My 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 low carb, keto, 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.
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.
How to make Keto Coffee Ice Cream
I keep my ice cream recipes very simple. 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 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 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.
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.
When ice cream is coffee flavored it is perfect for breakfast, right?
- 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 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp instant coffee
- 1 tsp 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.