Keto ice cream that’s smooth and creamy without the sugar.
Serve it with these Air Fry Chocolate Chip Cookies or on top of brownies.
But you don’t have to be on a ketogenic diet—or any diet for that matter—to enjoy this simple and sugar-free ice cream.
Ice cream is one of my favorite foods (I suppose I should simply call it a food group at this point), and I don’t want anyone to be deprived of it. Despite the fact that I am not on the keto diet, I adore this ice cream!
What’s the best way to create keto ice cream?
Heavy cream is sometimes known as thickened cream or double cream. If you use reduced fat or light cream, the ice cream will not set as well as you want it to.
- Powdered sweetener – Any keto granulated sweetener in powder form. Instead of buying the pricey boxed solutions, I make my own. Sweeteners like xylitol, erythritol, and monk fruit sweetener are all excellent choices.
- Xanthan gum – thickens and provides the ice cream a scoop able texture.
- Vanilla extract – This is optional, but only if you want to make the traditional vanilla flavor. Other flavor extracts can be substituted.
What ice cream is keto friendly?
We are fortunate to live in a world where many grocery stores sell keto-friendly ice cream. Halotop, Rebel, and Enlightened are just a few of the brands that have introduced frozen desserts for individuals on a low-carb diet.
If you’re familiar with these labels, though, you’ll see that they’re quite pricey—up to $15 for a single pint! Fortunately, making your own keto ice cream is simple and only requires three key components!
For a long time, I’ve wanted to share a keto ice cream recipe. This recipe was created before I had an ice cream maker, and I was really pleased with the outcome. I mean, no-churn keto ice cream has become my new favorite treat, and I’m not going back!
This ice cream may appear to be quite fancy, but I assure you that it is extremely simple to make and requires no special equipment. There’s no need for sugar or eggs, yet you’d never know. It has a silky, thick, and creamy texture. The ice cream is tasty and simple to make.
Tips to make the best keto ice cream recipe
- Add 1 tablespoon of vodka to the mixture to help with the creaminess and ability to scoop the ice cream. You will not taste any alcohol in the ice cream.
- You must regularly stir the mixture, to ensure it does not ice up.
- If you own an ice cream maker, you are able to use that instead of simply freezing it. If you choose this option, double the ingredients.
- Chocolate– Add 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the mixture.
- Cookies and cream– Replace the vanilla extract with almond extract and add 1 cup of crushed keto Oreos.
- Strawberry – Add 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries and 1/2 teaspoon of strawberry extract.
- Mint chocolate chip – Replace the vanilla extract with peppermint extract and fold through 1/2 cup sugar free chocolate chips.
- Butter pecan – Add 1/2 teaspoon butter extract and 1/4 cup chopped pecans.
Serving and refreezing low carb ice cream
- To serve: If your ice cream is too icy once removed from the freezer, you can microwave it for 15 seconds or let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Re-freezing: The ice cream will become easier if re-frozen. If you do have leftovers and need to re-freeze them, place them in a new container and store them in the freezer for up to 1 month.
HOW TO MAKE LOW CARB ICE CREAM WITH AN ICE CREAM MAKER?
For a long time, I put off buying an ice cream machine, but I’m so pleased I did! It makes creating sugar-free ice cream at home a lot easier and consistent.
Simply transfer the ice cream mixture to an ice cream maker and churn until the consistency is close to soft-serve ice cream. On my machine, it takes about 15-20 minutes, but everyone is different, so follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
If you choose, you can eat the soft-serve as is after it has been churned. If you want more firm keto friendly ice cream, transfer to a container of your choice and freeze for a few more hours.
MAKING HOMEMADE KETO ICE CREAM
Homemade ice cream is delicious, but in my experience, it virtually always freezes solid after a few hours in the freezer and must be softened in the fridge for around half an hour before serving
. Even when I used to make my ice cream with sugar, this was a common occurrence.
After an hour or two in the freezer, the first few helpings were wonderful, but after that it was like attempting to chip away at a glacier with a kitchen knife.
I also assumed that ice cream had to be prepared with a lot of egg yolks to have the appropriate consistency.
I normally made my ice cream base with 4 to 6 yolks, which left me with a lot of orphaned egg whites that needed to be used. I’ve made some excellent ice cream flavors, but I’d given up hope of ever making one that would stay soft in the freezer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS ICE CREAM ON THE KETO DIET?
No, most ice creams aren’t suitable for a keto diet. There are a few keto ice cream companies on the market, but you know precisely what’s in yours when you make it yourself. Don’t worry, it’s a lot simpler than you might imagine.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO EAT ICE CREAM ON A KETO DIET?
On the keto diet, you can’t eat conventional ice cream, but you can eat keto ice cream! And, happily, creating my low-carb ice cream at home is a breeze.
With only 3 grams of net carbs per serving, this keto-friendly ice cream is also extremely low in carbs. It tastes incredibly delicious and rich at the same time!
CAN LOW-CARB ICE CREAM BE MADE WITHOUT AN ICE CREAM MAKER?
Yes! If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can create my low carb ice cream recipe without one. If you have an ice cream maker, you can also use it. I’ll show you both ways to create keto ice cream!