Get Ready For National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Get Ready For National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Ice cream is the perfect dessert choice for a variety of occasions, ranging from celebrations to weekend hangouts. This treat not only pairs well with any event, but it also acts as the ideal companion to any dish, whether you’re serving fresh fruit at the retirement community or bringing a cake to a party.

June 7 marks this year’s National Chocolate Ice Cream Day – what better way to honor this holiday than creating your own concoction from scratch? Break out the ice cream maker and get ready to churn a dish that your friends won’t stop talking about.

Create your own healthy blend at home
Ice cream – especially when paired with chocolate – can be one of the most delicious desserts possible, but if you don’t watch your ingredients, it can also be one of the most fattening. Like most rich dishes, it’s all right to indulge every once in a while, but eating too much of this treat can lead to health complications down the road, including elevated heart rate, frequent headaches and an irregular digestive system.

However, opting for a more healthy option can help decrease the occurrence of these symptoms and may even be able to give your body a boost to its immune system. Follow this simple recipe to wow your friends with a fantastic, feel-good option.

Fruit-based blend
It may not sound like traditional ice cream, but this recipe tastes exactly like chocolate ice cream – minus the fatting products. As an added bonus, this concoction doesn’t call for an ice cream maker, and instead uses a food processor to combine ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 5 bananas, frozen and diced
  • 1 cup milk (we recommend almond or soy milk)
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt

Directions
Simply blend the ingredients in your food processor until the texture resembles that of traditional ice cream – about 2-3 minutes.

Low-carb coconut cream
This option is perfect for those looking for a low-carb option that will offer the crisp taste of coconut. The blend uses frozen yogurt as opposed to milk and cream.

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. non-fat yogurt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions
Mix yogurt, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl, then whisk in baking soda, cocoa, salt and coconut, stirring until the mixture is consistently blended. Freeze the ice cream for an hour, then stir again. Transfer the dessert to your ice cream maker and allow it to freeze for an additional 5-6 hours.