Low Carb, Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream {THM-S, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free}

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I recently bought an ice cream maker, (Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, White ) and I must say it was a life-changing experience! The one I purchased was one of the newer ones – no salt or ice required, and my ice cream is ready in about 20 minutes! Now that’s what I’m talking about – creamy, delicious, guilt free ice cream in less than half an hour? Count me in!

When I was trying to find ice cream recipes, I kept seeing instructions like “refrigerate for four hours” or “place in refrigerator overnight.” I told my husband, “I can’t wait four hours for ice cream! I need some now!” (I know, I know, call me impatient if you must!)

Many low carb ice creams rely on cottage cheese and almond milk – and while those variations are good, I wanted a “real” ice cream texture and mouth feel. So, I headed to the kitchen, did some experimentation, and came up with this amazing recipe. I couldn’t believe it when I tasted it – it tastes like “real” (read sugar-laden) ice cream! I was in love!

Low Carb, Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream

{THM-S, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free}


  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup Half & Half
  • 1/2 cup THM Gentle Sweet
  • 1 Tbl vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbl vegetable glycerin (optional – helps  keep it “scoop-able”)

In a blender, blend the cottage cheese and half & half until completely smooth. This step is very important – nobody wants cottage cheese lumps in their ice cream – Gross! Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Pour into your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturers instructions (mine only took about 25 minutes). Transfer to a freezer safe container and keep airtight in the freezer.  If you do not add the vegetable glycerin, you will want to set the ice cream on the counter for a few minutes to soften.

That’s it! 30 minutes, and you can have your own delicious, sweet, creamy homemade ice cream! (Guilt-free, too!) The add-ins or toppings are endless! We like to top our with this AMAZING caramel sauce!

And maybe a few Lily’s chocolate chips!

This would also be delicious with Easy Berry Syrup/Sauce {THM-FP, Sugar free, Gluten free, Low Carb}

Check out my chocolate ice cream recipe!

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Links below are to THM Gentle Sweet (The recommended sweetener), the ice cream maker I use, the recommended (but optional) vegetable glycerin,  and a handy dandy ice cream tub in which to keep your frozen goodies!


10 thoughts on “Low Carb, Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream {THM-S, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free}

  1. I see so many recipes with gentle sweet or the other one i can’t remember.. But i can’t use xylitol because of my puppies… Anything i can do when i need to substitute this sweetener?

    1. You could use THM Super Sweet Blend or Pyure (found at Walmart), but cut the amount in half and taste as you go to get the correct sweetness.

    1. Gentle Sweet is a blend of xylitol, erythritol, and stevia. If you have powdered xylitol, I would use that. You may want to taste and adjust the sweetness (if needed) as you go.

  2. Could you use non fat or full fat plain yogurt? I usually make my own yogurt so this is an easier and more cost effective option for me.

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