Craving something sweet? Thanks to this gluten-free, low-carb ice cream recipe, you can enjoy your favorite dessert, 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 four simple 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:
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[*]. The secret ingredient? Monk fruit.
Monk Fruit Does Not Raise Blood Glucose Like Regular Sugar
Although used in China for more than a thousand years, it’s a relatively new ingredient in Western culture. The great news is that monk fruit has no effect on insulin or blood sugar[*].
Monk Fruit Has Numerous Health Benefits
Monk fruit has high levels of antioxidants, which help your body 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[*].
How to Make This Recipe Dairy Free
If you have trouble finding monk fruit in your local grocery stores, you can substitute another keto-friendly sweetener. There are three very popular types of keto sweeteners to choose from.
Stevia and monk fruit both provide the same glycemic benefits, resulting in a sugar-free ice cream that tastes like the real deal.
Stevia is an extract from the herb Stevia rebaudiana that’s usually used in powder or liquid form (as stevia drops). Since it is 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar, you only need a very small amount in your ice cream.
Another popular sugar replacement is erythritol. It’s a sugar alcohol that is found naturally in many foods, mostly fruits, and vegetables, and does not appear to have negative side effects when used in moderation.
One study found that only those who consumed 50 grams of erythritol in a day experienced minor stomach gurgling and nausea, but it was less than those who consumed xylitol[*]. While it’s white and powdery like regular sugar, it isn’t as sweet as granulated sugar, so you might have to use a bit more.
Another popular keto sweetener is Swerve. It’s a combination of erythritol, natural citrus flavor, and oligosaccharides, which are carbohydrates created by adding enzymes to starchy root vegetables.
Your body doesn’t digest oligosaccharides, which is why they don’t affect blood sugar[*].
Swerve is sold at most health food stores and tastes basically just as sweet as table sugar, so it’s an easy replacement. Simply use the same amount of Swerve as you would granulated sugar.
A Note on Keto Dairy
When selecting your heavy cream, choose the highest quality you can afford. Select an organic, grass-fed dairy product, ignoring the low-fat or fat-free products lining store shelves.
When you choose organic dairy products, you are buying food that has no added hormones and comes from cows that aren’t given antibiotics.
Heavy whipping cream and heavy cream are high in fat and contain almost no carbs, making them ideal for the ketogenic diet[*]. If you can’t find organic options for either of these two products, don’t substitute milk, half-and-half, or condensed milk.
Why? 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
You can easily modify this vanilla bean ice cream base to make your favorite flavor. Add in any number of keto-friendly toppings. Make the base per the instructions below, then stir your toppings into the mason jars with a spoon.
Here are some keto ice cream toppings you add to create your own unique flavors:
- Sugar-free dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- Perfect Keto bars, crumbled
- Cocoa powder
No-Churn Ice Cream in a Loaf Pan
Making this ice cream in mason jars will save you freezer space and they help provide individual portions.
You can also make this recipe in a glass or non-stick loaf pan. The entire recipe and process are both the same. The only difference is that you will have a larger container to stir.
If you use a non-stick loaf pan, use a wooden spoon to stir your ice cream so you don’t scratch it. Remember to keep the loaf pan sealed.
How to Make Homemade Ice Cream
This keto ice cream recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. Simply combine your four ingredients in a mason jar (serving as your ice cream machine) and shake well.
After you mix the ingredients, add in your favorite toppings. Screw the lids on the jars, and place in the freezer.
Your delicious, no-churn ice cream will be ready in as little as 4-6 hours. 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.
How Often to Stir No-Churn Ice Cream
When you check on the ice cream, if you see ice crystals forming or the ingredients separating, it’s time to stir it again. That’s what the ice cream maker does, so you will be doing that in place of the machine.
It’s best to check on your ice cream and stir it about once every hour or so.
Best Keto Ice Cream Recipe
With fewer than 5 grams of net carbs and only four 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 your sweet tooth.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: French
- In two wide-mouth mason jars, add 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tbsp monk fruit sweetener, 1 scoop collagen powder, and 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: 440
- Fat: 46.05g
- Carbohydrates: 4.40g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 7.45g
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