Low Carb Ice Cream For Keto Dieters

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You don't have to give up ice cream when you start a keto or low carb diet, as long as you have our handy keto diet recipe on hand and make a batch to have handy when you feel like some keto ice cream.

Use our handy keto friendly ice cream recipe and stay in ketosis.

This simple and quick to make keto ice cream recipe is good for keto, paleo, low carb and other diets that focus on using body fat as fuel to trim down and look fab.

Use this recipe when you have an urge for sweets, or need something other than the meat you have each meal sitting.

You can add this keto ice cream with vanilla and there will be no additional carbs in your diet, keeping you in ketosis and maintaining your fat burning engine.

It goes great with some of our other delicious desserts

like Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake

See our keto questions and answers for common questions and answers, or visit our keto sweeteners page for information on the sweetener used.

Ice Cream Family Favorite

One of the wonderful things about this keto ice cream recipe is the ability to serve it to your family and friends and have everyone enjoy it like everyday vanilla ice cream.

You can top your keto fudge brownies with this keto ice cream and still be under a gram or two of net carbs and your family and friends will definitely want a second scoop.

Want to make your own ice cream? Here's a low carb ice cream recipe you can make in no time.

Keto Ice Cream Recipe

Low Carb Ice Cream Recipe

Delicious Low Carb Ice Cream for Keto 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Freezing Time6 hrs
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Keto, low carb
Keyword: ice cream, keto ice cream
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Keto Diet



  • 1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add half of the
    heavy cream and powdered erythritol.
    2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring
    occasionally until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of the
    3. Pour into a large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the
    vanilla extract and MCT oil.
    4. Meanwhile, beat the remaining 2 cups of heavy cream using a hand mixer
    for about 2-3 minutes, until stiff peaks form.
    5. Carefully fold the beaten heavy cream into the sweet mixture in the bowl.
    Transfer the mixture to a freezer container (like a 9×5″ loaf pan) and
    smooth the top with a spatula. (If you want to add mix-ins, gently stir them
    in at this step, and also sprinkle some on top.) Line the surface with a
    piece of parchment or wax paper to keep ice crystals from forming. (You
    can use an ice cream maker if you have one.)
    6. Freeze for 5-6 hours, until firm. For a smoother, creamier texture, stir the
    ice cream a few times throughout the freezing process, then return to the
    freezer. (Ice cream will get hard in the freezer after longer periods. Let it
    soften slightly on the counter for a few minutes before serving, and use a
    wet ice cream scoop to serve.)


Serving: 50g | Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Fat: 45g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 32mg
Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving (50 g)
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 0.5g0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

In the recipe, you can add in heavy whipping cream to make it more creamy and less hard. It doesn't impact the keto macro ratios, so feel free to add to your tastes. If you have an ice cream maker you can use that instead of the hand mixer / blender.

If you prefer, you can swap the vanilla extract for your own vanilla bean – if you know how to work with vanilla bean directly, feel free to use that.

If you don't have any MCT oil handy, you can swap in coconut milk/coconut oil/almond oil/almond milk and coconut cream in equal amounts.

If you want to make your own keto ice cream, then these tips may also help:

Do you need an ice cream maker for Keto ice cream?   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.


This recipe is, of course, high in fat, so if you are looking for more protein, you can add in some egg whites. Egg yolk will give it a bit of color, like traditional vanilla ice cream (an off-white color). Just be sure to not have any sugar added (you can add in erythritol if you need it sweeter).

If you want soft serve ice cream, add extra heavy whipped cream.

Using keto friendly ice cream is one of the ways to get your awesome keto before and after pics, since you are combating cravings and staying low carb. Goes great with a Starbucks coffee, too.

For other keto desserts that can help you to handle sweets and cravings without losing your ketosis process, navigate to our recipes section and look for desserts and sweets like our top like post Peanut Butter Fudge.

Lazy Keto Ice Cream Hack

If you really want to be quick and dirty and get some keto ice cream ready, here's a five minute hack:

Pour a cup of heavy cream, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and about 2 tablespoons of erythritol into your blender. Blend it on low for about 360 seconds (not too long if you have a vitamix or other pro blender, since they can heat the mix up when you run for a long time.) Spoon out the mixture into a freezable tupperware, leaving about half the space for the mix to rise. Put in your freezer for about 3 hours.

Grab your spoon and enjoy!

Ready-Made Low Carb Keto Ice Cream

If you are following the intermittent fasting keto movement, the following tasty ice cream treats are an excellent way to break your fast and introduce a bit of nutrition to your body.

Halo Top Low Carb Chocolate Ice Cream

Perhaps the most popular ice cream for keto you can buy is the Halo Top Low Cal Ice Cream in a variety of flavors. It has the lowest reported net carbs of any low calorie ice cream on the market at just 4g net carbs per serving.

halo strawberry keto ice cream

It is also the best value for a keto ice cream, so you won't break the bank on this dessert treat. Here's the nutritional information to review, and note the non carb sweetener is using erythritol, the healthy choice for keto.

Halo Top comes in a wide variety of flavors as well.

halo strawberry keto ice cream-nutritional-info

Halo reports 4g net carbs per serving, the lowest of the commercial ice cream products.

By using sugar alcohols, you get the sweetness but no digestible calories from carbohydrates.

The milk content does give it a bit of protein content, so this ice cream works both the protein and fat sides of the keto to give you good keto macros.

Rebel Low Carb Chocolate Ice Cream

Another recommended ready-made ketosis friendly ice cream that fits keto is the Rebel Chocolate 6g Ice Cream with just 6 g net carbs per serving.

low carb chocolate ice cream

The Rebel chocolate ice cream keeps the carbs low per serving to preserve your diet.

While the recipe above provides zero carbs, this ice cream has just 6 g net carbs, among the best of widely available ice cream brands.

This is a brand new ice cream brand that is focused on the keto market, and while it tastes great, the carbs are low enough to keep you in ketosis.

Rebel is made with high fat whipped cream and non-whipped whole cream to make it very tasty and yet keto in nature.

A half cup serving has just 1-2 grams of sugar, so you don't have to worry about losing your ketones when you treat yourself with this yummy keto ice cream. Grab your spoon and enjoy!

rebel keto ice cream chocolate nutrition info
Nutrition Information for Rebel Top Ice Cream

Make note that the serving size is 4 ounces and provides 6 g net carbs. The label above indicates they are using distilled glucose as non carb sweeteners to get the low carb count (a good thing). Still, the label indicates 7g non carb sweeteners and 3 g fiber, so you might think there's just 1 g net carbs here, but they report 6 grams carbs.

Low carb ice cream is becoming so popular, I've even seen Breyer's offer a low carb product you can see at Target.

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