10 Low-Calorie Frozen Treat Recipes
Frozen fruit is one of the sweetest—and healthiest—ways to enjoy nature's bounty.
Whether it's juicy watermelon, luscious cantaloupe, or sweet blueberries, you can work your favorite fruit into a delicious slushy, ice pop or homemade ice cream. Here are 14 ways to cool off this summer with a tasty, low-calorie treat.
Coconut Snowball Sundae
Try this recipe: Coconut Snowball Sundae
Coconut milk and cream provide a rich vegan edge to the classic summer sundae. Top it with toasted nuts, cherries and mint for a refreshing and healthy hot weather snack.
Ingredients: coconut milk, unsweetened coconut cream, maple syrup, vanilla extract, sea salt, bittersweet chocolate, coconut oil, toasted unsweetened coconut flakes, fresh cherries, toasted chopped nuts, mint sprigs
Try this recipe: Cucumber-Mint Granita
Freeze water, honey and a flavoring of your choice—in this case cucumber and mint—and you've got yourself a granita, as refreshing of a summer treat as you're likely to find.
Ingredients: English cucumber, water, fresh mint, honey, sea salt
Try this recipe: Strawberry-Lime Squares
This cold and creamy snack is like healthier version of strawberry cheesecake, complete with the delightful graham cracker crust.
Ingredients: graham cracker crumbs, unsalted butter, fresh strawberries, plain whole-milk yogurt, honey, lime zest, fresh lime juice, heavy cream
Caliente Mango Sorbet
Try this recipe: Caliente Mango Sorbet
Chili gives a kick; remove the seeds for a milder taste.
Ingredients: Water, honey, Fresno chili, kosher salt, frozen mango chunks, fresh orange juice, lime juice
Fudgy Pudding Pops
Try this recipe: Fudgy Pudding Pops
The surprise avocado in these pops adds nutrients and a silky texture.
Ingredients: Unsweetened chocolate almond milk, coconut sugar, unsweetened cocoa, cornstarch, bittersweet chocolate, avocado, vanilla extract, salt
Cherry-Vanilla Buttermilk Ice Cream
Try this recipe: Cherry-Vanilla Buttermilk Ice Cream
Research shows cherries’ anti-inflammatory properties may help ease muscle soreness.
Ingredients: Cherries, maple syrup, vanilla bean, buttermilk, coconut sugar, kosher salt
Nectarine-Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Pie Bites
Try this recipe: Nectarine-Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Pie Bites
These mini pies get their sweetness from fruit (dates, blueberries, and nectarines) and just a touch of honey, making them the perfect low-calorie sweet treat. Bonus: The whole-milk yogurt in this recipe adds 96 mg of calcium, which you might not normally get with your typical after-dinner dessert.
Ingredients: Pitted dates, toasted almonds, almond butter, blueberries, nectarine, plain whole-milk yogurt, honey
Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites
Try this recipe: Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites
Bananas are packed with resistant starch, a type of carb that boosts metabolism.
Ingredients: Bananas, cocktail picks, dark chocolate, coconut oil, dried coconut, toasted almonds, sea salt flakes
Try this recipe: Mimosa Granita
Wine-sparked granita elevates brunch (use white grape juice for non-drinkers.)
Ingredients: Water, coconut sugar, salt, orange juice, sweet white wine
Cantaloupe and Lime Slushy
Watermelon, Tequila, and Lime Granita
Try this recipe: Watermelon, Tequila and Lime Granita
This granita is a refreshing, low-calorie treat on a hot summer's day. For an extra layer of flavor, you can also serve this sip in a margarita glass with a salted rim.
Ingredients: Cubed watermelon, lime zest, fresh lime juice, blanco tequila, light agave nectar, lime wedges
Blueberry-Banana Ice Cream
Peach-Buttermilk Ice Pops
Try this recipe: Peach-Buttermilk Ice Pops
Prep Tip: Instead of blanching the peaches, use a serrated peeler to get the skins off.
Ingredients: Buttermilk, vanilla extract, almond extract, honey, ripe peaches or frozen peaches