After trying just one itty bitty bite of this decadently delicious sugar free ice cream recipe, you’ll wonder why you ever wasted a nibble on anything else…
Because it’s perfectly creamy and deliciously sweet, forms a pretty little scoop, and doesn’t require an ice cream maker! Plus, no one would ever guess that this sugar free ice cream recipe is actually sugar free, low in carbs, and keto friendly! Guarantee, your carb loving friends will ask for a second scoop.
No matter the weather, today calls for a bowl full of this sugar free ice cream recipe, so let’s get mixing friends!
carbs in ice cream
To illustrate just how many carbs you’ll be saving by eating a scoop of this sugar free ice cream recipe instead of traditional, a ½ cup serving of vanilla has 16 grams of carbs in ice cream!
Now this low carb recipes a little different 🙂
What You Should Know About This Sugar Free Ice Cream
Here’s the skinny on this sugar free recipe:
I wanted to make a no churn sugar free ice cream recipe, because most of us don’t own an ice cream maker, and in my kitchen, easier is always better. I tested a handful no churn ice cream recipes, and was disappointed in the outcome.
Then, ironically, Epicurious sent a slideshow of no churn desserts! Which included this scrumptious looking pistachio semifreddo recipe — don’t worry, I had to look up semifreddo as well, it’s Italian for semi frozen dessert, need I say more?
Long story short, I converted their recipe into a low carb, sugar free ice cream recipe, and let me tell you: it’s ridiculously addicting, beyond delicious, and made me forget about Ben and Jerry’s after one spoonful!
For those wondering, I haven’t tried this as a keto vanilla ice cream maker recipe, so I don’t know how it would work!
Low Carb Ice Cream Ingredients
Luckily for us eating low carb foods, the ingredients in this low carb ice cream recipe are all typical low carb shopping list items:
Heavy cream, a delicious low carb milk alternative
Erythritol, my favorite keto sweetener in this no sugar ice cream recipe. You can also make sugar free ice cream recipe stevia based, but I much prefer the taste of erythritol!
Vanilla, either vanilla bean or extract. I tried making this sugar free vanilla ice cream recipe with vanilla bean to see if it changed the flavor much, and I was disappointed to find out it didn’t! Save yourself $15 with this low carb vanilla ice cream recipe and use extract instead!
That said, this sugar free ice cream recipe calls for raw egg whites. If this is something you’re worried about, or if salmonella is a problem in your area, then this recipe isn’t for you. Try this sugar free ice cream instead.
sugar free ice cream recipe Variations
If you’d prefer a sugar free ice cream recipe for chocolate, try adding cocoa instead of vanilla! You can also add chopped pecans or pistachios for additional variations. Get creative! I’d love to hear what you work into your low carb meal plan in the comments below!
How To Make This Low Carb Ice Cream Recipe
Since this low carb ice cream recipe doesn’t require an ice cream maker, it’s crazy quick and easy to throw together — the bulk of your time will be in waiting for the ice cream to freeze. (Pst, if you want an ice cream that’s ready right away, check out this sugar free ice cream instead!)
To make this sugar free ice cream recipe you’ll separate the ingredients into two bowls: one bowl for the egg whites, the other for the remaining ingredients.
Your best friend while making this sugar free ice cream recipe will be your hand mixer. Use it to whip your eggs into firm peaks, which adds a delicious “fluff” to your ice cream. Then you’ll use it to whip the heavy cream into whipped cream, as done in this video (ignore that sugar! We’re using erythritol instead):
Gently fold the sugar free ice cream recipe ingredients together. Then, scoop the combo into a pan and plop it in the freezer.
Wait about 3-4 hours, or until your ice cream has frozen into a scoopable texture.
This ice cream is best enjoyed at the 4 hour mark, but can remain in the freezer for longer periods of time. I recommend keeping it covered to avoid access ice. When you’re ready to scoop the ice cream, pull it out of the freezer for 20 minutes before serving (otherwise it’s hard to scoop!)
keto ice cream toppings
Half the fun of eating a bowl of keto ice cream are the toppings — and since you don’t want to break the low carb bank on half a dash of rainbow sprinkles, why not try some of these delicious alternatives instead:
Low carb chocolate shavings. That’s right, a sugar free chocolate recipe that’s actually low in carbs! I always have a bar in my freezer incase I’m in need of a nibble, and find it’s the perfect addition in this sugar free chocolate ice cream recipe!
Low carb nuts (check out this chart of the lowest carb nuts)
Low carb fruits (check out this chart of the lowest carb fruits)
keto ice cream recipe
Alright low carbers, I can’t WAIT to hear what you think about this keto ice cream recipe! What toppings did you serving it with? Did you try any variations? Let me know in the comments below, happy sugar free ice cream recipe making!
Sugar Free Ice Cream Recipe
Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a medium bowl until they’ve reached soft peaks. Gradually add in half the erythritol, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue beating mixture until the egg whites hold stiff peaks.
In a second medium bowl beat the heavy cream, vanilla extract and remaining sugar on high speed until this combo holds stiff peaks.
Gently fold the egg whites into the cream.
Spoon the mixture into a bread pan and cover with seran wrap.
Plan in the freezer, allowing it to firm up until you can scoop it — this took me about 4 hours.
Soften slightly before scooping and enjoy!
- This recipe calls for raw eggs whites. If salmonella is a problem in your area, or if this is a concern to you, try this sugar free ice cream instead.
- In the photo, you'll see I used vanilla bean (1 whole vanilla bean) instead of vanilla extract. I've tried this recipe both ways, and couldn't tell a difference in the taste. At the cost I don't think it's worth it!
Nutrition information will vary based on the specific products. To be safe, check the nutrition facts labels of your products. Optional object listed above have been left out of nutritional data.
sugar free ice cream brands
Pst, for those of you who’d rather check out some sugar free ice cream brands, there are a ton of delicious options to choose from, however, they’re typically pretty high in carbs. Just a word of warning!
No Carb Ice Cream
For those who are curious, it’s hard to leave out/swap ingredients in this recipe in an effort to make a no carb ice cream. The ingredients that contribute the most carbs are the ones we can’t leave out! (heavy cream and erythritol). If you’re looking for a zero carb ice cream, I suggest you try a different recipe, or enjoy a smaller serving of this sugar free ice cream recipe!