Keto Vanilla Ice Cream

by Joanna

This keto vanilla ice cream recipe is delicious, incredibly easy to make, and tastes like regular ice cream. With just 5 simple ingredients, you can achieve a perfectly smooth and creamy sugar-free ice cream recipe with the most amazing vanilla flavor.

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Ice cream has a special place in our hearts as it can transport us back to cherished moments from our childhood. 

The excitement of going out for ice cream with our loved ones and the pure joy that followed is a memory that many of us hold dear. 

The sound of the ice cream truck bell ringing or the sight of colorful ice cream parlors can easily make us feel like kids again.

But, if you’re following a keto diet, finding ice cream options that fit your lifestyle can be tough. That’s where this keto vanilla ice cream recipe comes in. It’s not only low-carb, but also incredibly delicious. With just five basic ingredients, you can easily whip up a batch in your own kitchen.

Using only naturally low-carb ingredients and without added sugar, this homemade ice cream is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while staying on track.

Now, you may be wondering if this keto vanilla ice cream will taste like the real thing. Let me assure you, it definitely does.

Just like my keto strawberry ice cream, this recipe delivers the same creamy, sweet, and satisfying taste that we all know and love about traditional ice cream. 

Here is some great news: you don’t have to give up on ice cream if you are following a keto diet. That’s right; you can still enjoy a delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream without worrying about the carbs or other ingredients that are not good for your diet.

Super creamy and loaded with delicious vanilla flavors, your entire family will love this low carb ice cream without realizing it is keto.

So, whether you want to reminisce about childhood memories or indulge in a guilt-free dessert, this keto vanilla ice cream is a must-try.

Why Are You Going To Love This Keto Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

  • Super easy to make with just 5 naturally low-carb ingredients.
  • Has a smooth, creamy texture, and tastes just like regular ice cream.
  • It’s a customizable basic keto ice cream recipe. You can make it with your favorite flavor.
  • Only 3g net carbs per scoop.
  • It’s a sugar-free, gluten-free, and egg-free ice cream recipe.

Is Ice-Cream Keto-Friendly?

Regular ice cream that you can find on the market is not keto-friendly since it has high sugar and carbohydrates. 

A typical serving of ice cream can contain 20-30 grams of carbohydrates, easily exceeding the daily carb limit for someone following a keto diet.

Additionally, traditional ice cream often contains other ingredients not considered keto-friendly, such as high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors.

However, you can still enjoy a delicious keto-friendly ice cream using low-carb ingredients without worrying about the carbs.

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Ingredients For Keto Vanilla Ice Cream

Once you see that you can make such a delicious ice cream using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, you will want to make this ice cream constantly. Here is a list of everything you will need:

  • Heavy Cream – use full-fat heavy cream for a creamy and velvety texture. This recipe uses cream to make the keto condensed milk you’ll need. If you’re looking for a dairy-free replacement, choose full-fat canned coconut cream.
  • Butter – you will need unsalted butter.
  • Sweetener – feel free to use your favorite sweetener as long as it is powdered to ensure it combines well. I recommend using Monk Fruit or Allulose, which will keep the ice cream soft and scoopable while also avoiding any unpleasant gritty texture or cooling aftertaste that can result from using sugar alcohols like erythritol. 
  • Coconut Milk – feel free to replace it with any other plant-based milk, such as unsweetened almond milk.
  • Vanilla Extract – use the best quality vanilla extract for an intense, delicious flavor

How To Make Keto Ice Cream

This homemade vanilla ice cream is one of the easiest and most delicious sweet treat recipes I have ever tried. Once I discovered this recipe, I no longer bought ice cream from the store. Here is everything you need to do:

Make the Condensed Milk

Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat.

Add 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, and powdered sweetener to a large saucepan. Stir until everything is well combined.

 Bring to a boil and simmer, occasionally stirring until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.

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Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool at room temperature.

Once chilled, add the vanilla extract and whisk until it’s well incorporated.

Add in the almond milk and heavy cream and whisk until smooth.

Chilling The Ice Cream Mixture

Transfer the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Churning the Ice Cream

When it comes to making ice cream, churning is an essential step in creating a smooth and creamy texture. Churning incorporates air into the mixture, which helps to prevent ice crystals from forming and keeps the ice cream from becoming too hard.

Add the sugar-free ice cream base into a frozen ice cream maker bowl and churn for 20-30 minutes or until the consistency resembles soft-serve ice cream.

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Enjoy it immediately, or transfer the ice cream to a loaf pan container and freeze it for at least 2-3 hours or until it has hardened to your desired consistency.

Flavor Variations

  • Chocolate chips: Stir in some dark chocolate chips.
  • Berries: You can add your favorite berries puree to the ice cream base for a fruity and refreshing flavor.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip: Add in peppermint extract and add two tablespoons of chocolate chips.
  • Caramel: Drizzle some homemade keto caramel sauce over the vanilla ice cream before freezing it.
  • Coffee: Mix in some instant espresso powder for a coffee-flavored ice cream.
  • Lemon: Stir in lemon juice and zest for a tangy twist.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing your keto vanilla ice cream. Get creative and experiment with different flavors to find your new favorite variation!

How To Serve

I love ice cream, and love to scoop some ice cream into a bowl for a satisfying desert, but here are other ways to enjoy it: 

  • Top these keto fudgy brownies with a scoop of ice cream for an indulgent treat. 
  • As Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches: Serve a scoop of ice cream between two keto chocolate chip cookies for a delicious and satisfying ice cream sandwich.
  • Keto milkshake: Blend ice cream with some unsweetened almond milk and sugar-free syrup for a creamy and indulgent keto milkshake.
  • Keto ice cream sundae: Top your ice cream with sugar-free whipped cream, nuts, sugar-free chocolate sauce, and other keto-friendly toppings.
  • With your favorite keto pie: Serve with a slice of keto-friendly pie, such as pumpkin pie, or keto apple pie.
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Storing Ideas

  • Freezer –  store this keto vanilla ice cream in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

What Ice Cream Machine To Use?

While it’s possible to make keto ice cream without an ice cream maker, having one can make the process much easier. Here’s a great ice cream maker that I personally use many people love. It’s also great for making sugar-free frozen yogurt.

Why Use Vodka To Make Homemade Ice Cream?

Vodka is used in ice cream recipes because it has a lower freezing point than water. When added to ice cream mixtures, it can help prevent the formation of large ice crystals, resulting in a smoother and creamier texture. This is especially helpful in homemade ice cream recipes, as they typically do not have stabilizers or emulsifiers that can help prevent ice crystal formation.

What Ice Cream Can I Eat on Keto?

There are many brands that make keto-friendly ice cream alternatives. Some examples include Rebel Creamery, Halo Top, and Enlightened.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?

Sure, that’s why ice cream is on my favorite keto dessert recipes list. It’s freezer friendly and can be prepared in advance to enjoy on those hot days when you just want something sweet and refreshing to eat.

Can I Make Keto Ice Cream Without An Ice Cream Maker?

Sure, you can make this ice cream using a hand mixer, then transfer the mixture to a freezer container and line the surface with parchment paper to prevent ice crystals from forming.

Then freeze the ice cream for 6 hours or until firm by frequently stirring to obtain the perfect texture without any ice crystals.

How to Perfectly Scoop Homemade Ice Cream

  1. Let the ice cream soften: Take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. This will make it easier to scoop.
  2. Use a sharp scooper and dip the scooper in warm water.
  3. Use a twisting motion: Twist the scoop gently as you dig it into the ice cream; this will help release the scoop from the rest of the ice cream.
  4. Scoop and serve: Once you have a perfect scoop, place it on a dessert bowl or cone and serve it right away.
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Keto Vanilla Ice Cream

5 from 2 votes

Prep time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Yelds 6 servings


This keto vanilla ice cream recipe is delicious, incredibly easy to make, and tastes like regular ice cream. With just 5 simple ingredients, you can achieve a perfectly smooth and creamy sugar-free ice cream recipe with the most amazing vanilla flavor.


  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sweetener
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract or more to taste
  • 1 tbsp vodka optional


  • Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, then stir in 2 cups of heavy cream and powdered sweetener.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer until the mixture thickens for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Add the almond milk, vodka (if using) and the remaining heavy cream and whisk until smooth.
  • Transfer the ice cream mixture to a freezer-safe container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Add the sugar-free ice cream base into a frozen ice cream maker bowl and churn for 20-30 minutes until it reaches the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.
  • Enjoy it immediately, or store it in the freezer for firmer ice cream.
  • If you freeze the ice cream overnight, remove it from the freezer 10-20 minutes before serving to make scooping easier.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword keto ice cream
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Ans April 8, 2024 - 7:15 am

I don’t have an icecream maker. Can I do it without the churner?

Joanna April 13, 2024 - 7:56 pm

Sure thing! You can totally make keto vanilla ice cream without an ice cream maker. Just mix up your ice cream ingredients until they’re smooth, then pour them into a freezer-safe dish. Stick it in the freezer for about 45 minutes, then take it out and give it a good stir with a fork. Keep doing this every 30-45 minutes for a few hours until it’s nice and creamy. Once it’s ready, scoop it into bowls or cones and add your favorite keto-friendly toppings. It takes a bit of time, but trust me, the homemade ice cream is worth the effort! 🍦😊


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