This is an easy recipe to make vanilla ice cream that's keto friendly, low carb, and sugar free. It's a simple dessert with just 4 ingredients and only 2 grams of net carbs per serving. No ice cream maker needed.
- Chill Pan: Prepare durable dish with 1.5 quart capacity, safe for freezer and hand mixer use — I use glass
9×5 inch loaf pan. Place pan in freezer to chill for about 10 minutes.
- Combine Ingredients: Whisk all ingredients in large bowl until sweetener is completely dissolved. Pour mixture into chilled pan, and freeze uncovered for about 45 minutes or until edges of mixture begin to set.
- Beat & Freeze (Note 3): Scrape down sides and use electric
hand mixerdirectly in pan to beat for about 30 seconds on low or until smooth. Return pan to freezer. Repeat this process every 30 minutes to scrape down frozen bits and beat mixture until smooth, freezing in between, for about 3 hours or until mixture is no longer liquid. As mixture freezes, it will become firmer each time you beat it. After beating for last time, use rubber spatula to flatten surface of ice cream, cover, and store in freezer until frozen.
- Serve (Note 4): Prior to serving, take ice cream out of freezer to thaw a bit before enjoying.
|Makes 5 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving (1/2 cup):|
|Calories 250 (95% from fat)|
|Total Fat 26g||40%|
|Saturated Fat 16g||82%|
|Net Carb 2g|
|Total Carb 2g (Note 5)||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
This is such a great starter recipe. I have made it as is and it was delicious but I started adding 1-2 egg yolks (raw) to the mixture along with 1 T of vodka and it really does elevate it in my opinion. Yesterday I added banana extract to the mixture and added chopped up unsweetened bakers chocolate and walnuts at the end of churning and OMG I’m not kidding it’s insanely delicious if you like Ben & Jerry’s chunky monkey ice cream it’s even better than that! So many wonderful ice creams to make and thank you for coming up with such an easy fool proof recipe. 😘
This is so yummy! You can mix it up with flavors or add ins … used a simple cuisinart ice cream maker and my only advice is to mix the sweetener into the cream BEFORE you pour in otherwise it will clump …
I made this recipe without an ice cream maker as I wanted to test some Keto Ice Cream recipes before making the purchase of a ice cream maker. It was so creamy and delicious. I normally want more than just vanilla flavored ice cream but “WOW” was this good. My husband and I had to pace ourselves and save some for later. I now know I definitely want to purchase an ice cream maker now and save our $$ from buying the Keto Ice Cream at the store. The making of this without the ice cream maker is a bit of a pain and seems messy to take out every 45 minutes and stir for a couple of hours but if I plan it and start early in the day, it’s so worth it! Thank you for sharing this simple 4 ingredient Keto ice cream recipe and the trick to making it without an ice cream maker.
I didn’t have any confectioners sugar left, so I used the monk fruit sweetener instead and was amazed at how good this was.
Did you use the same amount of sweetener?
I just made this! However I made it using my kitchenaid ice cream attachment. I added 1 tsp MCT oil and then added 1/2 cup sugar free chocolate chips at about the last 5 minutes of running time. Initial taste test results…..Awesome!!!
This was super yummy and so simple. I used coconut milk instead of almond but that was the only change. I’m really glad I tried this.
Great to hear that it works well with coconut milk. Thanks for the feedback, Margaret.
Made this for my husband and he declared it better than Rebel brand. I use vanilla bean paste rather than extract for a much richer taste.
Thank You so much for this recipe Julia!! I just made it my cuisinart ice cream maker, I added blitzed strawberries at the end. It was absolutely delicious- just perfect!!! This will be my #1 ice cream from here on out!! Keto Ice Cream Perfection 😃
With summer coming up in Aus I’ve been looking for a way to handle ice cream cravings because it is one of the hardest things for me to fight in hot weather. After trying a no churn recipe that was super complicated and time consuming which failed, I was a bit sceptical about this one, but I made a half batch test today and it is so delicious and creamy! It is also so simple, which is exactly what I wanted. It does freeze pretty solid once whipped up but I think leaving it out for 10 minutes or so before enjoying would do the trick!
I’m glad to hear this worked out for you, Ryleigh. I much prefer the texture of churned ice cream vs no-churn.
If it’s possible for you, could you a tablespoon of vodka to keep it from freezing like a brick?
Nope, 1t of vodka ruined the whole batch. Will not freeze.
I put vodka after about the second 30 minutes and it works every time. Yes, the finished product is very hard, so I put it in the microwave to soften enough to portion out. Hopefully that’ll work for you.
I made this tonight with Lakanto. I powdered it in a coffee grinder and used 1/4 cup and it came out perfect! Oh and I also used vanilla almond milk.
I already make a similar “morning shake” using equal parts of coconut milk and cream (1/2 cup each) with 1/8 cup sugar substitute and 1/2 teaspoon of flavoring, either maple, vanilla or my taste for the day. Your ice cream, is wonderful and simple with stuff I already have! Time consuming yes, but totally fills that sweet cold summer treat I had been missing on low carb. Can you make larger batches? Or does multiplying the recipe lose consistency or flavor?
Hi Adam! A larger batch is fine; if you’re making this ice cream using the beat-and-freeze method described in the instructions (as opposed to using an ice cream maker), you may want to use multiple freezer-safe dishes so that it doesn’t take too long to freeze.
Really good. I added mashed strawberries. Will definitely make again.
This is awesome! I cut back some on the swerve, but we keep it in the freezer all the time. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
How can I make this IN my ice cream maker? When do I put it in my ice cream maker?
Also, can I use something else in place of the almond milk? I can’t use that, or coconut milk. Thanks!
What about adding MCT oil to it so it stays soft to scoop next day or longer?
Unsweetened plain cashew milk might be a good replacement for almond milk.
I used cashew milk and it turned out awesome.
You should be able to add MCT. Won’t change the flavor but might change the texture. You should be able to use cashew milk instead of the almond milk. I’m about to make this recipe and will update with results!
Tried this tonight and LOVED it. Curious if you’ve made a chocolate variation? Amount of cocoa powder you’d recommend? Would I need to add more cream and/or almond milk?
I haven’t yet, but it’s on my list of things to make. One thing you can do is drizzle melted baking chocolate over the ice cream as it’s freezing but not completely frozen yet, and stirring it in to make little frozen chocolate “chips.”
I made it with unsweetened chocolate almond milk and added 1.5 tbsp organic cocoa powder and it was blissful!
Just tried this today – loved it! I added coffee extract. My husband is picky – even on his low carb diet, and he said this is a keeper! Thanks for sharing—
This is the BEST ice cream for keto that I have had….if u are scrolling defiantly try this recipe. Make sure u freeze and blend it the way she explains, and it is FANTASTIC !!!!
Delicious, I only used 1/4 cup os monk fruit and it was enough for me and I also used a vanilla bean.
I had bariatric surgery in February 2022 and was so grateful for this since I try to keep my carbs below 30 daily. Was super creamy and had no after taste that Swerve normally has. I added a little Caramel extract in place of some of the vanilla and was verybpleased.
Would canned coconut milk work in place of the cream?
Loved your vanilla ice cream recipe!!! Do you have a chocolate ice cream recipe?
Thank you! I don’t yet have a chocolate ice cream recipe. Sorry!
Love it, just made some easy!!
Can I use liquid stevia as a sweetener for this ice cream?
That should be fine. I can’t advise on the correct amount to use, so you may need to add to taste.
How do you add strawberries?