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Keto Ice Cream – Just 4 Ingredients!

A dairy free and low carb keto ice cream recipe everyone can enjoy, even if you’re not on a keto diet!

Low Carb Ice Cream

Smooth and creamy keto ice cream, without all the sugar.

Serve it on top of brownies or with these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars.

The hands-down most popular request I’ve been getting from readers this past month has been for more keto recipes.

But you definitely don’t need to be on a ketogenic diet—or any diet—to enjoy this easy and sugar free ice cream.

With just 4 ingredients and the same delicious creaminess of regular dairy ice cream, what’s not to love?

Ice cream is one of my favorite foods (at this point, I should honestly just call it a food group), and I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to miss out on eating it.  Although I’m not on the keto diet, I really love this ice cream too!

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How To Make Keto Ice Cream

As mentioned, you only need 4 ingredients to make the recipe… or 5 if you want to turn it into chocolate keto ice cream!

You simply stir everything together, and then either churn it in an ice cream maker OR freeze the mixture in ice cube trays (which can be purchased for as little as 2 dollars at most grocery stores or home stores such as Bed Bath Beyond).

Then blend the frozen ice cubes in a Vitamix or thaw enough to blend in a food processor or regular blender. I like to scoop it out with an ice cream scoop for that authentic ice cream shape.

The recipe is based on my Coconut Ice Cream Recipe, so if you’re not following the keto diet, you can absolutely feel free to use your favorite sweetener (sugar, maple syrup, etc.), and it still works.

To make the ice cream keto, use xylitol, a low-glycemic and natural sugar alternative with 40% fewer calories that is absorbed more slowly than sugar and doesn’t have the same effect on insulin or blood sugar levels. (Just like chocolate, raisins, and avocados, it should not be fed to dogs.)

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  • Egg Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Soy Free
  • Gluten Free

Above – watch the video how to make keto ice cream!

Easy Keto Ice Cream Recipe With 4 Ingredients

*If you’d prefer a low fat recipe, I recommend this Banana Ice Cream Recipe.

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Keto Ice Cream Recipe

A dairy free low carb keto ice cream recipe everyone can enjoy, even if you're not on a keto diet.
4.93/5 (96)
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 – 5 servings


  • 2 cups canned coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup xylitol erythritol, or sweetener of choice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • optional ingredients for desired flavor


  • Be sure to use full-fat canned coconut milk, not lite or coconutmilk beverage. If desired, you can use the seeds from a vanilla bean instead of the extract. To make the keto ice cream: Stir together the milk, sweetener, salt, and vanilla extract. If you have an ice cream machine, simply churn according to manufacturer’s directions. Or to make it without an ice cream machine, freeze the mixture in ice cube trays, then blend the frozen cubes in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix OR thaw them enough to then blend in a food processor or regular blender. Eat as-is, or freeze an hour or so for a firmer texture. Due to not having any preservatives or stabilizers, the keto ice cream is best the day it’s made, but you can technically freeze leftovers up to a month and thaw before serving.
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Published on June 11, 2018

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  1. Eliza says

    I’m all set. I heated the mixture slightly on the stove top. All incorporated. (The interior of my house is below 70 degrees. LOL!)

  2. Moon says

    Made this last night in our Cuisinart ice cream maker, and it came out incredible! We used Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener instead of Xylitol (we’ve read that it spikes sugar a little bit), and served it with some keto chocolate sunflower butter brownie cookies that we baked alongside the ice cream. SOOO GOOD!!

    Question: How much cocoa (or cacao) powder would you recommend adding to the recipe for chocolate ice cream?

    • Jason Sanford says

      I don’t think so at all! But you can make it a mint chocolate version if you want to add a little pure peppermint extract, and then it DEFINITELY wouldn’t taste like coconut because the mint would hide that. But still, I don’t think the original version tastes like coconut. (On the other hand, if you DO want a coconut flavor, just add a little coconut extract.)

  3. JFC says

    I’m looking at the nutrition label info for this recipe, and see that by using full-fat coconut milk it ends up with one serving containing almost 17 grams of saturated fat that alone is 85% of an adult’s daily allowance.

    I understand the value and attraction of offering up low sugar recipes for all kinds of different reasons. But to talk about “healthy” recipes and then offer up one serving of an ice cream recipe that contains almost the same amount of saturated fat as two entire Big Mac hamburgers (8g sat fat each) seems very wrong!

    How about some ice cream recipes that are not heavy on sugar and also NOT laden with saturated fat, which isn’t healthy by anyone’s definition. If I want that much saturated fat in my diet, I’ll go and buy Ben and Jerry’s…

      • JFC says

        Thanks for the prompt reply… I do understand you’re catering to an audience with varying diet/nutrition objectives. But I think, 17g of saturated fat per serving is A LOT by any dietary standard. Cheers!

        • mandrake11 says

          JFC – yes…it is high in fat…because it is Keto.
          The Keto diet, by definition is not only just low sugar/low carb, but high fat.

  4. Brigitte says

    Hello. I’ve been wondering. If real ice cream is made with
    cream, eggs and sugar. Couldn’t you still use same
    authentic ingredients just replace sugar?

  5. Suzie says

    Hey Katie,
    I don’t know much about the Keto diet, but this ice cream is fabulous! I can’t wait for summer to try this recipe… 🙂

  6. Cherie says

    First, you can’t just say ‘salt’ for keto. Keto only allows certain salts. No table salt! All salts taste diff So when salt is added to a keto recipe it needs to be listed as a specific salt! When I read ‘salt’ in a recipe, i automatically think table salt. Himilayin salt is keto, but doesn’t taste like table salt.
    Also, why not use heavy whipping cream instead? I don’t/ can’t use coconut cream / milk.

    • Emily Mascord says

      Is coconut milk even keto friendly at all? Most keto guides I’m reading says coconut cream is keto grade A but coconut milk is to be limited as it has more carbs. Wondering if swapping the coconut milk out with the cream would work in terms of texture? Anyone?

  7. JoAnne says

    anybody have a recipe for low carb cones to go with this? LOL. going to get some coconut milk today. ice cream is a weaknes for me

  8. Shanae says

    Is placing the mixture in ice cubes and then blending the ice cubes the best way? Just wondering what’s the different between doing that and just pouring it all in a pan and freezing it that way 🙂

  9. Alicia says

    I am allergic to coconut so Keto is proving difficult. Is there a suitable substitute for ice cream?

  10. Rayne says

    What is a serving size? 1/2 cup or 1 cup? And is a single serving 184 calories? Or 184 calories for 5 servings?

  11. Zoe says

    so delicious, rich, and creamy!! I made the vanilla ice cream, which of course also has a strong coconut flavor but I LOVE coconut. I used granulated Swerve for the sweetener and only used 1/4 cup instead of 1/3 cup and it was still really sweet! I also added way more vanilla than the recipe called for but that’s what I like. I have a cuisinart ice cream maker and churned it in that for 30+ minutes while scraping the sides pretty frequently, then transferred to a glass Tupperware to freeze. While the ice cream was churning I made Keto chocolate fudge brownies from While the brownies were still warm from the oven I put some in a bowl and topped with the ice cream. It was the best brownie sundae I’ve ever had! Thanks Katie for the amazing recipe!

  12. Crystal says

    I just made this tonight and used stevia and it really taste terrible. This is my first time using stevia or any sweetener that’s not sugar. Any suggestions?? I was really hoping this would work out. Maybe I could omit the sweetener all together? Thanks in advance for anyone who can help!

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hmm what brand of stevia are you using? Brands of that can be really hit or miss!
      I MUCH prefer erythritol for sugar free baking. Have you tried that yet? This is the brand Katie lists in her recipes:

  13. Jennifer says

    Hi! I want to make this but I just realized I only have coconut cream. Can I use this in place of the coconut milk? Do I need to dilute it? I’m not sure what consistency I’m going for. I imagine heavy cream would be the best option for dilution?

  14. Vicky Davis says

    Hi Katie, flavor wise and effort this is a great recipe, but my coconut milk didn’t miss up smoothly, no matter how long I wisked it which let little small lumps in my ice cream. Any suggestions for next time?

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hey Vicky, it should have still gotten smooth in the vitamix… Or did you use a different method? If you used an ice cream machine and for some reason still had lumps (finicky can of coconut milk?), you could always blend the mixture before putting it into the machine and that should work too!

  15. Wuffy says

    I have a big problem with all these keto recipes that use xylitol and similar sugar alcohol sweeteners. They are VERY toxic to dogs. …And don’t tell me to just keep it away from my dog, accidents happen, kids do dumb things and never underestimate the cleverness of a dog that wants to get ahold of something they are not supposed to have.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Well the same could be said for chocolate, avocado, and raisins. All of those things are poisonous to dogs. Unfortunately yes, it means one has to be careful and absolutely should never feed anything to a dog without being sure it’s ok.

    • Fawn Neun says

      If you have a dog, you should know what they can and cannot without everyone publishing recipes for a completely different species being required to add a warning label for you.

  16. Bekah says

    Originally when we made this the coconut was incredibly over powering. But we added some lime juice and boom pina colada. It was delicious. Thanks for an awesome recipe.

  17. Lee-Anne says

    Hi, the keto ice cream looks great, I look forward to trying it. Please put a warning with any recipes that contain xylitol to never share with your pets….xyllitol is deadly to cat’s and dogs. It worries me that there’s no warning about this on many labels, as I know many pet parents share treats or let their pets lick the bowl. Thanks.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi! Honestly it’s just never a good idea to feed people food to dogs in general unless consulting with a vet. The same warning could be said for chocolate, avocado, and raisins. All of those things are poisonous to dogs. Unfortunately yes, it means one has to be careful and absolutely should never feed anything to a dog without being sure it’s ok. LOL with all the chocolate, Katie’s site is not dog friendly even though she is!

  18. Potato says

    This recipe is pretty good, although I used sucralose, and heavy cream.
    One pet peeve of mine is when something is called ice cream, but doesn’t contain any cream, which it must to really be ice cream. This is a nice frozen treat as-is, but it simply isn’t ice cream.

  19. Ben says

    It was only okay. The coconut milk flavor overpowers everything else, as usual. Some kind of heavy cream/almond milk mixture would probably work better as a base.

  20. karen says

    Wow i only wanted to make ice cream! I always look to comments for extra advice but obviously just a bunch of so called Keto experts trying to prove they are right ! There are tons of sites where this conversation can take place i don’t see why it has to be over a recipe for ice cream , makes wanting to prepare food a nightmare!

  21. Jamie says

    I would much rather see people GET OFF all their processed foods and eat wholesome real food. Using fat for fuel gives me greater mental clarity, energy and helps me control my weight. I do limit my dairy as much as possible and no toxic processed meats. I know people in their 70s and 80s who have embraced the Keto way of eating, they are much healthier than those still on the high sugar/carb program.

  22. Fawn Neun says

    Coconut milk comes in 15-ounce cans, so I’ll just have to figure out the proportions for the rest of it. It would be nice if these recipes took the size of commercial packaging into account. Like “3/4 cup pumpkin puree”? Seriously?! You get a can. It’s 15 ounces. Who is going to save the leftover and unknown amount of pumpkin puree?

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