Creamy dairy-free keto vanilla ice cream

Creamy dairy-free keto vanilla ice cream

Dairy-free doesn’t mean ice cream free! This creamy dairy-free vanilla ice cream includes all of the same wonderful flavors and textures of traditional ice cream. See if your guests can tell the difference!

Creamy dairy-free keto vanilla ice cream

Dairy-free doesn’t mean ice cream free! This creamy dairy-free vanilla ice cream includes all of the same wonderful flavors and textures of traditional ice cream. See if your guests can tell the difference!
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6 servingservings

Ingredients

Dairy-free vanilla ice cream
  • 6 6 large egg yolkslarge eggs yolks
  • 1 cup 225 ml coconut milk
  • 1¼ cups 300 ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 13 cup 75 ml (75 g) xylitol
  • 13 cup 75 ml mild flavored oil avocado oil
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 18 tsp 18 tsp salt (optional)

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

Ice cream

  1. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, heat the coconut milk and almond milk, stirring with a whisk. Add the egg yolks. Continue whisking on low heat until the custard begins to thicken.
  2. Add the sweetener and whisk until completely dissolved. Continue heating, whisking constantly, until the custard thickens, about 10 minutes.
  3. When the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon or reaches 140°F (60°C) on a thermometer, remove the pan from the heat. Do not allow the mixture to warm to over 140°F (60°C) or the eggs will begin to cook.
  4. Add the oil, vanilla, salt, and mix together in a blender. Allow the ice cream to cool in the refrigerator.
  5. When the ice cream mixture is cool, freeze in an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s directions. Continue processing the ice cream until it is frozen or reaches your desired consistency. Store in the freezer.

Tips

Adding the oil to the mixture makes the ice cream super creamy and less icy. A mild flavored oil such as avocado or Manzanilla olive oil works well. A nut oil such as almond oil, walnut, or hazelnut oil add a fantastic flavor too.

If you aren’t concerned about eating raw eggs, you can skip heating the eggs and sweetener and toss all of the ingredients into a blender at once. Then add to the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

This recipe uses xylitol instead of erythritol as xylitol results in a creamier consistency after the ice cream is frozen. Erythritol makes the ice cream very hard; however, if you use erythritol, simply wait 5-7 minutes to serve the ice cream after it’s been frozen.

You can use this dreamy vanilla ice cream as a base to create your own unique flavors. Toss in a few pieces of chopped dark chocolate and a drop or two of peppermint for mint chocolate chip or sprinkle a few fresh berries over top.

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14 comments

  1. Jay
    Could I use Coconut Oil instead of Avocado Oil?
    Reply: #2
  2. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Could I use Coconut Oil instead of Avocado Oil?

    I do no think coconut oil would work in ice cream. Extra light olive oil or avocado oil is best.

  3. Robin
    I checked this recipe out because my youngest has come to live with us and she's dairy-free (poor kid - I would hate to live without dairy though I've been considering it as my weight loss has stalled somewhat).

    I love you guys but I have a recommendation: any recipe that uses xylitol MUST include a warning in the tips that it is deadly to dogs so that pet owners are aware of the risk if they give their pets table scraps. Maybe to cats, too - I don't know for sure, but I do know it's deadly to dogs. I think it's great that you explained why it's used in this recipe, and how erythritol makes a difference. Please expand that to include whether Stevia or Monkfruit etc might or might not be a good option also? Thanks for providing so many dairy-free options on the site!!! :-)

    Reply: #4
  4. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I checked this recipe out because my youngest has come to live with us and she's dairy-free (poor kid - I would hate to live without dairy though I've been considering it as my weight loss has stalled somewhat).
    I love you guys but I have a recommendation: any recipe that uses xylitol MUST include a warning in the tips that it is deadly to dogs so that pet owners are aware of the risk if they give their pets table scraps. Maybe to cats, too - I don't know for sure, but I do know it's deadly to dogs. I think it's great that you explained why it's used in this recipe, and how erythritol makes a difference. Please expand that to include whether Stevia or Monkfruit etc might or might not be a good option also? Thanks for providing so many dairy-free options on the site!!! :-)

    Thank you for your feedback; the toxicity to dogs is mentioned in our sweetener guide but I understand not everyone will review that when following recipes. Other sweeteners will not keep the ice cream soft like xylitol does, with the exception of allulose which you can read about in this section of our guide.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/sweeteners#allulose

    Reply: #14
  5. Derya
    Two words: Carrie Brown.

    She’s the queen of keto ice-cream and the one who experimented with xylitol in the first place.

    https://carriebrown.com/keto-ice-cream-scoop-cookbook

    Or just visit her website or tune into her podcasts, she’s very entertaining, smart, and gives loads of tips beyond ice-cream.

  6. Derya
    Quote from Carrie‘s website:
    „Ice cream making is actually pretty complicated scientifically speaking – there’s a whole bunch of geekery around getting ice crystals to form the right way, not getting them to freeze too hard, or too soft, and other thrilling physics dilemmas to think about – and there are tons of little tips and tricks that will help you get that perfect scoop of KETO deliciousness every time. Sadly, one little recipe post won’t address most of that, but before you hop to the recipe please just cast your eye over this list. It’s a good place to start if you are new to the world of homemade ice cream, and since all of you are new to KETO ice cream, and KETO ice cream “custards” do not behave like regular ice cream custards, I urge you to pay attention. After waiting this long, I don’t want you to be disappointed with the result.“

    https://carriebrown.com/archives/25863

  7. Derya
    Those of you with DOGS:

    stick to ALLULOSE, which is birch-based and the next best thing to xylitol.

  8. Ann Hough
    Even a small amount of xylitol will kill a dog. I won't have it in the house.
  9. Beth Phelps
    Is the Coconut Milk in this recipe from a can? 1 cup of Coconut Milk that is mixed to incorporate the coconut cream that separates? Just need clarification. Thanks!
    Reply: #10
  10. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Is the Coconut Milk in this recipe from a can? 1 cup of Coconut Milk that is mixed to incorporate the coconut cream that separates? Just need clarification. Thanks!

    Yes, a can of coconut milk with the contents mixed is best for this recipe.

  11. Sandra Romero
    Is there a way to substitute eggs for a vegan version ?
    Reply: #12
  12. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is there a way to substitute eggs for a vegan version ?

    I am not aware of a good substitute. You can omit them but the final texture and consistency may be icy and not very creamy.

  13. Maria
    Chocolate is also lethal for dogs. But then I wouldn't give my dog ice cream or anything sweet anyhow.
  14. Shirley
    Don't feed your pets table scraps.

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