Luscious No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream ☕ gluten free, keto & paleo

Move over bulletproof coffee, we’ve got ice cream for breakfast! This ridiculously creamy no-churn paleo and keto coffee ice cream is the ideal easy summer treat. Plus, count on it to not freeze rock solid, like your usual homemade ice cream.

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No-Churn Paleo & Keto Coffee Ice Cream ☕

Ultra Luscious! ☁

A keto coffee ice cream has been the most requested flavor by you all this summer (and more than happy to oblige!). It’s modeled around our no-churn vanilla and chocolate ice creams, some of the most highly rated recipes on the site.

Extra creamy, no-churn, and easy peasy (i.e. no egg custard required!).

And did I mention 2g net carbs per serving?! This is truly a bargain when you think that most low carb store-bought ice creams hover around 4-7g net carbs a scoop.

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p.s. this flavor is unbelievably good paired with two things: our bakery-style chocolate chip cookies (yup, ice cream sandwiches!) and our keto ice cream cones (from our keto summer ecookbook… and putting the finishing touches on the chocolate verision #hint!).

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The Method 🔍

Making this no-churn keto chocolate ice cream is a breeze. Think melting the sweetener into coconut milk (xylitol and allulose work as inverted sugars of sorts!), adding in the coffee, whisking in a tad of xanthan gum or arrowroot flour if paleo (which act as a stabilizers here), and incorporating the cooled mixture into whipped cream.

You see, by whipping up the heavy (or coconut) 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. 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.

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The Coffee

I like to use espresso powder for baking/cooking applications (King Arthur makes a solid one).

Otherwise you can use instant coffee, or even infuse your coconut milk with regular espresso coffee and then sieve it out.

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The Sweetener 🍯

Xylitol is, without a doubt, the best sweetener for keto ice cream. It helps to retain the creamy texture (i.e. just like the alcohol, it prevents it from freezing rock solid), and allows you to skip the churning if need be in many recipes.

Note: I’ve been testing different brands of xylitol and have noticed Health Garden and XyloSweet are two solid ones (particularly if you tend to get occasional tummy pangs with the NOW brand).

And I’ve recently found out that allulose has the same properties in ice cream as xylitol. So feel free to use it too for ultra-scoopable ice cream, 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 no-churn vanilla 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 30 minutes to scoop it out.

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup (or cat) around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

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No-Churn Paleo & Keto Coffee Ice Cream

Course: Dessert, Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 scoops
Calories: 240 kcal

Move over bulletproof coffee, we've got ice cream for breakfast! This ridiculously creamy no-churn paleo and keto coffee ice cream is the ideal easy summer treat. Plus, count on it to not 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 keto coffee ice cream

Instructions

  1. See chocolate ice cream video for methodology reference (you'll be subbing espresso powder for cocoa!).

  2. Add coconut milk, sweetener, espresso powder (start at 3 TBS) and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. Mix using an immersion blender or whisk until all the solids from the coconut milk have the dissolved and the mixture is fully blended. 

  3. 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 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 mixture (to avoid a 'skin' forming), 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!).

  4. Add heavy whipping cream to a large chilled bowl and whip until soft peaks form. Mix in the vanilla extract and fold in the cooled coffee mixture. (Optional): add in more coffee, to taste, for a more intense version (I wouldn't go past 4 TBS though). 

  5. (Optional): add in your booze of choice (not necessary if you're using xylitol or allulose).

  6. 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).

  7. If freezing overnight: take out your ice cream 10-20 minutes prior to serving (depending on your room temp!) and scoop away.

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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.

**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. 

****Booze is totally optional, but helps with the scoopability if you used erythritol. 

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated per 1/2 cup serving (an average scoop). This recipe yields approximately 5 cups.

Nutrition Facts
No-Churn Paleo & Keto Coffee Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 scoop)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Potassium 112mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 14.1%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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29 comments

  1. jess says:

    I bought your ecookbook on a whim after seeing your delicious pictures. All I could think of were ice cream cones!! We enjoyed your ice cream with the cones tonight and the whole fam declared it our new fav dessert 🙂 🙂 🙂 you may’ve just managed to do what I haven’t in months and convert the lot to the keto ways.

    so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! boy am I glad I clicked through on that pin!

    • Paola says:

      What?!! Jess this is crazy awesome to hear! Love to hear when peeps get converted to our keto ways 😜 xo and thanks so much for your support with purchasing the book!

  2. Stacey says:

    Have you ever tried using monk fruit sweetener….I tend to not like any of the other kinds. I love love love all of your recipes….thanks so much for sharing

    • Paola says:

      Awesome to hear Stacey thank you!! By monk fruit do you mean the Lakanto blends of erythritol and monk fruit (I LOVE those too! And pure monk fruit for my matcha!).

      I mean, technically you can use anything you want to sweeten it, but xylitol and allulose do act similar to inverse sugars to keep your ice cream scoopable even weeks after (with erythritol and pure monk fruit you’ll just have to thaw it out a bit before scooping).

    • Paola says:

      In all honesty I’m not sure if it’ll work here as a sub. Xanthan, konjac/glucomannan, arrowroot are interchangeable for thickening sauces (xanthan comes out too slimy in my opinion). For replacing gluten xanthan is the only one that does a good job (konjac and arrowroot only make the crumb more tender).

      But for stabilizing ice cream I will need to experiment! Since both arrowroot and xanthan work maybe it’s worth a shot? xo!

  3. Ellen Uchida says:

    Where can i find full fat coconut milk? I believe all the ones I’ve seen in Hawaii is diluted with water. What would the ingredients say. Is cocomut cream the same thing?

    • Paola says:

      Hi Ellen! All coconut milk has some water added, otherwise you’re correct and it’s simply coconut cream. I’m not sure the brands available to you in Hawaii, but they generally say ‘classic’ or ‘full fat’ on the label rather than ‘light’. They also have the highest fat/calorie content. Hope this helped!

  4. Rebecca says:

    I got so excited seeing a coffee ice cream recipe, then got really bummed that it included coconut, as I’m allergic. Is there anything (more heavy cream, perhaps?) that I can use to replace the coconut cream? I’m dying for some coffee ice cream.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Rebecca! I know some peeps have done it all HWC in the vanilla and chocolate versions, but tbh I’m not sure how it turns out (I actually can’t have too much dairy!). They did leave good reviews, and I don’t see why it would work relatively well? 😘!

  5. Karen says:

    I’m so glad you mentioned that xylitol is lethal to pets. Often people don’t know. I won’t keep it in the house because of that. Thanks for offering a swap and explaining the difference in the result!

    • Paola says:

      I have a pup so it’s super important to keep them safe… and I’m always surprised by the tiny labels in the packages 😳 If you’re not comfortable though, you can try allulose and get the same results (it’s just a bit more expensive that xylitol). 😘!

  6. Lee says:

    Ooo! Can’t wait to try these!
    I don’t take alcohol, If I were to use Swerve for the sweetener, can I leave the booze out?
    Thanks!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Lee! You can definitely leave it out, just keep in mind that erythritol can crystalize and make your ice cream hard (just need to thaw it out a bit to scoop out). xo!

  7. Jennifer F says:

    We’ve made the ice cream cones from your book at least 7 times this summer! You’re THE BEST!

  8. Ellen Cox says:

    Still waiting on this to freeze, but I can tell you I tried it before putting it in the freezer…and… AMAZING. I am never disappointed in your recipes. Thank you for giving me an ice cream on this 92 degree day that meets all criteria (sweet, cold, and delicious)! Only alcohol I had in the house was white rum, but seems to be working ok. I will know for sure in the morning.

    • Paola says:

      Ellen so happy to hear form you again and that you’re still cooking up the recipes! You should have a very good Monday morning 😜

  9. Cristina says:

    Your recipes are amazing!! Love all the breads and main courses. You have made my dinners special, and I thank you!
    What I don’t understand how these artificial sweeteners are Keto. There are several videos on YouTube (2FitDocs, ketoconnect to name 2) where people eat these sweeteners, test their blood, and they get knocked out of ketosis plus their blood sugar goes up. Xylitol has the same effect on ketones and blood glucose as table sugar.
    I love those sweeteners and could eat xylitol by the spoonful. But not if I want to stay in ketosis.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Cristina! So awesome to hear! Remember that xylitol and erythritol (and allulose) are all natural sugar alcohols, NOT artificial sweeteners! And while xylitol does have a GI of 7, it is absolutely nothing compared to sugar at around 70!! Maliltol does kick people out of ketosis, but that’s a whole other story as it has a GI of 35 (even though it’s marketed as sugar free).

      I measure my ketone levels and xylitol has never kicked me out of ketosis (obviously you don’t eat a cup in one go). xo and keep in mind the amount of misinformation out there is great- in the end your body knows best, and choose the ingredients that work for YOU

    • Melissa Jones says:

      I want to add that my husband and I are both diabetics and use xylitol without a problem. We initially tried erythritol as it’s 0 GI, but the hubby had an allergic reaction so we tried xylitol and love it. We are careful though to not have too much, but a couple tablespoons or so is not a problem
      Best,
      Melissa Jones

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