4 Ingredient Dairy-Free Keto Ice Cream (Vegan & Paleo)

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 The ultimate healthy ice cream is here! 4 simple ingredients. No dairy, and no SUGAR. This creamy vanilla ice cream is Keto/Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, and DELICIOUS.
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I’m a BELIEVER

I didn’t believe you could make ice cream that tastes like the REAL thing without using dairy and sugar, but Oh. emm.. geeeee you guys. Now I believe!! I can’t believe how good this turned out.

100% plant based, all-natural ice cream. Made with just FOUR simple, healthy ingredients?! YES.

And it’s So easy. You’ve gotta try this! 

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You won’t regret getting an ice cream maker

I’ve tried making the “no churn” ice creams before, but they didn’t taste like the REAL DEAL. And I *needed* ice cream… healthy, real-food, dairy-free ice cream — without any of the junk/artificial stuff/weird ingredients found in the store bought kind.

Enter: this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker! My sweet hubby got me one for Mother’s Day and over the last few weeks testing it out, I’ve come to absolutely LOVE it.

The texture of this ice cream tastes JUST LIKE the dairy and sugar-laden conventional ice cream you’d find in a specialty ice cream shop. It’s ULTRA smooth, rich and creamy and SO satisfying.

Churning the ice cream for just 10 minutes aerates it, which gives it that fluffy, CREAMY to-die-for texture. I’m obsessed with this ice cream. There’s no hiding it.

After reading tons of Amazon reviews and getting feedback from other seasoned dairy-free recipe developers, the decision was clear — Cuisinart brand all the way. If you want to have some DELICIOUS homemade ice cream, you’ve gotta get yourself an ice cream maker.


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How NOT to fail at making homemade ice cream

In all honesty, there was a little bit of learning curve involved and some frustrations and FAILS while learning to make ice cream *without dairy and sugar* that actually tastes like ice cream.

It’s a tough job eating ice cream for a living, but somebody’s gotta do it, hahaha. But seriously, there were some batches that turned way too icy, some way too gritty, some completely stuck to the bowl and had to be chiseled out with brute force!! UGH.

But the good news is I endured all of that for you so you don’t have to! You’re welcome 😉 

And now that I know what to do, it’s SUPER easy, super simple, and the flavor possibilities are endless!

But in order to have the *best* outcome (NOT to fail) I highly recommend you follow my tips, rules & secrets below and the exact recipe. Trust me on this oneDairy Free Keto 4-Ingredient Ice Cream (Vegan & Paleo) PrettyPies.comDairy Free Keto 4-Ingredient Ice Cream (Vegan & Paleo) PrettyPies.com

Homemade Dairy-Free Ice Cream Tips, Rules & Secrets

Rule #1: FREEZE the Bowl

This is stated in ALL ice cream maker manuals so it’s no secret, but people sometimes skimp this part. You must make sure your bowl is COMPLETELY frozen (which means you won’t hear any liquid sloshing around if you shake it.)

The actual freezing time may vary, depending on the temp of your freezer, but it could take 12-24 hours. I keep my freezer at 1 degree (F) and place the bowl in the middle towards the back where it’s extra super duper cold.

Rule #2 Follow the Recipe

I admit I almost *never* follow a recipe as written. But here, I don’t recommend it. Why mess with perfection? 😉 But for real – different ingredients and different methods yield completely different outcomes.

Secret #1: Use NUT Butter

Why nut butter? This is the must-have ingredient to replace the volume of sugar, while also adding healthy fats and more creamy texture that also helps it not harden too much. Without it, the result is ICY due to the water content in the coconut milk. Icy = no bueno!

Secret #2: Add ALCOHOL

Yes, booze it up! Did you know alcohol doesn’t freeze? Adding it makes the ice cream NOT turn rock hard in the freezer. It keeps it soft and creamy! Trust me, you *don’t* want a solid block of ICE for dessert. You want ice CREAM.

I used 2 Tbs of Mexican Vanilla extract, but you could also combine rum or vodka with your vanilla if you want! But I seriously LOVE the flavor of this Mexican vanilla. Dairy Free Keto 4-Ingredient Ice Cream (Vegan & Paleo) PrettyPies.com

TIP #1: FREEZE the mix

How do you make the ice cream NOT stick to the sides of your ice cream maker (making it nearly IMPOSSIBLE to remove without grabbing a sledgehammer?!) The mixture must be SUPER COLD before it touches the frozen ice cream maker bowl. If the temp is too different, the ice cream sticks BAD (like when you touch your tongue to a light pole (A Christmas Story anyone?)

TIP #2: REFREEZE

After churning, the consistency will be like soft serve (which is good) but if you freeze it for one hour in a shallow container (I used a loaf pan) it tastes like LEGIT ice cream!

TIP #3: THAW

Patience, my friend! I know you’ll want to DIG IN as soon as it’s made, and you don’t want to wait. But if you let the ice cream sit on the counter for just a few minutes so it’s not as frozen, the result is INCREDIBLE. That 5-10 minutes is so worth it!! Promise.

TIP #4: WET

Want easier, prettier scoops? Dip your ice cream scoop in a little bowl of warm water between each scoop. I don’t know why, but it makes it makes the scoop glide through the ice cream like a BOSS. (Just don’t forget to shake off the excess water before scooping so there’s no extra water.

It’s EASY

Don’t let all the tips and secrets make you think it’s complicated. It really is incredibly simple.

Throw everything in a blender to make your mix. Chill, Churn, Freeze & Scoop!! See? EASY. :)Dairy Free Keto 4-Ingredient Ice Cream (Vegan & Paleo) PrettyPies.com

What’s your FLAVOR?

Now I wanna know, what FLAVOR ice cream do you wanna see a recipe for next? I’ve already got several ideas swimming around in my head, but I’d LOVE to hear what YOU want.

Let me know in the comments: what’s your favorite flavor ice cream? I think mine is COOKIE DOUGH. Mmmmm. I’ve gotta recreate that one soon! Stay tuned 🙂

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Dairy-Free Keto Vanilla Ice Cream

4 Ingredient Dairy-Free Keto Ice Cream (Vegan & Paleo)

Smooth and soft vanilla ice cream - just like the REAL DEAL. You won't miss the dairy or sugar!
5 from 3 votes
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Keyword: coconut milk, dairy-free, ice cream, keto
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Churning: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 13.7 oz can coconut milk - full fat *not lite*
  • Heaping 1/3 cup natural almond butter - + pinch of salt if unsalted
  • 2 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp pure stevia powder - to taste, see notes for sub

Instructions

  • Place ice cream bowl in freezer for 24 hours or until completely solid.
  • Blend all ingredients in a small blender.
  • Taste and adjust if needed (more stevia, vanilla or salt)
  • Chill mixture. Place blender container of ice cream mixture in the freezer for 1 hour prior to churning so it gets very cold, but not frozen.
  • Pour mixture into ice cream maker and churn for about 10 minutes (or until thickened to soft serve consistency)
  • Transfer ice cream to a loaf pan of shallow dish and freeze 1 hour.
  • Thaw on the counter 5-10 minutes.
  • Dip ice cream scoop in water to make scooping easier. ENJOY.

Notes

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases made through referral links in this post (at no additional cost to you).
Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk (always buy FULL FAT. The low fat is watered down and will be icy) Buying in bulk on Amazon makes it cheaper 😉
Bulk Supplements Pure Stevia Powder - I love this brand because it's ONE ingredient and it does not have strong aftertaste or weird metallic taste. Just pure natural sweetness. Yum.
Mexican Vanilla: here for Incredible flavor!
To store:  Keep frozen & wrapped in cling wrap to prevent freezer burn. Should be good at least 1-2 months in the freezer.
Nutrition Facts: Via MyFitnessPal: 219 cal/19g fat/3g net carbs/4g protein
Sweetener swap: You may use any DRY sweetener you like such as powdered monkfruit. Monkfruit drops or stevia drops work, too. (Use powdered coconut sugar for non-keto) or the equivalent of 1/4 cup of sugar, to taste.
Liquid sweeteners are not recommended, as they usually make the mixture too icy.
Nutrition Facts
4 Ingredient Dairy-Free Keto Ice Cream (Vegan & Paleo)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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33 comments

    • Emily says:

      You can, but it doesn’t have the same consistency. Skip the churning step and freeze, removing every 20 minutes to whisk & aerate, repeating until frozen to your liking. 🙂 If you try it, please report back how it goes.

  1. Faith Ann Lubitz says:

    Thanks for your service! So I’ve got the 7-cup Cuisinart now, (came super fast!)..guess I need that ice cream maker too..lol. So isn’t 2 Tb of vanilla too strong tasting for that amount of ice cream?

    Hope you have stock in Cuisinart!

    • Emily says:

      It’s not too strong at all to me 🙂 You can add a little less and taste it, but I love my vanilla so much I could drink it haha!

      Glad you got the food processor! Yep now you need the ice cream maker too 🙂 I love it.

  2. Lindsay Wood says:

    Hey pretty pies maven… Love the ice cream recipe can’t wait to get me an ice cream maker and get on top of this one!

    My faves are… Cookies and cream, Cardiman ice cream, lavender, and lemon cookie.

    • Emily says:

      Oh my goodness those flavors sound incredible!! I had never thought about lemon cookie ice cream. I need to try blending some of my “Life Changing Lemon Cookies” in there. Yum!! Thanks for the ideas 🙂 So many flavors to make- I’ve gotta get to work!

  3. Debbie says:

    Hello. What is the serving size please? I would love to see coffee or pralines and cream my 2 favorites. Also, how strong is the coconut flavor for this recipe?

    • Emily says:

      Hi Debbie! I got about 5 servings out of mine. Each had 2 small scoops. I’m sorry I don’t know the exact amount.. but I would estimate 1/3 cup per serving.

      I did not taste a strong coconut flavor (but I do love coconut) To me it has a vanilla flavor with a hint of almond butter.

      Oh yum!!! Coffee is definitely one of my favorites too. Adding those to my list! I can’t wait to do some experimenting with flavors

  4. Kelly Snyder says:

    I am not sure what I am doing wrong! I followed your recipe exactly and the mixture has been churning in the Cuisinart ice cream maker for an hour and it is just as thin as it was when I put it in. Help!

    • Emily says:

      Hmm that is strange. I’ve never had that happen. I’m sorry. Was your bowl frozen for 24-48 hours?

      The bowl is probably melted by now. You can just move the mixture to a shallow dish and freeze until it firms up some. I think it should still be ok that way.

      Another option is to freeze into ice cubes and then blend it (if you have a really good blender)

      Hope you still enjoy!

  5. Rachel Jones says:

    Just made this as my first ice cream homemade! Consistency is very very good. Was super easy to make also! The only thing I wish I eased up on was the sweetener. I used 1/2 cup of Erythritol. Wooooooah nelly. Super sweet. Will do half that next time. Will be making this again.

  6. Karen says:

    Thank you for this awesome recipe! My grandson needs less sugar than regular ice cream. Can I double the recipe? I didn’t read about that. Thanks again!

    • Emily says:

      Yes you can Just double check the size of your ice cream maker but it should be fine!
      This recipe makes about 2 1/4 cups, so if doubling you’d need one that holds 5 cups (1 1/2 quart size, or larger)
      Hope you enjoy! You are welcome

  7. LJ Bryan says:

    Hi PrettyPies,
    I made this today & used fresh ground almond butter.
    Sadly, the results were that there were tiny pieces of almond in the ice cream and the almond flavor overpowered the vanilla extract. I will use a smooth almond butter, from a jar, next time.
    I did not taste the mixture before putting it in the freezer and did not add a pinch of salt. I would use a vanilla bean or paste next time, instead of the extract & decrease the amount of stevai, as it was a tad too sweet for me. My house mate love it, tiny pieces of almond and all!
    I loved that the Cuisinart made the soft serve in less than ten minutes! Was very impressed.
    Hoping to make again with the smooth almond butter & vanilla bean/paste & will use fresh peaches in my next batch!
    Thank you so much for this great recipe!
    So happy to find a vegan recipe using stevia!
    Many many thanks!

    • Emily says:

      You are welcome! Yes definitely try with smooth almond butter. And a good quality Mexican vanilla makes the flavor really pop. Adding beans would be amazing too!

  8. Rayna says:

    5 stars
    I increased the stevia a little and added cacao powder. After the ice cream was done in the ice cream maker, I added a few mini chocolate chips (no dairy, but a little sugar), a little unsweetened coconut flakes, and a few cut up almonds (maybe an 1/8 of a cup each, this is a small recipe.) So kind of like Almond Joy.
    Also I’ll double next time. My ice cream maker wasn’t even half full.

  9. Judy says:

    5 stars
    Hi, your recipe looks fantastic.
    I usually work in the evenings and get home late to start supper. This ice cream is pretty hands on for a couple hours prior to consuming – can I make it at say 1 pm and leave it in the freezer till 9?
    Ideally I’d mix it while making dinner and let it churn while we eat, but this combination has a lot of freezer prep, where can I cut corners?

    • Emily says:

      Hi there! Thank you!

      You can make the mix and refrigerate it all day (for up to 5 days) until you’re ready to churn it.

      The 1-hour pre-churn freeze just helps it get as cold as possible to prevent sticking to your machine. But refrigerating for several hours should be ok, too.

      One thing I discovered last week: you can actually churn the ice cream, freeze it overnight, and then thaw it in the fridge (!!) for a few hours until it’s soft again! It’s delicious!!
      It’s not exactly the same as freshly churned but i love it! And it’s wayyy way better than rock hard leftover ice cream!

      Hope that helps!

  10. Francine says:

    5 stars
    Hello,
    I love ice cream, but am allergic to diary so I was excited to come across your recipe; unfortunately though, I also have an intolerance to coconut milk. Do you know if there is a suitable alternative?

    Thanks for sharing all your recipes

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