The famous Dairy Queen Buster Bars get a sugar-free keto makeover! Creamy low carb vanilla ice cream with peanuts and keto chocolate ganache.
I don’t demand much of you, my dear readers, but today I absolutely demand that you head to the kitchen and make these Keto Buster Bars.
What is a Buster Bar, you ask? Excellent question. Let’s dig into this discussion and afterward, we can dig into this delicious copycat dessert. You with me?
If you love peanuts and chocolate, don’t miss my Keto Peanut Clusters!
What are Buster Bars?
If you haven’t heard of them, don’t feel bad. Neither had I until I decided to make a keto version!
I wasn’t much of a Dairy Queen lover growing up. It’s just one of those places I never went until much later in life. But I distinctly remember the commercials for the Peanut Buster Parfaits.
Soft serve ice cream, salted peanuts, and rich chocolate sauce. The image of the chocolate sauce slowly pouring over the ice cream and peanuts stays with me to this day.
The Buster Bar appears to be an ice cream bar with similar flavors. I spotted this ice cream cake recipe from A Spicy Perspective, and I knew it was ripe for a keto makeover.
Creating Keto Buster Bars
When I researched homemade Buster Bars, I found a lot of what appeared to be ice cream bars with an oreo crust, vanilla ice cream, salted peanuts, and chocolate fudge sauce.
I realized this would be pretty easy to keto-fy. Here’s how I did it:
The crust was easy, as I’ve made this keto chocolate crust many times in recipes like my Keto Chocolate Mousse Pie and Keto Dirt Cake.
It’s good both baked and un-baked, but be sure you are using powdered sweetener if it won’t be baked, to avoid grittiness.
Want to make these nut-free? Simply use sunflower seed flour in place of the almond flour for the crust.
Ice Cream Filling:
I have my favorite Keto Vanilla Ice Cream recipe, which I highly recommend for this recipe. It’s creamy, delicious, and if you use the specified sweeteners, it stays scoopable right out of the freezer.
However, you can also use purchased keto ice cream if you prefer. Some brands are better (and lower carb!) than others, however, so I recommend reading my Keto Ice Cream Review here. You will need 2 pints of keto ice cream for this recipe.
The ice cream needs to be soft enough to spread over the crust. If you make my vanilla ice cream, it should be the right consistency right out of the ice cream machine. Store-bought ice cream will need to soften on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes.
The chocolate sauce really just needs to be a ganache or a thick chocolate sauce. I have a delicious keto fudge sauce, and I made it just a bit thicker for the Buster Bars.
Delicious keto ice cream bars!
Before digging into these, you really do need to let the ice cream freeze properly. That means 4 hours at least, but better yet, overnight.
But trust me, these are worth the wait! And the work. My kids loved them so much, I had to fight to keep some for myself.
But how can you go wrong with a chocolate crust, vanilla ice cream, salted peanuts and rich chocolate sauce!
Ready to enjoy some Keto Buster Bars?
Keto Buster Bars
- 1 recipe Keto Vanilla Ice Cream (can also use 2 pints storebought ice cream)*
- ⅔ cup salted peanuts
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cocoa powder, sweetener and salt. Stir in the melted butter until well combined.
- Press firmly and evenly into the bottom of a 9×9 metal pan. Freeze while preparing the ice cream.
- Prepare the ice cream as directed in the recipe. If it's freshly churned, it will be the perfect consistency for spreading over the crust. If it's not, you may need to soften it a bit on the counter first.
- *If you are using store bought keto ice cream, they usually require at least 15 minutes on the counter to soften enough to scoop and spread.
- Sprinkle the surface evenly with the salted peanuts. Place in the freezer until firm, at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream to just a simmer. Add the chopped chocolate and let sit until melted, then whisk to combine.
- Stir in the sweetener and vanilla extract until smooth. Let cool at least 10 minutes (otherwise it will melt your ice cream!).
- Pour the chocolate sauce over the ice cream. Tilt the pan in all directions to get the chocolate to coat the surface evenly. Return to the freezer for 30 minutes or so, to set the chocolate topping.