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Sure, the keto diet seems like a breeze when you need to fill up on savory fatty foods (hello, bacon and cheese). But what about when it comes time for dessert? On a high-fat, low-carb diet like keto, tons of standard dessert fare (cookies, cakes, even ice cream) is off limits…right?
Well, yes (sadly)—but there are some keto ice cream hacks so you can still enjoy a frozen dessert once in a while.
The rules for what is and isn’t allowed in terms of ice cream on the keto diet are similar to the rules of dairy on the keto diet: Avoid sugars at all costs. And tbh, that means you likely won’t be able to stop by your local ice cream parlor for a cone while you’re in ketosis. Your solution? DIY ice cream.
Heavy cream and low-carb sweeteners like erythritol are going to be your best friends in your ice cream making endeavor—along with lots of keto-friendly fruits or flavors that feature nuts or calorie- and carb-free additions like cinnamon and lemon.
While it sounds hard to master making ice cream on your own, it’s definitely doable (Jenna Jameson, the queen of keto herself, even does it). To get you started, here are 12 of the best keto ice cream recipes out there.
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Keto Low-Carb Butter Pecan Ice Cream
This keto ice cream gets its creaminess from butter, heavy cream, and egg yolks. The base is also nut-free, so you can opt out of nuts if you have an allergy.
Per serving: 302 calories, 32 g fat (19 g sat), 148 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, 2 g protein
Sugar Free Keto Cookies And Cream Ice Cream
Cookies and cream ice cream just takes you back to childhood—and now, thanks to this recipe, you can actually have it on the keto diet. (FYI: The cookies are actually made from almond flour, so they too are keto-friendly.)
Per serving: 360 calories, 37.1 g fat (26.1 sat), 97 mg sodium, 0.9 g fiber, 2.1 g sugar, 4 g protein
No Churn Keto Chocolate Ice Cream
Sugar-free dark chocolate is the way to go when making keto chocolate ice cream. You can also make this one dairy free by using coconut milk instead of heavy cream.
Per serving: 267 calories, 25 g fat, 5.5 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein
Low Carb Coffee Ice Cream
This ice cream is made with heavy whipping cream and almond milk to give it a nuttier flavor. And there’s nothing better than getting a kick of caffeine with dessert.
Per serving: 359 calories, 35 g fat, 1 g net carbs, 2 g protein
Keto Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Raise your hand if cookie dough ice cream played a big role in your childhood. Luckily, you can have it on the keto diet too with this recipe. (FYI: Apparently it has the perfect cookie-dough-to-ice-cream ratio, per the author.)
Per serving: 421 calories, 50 g fat, 1 g protein
4-Ingredient Keto Ice Cream
What’s better than keto ice cream? Keto ice cream that takes just four ingredients. Keep this ice cream simple or add your fave keto-friendly mix-ins.
Per serving: 184 calories, 19.1 g fat (16.9 sat), 70 mg sodium, 4.4 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 2.7 g sugar, 1.8 g protein
Sugar-Free, Low-Carb, No-Churn Ice Cream
Sure, crazy-flavored ice cream is amazing; but every once in a while, you need some good old-fashioned vanilla ice cream. This one has a dose of MCT oil for even more keto-friendly fats.
Per serving: 345 calories, 36 g fat, 2 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 2 g protein
Keto No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream
FYI: Berries are totally keto-friendly so you might as well enjoy some fruity ice cream. This one also uses full fat sour cream for extra creaminess and a little tang.
Per serving: 202 calories, 18.6 g fat, 4.4 g carbs, 0.6 fiber, 1.7 g protein
Atkins Ice Cream
Sometimes, when diets converge, it’s hard to find anything tasty to eat. Enter: This Atkins-keto mashup. The base is a low-carb Atkins shake, which also fits a keto diet.
Per serving: 190 calories, 18 g fat, 1 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4 g protein
Lemon Curd Ice Cream
This lemon ice cream is billed as “creamy, dreamy, and tangy” so it’s definitely worth a try. PS: It also has a little bit of vodka in it (but you won’t taste it—it’s just to decrease iciness).
Per serving: 308 calories, 29.55 g fat, 2.47 g carbs, 0.1 g fiber, 1.79 g sugar, 4.56 g protein
Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream
So, apparently “nice cream” is just ice cream made without milk or dairy, so this dish gets its creaminess from coconut milk and peanut butter. Cocoa powder is also used as a sugar-free chocolate alternative.
Per serving: 362 calories, 35 g fat, 6 g protein, 8 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar
Easy Sugar-Free Raspberry Ice Cream
This ice cream only takes two minutes to make, and has just three ingredients—basically, it’s more than just a keto win, it’s a full-on dessert win.
Per serving: 183 calories, 16 g fat, 6 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 1 g protein
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