5 Melt in Your Mouth Ice Cream Recipes in Honor of National Ice Cream Day

Serve up a triple-scoop of these healthy takes on ice cream in celebration of your favorite summer dessert.

Now that we’re well into the part of summer where heat and humidity threaten to smother us the minute we step outside, ice cream always seems like a good idea.

Whether you’ve just stepped out of a hot yoga class or are catching the train back from a long day at the beach, a couple creamy scoops of mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, or classic vanilla are too enticing to pass up. We don’t know about you, but we’re practically considering starting a side-hustle just to finance our ice cream habit.

As if you needed an additional excuse to stop by Baskin-Robbins (or our favorite New York spots: Sundaes and Cones, Milk Bar, and Davey’s), this Sunday, June 16th is National Ice Cream Day. In the niche world of obscure holidays, this one might just take the cake. Perhaps because it’s so aptly placed in medias July.

But instead of battling the line at your local Ben & Jerry’s or chasing the ice cream truck down the street this holiday, why not try whipping up your own ice from the comfort of your air conditioning? And since you’re in control of what’s going into this creamy concoction, you can be a little more picky about the ingredients. We’ve rounded up five healthy versions of everyone’s favorite summer dessert. Get your scooper ready—you don’t need to feel guilty about grabbing an extra serving of these recipes.

Sugar-Free Coconut Vegan Ice Cream

Coconut and vanilla bean are some of our favorite summertime flavors. Since this recipe is sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free, it’s a crowd pleaser for parties with multiple dietary restrictions. Cut up fresh peaches to accompany this delicious recipe.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream 

For all the chocolate and peanut butter shippers out there (almost everyone, right?)this recipe is for you. We highly suggest doubling the amount of peanut butter, just because.

Fresh Peach Sorbet

For those of you who prefer a fruit-filled dessert, this recipe is the perfect way to celebrate. This four-ingredient recipe is simple enough to make each summer Sunday and enjoy throughout the week.

Avocado Ice Cream

Lately, I’ve been having this issue where I buy six avocados at the grocery store hoping that one will magically turn ripe each day. In reality though, they all decide to reach their peak flavor at once. But this ice cream is the solution. Skip the extra-large batch of guac and enjoy this dessert by the pool.

Oatmeal Cookie Banana Ice Cream

If your weekend long runs have you craving protein and sugar, whip up this recipe the night before. With oatmeal and protein powder, this ice cream will give you a much-needed boost after a strenuous start to Sunday Funday.

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