It’s summer and everyone’s craving frozen treats! Ensure nutrition and refreshment with these Healthy Ice Cream Recipes – even for babies under one!
One of the simple joys in life is eating a delicious ice cream on a hot day, letting all that sweet goodness melt and drip down our fingers, which we’ll of course lick off later! If you ask me, this is a joy no one should be deprived of – not if you’re a 90 year old great grandma or an 8 month old infant!
However, ice creams you buy in your nearest supermarket are unlikely to be good for anyone in the family, let alone seniors and babies. They’re most probably laden with sugar, additives, extra sugar and ‘fruit-identical’ substances. Yes, they will be frozen, but that refreshment will come at the cost of empty calories and unnecessary chemicals getting added to your system.
But ice cream can’t be made at home, right? Wrong! Actually, we’ve all been proven wrong when we found that making ice cream at home was much easier than we thought, and you don’t need any fancy equipment for it. Ice cream is a ‘simple’ joy, remember? So let’s go ahead and check out some healthy ice cream recipes for babies and kids, suitable for anyone aged 6 months and above!
34 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes for Babies and Kids
Healthy Ice Cream Recipes for Babies Under One
1. Sunshine Lollies from First Cry are just like their name suggests – bright and perfect for a sunny day! Packed with vitamin-rich carrots and oranges, these lollies are a must have to keep your immune system up and running.
2. Avocado’s inherent creaminess makes it a perfect choice for recipes for babies under one who can’t have cow’s milk, just like this Avocado Pear Baby Food Popsicles from The Spunky Coconut.
3. These Tropical Mango Lollies from I Love Cooking are quite palate tickling, with ripe mangoes and lime juice. Offer a little to your baby and go ahead if she likes it.
4. Frozen yogurt is the next best thing to ice cream, and Healthy Little Foodies brings up a summer special with a Mango Frozen Yogurt recipe.
5. If you’d like to try something a little more exotic, get blueberries and make this Banana Blackberry Yogurt Ice Cream from Organix . Plain Greek yogurt gets its flavor from the fruits and vanilla.
6. It doesn’t get easier than this Single Ingredient Ice Cream from The Work Top! With only bananas, you can create a yummy dessert – we suggest sprinkling some Dry Fruits Powder or Mixed Nuts Powder on the ice cream for added flavor and nutrition.
7. Did you know you can make ice cream from breast milk? Yes, Diary of a Fit Mommy shows us how with this Breast Milk Banana Ice Cream recipe.
8. Include another baby favorite fruit, peach, in this Peach Coconut Ice Cream from Ergo Baby. Coconut milk offers an excellent substitute for cow’s milk for babies under one!
9. Mix things up by using an assortment of fruit in this Mixed Fruit Ice Cream from Homemade Baby Food, which uses avocado, strawberries as well as bananas.
10. Once your baby has become familiar with strawberries, be sure to try this Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream from BLW.
11. We think this Cinnamon Banana Ice Cream from Healthy Little Foodies sounds so delicious that even adults will be tempted to give it a try!
12. Looking for simple ice cream recipes with minimal ingredients? Check out this 3 Ingredient Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream from My Kids Lick the Bowl.
13. Make use of the juicy sweet mangoes in season right now to make this Creamy Mango Ice Cream from Super Healthy Kids that requires all of two ingredients.
14. This aptly titled Blueberry Nice Cream from Bamboo Bamboo is healthy, colorful and vegan. Add some fruit for texture for older babies.
15. We love how this Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt from My Fussy Eater has been presented, in an orange bowl! Go for sweeter oranges – some babies might like the tart taste, while some might not.
16. Sneak some veggies into your baby’s diet with these Veggie Power Pops from My Home Based Life. It’s got fruits and veggies – orange, carrot, mango and pineapple – all packed in one delightful pop!
Healthy Ice Cream Recipes for Kids
17. Not all things chocolate are bad, and this Chocolate Multigrain Popsicle certainly isn’t, considering it is packed with all the nutrients of our multigrain mix!
18. Give your kids a boost of energy in the heat with these Nutri Mix Popsicles made with Energy Nutri Mix and other nutritious ingredients like almonds.
19. These Fresh Fruit Popsicles are made with fresh fruit and coconut water and are the ideal thing to have on a hot, dehydrating day.
20. You don’t need sugar to enjoy a sweet treat, not when you can use honey like we’ve done in this Honey Mango Popsicle made of fresh mangoes!
21. Get your fix of antioxidants from a combination of berries in these Berry Yogurt Popsicles from Modern Mom Life – they look and taste good!
22. Frozen Yogurt often features fruit, but we’re also loving this Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt from A Sweet Pea Chef. You can add either honey or dates syrup for sweetness.
23. Ice creams don’t have to be limited to western recipes, our own traditional versions are just as creamy and refreshing! Check out this Homemade Mango Kulfi, made in our very own style with our very own mangoes.
24. If you’d like to try another kulfi recipe that uses dry fruits instead of fresh, check out this Easy Matka Kulfi without Khoya that includes a good deal of crunch from nuts.
25. This Vegan Paleo Watermelon Sorbet from The Things We’ll Make is perfect for those days when you just want something hydrating and light, without the heaviness of cream.
26. Here’s an interesting combination of flavors with avocado, lime and mint in this Vegan Avocado Mint Ice Cream from Feel Good Foodie.
27. This Super Easy Fruit Ice Cream from BBC Good Food uses condensed milk which makes it rather rich, but it ensures nutrition is not compromised on by including fruit.
28. Anything called Spinach Ice Cream can bring on raised eyebrows, but this recipe from Times of India looks promising, with the flavors of honey and vanilla along with the spinach.
29. This Vegan Rose Ice Cream from The Blender Girl looks so pretty! With no sugar, it is sweetened with dates and uses plant milk, making it a vegan recipe!
30. Pears aren’t as common in ice cream as perhaps mango and strawberries, but this Caramelized Pear Ice Cream from Food52 is worth trying, thanks to the caramelizing of the pears which gives it an extra edge.
31. There’s no reason to relegate apple pie to September-October just because it’s known as a ‘fall recipe’! Try out this Apple Pie Ice Cream from Evergreen Kitchen that tastes lovely with the combination of apples, spices and coconut milk.
32. Super Healthy Kids claims that this is the Easiest Homemade Ice Cream ever, made with just bananas, milk and vanilla – you’ll have to try it out to see if it’s true!
33. Here’s another Easy Vanilla Ice Cream from Little Passports that is moderately sweet using just a tablespoon of sugar.
34. Got chocolate lovers at home? Then this Chocolate Ice Cream from First Cry is a must try! The chocolate bar and cocoa powder together are pure chocolate bliss!
Please stick to the age recommendations of each recipe. The main things to consider are choking hazards of seeds, nuts or pieces of fruit, as well as the fact that babies under one can’t have sugar, honey or cow’s milk. But with so many substitutes, these are hardly a problem anymore, and now there’s nothing stopping the entire family from enjoying some frozen treats this summer!