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Keto Chocolate Ice Cream
This keto ice cream has a rich and silky smooth texture and is absolutely delicious! The perfect chocolate flavor for ice cream season (or any time)!
If you're looking for a low-carb chocolate ice cream recipe, this is the one! It's sugar-free and can be made with either heavy cream or almond milk.
The base of this recipe is just cream, almond milk, cottage cheese (substitutions below) sweetener, vanilla extract, and unsweetened cocoa powder. That's it!
The key to getting a good texture is to blend it really well so that the cottage cheese breaks down completely.
I used my Vitamix blender and it worked great. If you don't have a high-powered blender, you may want to try blending the cottage cheese separately until it's smooth and then adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
Or, you can use the substitutions in the recipe card and omit the cottage cheese completely!
Making Keto Ice Cream
Making homemade ice cream doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, for this recipe, there is no cooking or tempering involved (this means no egg yolks or heating over medium heat on the stove). No hot cream mixture or stoves are involved here!
All you need is a blender and a countertop ice cream maker! (And see below for how to make this keto ice cream recipe without an ice cream machine.)
Ice Cream Maker
I love the fact that I can have rich, creamy ice cream on hand – but mostly I love the fact that it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish!
Having my own ice cream machine at home has been a gamechanger!
I found my ice cream maker for less than $15 at a thrift store, so keep your eyes open!
About a year later I found another one for less than $10, so yes, I have TWO ice cream makers. That could come in handy sometimes!
And making low-carb ice cream is SO easy!
(I would highly recommend this ice cream maker if you are looking for an ice cream maker! It is amazing!)
Check out my how-to video below to see just how easy this low-carb ice cream is!
This recipe is basically a chocolate version of my Vanilla ice cream (also a low-carb ice cream,) but the inclusion of good cocoa powder makes this a rich, creamy, decadent chocolate delight!
If you are looking for rich, chocolatey goodness, you will not be disappointed!
How can I make this ice cream without an ice cream maker?
If you don't have an ice cream maker, you still have a couple of options!
Ice Cube Method
You can make this recipe using the ice cube method.
Simply blend all of the ingredients together and pour into a silicone ice cube tray. Freeze for about 2 hours or until solid.
Once frozen, place the cubes in a food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to add a little additional liquid (heavy cream, almond milk, or coconut milk) to get it to blend smoothly.
Serve immediately or store in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for later. Let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before scooping if frozen solid.
Shallow Dish Method
Another option is to pour the mixture into a shallow dish and freeze for 2-3 hours, or until solid. You then should be able to scoop the ice cream directly out of the dish!
If it is too hard to scoop, let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes to soften.
How to make healthy chocolate ice cream
For this recipe, all you need to do is add the ingredients to your blender, blend, and then pour the sugar-free ice cream mixture into your ice cream machine.
Process the ice cream according to your manufacturer's instructions and then your sweet tooth can enjoy the creamy texture of this easy recipe that tastes like regular ice cream!
The immediate texture of this ice cream (when it has finished churning), is very similar to a Frosty or soft serve! If you like it this way, you can eat it immediately!
If you like it a little more firm, just pop it in the freezer for a few minutes. After it has frozen solid, (if you do not include the recommended vegetable glycerine), you will want to let the ice cream set on the counter for a few moments to soften.
Can I make this chocolate keto ice cream dairy-free?
Yes! You can easily make this recipe dairy-free by using full-fat coconut milk in place of the heavy cream and cottage cheese. I have not tried it with many other non-dairy milks, but I think it would work well with cashew milk or macadamia nut milk.
If you do use coconut milk, the ice cream will have a slight coconut flavor. If you don't like coconut, you can try using almond milk or cashew milk instead.
Do I have to use cottage cheese?
Think the idea of cottage cheese blended in your ice cream mixture sounds awful? You truly cannot taste it and it adds protein to this delicious chocolate ice cream.
However, if you truly don't want anything to do with it, you can simply substitute additional heavy cream or almond milk for cottage cheese.
The texture will be the best if you use heavy whipping cream, but the calories will be less if you use almond milk.
Additionally, you can use coconut cream or canned coconut milk to replace the cottage cheese, but this will of course add a slight coconut flavor to your ice cream.
Why do you use vegetable glycerin in homemade ice cream?
I always like to add a little bit of vegetable glycerin to my ice cream to keep it from turning rock solid in the freezer. When you use glycerin, you should be able to easily scoop out your ice cream with any regular ice cream scoop.
If you don't want to use glycerin (or don't have it), it's not a big deal! Just let your ice cream set on the counter for a few minutes to soften before you scoop it!
How to make this chocolate ice cream with fewer calories
I sometimes make a few tweaks to this ice cream to lessen the caloric load just a bit.
I will replace ½ cup of the heavy whipping cream with unsweetened almond milk.
It still tastes just as rich and creamy, but with fewer calories.
What else can I add to this low-carb ice cream?
You could add a few drops of mint extract for a chocolate mint flavor.
Or, if you are feeling really indulgent, stir in some sugar-free chocolate chips after blending. (I like these ones!)
For a fun summertime treat, blend in some fresh raspberries or strawberries.
You could also top this ice cream with some sugar-free chocolate syrup, sugar-free caramel sauce, or sugar-free whipped cream.
If you're looking for a delicious and healthy ice cream alternative, you will love this recipe!
My family loves it, and I'm sure yours will too.
This chocolate ice cream is low in carbs and sugar-free, but doesn't taste like it! It's rich, creamy, and decadent- just the way ice cream should be.
More Sugar-Free Ice Cream Recipes
- Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Cherry Kefir Ice Cream
- Vanilla Frozen Yogurt with Cinnamon
- Oatmeal Cookie Frozen Yogurt
Low Carb, Sugar Free Chocolate Ice Cream
- In a blender, blend the cottage cheese and almond milk until completely smooth. This step is very important – you do not want cottage cheese lumps in your ice cream!
- 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 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.