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(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.

Scooping keto ice cream onto a chocolate cone
No-Churn Paleo, Low Carb & Keto Coffee 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.

The Method

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.

The Sweetener

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! 🐕

Closeup creamy keto ice cream with vanilla bean

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!).

Overhead closeup paleo & keto cookies 'n cream milkshake
Paleo & Keto Cookies ‘N Cream Milkshake

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.

A scoop of paleo & keto chocolate ice cream
No-Churn Low Carb, Paleoa & Keto Chocolate Ice Cream

And for those rocky road lovers amongst us, do whip up a batch of our keto marshmallows and fold them in (so ridiculously good and you’ll be adding in some extra collagen too!).

Freshly cut keto rocky road with marshmallows and hazelnuts
Paleo & Keto Rocky Road

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.

Feel free to check out our strawberry cheesecake ice cream (or mint chocolate chip using avocado!) for further deets.

Two scoops of keto strawberry cheesecake ice cream
(No-Churn!) Gluten Free & Keto Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

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.

Drizzling chocolate onto keto frozen yogurt
Extra Creamy Low Carb, Paleo & Keto Frozen Yogurt
Keto strawberry cheesecake ice cream with an ice cream cone
(No-Churn!) Gluten Free & Keto Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

The (No-Bake!) ‘Cookie’ Crumbs

I’m definitely going to suggest you guys take the lazy route (like I did!) and go for our instant ‘graham cracker’ crumbs (i.e. crust), as opposed to making some actual keto graham crackers.

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!

Keto chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches
Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
Three scoops of keto mint chocolate chip ice cream
Paleo & Keto Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream-For-1
Keto coffee ice cream on a chocolate cone with a magic shell
No-Churn Paleo, Low Carb & Keto Coffee Ice Cream

Scooping keto ice cream onto a chocolate cone

No-Churn Keto Ice Cream (A Master Recipe, 6 Ways!)

Course: Dessert, Ice Cream
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keto, Low Carb, Paleo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 scoops
Calories: 235 kcal

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.

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Ingredients

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****

Flavor variants

Instructions

  1. See recipe video for guidance!

  2. Slice open the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds with a sharp knife. 

  3. 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.  

  4. 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!). 

  5. 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. 

  6. (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.  

  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.

For flavor variants

  1. If making chocolate (coffee, matcha or using any dried fruit powder), simply add it to the coconut milk while cooking. 

  2. If making ice cream with fresh fruit, puree it and fold it in at the very end. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*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.

Nutrition Facts
No-Churn Keto Ice Cream (A Master Recipe, 6 Ways!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Potassium 36mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 14.1%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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45 comments

  1. Jeanne says:

    By far the absolute best ice cream recipe I have ever tried! Made chocolate, strawberry and vanilla so far. Absolutely fabulous.

  2. Diana Evans says:

    Hi!

    For the coffee-flavored ice cream, when you say ‘espresso powder’, do you mean instant coffee?

    Because I’m worried that the coffee granules I used did not completely dissolve (by any means) in the coconut milk mixture, and a lot of the particles are still there even after multiple sieving attempts

    Thank you!

    • Hi Diana! You can click through any of the links in recipe cards to see what exact products I use (nothing is sponsored, I only recommend what I use and love!). Espresso powder is simply more concentrated than instant coffee (both work the charm!) xo!

  3. Julie U. says:

    Made the Vanilla and OMG!!! It is sooooo delicious!! Since I’ve been on the Keto diet, I’ve been searching for an ice cream that tastes half way decent. This recipe goes WAY BEYOND tasting decent….IT’S AMAZING!! So, I’m trying it again and trying to figure out a way to come close to Blue Bell’s “Bride’s Cake” almond flavored ice cream with Amaretto flavored cream cheese (minus the bits of white cake, I suppose). Any ideas on how I might achieve this?…

  4. shelley Priddy says:

    This is SOOOO good! I’m making our second batch… it’s hard to have just a half cup…. but man, this is crazy good!

  5. Lainie says:

    Hi I made this tonight. I used extra vanilla extract because the store was out of bean. I doubled my recipe and double checked all ingredients for accuracy with serving size. But the finished product – while it had a perfect texture, tasted like I’d put coconut extract in it. 😭 What can I do differently?

    • Oh no Lainie!! The coconut flavor from the milk shouldn’t be evident (most peeps can’t even taste it!)- did you use another brand by any chance? Sometimes these ingredients (even within the same brand) can vary somewhat… or maybe you’re very sensitive to the coconut? xo!

  6. Motherpo says:

    I would love to try this, but have to limit saturated fat to 20 grams a day, and am wheat-free. Any suggestions on how to make a great lower fat version? Thanks! I hope to try some of your recipes more in the future.

  7. Mandy L Pena says:

    Hello! I made your ice – cream with all coconut milk/cream. I did add 2 eggs. I didn’t cook it at all… I always make ice-cream at the last minute!!!!! Is there a reason that it should be cooked?

    • Sara says:

      You cook the eggs to create a custard. They thicken upon cooking. Also, you can replace eggs with corn starch to reduce the eggy flavor, though this makes it not-so-keto (just an ice cream making trick I know). 6 yolks = 1/4 cup of cornstarch; 3 yolks = 1/8 cup (or 2 Tablespoons) ; and 1 yolk = 2 teaspoons of cornstarch — just in case anyone wanted to know this.

  8. Lisa says:

    Would you happen to have the conversion from xanthan gum to Guar gum? I understand that Guar Gum is excellent in ice cream applications for preventing ice crystals. Thanks for all your recipes – you are my fave keto chef!

  9. Matt says:

    Made this yesterday and it was a big hit. This will be in the regular rotation, for sure. I’ll be trying to coconut cream and greek yogurt variants and see how it goes.

    Thanks for the great recipe.

  10. Ryan says:

    What is the difference between the chilled coconut cream and the full fat coconut milk? Also, any chance on macros for the coconut milk version? Thanks!

    • MH says:

      Looks delicious.
      Two questions:
      1. Can I use Swerve Confectioners or does it need to be granulated?

      2. I want to add peanut butter ‘swirls’ to chocolate ice cream. Should I just stir in some plain peanut butter at the end or does the peanut butter need to be mixed with something (I have no idea what)?

      Thanks for your help.

    • Te Helmin says:

      I’m confused about the coconut cream/milk too. Do you use the whole can (milk and cream) and do you need a second can that is chilled with milk discarded after scooping out the cream?

      • Aaryn Spring says:

        It’s just one can of coconut milk. When you bring it to a boil and add the thickening agent you chose, the vanilla bean and the salt, and then let that mixture cool while you whip the heavy cream and extract. Then mix the two together.

      • Aaryn Spring says:

        The whipping cream can be replaced with coconut cream which is why that is on there like that. It can also be replaced with Greek yogurt. There’s some notes at the bottom of the recipe. 🙂

      • Toni Alcaras says:

        Hi Paola, This ice cream was delicious. My only question is that when I put the ingredients in the recipe calculator the carbs are 14.4 per serving, why is that ?

  11. Anna says:

    I made this ice cream today and it was a breeze to make and divine to eat
    I cooled the coconut milk mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes to speed up the process and used an ice cream churner because I didn’t want to wait. It was delicious and ready to eat in under an hour. Yum!

  12. stephanie maricich says:

    Dearest Paola, Thank you for all the delicious flavors you’ve developed. I hope you won’t mind my asking, if you have developed or would consider developing a “salted caramel” flavor, my absolute favorite, or a “dulce de leche: flavor? Or both?

    Have a glorious and holy Easter,
    God bless you, your family and all your followers!

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      It’s my absolute pleasure Stephanie, thank you for your sweet comment! Salted caramel is actually next on my list (it’s one of my favs for sure!). I’m thinking that using the vanilla as a base and mixing in the salted caramel recipe from the site will work the charm (I’ll def post a recipe soonish though!! ) xo!

  13. CAROL says:

    I make the chocolate,the strawberry and the butter pecan all the time At least one of them once a week. As good if not better than any other ice cream.

  14. Caroline says:

    Your chocolate ice cream is my hubbies favorite keto treat! can’t wait to try the strawberry cheesecake YUUUUM!!!

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