You are going to love this low-carb vanilla ice cream recipe. I know I do. Ice cream and summer are just a natural fit. Actually, ice cream and almost anything is a natural fit. That’s because ice cream is just that super delicious. While I’m not a complete ice cream purest, I do have a special place in my heart for a good French vanilla ice cream. Obviously a keto vanilla ice cream, meaning an ice cream decadence without all that sugar: now that is just sublime.
So, when my brand new ice cream attachment arrived for my beloved KitchenAid Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, I put a giant pause on all other things, as ice cream needed to be made ‘toute suite’. With no time to waste, I just had to make the easiest and most practical recipe, so I naturally gravitated to the French vanilla recipe included in the manual as soon as I laid my eyes on it.
Why do I love French Vanilla that much? Firstly, it’s simplicity as a vanilla ice cream that goes with everything but a little bit more. Secondly, for that custardy smoothness. Finally, because it can lay the foundation either within other desserts, or other ice creams. Yum!
Of course, I needed to adapt it to low carb but at that particular moment, I thought no problem, and sometimes those gambles work out! The lesson here is, hesitation can deprive you of opportunity, more specifically, ice cream.
Of course, the reason to have ice cream on hand is so you can have it with other things, like brownies. Mmmmm Brownies!
After a few goes adapting the recipe, I reduced the yolks a bit because some in the family preferred it less custardy and more creamy. If you like your French vanilla ice cream that decadent yellow custard smoothmess, increase the yolks to 5 rather than 4.
I selected Allulose as my sweetener of choice because Erythritol – which I also love as a sweetener – crystallizes and becomes very hard when frozen. Not good for ice cream. You can also use pure monk fruit but it may be expensive considering the volume you need… and the custard would not be the same.
The key with this recipe is you want to make sure your custard is adequately chilled before churning it in your freeze bowl. And, also you need to make sure your freeze bowl has been in the freezer for long enough. I like to keep my freeze bowl in the freezer so that I am always ready in case crisis hits and I have a STAT call for ice cream in the house.
When you are ready to churn, take things out and begin right away, don’t let them sit. Get your serving dishes or your freezer container ready for when it’s done so the fresh ice cream doesn’t sit.
Most importantly, do not put your fresh keto vanilla ice cream away without trying a scoop yourself as soon as it’s ready. That would be a travesty my friends. Freshly churned ice cream must be sampled. That’s the rule.
Find the recipe for my low-carb vanilla ice cream below. Let me know how yours turned out!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Nutritional Information and portions are estimated from the USDA Food Database. Net carbs exclude fiber, sugar alcohols, and products like allulose, because they do not generally affect blood sugar. I try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
Yup, that’s me with my eyes closed while my hubby takes the picture. Totally me. I’m in my happy place doing one of my favourite things: on a hike in the Cape Breton Highlands.
I started my low-carb journey three years ago, for health reasons, determined to make a Low Carb, High Fat, Keto diet work for me as a lifestyle, without the exercise in deprivation with constant calls to the fun police.
I thought, as someone with a severe peanut/tree nut allergy, I am already a pro at adapting recipes to my nut-free existence, so adapting Keto to also be nut-free is something I can master. Truly, I love both the experimentation and the glee when I hit upon something fabulous and all with no sugar! It’s here where the idea was born for lafemmenikketo.com. I feel like a superhero baker and cook with a whisk in hand, whipping the carbs gone to make fabulous nut-free treats without the sugar. This, to me, is simply joyous. I hope you think so too!