Healthy Ice Cream Cake Recipe

An ice cream cake with no sugar, egg yolks, and cream? And it tastes dreamy? Absolutely!

This healthy ice cream cake recipe is the brainchild of the award-winning chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami. Guests at the Pritikin Center adopt healthy lifestyle habits that dramatically reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure, excess weight, and other heart disease risk factors.

Ice Cream Cake

Enjoy our Banana Ricotta Ice Cream Cake, and know that your heart and waistline will be happy, too.

As this healthy ice cream cake recipe demonstrates, Pritikin eating is not just about getting rid of the bad stuff. It’s about making sure we eat plenty of good, whole, nutrient-rich foods.

Healthy Ice Cream Cake Recipe

“Enjoy our Banana Ricotta Ice Cream Cake, and know that your heart and waistline will be happy, too,” smiles Pritikin’s Executive Chef Vincent Della Polla.

“But don’t have a slice every night,” cautions Pritikin Director of Nutrition Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD. “Sure, our healthy ice cream cake recipe is a much better choice than regular ice cream cakes, which are typically a mash-up of white flour, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artery-clogging cream and egg yolks.

“But your best choice for dessert, if you choose to have dessert, is nature’s own candy – fresh fruit. That’s because the calorie density of fruit is always going to be lower than any ice cream-style dessert, even healthier versions.  If you’re trying to lose weight, fruit is always a better choice. Plus, fruit is naturally packed with hundreds, potentially even thousands, of beneficial nutrients, not to mention their complex interplay, which scientists are only now beginning to understand.”

And what better time to enjoy fruit than spring or summer? Peaches, nectarines, cherries, melons! Right now our farmers’ markets and grocery stores are brimming with healthy delights. Enjoy!

Banana Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Banana Ricotta Ice Cream Cake
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An ice cream cake with no sugar, egg yolks, and cream? And it tastes dreamy? Absolutely! This healthy ice cream cake recipe is the brainchild of the award-winning chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami. For 40 years, the renowned health resort has helped tens of thousands worldwide adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
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4 people 50 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 50 minutes
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Banana Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Banana Ricotta Ice Cream Cake
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Rating: 5
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An ice cream cake with no sugar, egg yolks, and cream? And it tastes dreamy? Absolutely! This healthy ice cream cake recipe is the brainchild of the award-winning chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami. For 40 years, the renowned health resort has helped tens of thousands worldwide adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 50 minutes
Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 50 minutes
Cook Time
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Ingredients
CAKE
ICE CREAM
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Instructions
To Make Cake
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whip egg whites and no-calorie sweetener until fluffy. Stir in vanilla.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together baking powder, whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Make a well in the center of the medium bowl, and pour in whipped egg white mixture and 1 cup of nonfat milk.
  5. Gently combine until smooth by cutting through the center of the mixture with a spatula and folding the mixture over on top of itself (cutting and folding). Add more milk, if needed, to achieve smooth texture. Do not over-stir. The fewer strokes made, the better.
  6. Pour cake batter into 9” x 4½” x 2½” loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cool.
To Make Banana Ricotta Ice Cream
  1. Remove bananas from freezer and let sit for 5 minutes (until they begin to defrost around the edges).
  2. Place ricotta cheese in a food processor and pulse.
  3. Chop the bananas and add to the food processor along with all remaining ingredients.
  4. Puree until smooth and creamy.
  5. Scoop mixture into a plastic bowl and cover with plastic food wrap, making sure the plastic wrap touches the top of the mixture. Place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
To Assemble Ice Cream Cake
  1. Remove cake from loaf pan. Slice cake, lengthwise, into three long slices. Place one slice in bottom of loaf pan.
  2. Remove ice cream from freezer. Spread half the ice cream mixture evenly over the cake slice in the loaf pan. Cover ice cream with second slice of cake. Spread remainder of ice cream evenly over second slice of cake. Cover with third slice of cake.
  3. Wrap the entire loaf pan with plastic food wrap, and freeze.
  4. When ready to serve, remove from freezer, and cut into four thick slices.
Recipe Notes

If desired, garnish your ice cream cake slices with fresh strawberries and Blackberry Compote.

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