Vanilla or chocolate keto ice cream
Below is the recipe for vanilla keto ice cream. Use pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste. You can also scrape the seeds from one vanilla bean.
Add one-fourth cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the rest of the ingredients and stir. That’s it!
You can recreate the flavors of Halo Top, Rebel, or Enlightened at home. You can create unlimited flavors using the basic keto-friendly ice cream recipe by experimenting with various extracts and additives.
Add diced strawberries for ice cream, butter extract, pecans, and a handful of shredded coconut. Or pure peppermint oil and dark chocolate chips to make mint chocolate chips.
Sugar-free ice cream ingredients
This recipe only requires four ingredients: coconut milk (or any sweetener you prefer, such as erythritol or xylitol), vanilla extract, and salt.
Look for the full-fat canned coconut milk, not the lite coconut milk or cartons of beverages sold in the dairy section. I haven’t tried heavy cream as a substitute.
The best sugar-free options for sweeteners include granulated Erythritol and Xylitol. These are low glycemic, natural sugar alternatives with 40% fewer calories absorbed slower than sugar. They also don’t affect insulin or blood sugar as much. It is not recommended to feed it to dogs, just like you wouldn’t give them avocados, chocolate, or raisins.
You can use any sweetener, whether sugar, honey, or maple syrup if you don’t count carbs or watch your sugar intake.
How to make keto-friendly ice cream
Mix the milk, sugar of choice, pure vanilla extract, and salt. Stir in cocoa powder if you are making chocolate ice cream.
Prepare your ice cream machine with instructions specific to its brand and model. Some models require that the ice cream be frozen in advance.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. I have a Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine that takes about 15 minutes to make ice cream.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can freeze the mixture into ice cube trays. These trays are available for less than two dollars in most grocery stores and home stores, such as Bed Bath Beyond.
Blend the ice cubes with a Vitramix or let them thaw until blended in a food processor or regular blender. I scoop out the ice cubes with an ice cream scoop to get an authentic ice cream shape.
This homemade keto ice cream recipe is vegan, paleo, and sugar-free. It can also be made with no eggs, dairy, low-carb, soy, or gluten.
Coconut milk in cans, 2 cups
Sweetener of your choice or 1/3 cup Erythritol
1/8 tsp of salt
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
Additions to the desired flavor
Use full-fat coconut milk in a can, not a beverage or lite. You can also use the seeds of a vanilla bean instead of the extract if you prefer. Pour keto ice cream, combine the sweetener with the vanilla extract, the salt, and the milk. If you own an ice cream machine, churn it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have an ice cream machine, freeze the mixture into ice cube trays and blend them in a Vitamix or high-speed blender. You can eat it as is or freeze it for an hour to get a firmer texture. Keto ice cream tastes best when eaten the same day as it is made. However, you can freeze any leftovers for up to one month. Thaw them before serving.