My low carb Keto Coffee Ice Cream is a low carb, sugar-free, rich & creamy ice cream with flavors of coffee & vanilla. A perfect dessert when you crave coffee on a hot summer day. This easy recipe is also gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
If you like coffee ice cream as much as my seven-year-old this recipe is for you. I think she would've eaten the entire batch of Keto Coffee Ice Cream last night if I let her. I made the mistake of letting her sip my iced coffee as a toddler and she's been hooked ever since. She loves anything coffee-flavored and still steals sips of my iced americano.
Now that she is 9 (I'm revising this post a couple of years after sharing the first time) on special occasions she's allowed to have a cup of decaf coffee. And she still picks a java themed ice cream almost every time we go to an ice cream shop.
The rest of us have more varied palates picking everything from Keto Butter Pecan Ice Cream to Chocolate Ice Cream to Cinnamon Ice Cream depending on our mood.
How to make Keto Coffee Ice Cream
I keep my ice cream recipes very simple. For this all you need is: heavy whipping cream, strong coffee, half and half, sweetener, vanilla, instant coffee, and vegetable glycerin (optional).
Just give the ingredients a whirl in the blender and then pour into your ice cream maker. It takes about 5 minutes and then the sugar free low carb coffee ice cream is ready (just like soft-serve) in 20.
For a firmer ice cream transfer to a container and freeze for a few hours to help it firm up.
Using Instant Coffee gives this ice cream a great coffee flavor without making it too icy. Using more brewed coffee will lead to icier ice cream.
Just like a coffee shop!
One of my favorite Starbucks splurges is a Vanilla Frappuccino made with half and half and sugar-free vanilla syrup. I wanted to take those flavors and make them into a simple Keto Coffee Ice Cream. I already have a copycat Starbucks drink recipe but that wasn't good enough. Sometimes I want to eat my coffee.
Another great option is this gluten free Keto Whipped Dalgona Coffee.
Toppings for Sugar Free Coffee Ice Cream
Caramel Sauce - I love the caramel coffe combo!
Whipped Cream - whip up some cream and stir in your favorite powdered sweetener.
Hot Fudge - just 3 ingredients to a luscious sugar free hot fudge sauce.
Brownies - you can serve a scoop on top of a brownie or mix in chunks after the ice cream churns!
Sprinkles - yes, sugar free! These are made by hand in the US and are worth every penny.
What type of ice cream maker should I use?
The first ice cream maker I owned used ice and salt around the mixing bowl to freeze the ice cream. Making ice cream was a production. We'd have to go buy bags of ice and make sure we had enough salt. And then clean up everything after.
Getting an ice cream machine with a freezable bowl was a game-changer. I have now owned my Cuisinart ice cream machine for almost 15 years and it's going strong. A very good investment for under $50. See my favorite ice cream maker here.
Do I need an ice cream machine?
Yes. The ice cream machine freezes the ice cream base slowly while incorporating air. This is how ice cream is lighter and fluffier than another frozen liquid (like ice cubes). If you don't have an ice cream maker and don't want to buy one you can freeze this keto coffee ice cream base in an ice pop mold for delicious low carb ice cream pops.
Or try this No Churn Coffee Chip Keto Ice Cream.
When ice cream is coffee flavored it is perfect for breakfast, right?
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- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup strong coffee
- 1 cup half and half
- ½ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon instant coffee
- 1 teaspoon glycerin optional, but recommended – this keeps the ice cream soft enough to scoop
- 3 egg yolks
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into an ice cream machine. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Originally Published May 16, 2016. Revised and Republished July 11, 2019.
Jane johnson says
would love to make keto ice cream......but don't have or intend to purchase an ice cream "machine". Substitute? Thanks.
You can make it into popsicles. If you just freeze it in a container it will be way too hard to scoop. An ice cream maker incorporates air as the ice cream slowly freezes.
Quick question. How much is considered a serving?
I plan on making this.
1/8th of the recipe. It makes about 2.5 pints so a generous 1/2-2/3 cup.
Razmik Rashidyan says
I have been looking for coffee-flavored ice cream to compete with haagen-dozs coffee icecream. This does it. wow.
Amanda Jabczynski says
Has anyone ever tried using MCT oil in place of the vegetable glycerin? I was wondering if that could work?
Charis Prunty says
The first time, I made this recipe as written, and it was good! Some of the coffee separated out, leaving a watery substance in the center of my ice cream maker, so the second time I added 1 tsp. glucomannan and that worked beautifully to keep it combined. Also, I somehow forgot to include ANY sweetener in my second batch, so it tasted like a strong cup of iced coffee with only cream. This was OK, but when I drizzled it with chocolate syrup it became an amazing mocha dessert 🙂 Yum.
I made this today and my family loved it! I didn’t have half and half so I just used another cup of heavy whipping cream. Now that I see the other comments I guess I could have subbed in some unsweetened almond milk. But it is incredibly delicious as is! Thanks, Taryn!
This sounds delish! But I do not drink coffee or use it for flavoring. What can I substitute in it's place??
Without the coffee, it is just vanilla ice cream. Try this recipe: https://joyfilledeats.com/vanilla-ice-cream/
Cecelia M says
I have to try half cream and half water because we aren't supposed to use half & half on keto. I have one of those freezer pans to make ice cream in. I think this will be my first ice cream.
Half cream and half almond milk would be a better choice.
I hated my ice cream maker with the freezer bowl. To me it never worked as well as the old fashioned ice cream makers. This past summer I finally got a traditional ice cream maker with the rock salt and the ice and it freezes my ice cream so much better. Plus I no longer have to worry about constantly keeping an ice cream bowl in my fridge or having to plan ahead to have ice cream. I always have rock salt on hand in my pantry and ice is no big deal so I don’t have to plan ahead for those things.
That's funny because I started with one of those and then switched to the freezer bowl and never looked back. Either way homemade ice cream is the best!
I was curious, is the sweetener powdered or granular? I measured using powdered sweetener and the ice cream isn’t really sweet (still good tho!) and I think it’s because I used 1/2 cup powdered. Thanks!
Powdered vs granular doesn't matter. The strength of the sweetener matters. My sweetener is twice as sweet as sugar. If you used a sweetener that is 1:1 you should have doubled the amount.
Can you make this in a VitaMix blender instead of an ice cream maker??
Maybe. The vitamix won't freeze it so if you froze some of the liquid ingredients and blended in the rest it could work. But I haven't tried. Sorry that's not more helpful.
Ann Ohr says
I made this today! As usual , this recipe was DELISH and and EASY! I didn’t have glycerin do I used VODKA. Thank you again! Coffee is my FAVORITE! It’s not hard and crystallized! Humbly, I LOVE YOU!
Thanks Ann! I'm glad you like it 😀
How much vodka? I don't have glycerin on hand.
If my coffee is strong enough, do I need to add the instant coffee?
Your ice cream will have a more mild flavor without it. Using espresso instead of coffee might help.