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How to Make Healthy Ice Cream Sandwiches at Home
Emily Kyle Nutrition
Go For an Open-Face Version
To make your favorite ice cream sandwich just a little healthier, try an open-face version. This will help you cut calories and saturated fat from the cookies or brownies on the outside (and it leaves you with one side to enjoy).
Get the recipe: Vegan Nice Cream Hearts
Jump, Jive & Kale
Make a (N)ice Cream
Lindsey Pine, R.D.N., of Tasty Balance and Kim Klee, R.D.N., of Jump, Jive & Kale are both in favor of the "nice" cream trend! Lindsey says, "Instead of using ice cream, make your own 'nice' cream by blending frozen bananas with fruit and flavorings like peanut butter, coconut, or even cocoa powder." Kim agrees, noting: "If you're not a chocolate lover, try adding chopped walnuts and almond extract for a banana-nut sandwich. Don't knock it until you try it—it tastes more like ice cream than bananas and it's delicious!"
Get the recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip "Ice Cream"
Opt for a Whole-Grain Bar
No need to nix the sandwich altogether. Instead, try using KIND Breakfast bars like Julie Harrington, R.D.N., of RDeclicious Kitchen has in her stellar breakfast version. Not only are these sandwiches made with 100 percent gluten-free whole grains, they also feature a blend of oats, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa. You'll also fill up on protein from the Greek yogurt. Now that's a powerful way to start your day!
Get the recipe: Breakfast Ice Cream Sandwiches
Create a Healthy "Chocolate" Coating
Create a healthy hard shell for the ice cream sandwich by mixing melted coconut oil with maple syrup and unsweetened cocoa powder. Dip your sandwich in the mixture, freeze for a few minutes, and enjoy it—it's like a healthy Klondike!
Get the recipe: Thin Mint Ice Cream Sandwich
Pure Protein Crunch
Add in Chocolate. Yes, Chocolate.
I crave texture when diving into an ice cream sandwich. Unfortunately, most ice cream textures come from candy-coated goodies that don't pack a ton of nutrition. That's why I liked to mix Pure Protein Crunch Double Chocolate into my ice cream. This new, bite-size protein snack is packed with nutrition and contains non-GMO ingredients (plus, it's completely gluten-free). Just one single-serving pouch delivers 10 grams of soy protein in crunchy crisps. Pair that with the protein in your Greek yogurt ice cream and you've got yourself a guilt-free indulgence.
KISS in the Kitchen
Teaspoon of Spice
Add Fresh Fruit and Herbs
The Teaspoon of Spice ladies know a thing or two about healthy kitchen hacks. Using vanilla ice cream as the base, they create their own gourmet ice cream by infusing fresh fruits and herbs into the mix. Sandwich this between two whole-grain cookies and you're left with a winning treat—sans cleanup, too!
Get the recipe: Fruit + Herb Ice Cream Mix-Ins
Add Natural Sprinkles
Last but certainly not least, my favorite ice cream sandwich ingredient is nuts. I love to crush up pistachios and roll them on the outside of my sandwich to get that great texture. Plus, they add a pop of color from those green and purple antioxidants, aka "nature's sprinkles." Jump on the savory ice cream trend and use the Sweet Chili Wonderful Pistachios with a hint of lime sherbet—talk about a nutrient-dense treat.