No churn ice cream is a delicious and easy way to enjoy your favorite summer treat. It’s easy, and no special equipment required. And it can be keto-friendly too!
I’ve had an ice cream maker for over 20 years and I absolutely love making homemade ice cream. I have lost count of the number of keto ice cream recipes I have made over the past 10 years.
But ice cream makers can be large and cumbersome, and take up valuable counter space. And you often need to freeze the bowl for at least 12 hours before you can churn.
No churn ice cream to the rescue! It is relatively new on the foodie scene but it’s become a popular way to enjoy your favorite summer treat. And you’ll be happy to hear that it’s easy to make no churn keto ice cream.
So let’s all scream for some no churn ice cream, shall we?
No ice cream maker? No problem!
Conventional ice cream is typically made by constant churning during the freezing process. This beats air into the mixture to lighten it up as it solidifies, so it isn’t a dense, solid block of frozen cream and milk.
No churn ice cream gets around this process by folding whipped cream into a thickened base, usually sweetened condensed milk. It’s quite brilliant when you think about it, since whipping air into heavy cream results in a similar light and somewhat fluffy consistency.
This concept is actually not all that new, since the Italian semifreddo has used this same technique for ages. One might even say that semifreddo is the original no-churn ice cream.
How do you make it keto friendly?
Well here’s the good news – there are tons of delicious and fun ways to make no churn keto ice cream. You have plenty of options to play with!
I’ve made any number of recipes and the although the details change, the basic formula stays the same. It’s really quite simple.
1. Start with a thick ice cream base (see options below)
2. Whip some heavy cream to stiff peaks
3. Fold the base into the whipped cream
4. Transfer to a container and freeze until firm (6 to 8 hours)
No churn ice cream base
Many no churn ice cream recipes use sweetened condensed milk, but you certainly aren’t limited to that.
I do have a wonderful keto sugar-free condensed milk recipe, and have used it as the base in several no churn ice creams. But a few other choices to consider:
- Softened cream cheese
- Sour cream
- Double cream (for you lucky folks in Europe!)
- Creme fraiche
- Lemon curd (mine is sugar-free!)
- Chocolate fudge sauce
All of the ones I’ve listed above work perfectly in no churn keto ice cream recipes.
You can also make a custard base with egg yolks, similar to conventional churned ice cream, as is standard for semifreddo.
Flavors for no churn ice cream
Now this is where the fun begins, my keto friends. You can have so much fun with no churn ice cream flavors.
Add in some chopped keto peanut butter cups! How about a ribbon of keto caramel sauce? Or simply mix in some fresh berries. I’ve even crushed up my keto thin mints and swirled them in before freezing. My kids love that one.
And be sure to check out all of these delicious keto recipes for no churn ice cream below. Let your imagination run wild…
No Churn Keto Ice Cream Recipes
- No Churn Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake
- No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream
- No Churn Mint Chip Ice Cream
- Vanilla Cheesecake Ice Cream