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Low Carb & Keto Vanilla Ice Cream

This low-carb keto vanilla ice cream is ridiculously creamy and delicious. Plus, it won’t freeze rock solid, like your usual homemade low-carb ice cream!

Perfect for the ketogenic diet as an after-dinner treat, or simply an anytime snack.

It’s the easiest low-carb ice cream I’ve ever made, and there is no way you can mess this one up since it’s vanilla ice cream you can add almost anything, and it’s going to taste delicious.

It’s the best sugar-free low-carb ice cream recipe I’ve ever made. At least the best keto vanilla ice cream, for sure. You won’t believe how EASY it is to make this keto-friendly ice cream recipe.

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Can You Eat Ice Cream On A Keto Diet?

You can’t eat regular ice cream on keto, but you can eat keto ice cream! And fortunately, making my homemade low-carb ice cream recipe is super simple.

Can You Make Low Carb Ice Cream Without An Ice Cream Maker?

Yes! You can make my homemade low-carb ice cream recipe without an ice cream maker if you don’t have one. If you don’t have an ice cream freezer, you can still make ice cream.

But, you can also use an ice cream maker if you do have one. If you don’t own an ice cream maker, no big deal! This recipe will still turn out amazing as no-churn ice cream.

Better yet, if you’re an ice cream lover, you might want to consider getting an ice cream maker.

I have this one from Cuisinart and use it frequently. It’s one of the best appliance investments I’ve ever made.

Ingredients For Keto Ice Cream:

From this base, you can create a multitude of other flavors. Just be careful to pay attention to the carbohydrate content of anything else you add to make sure the ice cream maintains the macro profile you’re looking for.

Coconut Milk

Are you keto and dairy-free? You’ll want to go with the full-fat coconut milk option, which is one of my personal favorites.

You can also go with other milk options such as almond milk or cashew milk, or incorporate blended soaked cashews into the ice cream.

But, you have to know that using nuts and nut-based milk will add carbohydrates to the ice cream, so be cognizant of that if you’re keto.

Sweetener Options

My personal preference when it comes to zero-sugar sweeteners is Swerve. Other great sweetener options are Stevia, Monk Fruit Sweetener, Erythritol, and Xylitol.

How much sweetener should you use? That’s entirely up to you. All the above options have zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar, so theoretically, you can sweeten to your heart’s delight without a blood sugar backlash.

Vanilla Bean or Vanilla Extract:

Depending on the flavor you’re going for, you can absolutely go with or without a vanilla bean. You’re already putting two tablespoons of pure vanilla extract in the ice cream base to make it nice and vanilla-y, yet adding a vanilla bean adds an extra depth of flavor.

If you don’t keep vanilla beans on hand, don’t sweat it! Just be sure you use a high-quality pure vanilla extract.

You can use this keto ice cream recipe as your base for all your low-carb ice creams!

The consistency is very nice and creamy. One warning, though, just one taste of this ice cream will ruin any affinity you have for the purchased sugar-free ice cream out there.

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Low Carb & Keto Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

It`s the easiest low carb and keto vanilla ice cream and there is no way you can mess this one up. It is ridiculously creamy and delicious, and you won't believe how EASY it is to make this keto-friendly ice cream recipe.


  1. Add coconut milk, sweetener, vanilla bean with scraped seeds (if using), and salt to a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk until all the solids from the coconut milk have the dissolved and the mixture is smooth. If using a vanilla bean, simmer for 15 minutes to infuse the milk.
  3. Remove the vanilla bean and sprinkle xanthan gum little by little and blend until fully combined. You will likely have some air bubbles, but be sure to check there are no lumps. Any lumps will be resolved by mixing with a blender.
  4. Sieve the mixture to a bowl, cover with a layer of plastic wrap (cling film) laid directly over the vanilla mixture.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool completely. The texture will be thick and jelly-like (don't worry, your ice cream won't have this texture!).
  6. Add heavy whipping cream or cold coconut cream to a large chilled bowl and whip until soft peaks form. Mix in vanilla extract and the cooled vanilla mixture.
  7. Transfer ice cream to a sealable container and place in the freezer until frozen (4-6 hours to overnight).  And note that you can still use your ice cream machine if you wish (roughly 15 minutes to churn).
  8. If freezing overnight: take out your ice cream 10-20 minutes prior to serving (depending on your room temp!) and scoop away.


*You absolutely NEED to use full-fat coconut milk here! As lighter versions are simply diluted in water, and they'll make your ice cream icier.

**Be sure to measure a very lightly packed 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum, as it's an ingredient that's easy to overpack. And if you overdo it, you'll get gummy ice cream.

***You can add 1 tbsp vodka, brandy or booze of choice omit if using the larger quantity of vanilla extract. This is totally optional, it just keeps your ice cream from freezing rock solid. This ice cream is super creamy though, so 10-15 minutes at room temp make it ultra scoopable once again. The mixture should be thick but still slightly pourable. If your mixture is too thick, thin it out little by little with more coconut milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1g

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Eric B

Thursday 11th of March 2021

Made this last night, 03/10/2021, the fam loved it. At the end of Step 2, I added 1/4 cup SF Torani Raspberry syrup, and a box of raspberries at the end of Step 6. No effect on the finished product except to make it even more fabulous. We love raspberries.

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