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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*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 705IU14%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 31mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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132 comments

  1. Judy says:

    On my goodness, this is awesome!!! I was wondering if you have a chemistry or science degree? Your recipe are fabulous!

  2. molly says:

    Paola, thank you for sharing this delish ice cream recipe! I made it this afternoon and it’s now night time, and had a scoop – MMMM.. soo soo good! The recipe actually made 4 pints for me (I stored them in 16 oz freezer friendly containers). And, after I filled two of the containers, with the remaining vanilla base, I added in 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa to make chocolate ice cream… I then filled one more container with some of this. THEN, with the remaining chocolate base, i added 2 tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes and 2 tbsp sugar free choc chips – so this became my version of like a chocolate almond joy… and this filled my last container. This is a very good recipe, though my husband thought it was more “whipped cream” than ice cream, but I love it!

  3. Loralee says:

    My vanilla mixture isn’t setting up like jelly. I used Arrow Root in stead of Xanthan gum. What do I do now?

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. Irene Dutchak says:

    I’m intolerant of coconut and there are SO many recipes with coconut flour or coconut milk. Any suggestions for a substitute?

  7. Lindarae Ohlson says:

    Hi Paola,

    Thank you so much for all you do! You have made my keto journey so much more joyful!

    Question: I do have an ice cream maker – do I need to adjust the no-churn recipes to use it?

  8. Lauren says:

    If you don’t want to use full fat coconut milk, can we replace the can with more whipping cream or half and half, or will it not work? Thank you!

  9. 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 ?

  10. Beth says:

    Thank you so much, Paola, for sharing your wonderful recipes. I absolutely love this ice cream base and enjoyed a mint chip version this weekend (with peppermint extract and crushed pieces of an 85% dark chocolate bar. Incredible! It’s so nice to be able to have ice cream again. Your recipes are truly brilliant.

  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. Kristine says:

    Hi, Could I omit the Sugar and just purée some raspberries as I do not like any of the sugar substitutes at all or can you suggest another alternative, looking forward to trying this. Cheers

  13. Kate says:

    YES! I make your amazing vanilla bean and chocolate ice cream recipes ALL THE TIME (whipping up a batch of chocolate today), so this is welcome inspiration for new flavours. On my wish list (and as previous commenters mentioned): salted caramel, dulce de leche and butter pecan, please! You’re awesome, Paola! Thank you!

  14. Jane says:

    Hi Paola,
    I love all your recipies!! If in search of one your site is the first place I look. I see the words Jump to Video but when it goes there , there is no link.

    Happy Easter!!

  15. AJ says:

    Thank you so much for this detailed guide! Your recipes are some of my favorites and I can’t wait to try making a cheesecake ice cream (:

  16. Linda J says:

    Simply the best ice cream recipe there is. Don’t bother trawling the Internet for better recipes there aren’t any . Thank you Paolo x

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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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