This healthy oatmeal raisin ice cream is made with a banana ice cream base and has oats and raisins throughout. It’s naturally sweetened and absolutely delicious!
This recipe came to me while I was making oatmeal raisin protein cookies, which use bananas as the base. I decided to taste the “batter” and turns out the batter was delicious on its own (no surprise there). I couldn’t stop eating it.
The funny thing is that there’s an ice cream shop here in Richmond called Gelati Celesti that has a flavor called cinnamon oatmeal cookie dough and it’s my all-time favorite, but the idea of making a healthy banana soft serve version never crossed my mind.
If you’re dealing with sweltering heat right now, I highly recommend cool down with this healthy frozen treat. You can feel good about eating it because it’s vegan, low-fat, gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats) and absolutely delicious.
Here’s What You Need:
frozen bananas – frozen bananas are the base of this vegan “nice cream”. I like to cut them into chunks so they blend up a little easier in the food processor.
old fashioned oats – adds a little texture and a delicious oatmeal cookie flavor.
raisins – another staple ingredient in this recipe. The raisins add a hint of sweetness and raisin flavor that pairs with the oatmeal.
unsweetened vanilla almond milk – any non-dairy milk works, but I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
cinnamon – the perfect spice to bring all of the flavors together!
Is Banana Ice Cream Healthier Than Traditional Ice Cream?
Heck yes! This “ice cream” is lower in sugar and higher in fiber thanks to the banana. It’s also low-fat, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free, making it a great treat for those with dietary restrictions. I actually prefer banana ice cream to regular ice cream and Liv is a big fan too!
How to Store
My batch always disappears a little too quickly… but if you have self control and want to store leftovers, this will last for up to 3 months when stored in an airtight container in the freezer.