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Easy Low-Carb Ice Cream Recipe

Updated on October 3, 2013

We All Scream For Ice Cream

I am a self-proclaimed foodie so watching my weight is imperative and I do that by following my version of a low-carb diet. I also have a passion for sweets and that sometimes makes it difficult to keep my weight in check. Today, I'd like to share with you a simple recipe that's delicious and very easy to make! All you need are a few simple ingredients to make these treats.

This is the easiest way to make low-carb ice cream as far as I know. It usually takes me around 10 minutes to make them not countingthe freezing time. Please remember to check the carb counts on your particular brand of cream as they vary from brand to brand. Also control your portions if you are trying to lose weight. If you are only trying to maintain your weight and are eating low carb most of the time, you have nothing to worry about. I sometimes eat two of these a day and I manage to not gain a single ounce.

*All photos taken by myself unless noted

Vanilla is the most popular flavor in the US.

— Statistics from Weird Facts
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This is the base recipe for the ice cream. By adding your favorite ingredients, you can create a wide variety of flavors. Use more or less sweetener to suit your sweetness level.

Note : You can substitute sugar-free cool whip for the heavy cream in this recipe.

  • Cook time: 4 hours
  • Ready in: 4 hours
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 15 packets splenda or other artificial sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. 1.Whip the heavy cream in a bowl with a hand mixer or whisk until stiff peaks form.
  2. 2.Add splenda or other artificial sweetner and vanilla extract.
  3. 3.Put in freezer for at least 4 hours. Serve frozen.
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Maple and Chocolate and Butterscotch Oh My!

For maple syrup lovers everywhere!

Vanilla ice cream is fabulous but variety makes life all the more interesting. This is definitely important when you're trying to lose some weight. Here are some very simple ways to make your ice cream even yummier!

1. Add about 3 tablespoons of sugar-free maple syrup to the basic recipe for a deliciously simple maple syrup ice cream. Make sure you choose a brand that doesn't taste bitter.

2. Melt half a bar of good quality sugar-free chocolate into the mix for a decadent chocolate ice cream.

3. Add in 1/4 box of sugar-free instant pudding mix into the basic recipe. I like butterscotch for its buttery rich taste.

Add-ins to Create More Deliciousness

Did you know that there are many sugar-free products on the market today? Some of them rival the real thing in taste and texture. In fact, the Guylian milk chocolate bar is so smooth and sweet, I prefer them to Hershey's or even Cadbury. Any of the products below can be mixed into the basic ice cream recipe. You can even choose to use two or three of them at once!

Guylian Milk Chocolate No-Sugar Added Bar, 3.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
Guylian Milk Chocolate No-Sugar Added Bar, 3.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)

I usually get these at my local import supermarket. They taste so good you only need a little to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

Easy to make low carb ice cream

It is so easy to make low carb ice cream without an ice cream maker. Just some simple ingredients and voila!

Pour It On

Here are two sugar-free ingredients I usually have in my kitchen. In addition to pouring them onto your low-carb ice cream, you can use it on your favorite low-carb pancakes and waffles as well. Chocolate on waffles? Oh yes please!

Log Cabin Syrup, Sugar Free, 24 Ounce (Pack of 4)
Log Cabin Syrup, Sugar Free, 24 Ounce (Pack of 4)

My friend bought me two bottles of these recently and this has now become my favorite brand for sugar-free syrups. Goes great in my ice cream as well as on my almond flour pancakes. Yum!

 
Smucker's Sundae Syrup Sugar Free Chocolate Flavored Syrup, 19 Ounce
Smucker's Sundae Syrup Sugar Free Chocolate Flavored Syrup, 19 Ounce

I prefer to use chocolate bars to mix into the ice cream. If I have some of this chocolate syrup, I pour it on top for a double chocolate shock to my system. Believe me it's worth it.

 

Ice Cream Poll

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

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Do you live a low-carb lifestyle? What's your favorite low-carb treat? Feel free to share some of your ideas with us. Thanks!

Do you like ice cream? Are you a low carber?

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: OH yeah me too! It's as though they're from another planet!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Fullcrum8: Thank you. Ice cream definitely rocks!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thanks Vinn. Then this is perfect.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      It's always surprising to me when I meet someone who doesn't like ice cream

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      Fullcrum8 3 years ago

      Love your lens. Ice cream rocks.

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      I looovveeeee ice cream but I can't actually have too much sugar in take. This is amazing!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lanced: Ice cream definitely rules!

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      Lanced 3 years ago

      Thanks for the treat ideas! Ice cream rules!!!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @flinnie lm: Yay! Me too! Me too!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi smine27, thanks for these low carbs treats. Oh so yummy. I love ice cream.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @othellos: Thank you for visiting othellos. Hope you're having an awesome weekend

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      othellos 4 years ago

      I love ice cream but always watch out these extra calories... You lens gives me a great variation ideas about making my own "healthy" ice cream. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Thanks Minoru. I really appreciate it.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      These are some great ideas! I like using the sugar-free syrups that are made for coffee to flavor low-carb desserts - the caramel ones are really good.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      This is helpful for I do love ice cream and all that stuff. : D

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sybil watson: Thank you sybil for your comments. I love those sugar free syrups too. They are such an easy way to spice up desserts.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Thanks Minoru!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Great lens !!!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lady Lorelei: Ohh that sounds yummy and healthy! You have given me some ideas. Thanks!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @oddobjective: Thanks so much for the kind words! Cheers. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I eat a lot of ice cream as I mix it up in smoothies with fruit juice, yogurt, berries, and whey powder to have as a meal once a day. It is so good.

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      oddobjective 4 years ago

      The chocolate ice cream looks especially tasty. Great lens.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Dusty2 LM: Thanks so much for the kind comments! I already made those brownies. They were to die for!

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      This lens is very deserving of the Purple Star. Congratulations! Tis' the season and the recipes sound really tasty. I've enjoyed good homemade ice cream since I was a youngster. There is no comparison because you can make the ice cream to your tastes and diet. Appreciate you sharing these recipes for homemade ice cream. Thank You for stopping by my Vegan Brownies To Die For lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the brownies. Bon Appetit!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jogalog: Thank you for visiting my lens. Yep summer is finally her in Tokyo as well. Perfect ice cream weather!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      CreativeArtist, I love coconut ice cream so i'm gonna try make some with it! Thanks for mentioning it.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @CherylsArt: Thanks so much for your comments. Ohhh I love coconut!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sharadkgupta lm: Thanks so much for visiting. Cheers!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @stanger66: Thanks so much for your comments on my lens. Cheers!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @takkhisa: Thank you so much for your comments. Ice cream rules! haha

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @knights93: Thanks for the wonderful comment! Have a fabulous weekend!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: yay!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Northerntrials: Thanks so much for your comments on my ice cream lens. I just realized I could reply to my comments. Silly me. Sorry for the delay and hope you're having an awesome day!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Jogalog thanks for your comment! Yes summer is finally here in Tokyo as well!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      These sound delicious and it's just the weather for ice cream at the moment.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I enjoy So Delicious Ice Cream that is made from coconut. It comes in different flavors.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      thank you for the comment sharadkgupta

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I sure Vinn. Thanks!

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      sharadkgupta lm 4 years ago

      It is a good lens, nice info shared.

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      Yes, please let me know when you come up with more variations, can't wait to see them!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh stangerj, I love ice cream so much more than you! hehe

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      stanger66 4 years ago

      I love ice cream

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      takkhis thank you for your kind words! You just made my day!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Oh Ice Cream! I like it but not more than my gf likes, she really likes it. However, thanks for publishing this nice lens. I think you will be a Giant Squid soon, keep up the good work :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you knights93 for the kind words!

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      knights93 4 years ago

      Great lens, very helpful!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Hey thanks VinnWong! Yeah the butterscoth is pretty tasty I must agree! I'll come up with more variations!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you for your comment northerntrials. Yes Agave would definitely work and I usually prefer dark chocolate as well. Plus the antioxidants in dark chocolate make it that much better!

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      I love the butterscotch ice cream treat. It is so easy to make and gosh it tastes so good! Since it doesn't even require many utensils, even the clean up is a breeze! Thank you!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      That is quick and easy. I think I'll try Agava syrup to sweeten mine, but that chocolate one is very tempting. Who doesn't like chocolate. It has to be Dark Chocolate for me though.