Keto mason jar ice cream

Keto mason jar ice cream

The ultimate easy dessert recipe. Creating this sugar-free version of classic vanilla ice cream is so simple, it's child's play. No ice cream maker required, just shake, freeze then serve.

Keto mason jar ice cream

The ultimate easy dessert recipe. Creating this sugar-free version of classic vanilla ice cream is so simple, it's child's play. No ice cream maker required, just shake, freeze then serve.
USMetric
1 servingservings

Ingredients

Vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup 125 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1 egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp xylitol or erythritol
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Instructions are for 1 serving. Please modify as needed.

  1. To make vanilla ice cream, add all of the ingredients into a portion sized mason jar, or similar glass jar with a lid. Want a different flavor? Pick your favorite from the list below, and add the ingredients to the vanilla mixture.
  2. Seal the lid, and shake vigorously for a minimum of 5 minutes.
  3. Place the jar in the freezer, and chill for at least three hours. Enjoy!

Tips

Use a jar that leaves enough room for the ice cream to move around, when shaken. For selecting a jar, based on your number of servings, these are typical jar sizes: Half-pint =8oz =1c, Pint =16oz =1.5c, Quart =32oz =4c.

Raw eggs, really?

If you’re concerned about consuming raw eggs, you can heat the egg, cream, and sweetener until it reaches a temperature of 140°F (60°C). Be sure to stir continuously as the mixture heats. Then proceed with combining all ingredients in the jar, shaking vigorously.

To make the ice cream creamier

To achieve an even creamier consistency, use xylitol instead of erythritol, or an erythritol blend. Erythritol makes the ice cream very hard; if you use erythritol, simply wait 5-7 minutes to serve the ice cream after it’s been frozen.

Xylitol and pets

Although xylitol is safe for humans, it is toxic and potentially lethal for pets, like cats and dogs. If you use xylitol, make sure to keep it away from your animals.

Make it a game

Having a dinner party or hosting a birthday? Why not get your guests to shake up their own dessert? Just make sure you get them to do this at the start of the event to ensure adequate freezing time. For added laughter, choose a fun 5 minute long song to get your guests shaking to.

How to reduce the carbs?

If you want to reduce the carbs, you can use half of the amount of cream, and substitute the other half with almond milk. Keep in mind that the ice cream will not be as creamy, as when you only use cream.

Flavor suggestions

Let each person create his or her own flavor! Add the following ingredients (per serving), just before shaking the ice cream mixture.

Mocha almond ice cream (+1 carb)

0.25 tsp almond extract
0.25 tsp instant espresso powder
0.5 tbsp slivered almonds
0.5 tbsp chopped low-carb chocolate chips

Coconut almond ice cream (+1 carb)

0.25 tsp almond extract
0.25 tsp coconut extract
1 tbsp flaked coconut
0.5 tbsp slivered almonds

Blueberry ice cream (+2 carbs)

2 tbsp fresh or frozen blueberries, finely chopped

Strawberry ice cream (+3 carbs)

5 tbsp fresh or frozen strawberries, finely chopped

Chocolate (+2 carbs)

0.5 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp chopped low-carb chocolate chips

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54 comments

  1. Sally Nicora
    The recipe doesn't have an amount of almond milk?
    Reply: #3
  2. Eva
    I don't mean to be a butinski but , I'm pretty sure it's the same amount as the cream. But if you use almond milk, it won't fluff as well as cream. There's Less fat content in almond milk. But . I hope that helps a little.
  3. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    The recipe doesn't have an amount of almond milk?

    If you're following the instructions under "How to reduce the carbs" you would use 1/4 cup almond milk and 1/4 cup heavy cream for 1 serving.

  4. Jaclyn B
    I tried both strawberry and coffee. They came out super creamy and delicious. Honestly it was better in the mason jar than with my icecream maker, and easier too.
  5. Jaclyn B
    Forgot to ask, what is the egg for? Does it add something to the texture, or is it just to add more protein?
    Reply: #6
  6. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Forgot to ask, what is the egg for? Does it add something to the texture, or is it just to add more protein?

    The egg is for texture and thickness.

  7. Melody
    Does the xylitol do anything except make it sweet, can you make make it without sweetener?
    Replies: #8, #16
  8. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Does the xylitol do anything except make it sweet, can you make make it without sweetener?

    The sweetener is just for taste, you can make it without it, but I am not sure how it will taste.

  9. Alexandri
    Does it need to be in a mason jar or can I do it another container
    Reply: #10
  10. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Does it need to be in a mason jar or can I do it another container

    Any similar glass jar with a lid would be fine!

  11. Marilyn Perrault
    Would it work without the raw egg? Thanks
    Reply: #12
  12. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Would it work without the raw egg? Thanks

    From the Tips above (we have not tested this without the egg)
    Raw eggs, really?
    If you’re concerned about consuming raw eggs, you can heat the egg, cream, and sweetener until it reaches a temperature of 140°F (60°C). Be sure to stir continuously as the mixture heats. Then proceed with combining all ingredients in the jar, shaking vigorously.

  13. Cathryn McTighe-Harper
    Has anyone tried this using half cream and half coconut cream ?
    Reply: #17
  14. Rachel Eckert
    Can something other than the names sweeteners be used? Shave or Stevia??
  15. Rachel
    Should read: ...”named sweeteners be used? Agave or Stevia?”
    Reply: #18
  16. Luise
    Sorry accidentally reported this post. I wanted to 'like' it since I was thinking the same thing - not to add sweetener.
  17. Luise
    Half cream and coconut cream would be yumo ... from my experience, coconut cream tends to freeze quite hard but it would add a little natural sweetness.
  18. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Should read: ...”named sweeteners be used? Agave or Stevia?”

    You may add the sweetener of your choice to this one as the sweetener is for taste only, not bulk. Keep in mind, agave is not a good option for those who are keto, low carb or those with diabetes. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/sweeteners

  19. DEBORAH
    Was good.....is now GREAT.

    This was not bad the first time I made it per the recipe....but had some ice crystals in it.

    I now add two small additions that make a huge difference......a pinch of xanthan gum (pinch would be about 1/16 tsp) and a 1/2 tsp of booze....vodka if you don't want to taste it, brandy or good bourbon etc. if you do. The two additions totally eliminated the icy crystal problem, Its now pretty fabulous in my opinion.

    Best low carb ice cream I have made in two years, and I have an ice cream maker. Easy...yummy.

  20. John Richard
    Can you use Stevia for sweetener?
    Reply: #21
  21. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can you use Stevia for sweetener?

    Stevia is a good option. Make sure and read the ingredients of any sweetener as you choose as many brands are blends of different ingredients. You can read more about sweeteners in our visual guide.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/visual-guides

  22. Margaret
    Why would using almond milk reduce the carbs? The heavy cream I buy has only cream in it and zero carbs.
    Replies: #23, #25
  23. Michaela
    Read above under "How to reduce the carbs?"

    If you want to reduce the carbs, you can use half of the amount of cream, and substitute the other half with almond milk. Keep in mind that the ice cream will not be as creamy, as when you only use cream

    Why would using almond milk reduce the carbs? The heavy cream I buy has only cream in it and zero carbs.

  24. Michaela
    I forgot to mention that heavy cream naturally has lactose, what means sugar, a disaccharid.
  25. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Why would using almond milk reduce the carbs? The heavy cream I buy has only cream in it and zero carbs.

    Heavy cream (all dairy) has carbs, but the serving size noted on the label may be small enough that the carbs are under 1 gram per serving which allows the producer to note it is 0. One ounce of heavy cream has about 0.8 carbs.

  26. Derya
    RAW EGG - you could do a custard (I usually follow Jamie Oliver‘s recipe on his YouTube channel, except for the sugar. That way it isn’t raw any more.

    XYLITOL - according to Carrie Brown (THE keto ice cream expert) this is the sugar for ice cream due to its qualities when freezing.

    Carrie also has an entire BOOK ON KETO ICE CREAM. And is a podcast host. ;-)
    https://carriebrown.com/archives/25863

  27. Paul Germaine
    Any recipe with xylitol should remind folk that it is very poisonous to dogs - even in small amounts. Especially with something like ice cream which some owners might be tempted to give the dog as a treat
  28. biggus
    Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, and you shouldn't be feeding dogs ice-cream, or chocolate in the first place.
  29. Kerstin
    What can you use the egg white for? Any recipe suggestions?
    Reply: #30
  30. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What can you use the egg white for? Any recipe suggestions?

    We have a recipe for meringue! There is also a Pavlova recipe on the website that uses egg whites.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/low-carb-meringues

  31. xoML
    I didn’t have anyone to shake the jars. So I put all ingredients in one vessel and used a stick blender. I blended about one to two (1-2) minutes—not the five (5). Thoughts? Thanks for the good work and yummyness!
    Reply: #32
  32. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I didn’t have anyone to shake the jars. So I put all ingredients in one vessel and used a stick blender. I blended about one to two (1-2) minutes—not the five (5). Thoughts? Thanks for the good work and yummyness!

    It is still recommended to blend for several minutes even with a stick/immersion blender to get the creamiest results.

  33. Margaret Lambert
    This is a terrific recipe! I prepared double recipe of vanilla and chocolate, using the immersion stick blender in its cup for a minute or so. Worked great!
    Reply: #34
  34. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This is a terrific recipe! I prepared double recipe of vanilla and chocolate, using the immersion stick blender in its cup for a minute or so. Worked great!

    Awesome! So glad you love it!

  35. Pia
    Kerstin - when I make this, I save the egg white to make the keto mug bread:

    melt 1.5 tablespoons butter in a big mug
    stir in 3 tablespoons of almond flour and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, mix it up
    add the egg white
    microwave for 90 seconds

    slice and toast

  36. Lorraine
    1 serving says 125ml/o.5 cup , 2 servings lists 225ml/1cup (a cup is indeed 250ml) - the metric multiplication on most serving sizes seems inaccurate, is this a programming error, I think I have seen this type of thing in other recipes. So bug or purposeful?- if so what is the purpose as I cannot see how 2x125 equals 225? *scratching my head*

    note all other ingredients seem to multiply uniformly and as expected

  37. Anongrl
    Sounds yummy. I'll try it as I miss ice cream so much! Thank you, Kristie, lovely recipes as always! :)
  38. Fabienne
    Vraiment bonne !
    On aime beaucoup,
    On a fait aussi avec essence d’érable et noix de grenoble , miam........
    Merci beaucoup !
    Reply: #39
  39. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Vraiment bonne !
    On aime beaucoup,
    On a fait aussi avec essence d’érable et noix de grenoble , miam........
    Merci beaucoup !

    Maple extract is a fun idea!

  40. Linda
    FWIW-Back when I worked in a cooking school, we learned all the food safety stuff. Eggs need to be cooked to 160º-165º to kill salmonella, which is the potential problem with raw eggs. I Googled, just to be sure my memory was correct. It was.

    To get it to that temperature without cooking the egg, put it in the microwave with the sweetener and 1 teaspoon water. Stir to combine. Then microwave at 10 second bursts, stirring well between bursts. Takes 5-7 bursts, depending on your microwave. Test the temperature between bursts with an instant read thermometer. You can also heat it on the stove, but I find it's easier to prevent going too far and cooking the eggs by using the microwave method.

  41. Linda
    BTW, I can't edit my post-that's degrees F. I'm being lazy, so you all can Google the conversion, if you need degrees C.
  42. owais.qarni28
    If I want to heat the egg and all that, how do I measure the temperature to see if it has indeed reached 140 degrees Fahrenheit?
    Replies: #44, #45
  43. chervez
    Easiest ice cream I have made and in portions I can handle. Friendly reminder to make sure the jar is not too large! You can separate it and it makes butter. That’s what happened to my first batch but I didn’t give up and my chocolate ice cream is creamy and decadent. I don’t miss Ben and Jerry’s anymore!
    Reply: #46
  44. chervez
    Do you have a sous vide? That’s an easy way to get it to temperature.
  45. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    If I want to heat the egg and all that, how do I measure the temperature to see if it has indeed reached 140 degrees Fahrenheit?

    You can use a candy thermometer or other thermometer designed to be used in liquids.

  46. Lily
    Lol! I did the same. We enjoyed some very interesting frozen cinnamon butter!
  47. JaneC
    I can’t believe how good this ice cream is! I did tweak the recipe - I found shaking the jar FAR too much like hard work, so I whipped the cream to soft peaks with an electric hand whisk, then whisked in the other ingredients. A benefit of this way (apart from being much quicker and easier) is that it increases the volume of the finished product so you get more ice cream for the same carb count - I found the quantities given made two servings, not one.
    I also tried dissolving a teaspoon of good quality instant coffee in a little hot water and allowed this to cool before adding it to the mix - delicious coffee ice cream with no extra carbs.
  48. Dolores Thompson
    Made it for an anniversary treat and it was decadently delicious exactly as you would expect a premium ice cream to taste. HOWEVER, word to the wise...pop the yolk before lidding and shaking. I made two jars, shook for a total of 6 minutes each. At dessert time, one was decidedly creamy color, the other was perfectly white. Lifted the jar to look under and there was a whole yolk that never broke!
    Reply: #49
  49. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Made it for an anniversary treat and it was decadently delicious exactly as you would expect a premium ice cream to taste. HOWEVER, word to the wise...pop the yolk before lidding and shaking. I made two jars, shook for a total of 6 minutes each. At dessert time, one was decidedly creamy color, the other was perfectly white. Lifted the jar to look under and there was a whole yolk that never broke!

    That is a good tip indeed!

  50. brenda27
    I agree with JaneC. This quantity is easily two servings for us, so extra guilt-free! Definitely something I will be making large batches of to keep on hand! Planning to separate into small containers to keep at work so I have an alternative to the treats that seem to be ever-present in the break room!
  51. renee
    I decided to make salted caramel and added 1/8tsp salt, 1/4tsp caramel extract and a few drops of liquid stevia to the original recipe and OMG! DELICIOUS! It was way creamier than the original version. Could it be because of the salt? The stevia? This is now my favourite desert.
    Reply: #52
  52. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I decided to make salted caramel and added 1/8tsp salt, 1/4tsp caramel extract and a few drops of liquid stevia to the original recipe and OMG! DELICIOUS! It was way creamier than the original version. Could it be because of the salt? The stevia? This is now my favourite desert.

    Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  53. lauramb1994
    I can’t wait to try variations of this recipe. Made this yesterday for the 4th of July celebrations. I wanted to join in while the rest of the family was enjoying regular coke floats. So my son (who’s following a very low carb lifestyle) and I made this ice cream. Followed the directions. Used Serve for sweetener. Made it a mocha blend of espresso and cocoa. And we both so enjoyed our treat alternative without the huge dose of sugar/carbs.
    Reply: #54
  54. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I can’t wait to try variations of this recipe. Made this yesterday for the 4th of July celebrations. I wanted to join in while the rest of the family was enjoying regular coke floats. So my son (who’s following a very low carb lifestyle) and I made this ice cream. Followed the directions. Used Serve for sweetener. Made it a mocha blend of espresso and cocoa. And we both so enjoyed our treat alternative without the huge dose of sugar/carbs.

    Ahhhh, this is so wonderful! Thank you for sharing! Let us know what combinations you try.

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