No-Churn Vanilla Keto Ice-Cream

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Chocolate or vanilla ice-cream, which one do you prefer? I can never decide and the truth is I love them all: strawberry, cherry and chocolate & mint. This recipe has been adapted from the amazing no-churn ice-cream by Mary Berry. I used a low-carb sweetener instead of sugar and added some vanilla powder for an extra flavour boost. I also used a pinch of cream of tartar to help the ice-cream stay light and creamy.

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Nutritional values (per serving, ~ 1 cup, 2 large scoops)

2.3 grams 0 grams 5.1 grams 22.2 grams 13.1 grams 238 calories
Total Carbs2.3grams
Fiber0grams
Net Carbs2.3grams
Protein5.1grams
Fat22.2grams
of which Saturated13.1grams
Calories238kcal
Magnesium8mg (2% RDA)
Potassium93mg (5% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (4%), protein (9%), fat (87%).

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

Note: If a recipe calls for raw eggs and you are concerned about the potential risk of Salmonella, you can make it safe by using pasteurized eggs. To pasteurize eggs at home, simply pour enough water in a saucepan to cover the eggs. Heat to about 60 °C/ 140 °F. Using a spoon, slowly place the eggs into the saucepan. Keep the eggs in the water for about 3 minutes. This should be enough to pasteurize the eggs and kill any potential bacteria. Let the eggs cool down before using in any recipe, or store in the fridge for 6-8 weeks.

Tips for 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.
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Instructions

  1. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. Start whisking the egg whites and add the cream of tartar. As the egg whites thicken, slowly add the powdered Erythritol. No-Churn Vanilla Keto Ice-Cream
  2. Whisk until they create stiff peaks. In another bowl, whisk the cream...
    If using whipped coconut milk/ cream instead of cream, here is a great tutorial that explains how to do it. No-Churn Vanilla Keto Ice-Cream
  3. ... until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed. Be careful not to over whisk the cream. In a third bowl, mix the egg yolks... No-Churn Vanilla Keto Ice-Cream
  4. ... with the vanilla extract or vanilla powder (or seeds from vanilla bean). I used a combination of vanilla extract and vanilla bean powder. No-Churn Vanilla Keto Ice-Cream
  5. 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. No-Churn Vanilla Keto Ice-Cream
  6. 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). No-Churn Vanilla Keto Ice-Cream
  7. Store in freezer for up to 3 months. Enjoy! No-Churn Vanilla Keto Ice-Cream
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Hi. This was AMAZING. thank you so much. Do you have a recipe for chocolate syrup to go on top? I tried looking, but couldn't find. Thank you again.

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Thank you so much! You could use the chocolate ganache from this recipe: Low-Carb Chocolate & Cardamom Ganache Tart
Or the magic shell from here: Keto Bounty Ice-Cream with Magic Shell

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This was wonderful! Instead of vanilla I used 2 tsp peppermint extract added to the yolks along with 1 tbsp vegetable glycerin and stirred in some sugar free chocolate flakes at the end. Perfect creamy mint chocolate chip ice cream that didn't harden into a rock overnight! Made a huge amount too, no way it was going to fit into a little loaf pan, this was three loaf fluffy.

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Thank you so much, I'm happy you enjoyed!

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Martina, how do I buy your app to send to my son, he just been diagnosed with Diabetes T2 and need to start a keto diet asap. I have your app myself but don’t know how to buy for someone else. We’re in different countries, I live in UK and he is Portugal.
Thank you x

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Hi Fern, I'm sorry for the delayed response, I've been busy and didn't notice your comment. Our app is available worldwide on the App Store (iOS only) and Google Play (android devices). I hope this helps!

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Hi,
When I put your exact ingredients, using Swerve, into Cronometer to make the recipe I come up with 28 neg carbs?? Help!

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Hi Kelli, if that app shows 28 g net carbs it's totally inaccurate. Many apps and websites use crowd-sourced data without doing any "cleanup" to remove incorrect/inaccurate nutrition facts (quantity over quality). In our app (which we use to also create recipes) we filter through them and show only those options that include all macros/fairly accurate macros. More about our food database: Barcode Scanning and Food Database in the KetoDiet App I hope this helps!

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This ice cream looks so good!! I actually got an ice cream maker for my birthday few years ago, and I ain’t gonna use it until I move out, and this really inspired me! 🙂 can’t wait til I can start making my own ice creams, because I also love it all year around 😀
Those look just amazing! I am also a big fan of ice cream, but never seem to buy it.My mom just got an ice cream maker, I might have to borrow it to make that one! Yum!

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Thank you! If you want to use an ice cream maker, there are other ice-cream recipes you can try: ketodietapp.com/Blog/Filter (this specific one won't work in an ice cream maker as it's too fluffy).

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So, So So good!  Perfect.
We put it in the freezer and left the house.  When we returned,  all was frozen except the middle which had a melted marshmallow taste and texture.  Fun to eat right from the pan all around the kitchen island.
As far as servings go, this would be more like 8 servings for us, as it is so very rich and satisfying.

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Thank you for your lovely feedback!

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Really happy with this.   Included 2 T of glycerine.
Thank you!

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I'm glad you enjoyed!

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I'm on day 5 of keto and I almost gave up last night because I missed ice cream so badly. I decided I wouldn't give in until I had tried every strategy. I am so glad I found this recipe first. The ice cream isn't ready yet, but I tasted what was left in the mixing bowl, expecting it to taste OK at best --but it was delicious!! I think this recipe and Swerve might be the answers to my prayers!

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Thank you so much - Enjoy! 😊

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Can one taste the eggs in this recipe?

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I don't think so although this may be different for everyone. The vanilla masks any eggy aftertaste.

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I could never make a good ice-cream before, I tried and tried, always with bad results.
And, finally, I came across this recipe..Guess what..its divine, I used bourbon, which I love the taste😋
I ended up with six portions, instead of four
Thank you very much, Martina 😊
Btw I have your app but could not find this recipe there..

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Thank you so much Fern! You may have been looking in the KetoDiet Meals section? These recipes are exclusive to the app so you won't find them on the blog.
All of the recipes I share via the blog can be found in the Menu > KetoDiet blog > search for recipe name or browse through the recipes. I hope this helps!

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I made one with heavy cream, one with coconut milk. We preferred the heavy cream much better. I can’t tolerate erythritol so I used allulose and liquid splenda. I used more vanilla extract for stronger flavor. I have tried so many recipes, and this is by far THE BEST!!! Thank you so much!

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Thank you so much! I also prefer the one with HWC. I still have to try allulose - I've heard a lot about it but haven't used it yet.

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Just made this wonderful ice cream.  Oh my I'm in heaven.  Not missing out on anything!

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It was quite easy to make and impatient me had a surviving at 2 hours while I was still pretty soft (I scraped the edges lol) it’s sooo yummy!! Can’t wait to try other flavours. Best bit is I can actually serve it to guest!!
Thanks for sharing your recipes ...love them all

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Thank you for your lovely feedback!

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Hey! So I was going to make this ice cream and I was wondering if I could make the ice cream without the cream of tartar or apple cider vinegar? Is it necessary?

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Hi Abby, these ingredients help stabilise the egg whites, keeping them fluffy. You can also use lemon juice.

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I use equal amount aluminum free baking powder instead of cream of tartar in recipes and it works to stabilize the eggs.

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No acv or cream of tartar. Can this be made w/out it? It’s on my grocery list but I’d love to try this now. Thanks in advance.

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Absolutely! You can use lemon juice instead!

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I made the chocolate version of your ice cream recipe with melted dark chocolate and cacao butter.  I let the chocolate cool after melting.  But as I folded the egg whites into the cholocate, the chocolate started clumping and hardening.  My chocolate ice cream looks and tastes more like a cookies and cream ice cream.  The taste is fine.  What might I have done to cause the chocolate and egg whites to separate that way?  Thanks!

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Hi Cathy, I think that was caused by temperature differences. Did you maybe use cold egg whites straight from the fridge? At least that is what happens to chocolate ganache if you ever try making it by adding cold cream to melted chocolate rather that heating up the cream and letting the chocolate melt in it. I did that in the past 😊 I think that if you use room temperature eggs there shouldn't be any separation. I hope this helps!

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Hi!
I’m eager to try this recipe, but I wondered if you knew whether or not regular vanilla extract (not the sugar free) has carbs? My husbands family has a bad health history with artificial sweeteners, and for some reason having a hard time finding the options you posted, and already have the regular stuff in my pantry  (plus we are on a strict budget, boo). What’s the down side to regular vanilla extract ?
Thanks!

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Hi Heather, I think that even if you use regular vanilla extract (with added sugar), it won't contribute to too many carbs per serving. I'd compare that to using dark 85-90% chocolate where the options I use contain a small amount of sugar too. Or you can try making your own: Homemade Vanilla Extract (Vanilla-Infused Vodka)
Or you can use some ground cinnamon instead 😊

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Is it possible to use something other than Erythritol? Maybe xylitol? Or all stevia?

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Yes, you can use other sweeteners: stevia drops, powdered xylitol or powdered monk fruit sweetener. You can see some of the healthy options at Complete Guide To Sweeteners on a Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet

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Is it possible to make this with just vanilla extract, the eggs, cream, and apple cider vinegar? I don't use sweeteners.

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Yes you can, if you don't mind skipping the sweetener. The sweetener is used just for the taste and won't affect the texture 😊

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hi Martina
I’be just been given an ice cream maker!
Can you put this recipe in one or are the whisked egg whites not necessary?
Have you got a coconut cream based Keto vanilla ice cream recipe for going in an ice cream maker?
Thank you

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Hi Emma, this recipe is optimised for the "no-churn" method so I suggest you try another recipe that is better for an ice-cream maker: ketodietapp.com/Blog/Filter
Here's one for vanilla ice-cream (without the cherry topping): Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
I hope this helps! 😊

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My son & I have been doing Keto for about 3 weeks now. I decided to try making ice cream. I actually debated between this one and another low carb/keto recipe.  Decided to try this one because I didn't have to boil anything and it looked like it would go faster.  Boy am I glad I did.  This is AMAZING!  My 21-year-old son also loved it. That's a win! I would say this is as good as any homemade ice cream I've every made!  Followed the recipe exactly with the exception of adding 2 Tbls of MCT Oil in with the egg yolks to keep it from freezing to hard.  I also put it in my little hand crank ice cream freezer instead of putting in the freezer and waiting for 4 hours. Turns out I didn't need the MCT as there wasn't any left to save!  Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you so much for your lovely feedback!

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My wife and I are about to embark on our retirement together. We have looked at various diet plans and believe the ketogenic plan may be the launching point. I was very happy to see your recipes for brownies and vanilla ice cream. Thank you, I hope they are as delicious as they look.

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Thank you for your kind words, I hope you like them!

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Can I add avocado to this rather than eggs? I'm looking for a good no-churn recipe that incorporates avocado.

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Hi Sandee, I wouldn't add avocado to this ice cream but you can try this recipe: Keto Chocolate Popsicles
or this one: Creamy Key Lime Popsicles

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This looks good and I was encouraged by the comments, but I was too lazy to whip the egg whites so i just drank the 1-1/4 cups of heavy cream. It was tasty!

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So you got a tasty vanilla smoothie! You can do that too 😊

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You can make a creme anglaise with the egg yolks if you don't like that raw egg yolk flavour, add any flavours you want to the anglaise and fold in whipped cream and whipped egg white to make a parfait, it's also no churn but comes out of the freezer soft enough to scoop!

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That sounds delicious! Thank you for the tips

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