy something sweet without breaking a sweat?

Instructions for Dairy Free Ice Cream recipes:

  • Add ingredients to a blender and blend on high until thick and creamy like soft-serve ice cream. Depending on your preference, you can add more frozen fruit for a thicker consistency or more liquid for a thinner consistency.
  • Each recipe yields 2 servings.
  • Prefer popsicles? Add these recipes to popsicle molds to make healthier popsicles.

Refreshing Summer Sweets…

Healthy Dessert Recipes #1

Dairy Free Ice Cream: Banana Chocolate Chip

This is one of the best dairy free ice cream recipes ever! You’ll love the creaminess of the cashews and the crunch of the cacao nibs. Every bite is like a party in your mouth!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 can full-fat coconut milk (chilled in the fridge overnight)
  • 2 large frozen bananas*
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup raw shredded coconut
  • 2 TB or more raw cacao nibs
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt

Healthy Dessert Recipes #2

Dairy Free Ice Cream: Cherry Coconut

Love the taste of sweet cherries? Then, this dairy free ice cream recipe is perfect for you!

Ingredients

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (chilled in the fridge overnight)
  • 2 large frozen bananas*
  • 4 cups frozen sweet cherries
  • 1/4 cup raw shredded coconut
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt

Healthy Dessert Recipes #3

Dairy Free Ice Cream…

Orange-Berry Vanilla

Nothing says summer like a fresh and vibrant orange-berry vanilla ice cream! Grab a spoon and get ready to dig into this healthy dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 large frozen bananas*
  • 3 oranges, juiced
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 TB raw almond butter
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt

Healthy Dessert Recipes #4

Dairy Free Ice Cream: Strawberry Banana

A timeless classic, this dairy free ice cream is fruity and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 large frozen bananas*
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1/2 TSP cinnamon

Milkshake Recipes 

No matter the season, these dairy free, homemade milkshakes provide a healthier indulgence to satisfy your senses without breaking a sweat in the kitchen. Naturally sweet and packed with nutrients, these milkshake recipes are free of fattening refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, manmade fats, and common allergens found in most processed desserts. Most of the ingredients used are raw to preserve nutrients that support your health. 

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How to Make a Milkshake

If you want to know how to make a milkshake, we have some simple tips to get started. First, make sure you choose quality ingredients. Select whole, organic, and GMO-free foods. Local foods tend to have more flavor and nutrients than store-bought foods. Next, keep your ingredients as cold as possible before you begin blending. I highly recommend a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja.

Try these easy-to-prepare healthy dessert options and you’ll be savoring each sip in no time!

Instructions for Homemade Milkshake recipes:

  • Add ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy.
  • Each recipe yields 2 servings.
  • Prefer popsicles? Add these recipes to popsicle molds to make healthier popsicles.

Healthy Dessert Recipes #5

Homemade Milkshake: Banana Sundae

This milkshake recipe is creamy and chocolatey. Be sure to grab a napkin for your drool as you enjoy this tasty treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut, oat, or almond milk
  • 1 TB or more cacao powder
  • 4 large frozen bananas*
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 TSP cinnamon

Healthy Dessert Recipes #6

Homemade Milkshake…

Date Delight

You’ll love this milkshake! Dates are an excellent substitute for brown sugar which tricks you into thinking this treat is unhealthy, even though it’s packed with fiber and potassium!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups oat, almond, or coconut milk
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted (soaked in water for 1 hour if hard)
  • 4 large frozen bananas*
  • 1/4 TSP cinnamon

Healthy Dessert Recipes #7

Homemade Milkshake: Prune Perfection

Got a sweet tooth and constipation? Being backed up is no fun! Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious milkshake recipe that can help relieve constipation.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 8 pitted prunes (soaked in water for 1 hour if hard)
  • 4 large frozen bananas*
  • 1/4 cup raw ground flaxseed

Healthy Dessert Recipes #8

Homemade Milkshake: Orange Creamsicle

Light and bright, this milkshake recipe brings back the childhood nostalgia of Orange Julius. You can also swap oranges for tangerines, tangelos, mango, or peaches.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 2 medium oranges, peeled
  • 2 large frozen bananas*
  • 1/4 cup raw shredded coconut

* For best results, make sure your bananas are ripe before you peel them, slice them into 2 inch chunks, and freeze them for at least 6 hours.

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