Who doesn't love ice cream, sorbet, ice lollies and other frozen treats? I've got healthy and indulgent frozen recipes including mango sorbet, banana fudge ice cream, blackcurrant frozen yogurt as well as homemade ice lollies. So come and get some cold homemade frozen dessert recipe inspiration! You'll find links to all my favourite frozen desserts in this post.
I love making homemade frozen dessert recipes for my family and they are among my most popular recipes. Every year I come up with new frozen snack recipes my children love that I can make and store in the freezer.
After all, I love make ahead recipes and frozen treats are the ultimate make ahead dessert. You can make them the same day, a day in advance or a whole month in advance. Being able to choose when to prepare food makes it so much easier to eat homemade food. And the best thing is, you know exactly what's in it!
Are homemade frozen dessert recipes healthier?
Well, it depends. You can get loads of fruit only no added sugar frozen desserts these days. However, sometimes you know exactly what you want to eat, but you can't get it in the shops. After all, when was the last time you saw a supermarket selling kiwi sorbet? Or heart-shaped frozen yogurt?
Of course, some shop-bought ice cream treats are full of strange sounding ingredients that definitely don't need to go in the homemade version. Then, even if it's full of cream and sugar, I like to think that at least I know what's in it!
What kinds of frozen desserts are there?
Here on Searching for Spice I've got recipes for ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, ice lollies or popsicles and even nice cream.
Do you need special equipment to make frozen desserts?
Well, the answer is no but it helps. I bought my ice cream maker almost ten years ago and I still use it regularly. It cost me less than thirty pounds. At the time I thought it was a bit of an indulgent purchase but unlike my pasta maker, it really has been used again and again!
It's so much easier to make ice cream in the ice cream maker than having to keep taking half-frozen ice cream out of the freezer to whisk every hour. The texture of ice cream made in an ice cream maker is smoother, creamier and just better than that made by hand.
Having said that, it's still worth making ice cream even if you haven't got a machine. After all, homemade ice cream is delicious, however you make it.
My favourite homemade ice cream recipes
Banana Fudge Ice cream recipe
This ice cream maker banana fudge ice cream is a real favourite of my husbands and I've made it for guests too! It's a creamy banana ice cream with pieces of chopped up chocolate fudge bar. Although I call it banana fudge ice cream, you could use a different snack bar or sweets to make all kinds of flavours.
Raspberry and White Chocolate Ice Cream
This raspberry and white chocolate ice cream is another one I make in the ice cream maker. It's an indulgent and delicious homemade ice cream recipe that my family loves!
Gooseberry Ice Cream
It may not be possible to get gooseberries depending on where you live. However, if you can get some then this homemade gooseberry ice cream is a great alternative to a pie or crumble. And probably a great topping for one of those too!
More ice cream recipes
Why not also check out some of these delicious homemade ice creams?
Chocolate Ice Cream Mousse - I'm not sure if this recipe belongs here or not. It started out as ice cream but was just too thick to churn. However, it was so good I had to keep it!
Homemade Sorbet Recipes
As well as ice cream I love making homemade sorbet too. It's less heavy than ice cream and so refreshing!
I dont' think anywone would turn down this refreshing strawberry sorbet. It's made in the ice cream maker and is perfect on a hot day.
Ginger and orange sorbet
I love the combination of orange and ginger in smoothies and so decided I had to try it in a sorbet with ginger and orange. If you're a fan of ginger you'll love it!
Mango Sorbet with a Hint of Lime
I had the best mango sorbet on holiday in Spain and afterwards I just had to recreate it! My kids love this lime and mango sorbet recipe and as I use tinned mango puree to make it, it is really easy to make too. Just 3 ingredients! Of course, feel free to make your own puree from fresh mangoes if you can!
Homemade Kiwi Sorbet
This homemade kiwi sorbet is zingier and less sweet than the mango sorbet. It also has lime in and is so refreshing!
Avocado Sorbet with Crab Salad
Ok, I know this isn't a dessert but give avocado sorbet a chance! I actually made this after being inspired by a restaurant meal. I loved it and wanted to recreate it at home. Although it is a starter, here the sorbet alone could stand as a dessert.
Homemade Frozen Yogurt Recipes
I think frozen yogurt is great as it's just a little healthier than ice cream and a little lighter. It's also very versatile.
Cantaloupe Melon Frozen Yogurt
I first decided to create a cantaloupe melon frozen yogurt as cantaloupe melon was one of my children's favourite fruits. It has a very delicate flavour that makes this frozen yogurt really delicious as well as a pretty colour!
Homemade Blackcurrant Frozen Yogurt
We picked the berries for this blackcurrant frozen yogurt ourselves. They give it a lovely strong berry taste and it has a lovely texture too!
Frozen Yogurt Hearts
If you don't have an ice cream maker but do at least have an ice cube tray then these frozen yogurt hearts are another delicious way to eat frozen yogurt. Of course, yours don't have to be heart-shaped!
If you like these then you might also like my rhubarb and fromage frais hearts. You don't have to make them with rhubarb. Any stewed fruit will do!
Homemade Ice Lolly Recipes
I have three really healthy homemade ice lolly recipes. They are ideal for making if you have an ice lolly mould but if you don't, moulds are very easy and cheap to buy. It's definitely worth getting one if you have young children!
Homemade Coconut Milk Ice Lollies with Pineapple
These strawberry and coconut milk ice lollies are easy to make and strawberries are so popular too!
Pineapple and coconut milk is a delicious combination. These simple coconut milk and pineapple ice lollies have just 3 ingredients and are so addictive. We all love them and they never last long enough!
Homemade Peach and Banana Ice Lollies
These peach and banana ice lollies also have just 3 ingredients! They are a lovely fruity combination and kids love the two different flavours in one ice lolly!
Nice Cream Recipes
Chocolate Banana Nice Cream
Well, I have just three nice cream recipes at the moment! This healthy chocolate banana nice cream is a delicious change from the sweeter traditional ice cream and if you're lucky, your family will love it too!
In case you're wondering, nice cream, is made with frozen pureed fruit to get a dessert that has the texture of ice cream but is completely dairy free!.
Pina Colada Nice Cream
This tropical pina colada nice cream is made with pineapple, banana, coconut cream and lime juice.
Blueberry Banana Nice Cream
This blueberry and banana nice cream has a hint of almond which makes it really tasty.
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