The perfect way to cool down without the sugar! 25 of the BEST sugar-free and low-carb ice cream recipes.
25+ creamy frozen dessert recipes that are easy to whip up and loved by the entire family.
There's nothing as delicious as homemade ice cream! Making ice cream doesn't even need an ice cream maker.
Is ice cream keto?
Regular ice cream you buy in stores is heavy on added sugar and avoided on the keto diet. They also have unnecessary carbs, artificial colors, preservatives, and use egg substitutes.
These 25 delicious creamy keto ice cream recipes are quick and easy to make.
Are store-bought keto ice cream safe? Always read the nutrition labels of all store-bought ice cream brands. They often contain sweeteners such as sugar alcohols, maltitol, and cornstarch. These ingredients can raise your blood sugar, can trigger cravings, and knock you out of ketosis.
Many ice cream brands are sneaky with how many net carbs are per serving. They often list maltitol separately but it should be included in your carb count.
Do you need sugar to make ice cream?
Traditional ice cream contains a large amount of sugar but if you want to make sugar-free ice cream, you need to know how to substitute sugar in an ice cream recipe.
The best sweetener to use in ice cream is one that tastes like sugar and freezes well without being grainy. You also want a sweetener that will make keep your ice cream soft.
The most popular low-carb sweeteners are erythritol, xylitol, allulose, and monk fruit.
Do I need an ice cream maker?
No, you do not need an ice cream maker. Many of the simple recipes below do not need an ice cream machine. Some are made in your regular kitchen blender and then frozen in popsicle molds. There are also recipes that do require a machine, but if you don't have one, follow the instructions below.
How to make ice cream with an ice cream maker?
If you have an ice cream machine, transfer the mixture into it and allow it to churn until it resembles smooth and creamy medium-soft ice cream. It usually takes 15-20 minutes but every machine is different. It will also depend if you have an ice cream machine with an electric freezing element, or simply it has a freezable bowl that you insert into the machine.
After churning, transfer the homemade ice cream to your freezer-safe container and freeze for a few additional hours to harden further.
How to make ice cream without an ice cream maker?
If you want healthy homemade ice cream but do not have an ice cream machine, you can make your ice cream mixture in your kitchen blender and then freeze it in popsicle molds.
If a recipe needs an ice cream maker but you don't have one, simply pour the mixture into a freezer-safe wide shallow dish then place it in the freezer. Stir every 30-60 minutes to break up any frozen areas, to help speed up freezing time, and to help aerate the mixture.
Keto ice cream recipes with dairy
1. Berry cheesecake popsicles - Ditch The Carbs
Beautifully layered cream cheese and frozen berries are the perfect keto ice cream recipe for the whole family.
These popsicles are low in carbs and have no sugar. They are creamy, dreamy, and delicious.
2. Death By Chocolate Ice Cream - All Day I Dream About Food
Softer ice cream with chocolate is the perfect alternative to drive-through soft-serve ice cream. It's filled with rich chocolatey flavors, minus the carbs.
3. Sugar-free mint ice cream (with sugar-free chocolate magic shell) - Ditch The Carbs
The perfect sugar-free magic chocolate shell poured over a mint low-carb ice cream. No ice cream maker is required, just freeze the ice cream mixture in a loaf pan or large bowl for a few hours.
4. Sugar-free chocolate chip ice cream bars - Ditch The Carbs
These low-carb ice cream bars are so easy to make, and the taste is beyond spectacular! These ice cream bars are like sugar-free vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips and there are plenty of variations in the recipe notes.
5. Low Carb Coffee Ice Cream - I Breathe I'm Hungry
If you are a coffee addict, this low-carb ice cream will be your new best friend. You'll love the rich taste of this coffee ice cream, and it's the perfect guilt-free dessert! Serve with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.
6. Easy sugar-free mocha ice cream bars - Ditch The Carbs
These blender mocha ice cream bars are made of heavy cream and strong coffee, poured in popsicle molds, frozen, then covered in melted chocolate.
7. Coconut ice cream (no churn) - Ditch The Carbs
Homemade ice cream is wonderful but churning is such a chore! Luckily, this recipe only requires a few ingredients, including vanilla extract, canned coconut milk (or coconut cream), and you avoid the churning process by pouring everything into a freezable container.
8. Keto sea salt caramel ice cream bars - by Low Carb Yum
These keto ice cream bars are a low-carb and low-sugar treat that is perfect for any ketogenic diet. With only 4 grams of net carbs, you can enjoy them as a low-carb dessert or snack!
9. Frozen White Christmas - Ditch The Carbs
This nostalgic Christmas-themed ice cream is an amazing keto, sugar-free frozen dessert that the whole family will love. At only 2.8 net carbs, no need for any post-holiday guilt either!
10. Frozen Lemon Curd Dessert - All Day I Dream About Food
If you're in the mood for something low-carb, low-fat, and low on sugar...but still insanely rich and flavorful, then this recipe is for you. Truly decadent without the drawbacks!
11. Sugar-Free Mint Ice Cream - I Breathe I'm Hungry
Sometimes there's nothing like a classic mint keto ice cream recipe. Enjoy this creamy and delicious frozen dessert...minus the sugar!
12. Red, White, and Blue Yoghurt Pops - All Day I Dream About Food
Go low carb this summer with these patriotic popsicles! It's the perfect keto 4th July frozen dessert. An easy-to-make keto ice cream recipe the whole family will love.
13. Keto brandy blocks - Ditch The Carbs
Brandy is optional in this delicious sugar-free ice cream. This adults-only ice cream is a nice treat and filled with bold flavors of coffee and brandy. No ice cream maker is needed. It;s a simple no-churn recipe.
14. Berry Pops - Ditch The Carbs
These sugar-free popsicles are a perfect low-carb healthy summer dessert. They're fruity, low in sugar, and nutritious. This blender recipe is easy to make. You don't even need a mixing bowl!
15. 3 Ingredient, 5 Minute Ice Cream - Low Carb So Simple
The name says it all - 3 ingredients + 5 minutes = low carb, low sugar, and high taste. You'll love this sugar-free ice cream recipe!
16. Sugar-free berry popsicles - by Ditch The Carbs
These yummy healthy popsicles are drizzled in melted sugar-free chocolate, making them the perfect low-carb frozen dessert. The recipe takes no time to put together and it's a perfect way to use up any extra summer berries.
Keto dairy-free ice cream recipes
17. 3-ingredient peanut butter ice cream bars - Ditch The Carbs
These dairy-free, vegan low-carb ice cream bars will satisfy your peanut butter cravings. They're the perfect low-carb frozen treat for any special occasion or just to enjoy after a hectic day! Delicious coconut cream makes ice cream soft and dreamy.
18. Bulletproof Ice Cream - Maria Mind Body Health
MCT oil + coconut oil form the base for this incredibly creamy dessert - this is one of the best low-carb ice cream recipes I've tried. Plus, it takes just a few minutes to put together.
19. Avocado Pistachio And Matcha Ice Cream - Healthy Foodie
Incredibly delicious and creamy, this combination of flavors works surprisingly well together. I find myself craving this one often!
20. Mocha Latte Ice Cream Bars - All Day I Dream About Food
These mocha keto ice cream bars are chocolatey, low carb, and a perfect guilt-free dessert! These no-churn ice cream bars require only a few ingredients and no fancy equipment (or ice cream maker) is needed.
21. Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream - The Keto Diet Blog
Here's a dairy-free keto-friendly ice cream that's minty fresh! The carb count is low on this version too...5.6 net carbs for two scoops!
22. Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream - Sugar-Free Mom
This delicious 3-ingredient chocolate ice cream is dairy-free, low-carb, and low sugar. What more could you want? Serve yourself a generous scoop of this delicious frozen treat!
23. Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream - Low Carb Yum
This low-carb blueberry ice cream recipe is a keto-friendly twist on the classic dessert. Low in sugar but bursting with flavor, you'll want to make and eat these creamy low-carb treats all year long.
24. Creamy Key Lime Popsicles - The Keto Diet Blog
These low-carb keto popsicles are a refreshing dessert or snack on hot summer days. Made with coconut milk, avocado, and low-carb sweetener, these low sugar desserts deliver the same delicious citrus taste as their high-sugar counterparts.
25. Avocado sorbet - Maria Mind Body Health
This low-carb sorbet is delicately flavored with mint and lime. The avocado gives it an incredible creamy texture, while the lime juice and mango extract offer a tropical flair.
As you can see, there's no need to deny your ice cream desires anymore. Keep your blood sugar in check with these low carb ice cream recipes, and enjoy!