Make some low carb chocolate ice cream to cool off in the summer heat!
When you think of low carb recipes, you might think you have to forgo dessert. Or you might see the words “low carb chocolate” and have doubts. But healthy desserts are absolutely a thing!
Those who say you can’t have the best of both worlds clearly haven’t tried healthy recipes like this one…
Whether you’re living a low carb lifestyle or just trying to make healthier choices, this low carb chocolate ice cream will give you the boost you need to survive the hot weather!
Let’s get scooping!
With a little creativity, no one has to give up the amazingness of ice cream. This recipe is EVERY BIT as delicious, decadent and creamy as the high carb and sugar kind. Plus:
- Hardly any carbs/sugar
- It (can be) dairy-free
- It’s vegan
- You can customize it to your own taste buds!
Anddd, you don’t need an ice cream maker or any fancy kitchen tools to make it!!!
This low carb ice cream recipe is the real deal! It’s sweet and chocolate-y with none of the chemicals and other nonsense you don’t want from processed foods. (I love that I get to know exactly what goes into my dessert!)
So what’s the secret? How can a healthy dessert taste this good?
Of course, the texture is one of the key aspects of ice cream. To achieve smooth and creamy, ice cream consistency, I use haas avocados. The fat and creamy nature of avocados are REALLY important for the texture!
I also use a combination of low carb milk and heavy cream. You can substitute canned (full fat!) coconut milk for heavy cream, if you’d like a dairy free/vegan/pale alternative. Combining these two milk substitutes adds just enough creamy without making it too heavy.
I love using erythritol for sweetener. If you haven’t heard of it, let me rock your world: Erythritol is an amazing, natural alternative to regular sugar because it can fulfill your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar or insulin levels. Plus it tastes just like regular sugar!
An absolute win-win!
If you aren’t a fan, or prefer a different sweetener, substitute it for any keto-friendly sweetener of your choice.
Tools To Make
This is a no-churn recipe, meaning there’s no ice cream maker needed. All you’ll need is a blender with ice-crushing capabilities, or a food processor — depending on the power of your blender, a food processor may work best as we won’t be adding a ton of liquid into the equation, which blenders don’t typically like.
Use a freezer-safe container to store low carb chocolate ice cream in the freezer. Applying plastic wrap directly to the surface area of the ice cream will prevent any ice crystals from forming.
Make this low carb chocolate ice cream yours with one of these add ins and variations:
What Kind Of Milk Can I Use?
In the recipe below, I use a combination of low carb milks: heavy cream and light coconut/almond milk. I prefer using coconut milk for a coconut milk ice cream, as it adds that slightly sweet coconut flavor, but almond milk ice cream is also delicious.
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Can I Add Fruit In This Ice Cream?
Avocado is a fruit!
My low carb chocolate ice cream has half an avocado in it already, but if you want, you can experiment with adding more to make avocado ice cream, raspberry ice cream, strawberry ice cream! Yummm!
What Other Flavors Of Ice Cream Can I Try?
I love chocolate, but it’s good to mix things up sometimes. If I’m craving low carb vanilla ice cream instead, I’ll add 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract rather than using cocoa powder. Voila!
What Are Some Low Carb Desserts Toppings?
Toppings can add such fun variety to low carb desserts! And there’s tons of healthy topping ideas, so you can get creative.
Low carb fruits like raspberries will add a bit of tartness which I love. You can also toss in a few low carb nuts for some crunch!
Sometimes, I’ll break apart a couple of low carb peanut butter cookies to top my ice cream. (My mouth is watering just thinking about it!)
And if chocolate on chocolate is your thing, check out my low carb dark chocolate recipe! You’ll be blown away by how good it tastes!
What’re Some Ice Cream Mix-ins?
If you want some mix-ins, sugar free chocolate chips or low carb peanut butter fudge are both great. You’ll get more delicious goodies with every bite! Sugar free white chocolate is also wonderful mixed in with low carb chocolate ice cream.
Gosh, with so many fantastic options, how will you choose?! I guess you’ll just have to make this recipe three times…
Low Carb Chocolate Ice Cream
- Add all ingredients to a blender (or food processor), and blend until smooth. Don't over blend, as this will heat the ice and melt it.
- Scoop and serve immediately for a "soft serve" type ice cream, or place in the fridge for 1 hours for a "scoopable" option.
- Sprinkle with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
Homemade low carb chocolate ice cream is better than store-bought any day of the week! There’s just no contest! So treat yourself this week by making some healthy dessert.
Let me know in the comments what you think! What’s your favorite ice cream topping? Did you try a different kind of milk? Enjoy!!