7 Healthier Ways to Serve Ice Cream (Kid Approved)
There’s something extra special about enjoying a delicious and creamy ice cream on a hot Summer’s day. Whether you love your ice cream served on a cone (dripping down your arms in true Aussie Summer style), in a cup with your favourite toppings or enjoying a bowl with your family, I’ve got 7 healthier ways to serve ice cream (kid approved) that I think will change your ice cream game!
Plant-based and dairy free ice cream
If you’re following a plant-based lifestyle or are on a dairy free diet, ice cream made from plant based ingredients such as coconut milk are a perfect match.
I prefer to look for brands that have simple and natural ingredients, without additives, or artificial flavours or sweetness and are refined sugar free or naturally sweetened. Coco Tribe is an organic brand of plant based ice cream that ticks all of these boxes. They have eight ice cream flavours (and four yoghurt flavours), gently sweetened with rice malt syrup and made from the finest coconut cream and plant-based ingredients. Coco Tribe ice cream and yoghurt are available now in a range of stores including Harris Farm and IGA. Find your nearest stockists here. I also love that Coco Tribe is an Australian based, family owned and operated brand.
Fun and Healthy Ways To Serve Ice Cream
Are you ready to take your favourite ice cream to the next level? At home we love our coconut ice cream and as a mum with kids, its a fun treat and one that you can enjoy and add to fun desserts with a healthy twist. Let me show you how with my 7 healthier ways to serve ice cream!
1. Smoothies and smoothie bowls! Adding ice cream to your smoothies or smoothie bowls will make them extra creamy and delicious. Add a scoop to your smoothie, along with your choice of milk, frozen fruit and include some hidden veggies such as spinach leaves, frozen zucchini or even steamed and cooled cauliflower (you won’t taste it!). You can also add in some extra healthy fats with avoacdo or nut butters.
2. Add healthy toppings. Add bonus nutrition by adding toppings such as crushed nuts, seeds, toasted coconut, fresh fruit, berries, cacao nibs, buckinis, chia seeds, granola or drizzle over peanut butter or your favourite nut butter.
3. For a healthier dessert option make chia pudding and top with a scoop of coconut ice cream.
4. Make a fun parfait with layers of muesli, fruit and ice cream.
5. Make homemade popsicles. Gently melt ice cream, blend with your favourite fruit and add some crunch factor with chopped nuts or granola and refreeze in popsicle moulds.
6. Serve over poached or baked whole fruit and top with toasted nuts, seeds or coconut. Apple slices cooked in coconut oil and cinnamon until soft and topped with coconut ice cream and crushed pecans is a delicious and healthier dessert.
7. Make a healthy crumble! Simply sauté your favourite fruit until soft such as apples with cinnamon, stone fruit or berries and top with a combination of almond meal, hazelnut meal, coconut, coconut oil and a drizzle of honey and bake in the oven. Serve with a scoop of ice cream. You can find my healthy crumble recipe here, it’s healthy enough for breakfast!
Share the Ice Cream Love!
If you love ice cream, you’ll love my homemade chocolate coated ice cream recipe. Gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.
I hope you love these healthy ice cream ideas as much as my family and kids do. I’d love to hear your healthy ice cream suggestions below, please comment and share your ideas.