My low carb Keto Coffee Ice Cream recipe 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 as much as my oldest daughter 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 14 (I'm revising this sugar free coffee ice cream recipe a couple of years after sharing the first time) she's occasionally allowed to have a cup of coffee, a frappuccino, or another fun coffee beverage. And she still picks a java-themed ice cream almost every time we go to an ice cream shop.
Heavy whipping cream - Heavy cream is what gives ice cream its rich and creamy flavor.
Strong coffee - I use 2x the coffee grinds when I want strong coffee for a recipe. Alternatively, you can use espresso.
Half and half - Half and half is half cream and half milk. You can also use light cream or whole milk in place of half and half.
Sweetener - I use a blend of sugar alcohols and stevia in my recipes. Monk fruit sweetener also works well.
Vanilla - Vanilla extract enhances the other flavors.
Instant coffee - Using instant coffee granules or instant espresso powder gives this ice cream a great coffee flavor without making it too icy. Using more brewed coffee will lead to icier ice cream.
Egg yolks - I add raw egg yolks to my ice cream recipes to boost the creaminess. In many years of making ice cream, I have never had a problem with regular egg yolks in my ice creams. However, if you prefer, you can temper the ice cream base or use pasteurized egg yolks.
Vegetable glycerin (optional) - Optional, but recommended, glycerin helps keep any keto ice cream recipe soft enough to scoop. Otherwise, you will have to let it temper at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. An alternative is adding some alcohol or Keto Irish Cream.
How to make Keto Coffee Ice Cream
I keep my ice cream recipes very simple.
Step One: Just give the ice cream ingredients a whirl in the blender.
Step Two: Then pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. The sugar free low carb coffee ice cream is ready (just like soft-serve) in 20 minutes.
Step Three: For a firmer ice cream transfer to a container and freeze for a few hours to help it firm up.
Here are some of our favorite toppings:
Caramel Sauce - I love the caramel coffee 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.
How does this sugar free keto coffee ice cream taste?
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 Friendly 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.
Is sugar free ice cream keto?
Sometimes. You have to check the ingredients. Many store bought sugar free ice creams will have a lot of additives and unhealthy ingredients.
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 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?
Keto Coffee Ice Cream
- 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 May 23, 2023.