Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe

Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe – custard based vanilla ice cream, made with a few simple ingredients and churned in an ice cream maker. Perfect for summer. Sugar and gluten-free.

Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe in an ice cream container

This vanilla ice cream is the perfect homemade ketogenic dessert for a hot summer day. I used my go to vanilla bean ice cream recipe and made a few adjustments to make this low-carb and sugar-free custard. It turned out amazing! I churned it in my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, but don’t worry I’ve also included an option on how to freeze it without an ice cream maker. The result is similar, but not the same. Serve it on its own or with some berries.

Why a homemade keto ice cream recipe?

Because making it is easier than you may think and I have not been able to find some good keto ice cream in the stores. Most of them are still high in carbs and I don’t like the flavors.

 

Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe in a small dish

This Keto Ice Cream Recipe requires just 5 main ingredients:

  • egg yolks
  • heavy cream
  • almond milk
  • ketogenic sweetener (I use Swerve)
  • vanilla extract or vanilla bean
  • coconut oil (we need the fat)

Optional ingredients for this low-carb dessert are:

  • MCT oil (not everyone uses this ingredient in keto recipes)
  • almond extract – brings some nice flavor
  • additional fruit extracts (optional)
  • toppings like berries or melted chocolate

This Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe is not no churn. I’m planning to try a coconut milk based one and going to share it if it works.

Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe scooped into a bowl

This Keto Ice Cream Recipe contains eggs. This is a custard ice cream.

This keto ice cream recipe requires an ice-cream maker.

I use this Cuisinart one. If you don’t own one, you can pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer safe glass container and freeze it, stirring every 30 minutes for 2 hours. This should help in achieving a texture of soft serve like ice cream.

The sweetener used in this keto ice cream is powdered Swerve. I used 1/4 cup and the sweetness is fine. Keep in mind that keto sweeteners contain carbs.

If the ice cream custard does not taste sweet to you, you can add up to 2 tsp liquid stevia.

I added some coconut oil to this keto ice cream recipe, because it adds fat. MCT oil is rich in ketones, so if you decide to add some to the ice cream, it will be even better.

I used 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tsp MCT oil (optional).

I used a combination of full fat heavy cream and almond milk, but no regular milk, as it is not good for keto.

Coconut milk, instead of almond milk can be used.

How to make the custard for this Keto ice cream?

  • Combine the cream and almond milk in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer
  • In the mean time, whisk together the egg yolks and sweetener in a bowl
  • Add 1/2 cup of the hot cream/milk mixture to the egg yolks and whisk to combine, this is done to temper the egg yolks
  • Pour the mixture back to the sauce pan and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until the custard reaches 160F and coats the spatula. (I use a candy thermometer or this laser thermometer to check the temperature).
  • Stir in the coconut oil, (MCT oil- optional) and vanilla extract.
  • Cover and cool to room temperature.
  • Churn in an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Place in a freezer safe container and freeze until firm.

It is still summer around here, so I’m going to enjoy a scoop of this Keto vanilla ice cream by the pool! Eat the good stuff and still loose weight! It is unbelievable!

5 from 2 votes
Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe in a container with a scoop
Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
4 hrs
 

Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe - custard based vanilla ice cream, made with a few simple ingredients and churned in an ice cream maker. Perfect for summer. Sugar and gluten-free.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: keto ice cream recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 336 kcal
Ingredients
Other:
  • berries for topping
  • melted chocolate for topping
Instructions
  1. Combine the cream and almond milk in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer
  2. In the mean time, whisk together the egg yolks and sweetener in a bowl
  3. Add 1/2 cup of the hot cream/milk mixture to the egg yolks and whisk to combine, this is done to temper the egg yolks
  4. Pour the mixture back to the sauce pan and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until the custard reaches 160F and coats the spatula. (I use a candy thermometer or this laser thermometer to check the temperature).
  5. Stir in the coconut oil, (MCT oil- optional) and vanilla extract.
  6. Cover and cool to room temperature.
  7. Churn in an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer's directions.
  8. Place in a freezer safe container and freeze until firm.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 1 pint of ice cream.

Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb, Keto Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 374mg 125%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Potassium 74mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 25.3%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 14.8%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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