On a warm summer day, nothing beats biting into thick chocolatey wafers to reveal their smooth ice cream center. But if you're trying to watch your weight or make healthier choices, ice cream sandwiches may be a distant memory as they can be high in fat and calories. In honor of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (arguably the best day of the year), we've found some low-calorie grocery store steals and tasty DIYs to help even the healthiest families celebrate.
ENLIGHTENED® Mint Sandwiches: At only 110 calories per sandwich, this cool refreshing mint ice cream squished between two chocolatey wafers is a low-fat, delicious treat. Each bar packs seven grams of protein and only five grams of sugar, making it a wise, no-guilt dessert or midday sweet snack. Click here to see ENLIGHTENED's website.
Skinny Cow® Cookies ’n Cream: A fan favorite, cookies and cream is usually a flavor that makes dieters cringe, but this low-fat version allows you to indulge without worry. Each sandwich is only 150 calories, has two grams of fat and three grams of fiber. For cookie lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this! Click here for deliciousness.
So Delicious® Minis Coconut Sandwiches: If you have a milk allergy or are lactose intolerant, finding sweet treats you can enjoy may be difficult. These mini sandwiches are soy-free and dairy-free, made with coconut milk to ensure that there’s an ice cream sandwich for everyone! They are only 100 calories and sacrifice no taste. Check them out here.
Skinny Cow® Snickerdoodle Sandwich: For a cool twist on a classic dessert, try this vanilla ice cream wedged between two yummy snickerdoodle wafers. A sandwich is only 140 calories and 2 grams of fat. It also packs 3 grams of fiber, making it a lighter sweet snack. Here you go!
TruMoo Chocolate Sandwiches: For chocolate lovers, this low-fat sandwich ensures you get your fix with both chocolate wafers and center. It’s only 150 calories per serving, has 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein. You’ll never have to dodge your choco cravings again. Check it out!
Raw Caramel Banana Ice Cream Sandwich: It's hard to believe this delicious DIY is raw, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. And as if that's not reason to try them, these sandwiches can be made simply with only four ingredients. The cookies are made with almonds and dates, creating a crunchy texture and flavor that is perfect for pairing with this banana ice cream. (via A Sunshine Mission)
Healthy Strawberry Banana Sandwiches: These Divas Can Cook ice cream sandwiches are made with only three ingredients, making them easy for any family! Sweet, very ripe fruits and organic natural graham crackers make this a healthy, guilt-free version of a classic sweet treat. She also suggests experimenting with different flavors, noting that her new favorite combinations are peanut butter + banana and banana + Nutella.
Raw Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich: So this is more like a frozen cookie, but it's a copycat Oreo! It's also vegan, no-bake, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free, making it a great option for indulging. Damy Health says, "The cookie is dark, rich and chocolatey. The ice cream is creamy, light and sweet. They are a divine combination." We believe it. Check the recipe out here.
Raspberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwich: If you're looking for a treat that's more tart and fruity, this raspberry Greek yogurt sandwich is a must-try. It's made with only four ingredients and uses a secret ingredient (honey-flavored Greek Gods yogurt) to make them thick and creamy. Learn to make this tasty Sweet Treats & More recipe here!
The Simple DIY: Want to make a lighter ice cream sandwich using your favorite flavor? Our final suggestion allows you to create your own sandwich in such a simple way, you'll wonder why you didn't think of it yourself! For a skinny swap with your ice cream, try using Breyers Fat Free Ice Cream in Creamy Vanilla (90 calories), Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned in Chocolate (100 calories) or Turkey Hill Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Light Ice Cream (120 calories). For smarter cookie recipes, check out these 30 flourless desserts! Watch the video below from Mad Genius Cooking to learn how to make your own ice cream sandwich.