Cantaloupe Banana Nice Cream with Pistachios

 

Raise your hand if you love summer! One of my favorite things about warm weather is cooling off with a refreshing treat, like this super simple fruit-based "ice cream" made with cantaloupe, banana, and pistachios.

 

Cut out the added sugar with Cantaloupe Banana Nice Cream with Pistachios for a healthier dessert! The sweet treat is just as creamy as real ice cream. #nicecream #healthydessertideas #mealprep101 #sweettreats #frozensummertreats

  

I love dessert, so I'm always looking for healthy ways to add it to my day. One of my favorite ways is a quickie banana ice cream, so I thought about what other flavor combos would work well. It turns out cantaloupe, banana, and lemon make a delicious frozen dessert treat!

  

To make this creation, I froze banana and cantaloupe overnight in a zip-top bag overnight. Then put the fruit, milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a high-speed blender to create "ice cream." Once I had my base, I thought about what food would make the best topping. I chose pistachios because they're full of filling healthy fats, protein, and fiberso I chopped them up for a crunchy topping.

 

If you want to make this a vegan recipe, just swap out the milk for your favorite plant-based alternative. Now go get your own bowl so you can have treat time, too!

 

 

Cut out the added sugar with Cantaloupe Banana Nice Cream with Pistachios for a healthier dessert! The sweet treat is just as creamy as real ice cream. #nicecream #healthydessertideas #mealprep101 #sweettreats #frozensummertreats

  

Helpful kitchen tools:

Lemon juicer

Lemon zester

4-cup food processor

Nut chopper

 

Ingredients:

1 ½ bananas, sliced

2 ½ cups cantaloupe, diced

1/4 cup reduced-fat milk

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 Tablespoon lemon zest

2 Tablespoons pistachios, chopped

 

Directions:

Freeze bananas and cantaloupe in a zip-top freezer bag overnight. Place frozen fruit, milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a food processor or high-speed blender. Process, pulse, or blend until completely smooth, pausing if necessary to push the ingredients toward the bottom of the processor or blender. (If using a blender, you may need to mix gently with a spoon when done blending.) Place in bowls, and top with pistachios. Enjoy! Makes 4 (1/2-cup) servings.

 

Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 100 Fat: 2.5 g Sat fat: 0.5 g Pro: 3 g Carbs: 21 g Sugar: 14 g Fiber: 3 g Chol: 21 g Sod: 25 g

 

Cut out the added sugar with Cantaloupe Banana Nice Cream with Pistachios for a healthier dessert! The sweet treat is just as creamy as real ice cream. #nicecream #healthydessertideas #mealprep101 #sweettreats #frozensummertreats

 

What are your thoughts on this topic? What are your favorite healthy summer desserts?

 

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Amy Gorin

is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,  media personality, and writer in the NYC area.