Homemade ice cream can be a bit intimidating, and when you compound the process by making it keto, it can be all the more overwhelming. Recipes for low-carb ice cream are all over the internet, and most of them seem to be pretty disappointing. However, if a proper base (we call it crème anglaise in the professional culinary world) is prepared and a decent quality ice cream maker is used, then there is no reason why you cannot concoct a satisfying homemade, ketogenic ice cream at home. Plus, you'll look like a keto culinary champion to all your friends.
*This recipe is: keto, low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, no added sugar*
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- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 4 egg yolks
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup KetoLogic Erythritol
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup unflavored/unsweetened almond milk
- 4 tablespoons KetoLogic MCT oil or 2 tablespoons vodka or 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (all optional to reduce iciness)
- 2-3 teaspoons gelatin mixed together with 3-4 tablespoons water (optional)
- 2 ounces chopped unsweetened extra dark (90%) chocolate or chocolate chips (optional)
- Set up an ice bath (bowl of ice water). In a separate bowl (slightly smaller than the ice bath bowl), whisk together the egg yolks, eggs, KetoLogic Erythritol, and vanilla extract.
- Put the cream and cocoa into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer at medium-high heat. Add half of the cream mixture to the eggs to temper and whisk together. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour the contents of the bowl back into the saucepan. Stir with a spoon for 10-15 seconds and remove from heat. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, but if the eggs curdle, then it is overcooked and will not work.
- Return all of the mixture back to the bowl and set on top of the ice bath. Whisk in the salt and almond milk. This is the step where you whisk in either the MCT oil, vodka, or xanthan gum, and/or the gelatin (plus water).
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature for 1 hour.
- Pour the contents into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s directions. Churning usually takes 30-60 minutes. If adding chocolate, fold it in after the ice cream mixture is finished churning.
- It can be served immediately or scooped into a container for freezing. Freezing will firm it up a bit, but it will need to sit out for 10-20 minutes to soften before serving if frozen for more than a few hours.
- Prep Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
- Yield: 10