A Healthy Hack on Ice Cream for Breakfast

Karen Solomon
by Karen Solomon
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A Healthy Hack on Ice Cream for Breakfast

If you asked them, my children would say they want a can of frosting for breakfast. Or the cake under it. Or, at minimum, the ice cream served alongside. The first two are absolutely out of the question. But that last morning mealtime fantasy? I’ve figured out a way to indulge it.

In truth, breakfast ice cream is more or less a frozen smoothie. Think: frozen chunks of fruit, icy cubes of dairy or nut milk and a bit of added sweetness. But instead of blending it into a drink to be slurped through a straw, it’s whipped into a frenzy in a food processor, served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon. To the child in all of us, it’s an indulgent dream made real: ice cream for breakfast.


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Here’s a game plan for your spoonable, satisfying treat: In the body of a food processor, combine a 12-ounce bag of frozen peaches or raspberries with about a half-cup of yogurt, a pinch of sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and about 3 tablespoons of honey or your favorite sweetener. Seriously puree — two full minutes, scraping down the sides as needed — until it’s completely smooth. Top it with granola, maple syrup or fresh fruit for that sundae feeling.

For a more filling, well-rounded meal, freeze rich milk-like coconut, cashew or whole milk in ice cube trays. Yogurt works, too. Add a few cubes to the fruit mixture before pureeing. Eat it straight away or freeze it for a couple of hours until firm. This cold confection won’t stay fresh for long, so only make what you can eat in a day or two.

Not healthy enough for you? Here’s the base for frozen confection idea number 3: Bananas. Peel them. Cut them into quarters. Freeze them solid. Drop them into your food processor and whirl until totally smooth. Voila! Sweet, creamy and spoon-ready one-ingredient ice cream. This culinary magic trick is almost too good to be true. No one will judge you if you dust that with some sliced almonds or a sprinkle of cocoa powder. You will likely get applause if you scoop it on top of a waffle.


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I don’t often take culinary advice from children (“Pizza again?? Really?”), but sometimes the best breakfast ideas sprout from the mouths of babes.

About the Author

Karen Solomon
Karen Solomon

Karen is the author of Asian Pickles; Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It; and Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It (Ten Speed Press/Random House). Her writing and recipes have appeared on Saveur.com, in Fine Cooking, Prevention, Men’s Health, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Yoga Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. You can also find her leading food tours for Edible Excursions through her neighborhood in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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21 responses to “A Healthy Hack on Ice Cream for Breakfast”

  1. Avatar Victoria Wheeler says:

    These blogs are so much about emulating/eating high calorie/high carb junk food treats. It’s easy to over-consume fruit in the frozen format recommended in the article. I noticed the author isn’t showing off her fit figure in the photo. Stop trying to get us to sabotage our diets, and post some low carb stuff for a change.

    • Avatar Kelly Monroe says:

      Your opinion of the recipe could have been expressed without making a nasty comment about the author’s photo…. and it would have saved you from sounding incredibly rude.

      You don’t know anything about this woman, her life, or her journey. I didn’t realize the only people allowed to share recipes or encourage a healthier lifestyle were those with “fit figures”.

      If you’re this offended by a banana you should probably stay off social media.

      • Avatar Mel says:

        Agree totally Kelly. The author’s physique should be irrelevant. I do agree on one thing though, that many articles on my FP newsfeed are high calorie, high carb recipes.
        I laughed out loud at the offensive banana comment!

      • Avatar Shawn Kuehn says:

        Absolutely Agree with Kelly Monroe. People are so negative these days its just sad. It’s almost like they are just waiting(like Tiger in Winnie the Pooh) to POUNCE on someone’s open, story or conversation piece. I guess I just always remember what My Mother & Grandmothers taught me “If you have nothing NICE to say DON’T ‘ say anything at all. If you have a opinion about something you disagree about “that’s just fine ** we all have the right to our own opinions”, but please just don’t do it so Sarcastically. Just remember that other person that wrote their opinion you disagree with, well they also have “THEIR RIGHT” to express it. WITHOUT being Judge, Ridicules or whatever else comments state to put them down. Sorry, for the LONG response, but I’m getting so tired of People attacking one another just because they don’t agree with each others opinion. It’s sad this world has come to that. Thank you =)

      • Avatar scorpionreina says:

        ABSOLUTELY love the support being shown for this author! Restores a little of my faith in humanity. Rock on you guys!!!

    • Avatar kayj1223 says:

      Maybe you don’t need to read the recipe blogs! As with anything else, how MUCH you eat is up to you! You can take the healthiest recipe out there but if you eat too much of it, it becomes not so healthy! Don’t blame others for your own weaknesses. Move on instead of being downright rude!

    • Avatar Lilarose Davis says:

      Not impressed by your comments.

    • Avatar Rob Powers says:

      If your lifestyle can handle the calories, ice cream is awesome. Victoria, take responsibility for yourself. How can a blog sabotage anything of yours?

  2. Avatar Jim Cook says:

    Clever!

  3. Avatar candjmunoz says:

    I have done this! I made the banana ice cream with peanut butter and cocoa powder added. It was so good!

    I disagree that this article is an attempt to sabotage our diets. If I can eat ice cream in moderation and still maintain balance, then surely I can find a way to eat frozen bananas in moderation, too. When I made it, I limited my family to one banana a piece. If they wanted more for breakfast, I would have happily scrambled up some eggs.

    We have eaten this a total of one time in the last year. Balance is the key to any new recipe.

    • Avatar Cass_m says:

      Adding peanut butter and cocoa powder is a great idea for a filling breakfast. A change in eating habits is more likely to ‘stick’ if people don’t feel deprived. Serving sizes are integral.

  4. Avatar Shawn says:

    I absolutely agree Mel It’s sad that some people just have to attack everyone else words or opinions.

  5. Avatar Monica Stewart Lewis says:

    You are correct that fruit sugars are processed differently… Fructose is incredibly stressful on your liver. Fruit should be limited to low carb berries, very infrequently.
    A better ice cream recipe should be high-fat, low carb, no sugar.
    The fruit-ladened recipe above would spike insulin levels, putting you r body into fat storage mode, and have your kids crashing by recess (or sooner).

    • Avatar Tonya Jubyna says:

      As opposed to eating straight ice cream, this is a wonderful idea. If it’s not for you, simply don’t read it. And, fruit, non-dairy yogurt, nut milk and stevia? Sounds pretty healthy to me. And, if your going to have fruit, breakfast time would be best so your body has all day to use those sugars.

    • Avatar Summer Rose says:

      I politely beg to differ. I’ve learned the hard way that every body is different. HFLC did not work for me, in fact I put on fats after a year being on it. I went back to eating a more balanced meal and slowly I’m losing back the fats. I too thought HFLC was the holy grail lifestyle (and I loved it) but actually it isn’t for everyone. Do what works for you. I’m maintaining my slim figure right now eating bananas every day (would have freaked out having to eat half a banana 2 years ago while mentally calculating if I’d gone over my net carb count).
      Bottom line: some people do great adopting a HFLC lifestyle, some people do great with HCLF, some people do great eating high protein and low everything else, some are more suitable with a balanced macro. We all do what works for us. It’s just a matter of finding the right one. Cheers.

  6. Avatar Mary Ann Bornaschella says:

    I think this is a great idea. I’m the Nursing Director in a long term care facility. On occasion, my residents won’t eat and this ice cream idea would help get calories in them that they otherwise wouldn’t get…and everyone likes ice cream!

  7. Avatar Paula McDermott says:

    I agree completely with all that you said, and some of us are lactose intolerant. Regular ice cream to us is delicious, but the after effects are not pleasant.

  8. Avatar Rob Powers says:

    So when I was running 30 miles a week and lifting regularly I ate a quart of ice cream almost every am with morning coffee. Weighed 180 with 12 to 15% fat. Now I’m old, broken, 20 pounds heavier hover around 30% and eat about a scoop of ice cream once every other month. But if you are burning the calories I highly recommend it as a morning snack. It would get me through 8 to 10 intense miles running or three times that on a bike with no crash or wall. Serious breakfast is what you eat after the morning Run.

  9. Avatar Lyn says:

    I find the concern rather interesting that eating fruit ice cream as being over indulgent. I lost 60 pounds in 2015/2016 on the HMR diet that required a minimum of 5 fruits and vegetable servings a day. The diet’s mantra was “the more the better”; one it took me a couple months to finally try. When I double my fruit and vegetables at meals and ate fruits or veggies anytime I thought I was hungry or wanted a snack, up to 10+ servings in a day, I lost weight that week. Eating healthy fruit smoothies or ice cream is not an indulgence; it is simply a different version of the fruits I would eat otherwise. I have maintained my weight loss for a year and fruit and vegetables remain a major portion of my daily intake. Food processed “ice cream” is a staple for for my sweet tooth and takes care of my ice cream cravings.

  10. Avatar Lyn says:

    I find the concern rather interesting that eating fruit ice cream as being over indulgent. I lost 60 pounds in 2015/2016 on the HMR diet that required a minimum of 5 fruits and vegetable servings a day. The diet’s mantra was “the more the better”; one it took me a couple months to finally try. When I double my fruit and vegetables at meals and ate fruits or veggies anytime I thought I was hungry or wanted a snack, up to 10+ servings in a day, I lost weight that week. Eating healthy fruit smoothies or ice cream is not an indulgence; it is simply a different version of the fruits I would eat otherwise. I have maintained my weight loss for a year and fruit and vegetables remain a major portion of my daily intake. Food processed “ice cream” is a staple for for my sweet tooth and takes care of my ice cream cravings.

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