20 minutes

8 servings


3 cups Heavy Whipping Cream, divided
2 tbsp Butter
1/3 cup Lakanto Powdered Monk Fruit Sweetener
1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Nutritional Information
337 Calories
36g Total Fat
2.5g Net Carbs
2g Protein


In a saucepan, add 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream.
Heat it over medium heat.
Add 2 tbsp butter to the saucepan.
Whisk in Lakanto powdered sweetener into the saucepan.
Bring the mixture to a low boil, stirring occasionally.
Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the xanthan gum a little at a time until smooth.
Make sure that there are no clumps of xanthan gum left.
Whisk in the vanilla extract.
Whisk in the remaining 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream.
Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
Transfer your heavy cream mixture to a loaf pan.
Let it chill in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Stir every 30 minutes until your keto vanilla ice cream reaches its desired consistency.
Once the ice cream has chilled enough and reached its desired consistency, transfer it to your freezer.
Freeze your ice cream until it firms up and becomes solid. To make sure that ice crystals don't form on your ice cream, you can tightly wrap the loaf pan in plastic wrap or transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Take your keto vanilla ice cream ice out of the freezer once it has become solid enough.
Take out some scoops and serve in a small bowl. Top your ice cream with some sugar-free chocolate chips and enjoy! Who would've thought you could make scoopable ice cream without an ice cream maker? Certainly not us!
With this keto vanilla ice cream recipe, you can make your own homemade keto ice cream with only a few tools and a refrigerator (with a freezer).


Key Ingredients and Tools

Heavy Whipping Cream (or Heavy Cream)

Heavy whipping mainly acts as the ice cream base for our keto ice cream recipe, giving it its structure. Its high-fat content contributes to a rich and creamy texture in our ice cream. When heavy cream is chilled and whipped, it creates a smooth and velvety consistency that is similar to that of traditional ice cream. The high-fat content also helps prevent the ice cream from freezing into a solid block, which is how it can achieve a scoopable consistency even when frozen.

In this recipe, we'll be dividing the heavy whipping cream into two. The first half, mixed with butter and sweetener, will be heated up and brought to a low boil. The other half will be added later on.

Lakanto Powder Monk Fruit Sweetener

We want our keto vanilla ice cream to be sugar-free so that we can keep its carb count as low as possible. So we'll be using Lakanto Powder Monk Fruit Sweetener instead. It's a keto-friendly sugar substitute that's all-natural, zero-glycemic, and has no aftertaste. It also has a 1:1 ratio to sugar, making it easier to convert traditional ice cream recipes into keto-friendly ones.

We're using powdered sweetener in this recipe as it dissolves more easily, resulting in a smoother texture in our keto vanilla ice cream.

Xanthan Gum

To thicken and stabilize our keto vanilla ice cream, we'll be relying on xanthan gum. It helps prevent ice crystals from forming on the ice cream while it's freezing. It also helps create a more cohesive structure by preventing the separation of the heavy whipping cream and other ingredients in the ice cream.

Vanilla Extract

To round up our keto vanilla ice cream recipe and give it its vanilla flavor, we'll be using vanilla extract. It adds a distinct and pleasant flavor and aroma to our ice cream, making it a more enjoyable treat. Its slightly bitter and floral flavor complements the sweetness of the powdered sweetener.


  • Medium saucepan: you'll be using this to heat and simmer the heavy cream mixture.
  • Whisk or spatula: you'll be using this to mix your ingredients together.
  • Loaf pan: this is where you'll be transferring your heavy cream mixture for chilling and freezing.
  • (Optional) Plastic wrap or freezer-safe container: using this will add another layer of protection to your keto vanilla ice cream, helping prevent ice crystals from forming.
  • Ice cream scoop or spoon: you'll be using this to scoop out your keto vanilla ice cream once it's ready to serve.
  • Small bowl: you'll be serving your ice cream in this.

Misc Notes

  • While this recipe calls for using Lakanto Powdered Monk Fruit Sweetener, you can use another keto-friendly sweetener of your choice. You can even use a combination of sweeteners such as Swerve and Besti. Just be mindful of the ratios as they aren't always 1:1 with sugar.
  • Want your keto vanilla ice cream to be lighter and less dense? You can substitute the second half of the heavy cream with a lighter ingredient such as unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk. Doing so will reduce the fat content, resulting in a lighter vanilla ice cream.
  • Want your ice cream soft and more melt-in-your-mouth? You can lessen the amount of xanthan gum you add or you can omit it altogether. Do note that your ice cream might melt faster without it.
  • If you have an ice cream maker or ice cream machine, you can give your homemade ice cream a smoother and more scoopable consistency. After chilling your ice cream mixture for about an hour or two, transfer it to your ice cream maker and churn for 20-30 minutes or until it reaches a soft-serve consistency. Transfer your ice cream into a freezer-safe container, and let it freeze there for at least 2 hours.
  • Feel free to customize your keto vanilla ice cream! Add some low-carb mix-ins such as chopped nuts or fruits, keto chocolate chips, or crushed berries for more texture or flavor.
  • While this keto vanilla ice cream can 100% stand on its own and be amazing, adding toppings can make it even better. Here are some of our suggestions:
  • ChocZero Sugar-Free Syrups: If you're looking for a great and tasty sugar-free syrup, you can't go wrong with ChocZero. They have a variety of keto-friendly sugar-free syrup flavors such as chocolate, caramel, and maple syrup.
  • ChocZero White or Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Spread: Top your keto vanilla ice cream with a dollop of either of these keto spreads.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Chunks: Cookies and cream anyone? These mini keto chocolate chip cookies are delicious and pair well with vanilla ice cream!
  • Sugar-Free Sprinkles: Sprinkles on ice cream is a classic. It adds color, texture, and joy factor. These sugar-free sprinkles can give you all that without ruining your keto diet.
  • Store any leftover keto vanilla ice cream in an airtight, freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer to maintain its texture. It will stay good in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. If the ice cream becomes too hard, you can let it soften in the refrigerator for a few minutes before serving.