This low carb chocolate ice cream is my favorite (almost) instant, minimal effort, yet unbelievably creamy and delicious low carb ice cream recipe.
If you’ve made low carb recipes for ice cream before, you know how time-consuming it can be… simmer, whip, churn, so on.
Now, this low carb desserts a TOTALLY different story. Toss those ingredients in a blender, freeze, then scoop. The freezer and blender do the work for you so you can spend your energy on plotting your low carb chocolate ice cream toppings!
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:
- It’s EASY! Have you made ice cream from scratch before? Even if you’re using a no-churn recipe, there are SO MANY steps involved. But with this recipe, you just need to blend, pour, and freeze. Easy as that.
- Hardly any carbs/sugar
- It (can be) dairy-free
- You can customize it to your own taste buds!
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 low carb dessert taste this good?
Avocados – Texture is one of the key aspects of ice cream, and to achieve that smooth and creamy texture (with minimal effort!) I love using haas avocados. They’re higher in fat, flavor, and are creamier than Florida avocados.
Low carb milk – I 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 cream without making it too heavy.
Sweetener – when it comes to keto sweeteners, I usually opt for erythritol, but not when I make ice cream. Sugar alcohols (such as erythritol) will recrystallize when exposed to colder temperatures, giving them a crunchy/gritty texture.
For this reason, I prefer a sweetener called allulose. Allulose is considered a “rare sugar”, and it doesn’t affect blood sugar levels, in fact, some studies have found that it actually lowers blood sugar levels.
That said, it isn’t as accessible as erythritol (I’ve purchased it at Target or on Amazon), so feel free to use whatever sweetener you prefer!
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.
If you plan to freeze this overnight (or longer), leave it on the counter for at least 20 minutes before attempting to scoop.
With ALL the toppings! We like to scoop it up and place it in a bowl, cup, or one of my low carb ice cream cones. Then:
- Drizzle some sugar free chocolate syrup or low carb jam/jelly (such as my chia jam) on top
- Sprinkle chopped low carb nuts, sugar free chocolate chips, or low carb fruits over your scoop
You can also pour this ice cream into popsicle molds for low carb popsicles! Either way, you’ll love it!
Make this low carb chocolate ice cream yours with one of these add-ins and variations:
- Not feeling chocolate ice cream? Try a different flavor. Simply skip the cocoa powder and add some vanilla. You can also skip the sweetener and add a scoop of low carb protein powder (like I do in my avocado ice cream) for an ice cream flavored by your favorite protein powder.
- Make a cookie dough ice cream with my cookie dough fat bombs. You can also crumble up some baked low carb cookies and mix them in.
- Make a rocky road ice cream with my low carb marshmallows and some chopped walnuts.
- Swap the chocolate chips with sugar free white chocolate. Lily’s now makes this! Or you can make your own from scratch, it’s surprisingly easy.
- Make a triple chocolate ice cream with crumbled low carb brownies! This is why I recommend freezing everything… You never know where you’ll be able to mix in some leftovers!
If you love chocolate as much as I do, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few more chocolatey desserts I think you’ll love:
- Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Low Carb Hot Chocolate
- Chocolate Fat Bombs
- Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chia Pudding
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- Add avocado (1), heavy cream (1/2 cup), low carb milk (1/2 cup), low carb sweetener (4-6 tablespoons), cocoa powder (2 tablespoons), and salt (a pinch) to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Use a rubber spatula to stir in the chocolate chips.
- Transfer ice cream into a container (I use an 8" bread pan) and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for 2 hours. If you plan to leave it in the fridge overnight, allow it to come to room temp on the counter for 20 minutes before attempting to scoop. Enjoy!
Fans Also Made These Low Carb Recipes:
- Avocados. Go for haas! They’re higher in fat, creamier and WAY more delicious than regular (sorry Florida ?).
- Chocolate. I love Lily's chocolate chips for this (they make dark, semi-sweet, and milk) but you can always make your own low carb chocolate by following my recipe!
- Cocoa Powder. I much prefer dutch process cocoa powder in sweets, as it’s significantly less bitter than regular!
- Milk. I swap between unsweetened light almond or coconut milk.
- Low carb sweetener. For ice cream, I prefer to use allulose, as it doesn't recrystallize the way sugar alcohols do!
- Nutritional information is based on 1 serving if you divide this recipe into 4, and includes the chocolate chips (calculated using Lily's chocolate chips and erythritol as the sweetener). There are 3.2g of erythritol carbs per serving, so each serving would have 5g net carbs: