Expect this (no-churn!) keto ice cream recipe to be ridiculously creamy and absolutely tasty! And whichever flavor you go for, it won’t freeze rock solid like your usual homemade ice cream.
(No-Churn!) Keto Ice Cream
A Master Recipe
From your classic vanilla, to decadent chocolate (and coffee!), to adding fruit, making frozen yogurt, cheesecake and cookies ‘n cream varieties… you’ll find everything in this post to whip up your favorite flavor of keto ice cream!
Did I also mention this low carb ice cream is super easy to whip up?! With a few simple tricks, you’ll get ridiculously creamy results; no churning required!
And yes, pictured are our real life (1g net carb!) keto ice cream cones! Pick a classic ‘sugar’ cone or go extra with the chocolate variety.
Whipping up the base for our no-churn keto ice cream is a breeze. Think melting the sweetener into (full fat!) coconut milk, whisking in a tad of xanthan gum (which acts as a stabilizer here), and incorporating the cooled mixture into whipped cream.
You see, by whipping up the heavy cream you’re incorporating quite a bit of air. And the addition of xanthan gum helps keep your ice cream creamy smooth.
And if you plan on making a larger batch and letting it hang in your freezer, it’s generally a good idea to incorporate a couple of tablespoons of booze into your ice cream (particularly if you use erythritol, see below!). Remember that high alcoholic beverages do not freeze, so they will help your ice cream stay creamy smooth rather than rock-solid. Just don’t overdo it, or you’ll end up with a slushy.
Xylitol (not corn-derived to avoid tummy problems!) and allulose are, without a doubt, the best sweeteners for keto ice cream. They help to retain the creamy texture (they work pretty much like inverted sugars!), and allow you to skip the churning if need be in many recipes.
And if using allulose, just keep in mind that it’s about 70% the sweetness of sugar and xylitol (i.e. you’ll have to add 30% more).
Having said that, this ice cream is sooo luscious, that you can get away with using erythritol with relatively good results too. Though it most likely will freeze rock-solid, and you’ll have to let it hang out for about 15-30 minutes to scoop it out.
And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup (or pet)around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys!
Vanilla (i.e. The Base!)
Our luscious vanilla ice cream is the perfect base to start (and the ideal keto fat bomb to always have on hand!!)! From this base you can swap out the vanilla beans (or extract!), and add in chocolate, coffee, matcha and any dried berry powder (such as raspberry!).
Also note that using a vanilla bean (i.e. pod) and infusing the coconut milk with it is ideal in order to get that natural and complex vanilla flavor. But you can also readily make it with just vanilla extract (up to 1 1/2 tablespoons).
Oh! And feel free to do add ins here! Think our instant ‘oreo cookie crumbs’ (and you can whip up a cookies ‘n cream milkshake too!). Or simply mix in some peppermint extract at the end and fold in chocolate chips (you guessed, mint chocolate chip ice cream!).
Chocolate, Coffee, Matcha…
To whip up flavors that are added in dried form (cocoa, coffee, matcha, turmeric, dried berries…), you’ll simply add them to the coconut milk mixture while cooking.
Cocoa or cacao? Both work great, just know that quality really matters here. My favorite will forever be the Dutch-processed alkaline cocoa Valrhona, known to be one of (if not the) best cocoas in the world. But feel free to use a raw cacao powder (arguably more nutritional perks here), though keep in mind that your ice cream will be lighter in color and more reddish in hue. Both are well and good, as long as they’re unsweetened.
How dark? Talking dark chocolate versus milk is a sure way to divide a crowd! But know that you can make this keto chocolate ice cream to your taste buds’ desire. So I suggest doing the base with the lower quantity of cocoa (1/2 cup) to yield a milk chocolate ice cream. And if you like your chocolate dark, simply add in more cocoa (think 1/4-1/3 cup more) after everything is incorporated. A taste-as-you-go sorta thing.
The Fruity Business
For ice creams using natural fruit, I suggest blending the fruit fresh and folding it at the very end to the vanilla ice cream base. Roughly 225g (8 ounces/about 1 cup) of fruit will do the trick! But do feel free to adjust it down (or up!) to suit your macros and taste buds.
For The Cheesecake (And Froyo!) Lovers
Whipping up a cheesecake ice cream or frozen yogurt from our master base is super easy! For cheesecake you’ll simply be swapping half of the heavy cream for cream cheese, and for froyo all of it for full fat (Greek style!) yogurt.
The (No-Bake!) ‘Cookie’ Crumbs
In the end, the cookies will get a big soggy so there’s barely a difference… and arguably ‘the crumbs’, with its toasted almond, are even tastier!
Having said that, I’ve made ice cream sandwiches with the crackers (and chocolate chip cookies!) and they’re ah-mazing! Your choice!
No-Churn Keto Ice Cream (A Master Recipe, 6 Ways!)
Expect this (no-churn!) keto ice cream recipe to be ridiculously creamy and absolutely tasty! And whichever flavor you go for, it won't freeze rock solid like your usual homemade ice cream.
Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.
For the paleo & keto vanilla ice cream
- 1 vanilla bean (i.e. pod) or more vanilla extract
- 1 13.5-ounce can full fat coconut milk *
- 135-150 g xylitol erythritol, to taste*
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum or 3/4 teaspoon arrowroot flour if paleo&**
- 480 g heavy whipping cream or chilled coconut cream (see notes)*
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract up to 4 or 6 teaspoons if not using a vanilla pod
- 1 tablespoon vodka, brandy or booze of choice omit if using the larger quantity of vanilla extract****
See recipe video for guidance!
Slice open the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds with a sharp knife.
Add coconut milk, sweetener, vanilla bean with scraped seeds (if using), and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. 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.
Remove the vanilla bean and sprinkle xanthan gum little by little and blend until fully combined. If paleo and using arrowroot, dissolve it first in a tablespoon of cold water (i.e. make a slurry). You will likely have some air bubbles, but be sure to check there are no lumps. Any lumps will be resolved by mixing with an immersion blender (or in an actual blender). Sieve the mixture to a bowl, cover with a layer of cling film (saran wrap) laid directly over the vanilla mixture, and 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!).
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.
(Optional): add in your booze of choice (omit if using the larger quantity of vanilla extract). The mixture should be thick but still slightly pourable. And, if for any reason your mixture is too thick, thin it out little by little with more coconut milk. See recipe video for texture reference.
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).
If freezing overnight: take out your ice cream 10-20 minutes prior to serving (depending on your room temp!) and scoop away.
For flavor variants
If making chocolate (coffee, matcha or using any dried fruit powder), simply add it to the coconut milk while cooking.
If making ice cream with fresh fruit, puree it and fold it in at the very end.
*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 more icy.
Whipping up a cheesecake ice cream or frozen yogurt from our master base is super easy! For cheesecake you'll simply be swapping half of the heavy cream for cream cheese, and for froyo all of it for full fat (Greek style!) yogurt.
**Please see section on sweeteners for deets and possible subs. And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕
***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. And if paleo, simply substitute it with 3/4 teaspoon arrowroot flour.
****Booze 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.
Please note that nutrition facts were estimated per 1/2 cup serving. This recipe yields approximately 5 cups.