If you think the keto diet wouldn't be too welcoming to a big bowl of ice cream, then you'd be right. This buzzed-about meal plan relies on getting the body to a state of ketosis to burn fats instead of the typical carbs, and you won't necessarily see ice cream on the approved list of must-eats. But don't count it out entirely. The keto diet may rely heavily on fish, meat, and vegetables, but dairy is included, too, so when it comes to ice cream, you just have to be creative about keeping the carb content low. We found 10 keto ice cream recipes you can try when cravings hit, which range from simple vanilla to rich chocolate peanut butter.
Read on for our favorite easy keto ice cream recipes.
5-Minute Keto Ice Cream
All you need is five minutes and three ingredients to make this healthy, keto ice cream recipe from Joy Filled Eats. Best of all, it doesn't require any chilling time! Just blend together frozen fruit, cold heavy cream, and a little bit of stevia and you're good to go.
Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
This blueberry cheesecake ice cream from Sugar Free Sprinkles looks totally indulgent, but it's actually keto and low-carb. It's made with almond milk, heavy cream, frozen blueberries, cream cheese, and an egg, so it's filled with healthy fats that'll fill you up without weighing you down.
You can make your ice cream softer when you take it out of the freezer by adding two tablespoons of alcohol (like vodka) or two tablespoons of vegetable glycerin.
Ice Cream Bites
These keto ice cream bites from All Day I Dream About Food are perfect when you want a little sweet treat, but don't want to commit to a whole bowl of ice cream. The poppable bites are perfect for a midday sugar craving or post-dinner indulgence and are super easy to make.
Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake
Don't let your healthy diet spoil a birthday or a party—you can make this keto ice cream cake from All Day I Dream About Food for a guilt-free celebration. It contains the classic Neapolitan flavors you love with strawberry and vanilla ice creams piled on top of a chocolate cake. Even those not on the keto diet will approve!
Chocolate Ice Cream
Can you believe this chocolate ice cream is keto-friendly (and made with only four ingredients)?! The Big Man's World's recipe combines coconut milk, chocolate protein powder, your sweetener of choice, and cocoa powder for a vegan, keto-diet approved chocolate ice cream. Since there's protein in it, you could even eat it for breakfast if you wanted!
Keto Vanilla Ice Cream
We can't resist a classic vanilla ice cream, and this recipe from Wholesome Yum makes it keto-friendly. The base uses four ingredients: butter, heavy cream, powdered allulose, and vanilla extract, and you can add in MCT oil or powder if you wish. It's easy to make and goes best topped with fresh fruit, sugar-free chocolate chips, or chunks of keto chocolate chip cookies.
Lemon Curd Ice Cream
When summer hits, this lemon ice cream from All Day I Dream About Food is a refreshing and healthy dessert option. It's made with just four ingredients: heavy cream, sweetener, lemon curd, and vodka. You can freeze any leftover ice cream, but we have a feeling there might not be any!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream
We'd never turn down a chocolate peanut butter combo, so this recipe from Wholesome Yum is a no-brainer. The ice cream is filled with healthy fats from coconut milk, coconut oil, and peanut butter, and is low-carb and dairy-free. It's also super easy to make—the hardest part will be waiting for it to freeze to eat it!
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Summer meets fall in this keto pumpkin ice cream from All Day I Dream About Food. It's the ideal treat for transitioning between seasons, and it's a keto diet-approved way to get your pumpkin fix on Thanksgiving without any guilt! It only takes 25 minutes to make, but you will have to wait five hours for it to chill.