Craving something sweet? Thanks to this low carb ice cream recipe, you can enjoy your favorite dessert all summer long — even on the keto diet.
This keto ice cream is incredibly easy to make. You don’t need an ice cream maker or any other special equipment, just three ingredients and a few mason jars. This no churn ice cream recipe takes five minutes to prepare and is the perfect no-guilt summertime treat.
For this recipe, you will need:
- Heavy whipping cream
- Monk fruit sweetener
- Pure vanilla extract
The Secret Ingredient to No Sugar, Low Carb Ice Cream
One glance at the nutrition facts and you know this is no ordinary ice cream recipe. It contains just 3.91 grams of net carbs per cup, while a leading brand of vanilla ice cream contains 28 grams of total carbohydrates — all of which are sugar[*].
Monk Fruit Does Not Raise Blood Glucose Like Regular Sugar
The secret to this recipe is monk fruit, one of the most popular sweeteners on keto and several low calorie diets. Monk fruit contains 150-200 times the sweetness of cane sugar, with zero calories[*]. Used in China for up to 1,000 years, it is a relatively new ingredient in Western culture. It is used in keto and low carb recipes, as it has no effect on insulin or blood sugar.
Monk Fruit Has Numerous Health Benefits
Monk fruit helps to fight allergies, infection, and diabetes[*]. It also has high levels of antioxidants, helping to fight against free radicals, oxidative stress and inflammation. Magrosides, the compounds in monk fruit that give it its extreme sweetness, are the nutritional powerhouses responsible for the high levels of antioxidants. In fact, magrosides have even been shown to inhibit reactive oxygen species and DNA oxidative damage[*].
Monk fruit can be found in health food stores or on Amazon. If you have trouble finding monk fruit, you can substitute another keto-friendly sweetener. Stevia, erythritol and Swerve all provide the same glycemic benefits, resulting in a sugar-free ice cream.
How to Make This Recipe Dairy Free
If you do not tolerate dairy, you can swap in almond milk or coconut milk for the heavy cream. But know this: Swapping out a non-dairy milk will affect the texture of your ice cream. Coconut milk and almond milk freeze differently than dairy, resulting in a more ice-like texture. Here are a few tips to combat that:
- Allow your ice cream to thaw: When using a non-dairy milk, allow your ice cream to thaw on the counter first, resulting in a soft serve ice cream texture.
- Add egg yolks: Egg yolks add a layer of creaminess to your ice cream, resulting in an ice cream similar to a custard (this recipe uses 3 egg yolks, coconut cream and cocoa powder to make keto chocolate ice cream)
- Add peanut butter or almond butter: To make a vegan keto ice cream, combine coconut cream with peanut butter for a thick consistency, like in this recipe.
A Note on Keto Dairy
When selecting your heavy cream, choose the highest quality you can reasonably afford. Select an organic, grass-fed dairy product, ignoring the low-fat or fat-free products lining store shelves.
Heavy whipping cream and heavy cream are high in fat and contain zero carbs, making them ideal for the ketogenic diet. If you can’t find organic options for either of these two products, do not substitute milk, half and half or condensed milk. These dairy products are high in carbs (even a glass of whole milk contains over 12 grams of carbs), which isn’t ideal for a keto recipe.
How to Make Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
This vanilla bean ice cream base can easily be modified to make your favorite flavor. Add in any number of keto-friendly toppings, like dark chocolate chips, pistachios or berries. Make the base per the instructions below, then stir your toppings into the mason jars with a spoon.
Enjoy This Keto Ice Cream
This keto ice cream recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. Simply combine your three ingredients in a mason jar (serving as your ice cream machine) and shake well. Once the ingredients are mixed, add in your favorite toppings, if desired. Screw the lids on the jars, and place into the freezer.
Your delicious, no churn ice cream will be ready in as little as 4-6 hours. It’s a good to check on your ice cream every hour or two to ensure the ingredients haven’t separated. If so, simply unscrew the lid, stir and refreeze.
With less than 5 grams of net carbs and only three ingredients, this is one keto dessert you can feel great about. And if you love this recipe, check out these other keto-friendly ice cream recipes:Print
Easy No Churn Keto Ice Cream
Finally, a keto ice cream recipe that doesn’t require fancy equipment! This no-churn keto ice cream recipe will satisfy that sweet tooth.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 4
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: French
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
- 4 tbsp monk fruit sweetener, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided
- In two wide-mouth mason jars, add 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tbsp monk fruit sweetener, ¾ tsp vanilla extract.
- Shake vigorously for 5 minutes.
- Place jars in the freezer and allow to freeze until solid, about 4-6 hours. (Approximately every two hours, shake jars a few times to move cream around).
- Serve chilled and enjoy!
- Calories: 400
- Fat: 44.05g
- Carbohydrates: 3.91g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 2.45g
Keywords: keto ice cream