Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream

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Eggnog is the perfect dessert for the holidays. I've noticed several requests for a keto-friendly eggnog in the KetoDiet support group, so I spent a couple of weekends making one for my blog. My first attempt ended up being more like eggnog custard. It was still delicious but too thick for ice-cream. After some fine-tuning and using less egg yolks, it was perfect!

I made mine using this ice-cream maker but it can be made even if you don't have one. Just follow the steps in my no-churn vanilla ice-cream.

If you like eggnog, there are even more recipes you can try! I've created Eggnog Mug Cake for my blog, Eggnog Smoothie for the KetoDiet Apps and a classic Eggnog recipe for the KetoDiet Cookbook.


Nutritional values (per serving, 2 scoops)

3.4 grams 0.2 grams 4.2 grams 26.4 grams 19 grams 279 calories
Total Carbs3.6grams
Net Carbs3.4grams
of which Saturated19grams
Energy (calories)279kcal
Magnesium30mg (7% RDA)
Potassium162mg (8% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (5%), protein (6%), fat (89%)

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)

More tips for soft ice-cream:

This recipe produces soft and creamy ice-cream. Alcohol is what keeps it from getting hard when frozen for several hours. Below are more tips in case you want to avoid alcohol:

  • 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 ¼ cup.
  • 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.


  1. Pour the coconut milk and cream (if used) in a large sauce pan over a medium heat. Reserve ½ cup of coconut milk for later. Add the Erythritol and stevia and stir well. If using vanilla bean, cut the vanilla bean lenghtwise and scrape the seeds out. Add the seeds to the cream.
  2. Apart from the seeds, also add the vanilla bean, cinnamon, ...
  3. ... nutmeg, salt and stevia (if used). Mix until well combined and cook until foam forms on top. Then, lower the heat.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the egg yolks with the remaining coconut milk.
  5. Remove the vanilla bean and discard. Slowly pour about a cup of the hot mixture into the cold egg yolk mixture while whisking. Then, slowly pour the egg mixture back in the sauce pan and keep mixing.
  6. Cook while stirring until the the mixture starts to thicken and the cream mixture lightly covers the spatula. It shouldn't get as thick as custard - just creamier. Then, take off the heat and set aside.
  7. Mix the gelatine with the water and pour it into the cream mixture. Set the sauce pan over an ice bath (a bowl filled with iced water) and let it cool down, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the rum (or rum extract) and mix in well. Let it chill to room temperature.
  9. Once it cools down, pour into the ice-cream maker (I use a Cuisinart) and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. It may take anything between 30-60 minutes depending on your ice-cream maker.
  10. When done, scoop in a freezer-friendly container and place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.
    I like using small single-serving containers like these. Enjoy! :-)

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By Martina Slajerova
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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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Comments (19)

I just made this recipe, experimenting as I am going low carb now and my dad has kidney disease and can not have dairy....trying to find holiday recipes we can have.  The mixture of this tasted wonderful until I added the is VERY over powering rum...but the ice cream is nice and soft!  I am looking all over for the Vegetable Glycerin, but all I am seeing is something that is used for lotion and body products?  I have never heard of MCT....why does it keep the ice cream soft?


Hello Angela, I prefer using MCT oil but you could try vegetable glycerin. This product is food grade: Amazon link
MCT oil helps the ice-cream stay creamy because compared to, for example coconut oil,  it doesn't solidify or freeze. Or you could use vodka that has a neutral taste compared to rum.


Just made this delicious Keto icecream recipe..came out perfect...


Thanks for answering my question in advance about how to make the icecream less hard once frozen. I have had to take our recipes out of the freezer to then put it in the fridge in order  for it to soften up enough to even dish out a serving... Your idea of storing it in small individual containers before freezing, is such a great idea..Thanks...


Thank you RoseAnn, I'm glad you liked it!


Hello and thank you so much.
I was just wondering if it is necessary to cook it for good results. Do you think just throwing everything in a blender and then in an icecream maker could work?
Thank you!


Yes, you can do that too. Cooking makes the ice-cream more creamy as the mixture thickens with cooking 😊


Hi Martina, I just read all the info here on the site, and I just bought the iPad full keto app. I'm so excited. I have been keto almost 2 years and seeing a app like this just really made my life so much better. This seems like it is more versatile for carbs and natural. Thanks again for getting back to me so soon. I just love your blog and all these recipes. Thanks for doing all this to help people. And when you get the food delivery option in America...count me in!!!


Thank you so much Rachel, I really appreciate your kind words!! 😊 I hope you enjoy my app and the upcoming updates!


I just made the icecream today and it was delicious. I also was looking for an eggnog recipe for the holidays that cooked the egg such as this recipe- so could I essentially use this for eggnog?


Thank you Rachel! Yes, I think it will work - I would just skip the gelatin - that would make it too thick. There is an eggnog made in four ways in my new cookbook too 😊


That's great, thank you!!! I will try that tomorrow and let you know. And I am going to look at purchasing your cookbook. Do you have it available to download by chance?


Yes, it's also on kindle (Amazon) 😊 Thank you!


Can this ice cream be made without an ice cream maker?


Yes it can - there are some tips in the intro 😊


I don't like coconut. Can I substitute almond milk for the coconut milk?


I'd use heavy whipping cream instead - if you can tolerate dairy. I haven't tried it with almond milk but II think that it will not make it creamy enough. Or maybe almond milk + more egg yolks and avoid gelatin.


My ice cream freezer is in storage.  How does this taste as just egg nog?  Looks great!


It's a little thicker than that but you can skip the gelatine and it will be great as regular egg nog too 😊


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