Smooth and creamy, this keto vanilla ice cream is easy to make with only 5 ingredients and only 4 grams net carbs per serving!
Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream
You don’t have to give up your favorite bowl of ice cream when you go Keto! With this easy 5-ingredient ice cream recipe, you can have your favorite bowl of ice cream whenever you want! Not only is it flavorful, it tastes just like the real thing!
And that’s because it IS the real thing!
This low carb ice cream is made with real cream and vanilla extract, so you get those rich flavors like traditional ice cream. We swapped out the sugar with our favorite low carb sweetener so you don’t get all the carbs that usually come with ice cream.
This low carb vanilla ice cream is the perfect way to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings and the perfect accompaniment for other low carb treats, like our Keto Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie!
Smooth, creamy, luxurious vanilla bean ice cream with only 4 grams of carbs per serving — it almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it??
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- 4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
- 6 tablespoon butter, cubed
- 3/4 cup granular sweetener, such as Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener (I love Lakanto brand monk fruit sweeteners and if you shop through my link and use code “SOCCERMOM” you can save 15% every time you purchase! Click here to read more about our favorite keto sweeteners).
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste
Kitchen Tools Used
- In a medium saucepan, combine half of the heavy whipping cream (2 cups), sweetener, and butter. Simmer over medium heat, stirring until the butter has melted completely and the sweetener has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil and lower heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into a heat-safe container and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the vanilla extract and vanilla paste.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add the remaining 2 cups of whipping cream, then whip with an electric mixer until peaks form.
- Fold the vanilla mixture into the whipped cream, then spread into the container you’ll be using for freezing. (A baking dish or loaf pan will work great!) Freeze for up to 4 hours.
When ready to serve, remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 15-30 minutes or until able to scoop.
The ice cream will become softer and have more of a mousse-like texture the longer it thaws.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Homemade Ice Cream Stay Good?
If stored in an airtight container, your homemade ice cream will stay good for up to 2 weeks. After that, the texture will start to degrade and ice crystals may form. It doesn’t mean that the ice cream is “bad” necessarily, but the texture won’t be as smooth and creamy as when freshly made.
What Are the Best Keto-Friendly Ice Cream Toppings?
When you’re not eating sugar, you may find that this creamy vanilla ice cream is satisfying enough all on its own. However, if you want to switch things up a bit or feel like an extra special treat, here are a few low carb ice cream topping ideas:
- Sugar free chocolate syrup — I always look for those made without sugar alcohols, to avoid tummy upset
- Chocolate shavings — Take a sugar free chocolate bar and use a microplane to make thin chocolate shavings that melt in your mouth
- Whipped cream — Look for a no-sugar-added whipped cream or make your own…it’s fairly easy!
- Almond slivers — Almonds are fairly low in carbs, when it comes to nuts. They also add healthy fats!
- Fresh fruit — Stick with lower carb options such as raspberries and keep the portion size in mind
What is Vanilla Paste?
Vanilla paste is a thick form of vanilla flavoring, made with bits of the vanilla pods that are ground up to form the paste. It adds a richer flavor and those little brown specks that you often see in vanilla ice cream or baked goods. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use a little extra vanilla extract in your ice cream.
Learn More About Keto
- What is Keto?
- How many carbs can you eat on keto?
- Keto-friendly Food List
- What is the Keto flu and how to avoid it?
- What is a Targeted Keto Diet?
- 8 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight on Keto
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Keto Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
- Electric mixer
- Baking Dish
- Large Mixing Bowl
- 4 cups heavy whipping cream divided
- 6 tablespoon butter cubed
- 3/4 cup erythritol or monkfruit sweetener
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste optional
- In a medium saucepan, combine half of the heavy whipping cream (2 cups), sweetener, and butter.
- Simmer over medium heat, stirring this mixture until the butter has melted completely and the sweetener has dissolved. Now, bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Pour cream mixture into a heat-proof container and cool to room temperature.
- Once cooled, stir in the vanilla extract and vanilla paste.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whip up the 2 remaining cups of heavy whipping cream until peaks form.
- Fold the vanilla mixture into the whipped cream, then scoop into the container in which you'll be freezing it.
- Freeze for up to 4 hours, then remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 15-30 minutes or until able to scoop.
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