Calling all lemon lovers, this one’s for you.
This keto no-churn lemon ice cream is based on Martina’s popular No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream recipe. It’s so creamy and loaded with lemon juice and zest. I used zest of just one lemon for a slightly milder citrus flavour but if you love lemon, feel free to add one or two. Nothing is more refreshing for summer than this.
If you leave it in the freezer for longer than 4 hours it will set hard, either add glycerine to prevent it crystallising or remove from the freezer when ready to eat and allow to thaw slowly in the fridge.
Sweetened with erythritol rather than sugar it won’t spike your blood sugar levels like other lemon ice creams and at just 3.6 g net carbs per serving, it’s a keto classic you will make time and time again.
I hope you enjoy it!
Note: Based on feedback from those who have tried this recipe, the lemon juice will make this ice cream a little more icy. You could try skipping the lemon juice and increasing the amount of lemon zest and heavy whipping cream (using less egg whites). This will keep the ice cream creamy with enough flavour.
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Tips for Super Soft Ice Cream
This recipe produces soft and creamy ice-cream. However, once left in the freezer for more than 4 hours, it will get hard. Below are some tips to help you keep it soft:
- Vodka or other similar alcoholic drink - about 1/4 cup. Vodka is best as it's neutral and leaves no aftertaste.
- Vegetable glycerin - 1-2 tablespoons. This ingredient will prevent crystallisation. It has a minimum effect on blood sugar but I personally count all the carbs in it because it has more calories than sugar.
- MCT oil - about 1/4 cup. I use it in other ice-cream recipes but I'm not sure how that would work in this one. It may "deflate" the fluffy texture.
- Also, put the ice-cream in single-serving containers so you don't have to wait for too long until it softens when taken out of the freezer.
Serving size ~ 1 cup, 2 large scoops
Allergy information for No-Churn Low Carb Lemon Ice Cream
✔ Gluten free
✔ Dairy free
✔ Nut free
✔ Nightshade free
✔ Pork free
✔ Avocado free
✔ Coconut free
✔ Fish free
✔ Shellfish free
✔ Beef free
- Recipe can be made dairy-free or coconut-free.
Nutritional values (per serving, ~ 1 cup, 2 large scoops)
Net carbs3.6 grams
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 9%, fat 85%
Total carbs3.8 gramsFiber0.2 gramsSugars2.6 gramsSaturated fat13.2 gramsSodium67 mg(3% RDA)Magnesium9 mg(2% RDA)Potassium113 mg(6% EMR)
Ingredients (makes 6 servings)
- Place your loaf pan in the freezer to chill. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks.
- Start whisking the egg whites and add the apple cider vinegar or cream of tartar. As the egg whites thicken, slowly add the powdered erythritol.
- Whisk until the eg whites create stiff peaks.
- In another bowl, whisk the cream until thick and you have stiff peaks. Make sure you don’t over whip it though (the cream would split). If you prefer diary free, you can use whipped coconut milk.
- In a clean bowl, mix the egg yolks with the lemon juice and zest.
- Slowly fold the whisked egg whites into the whipped cream.
- Then add the egg yolk mixture and gently fold in using a spatula until well combined.
- Place the mixture in a loaf pan or a freezer-friendly container and freeze for at least 2 hours (I froze mine for 4 hours).
- If the ice cream is too hard (if frozen overnight), either leave it in the fridge for 30-45 minutes, or on the kitchen counter for 10-15 minutes before serving.
- Optionally, serve with Low-Carb Ice Cream Sugar Cones!
- Store it in freezer for up to 3 months.
Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, ~ 1 cup, 2 large scoops)
|Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)|
|0.2 g||4.2 g||3.2 g||48 kcal|
|Cream of tartar, raising agent|
|0 g||0 g||0 g||0 kcal|
|Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)|
|0.7 g||0 g||0 g||3 kcal|
|Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)|
|1.3 g||1 g||19 g||183 kcal|
|Lemon juice, fresh|
|1.3 g||0.1 g||0 g||4 kcal|
|Lemon zest (peel), fresh|
|0.1 g||0 g||0 g||0 kcal|
|Total per serving, ~ 1 cup, 2 large scoops|
|3.6 g||5.2 g||22.2 g||238 kcal|
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