Keto strawberry ice cream is rich and creamy, and bursting with fresh berry flavor. This no-churn recipe is so easy to make, with only 6 ingredients and 20 minutes of prep time. And only 3.5g of carbs per serving!
Who doesn’t love a big bowl of keto ice cream? I mean, really, is there any better way to treat yourself at the end of the day?
Okay, don’t answer that. You know I love all sorts of keto desserts, from cookies and cakes, to ice cream and fudge. I am an unrepentant sweet tooth to my very core.
But like many of you, ice cream ranks high on my list. I almost always have a container of homemade sugar-free ice cream on the go. I created this no-churn strawberry ice cream for my first cookbook, and it’s been a family favorite ever since.
One bite and you are transported back to the summers of your childhood!
Why this recipe rocks
Readers rave about this keto strawberry ice cream. One woman said her husband announced it was the best strawberry ice cream he’s ever eaten!
Fans love it because it’s soft and scoopable right out of the freezer. And the combination of fresh strawberries and sour cream give it a delightful flavor and a creamy mouthfeel.
The fact that you don’t need an ice cream maker to enjoy means it’s easy to make, with no special equipment. And at only 3.5g net carbs per serving, you might just want to eat it every day!
Ingredients you need
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- Strawberries: Fresh berries work best for this recipe but you can use frozen if that’s what you have. Be sure to thaw and drain the frozen berries to reduce excess moisture.
- BochaSweet or allulose: The key to scoopable keto ice cream is the sweeteners you use. I prefer BochaSweet for this recipe, as allulose makes it almost too soft and it takes longer to set up.
- Vodka: Strawberries have a high moisture content which can cause some iciness. A little alcohol reduces this, but it is entirely optional.
- Sour Cream: No churn ice cream requires a thick base, and sour cream is an ideal choice. The tanginess of sour cream also offsets the sweetness of the strawberries.
- Vanilla Extract: Ice cream needs vanilla!
- Heavy Whipping Cream: Whipped cream provides structure and lightness for no-churn ice cream. It mimics the churning process.
- Swerve Confectioners: You want a powdered sweetener for whipping the cream, to avoid any grittiness. Swerve Confectioners is always my first choice.
Step by Step Directions
1. Puree the berries: Place the strawberries in a blender or food processor with the BochaSweet and the vodka, if using. Blend them until almost fully pureed, but you can leave little chunks if you like.
2. Whisk in the sour cream: Add the sour cream, vanilla extract, and strawberry puree to a large bowl and whisk until well combined.
3. Beat the heavy cream: In another large bowl, beat the cream with the powdered sweetener until it holds stiff peaks.
4. Fold the two mixtures together until no streaks remain.
6. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze at least 6 hours and up to overnight.
6. Scoop and enjoy!
Recipe Tips and FAQ
Most ice cream contains vast amounts of sugar, so I don’t recommend it. However, this strawberry ice cream has less than 4 grams of carbs per serving, making it very keto friendly.
Most keto ice cream, especially the commercial varieties, are sweetened mostly with erythritol. This causes them to freeze very hard and you need to let them sit out on the counter for 15 minutes before you can scoop.
However, if you replace some of the erythritol with BochaSweet or allulose, they don’t freeze as hard. Just be forewarned that if you use only allulose, it makes the ice cream overly soft. Read more about the pros and cons of different keto sweeteners.
Alcohol increases the temperature at which ice forms, so it helps soften keto ice cream and reduce any iciness from the strawberries. And it’s not enough to be concerned about, since it amounts to about a teaspoon per serving.
But it is an optional ingredient, so you can skip it if necessary.
Does it taste like sour cream?
Don’t be afraid of the sour cream, even if you don’t like it. It helps give this no-churn keto ice cream some structure and you won’t taste it. My son detests sour cream and he said that this was the best low carb ice cream I’ve ever made.
Can you make this dairy-free?
There are some dairy-free sour cream replacements, but they aren’t all that low carb so the macros would change. You might be better off replacing the sour cream with coconut cream and a tablespoon of lemon juice for acidity.
Then you could try coconut whipped cream in place for Step 3. I do warn you, however, that the ice cream may freeze more solidly, simply because of the lower fat content in coconut cream.
Ice Cream Maker Directions
You can also make this keto strawberry ice cream in an ice cream maker. Reduce the heavy cream to ¾ cup and don’t whip it into stiff peaks as you would in Step 3. Just whisk it into the strawberry/sour cream mixture, along with the ⅓ cup of powdered Swerve.
Then refrigerate until fully chilled and churn according to the the manufacturer’s directions. Once it reaches soft serve consistency, transfer to an airtight container and freeze.
More delectable strawberry recipes
I have a huge archive of keto strawberry recipes! Fan favorites include:
- Keto Strawberry Cheesecake
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones
- Easy Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
- Strawberry Lemon Blondies
Keto Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
- 8 ounces strawberries
- ⅓ cup BochaSweet (or allulose or xylitol)
- 1 ounce vodka (optional)
- 1 cup full fat sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ⅓ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
- Place the strawberries, the BochaSweet, and the vodka in a blender or food processor. Blend until almost pureed but some chunks still remain.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vanilla extract, and strawberry mixture until thoroughly combined.
- In another large bowl, whip the cream with the powdered Swerve until it holds stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the strawberry mixture until just a few streaks remain.
- Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours.
I used a generic erythritol/allulose/monk fruit sweetener for all of it (Texas people… H-E-B brand in the blue bag), and it came out perfect. I added some Olive Nation strawberry extract and a teaspoon of TrueLemon powder for extra tartness. This recipe is a keeper! <3
Heather V. says
Hello, I made this ice cream. It was really easy to make and I love the strawberry flavor, however there were ice crystals in it. It wasn’t creamy. Can you tell me how to correct this please. I’d like to try it again.
Well, I do give all my best tips already in the blog post and the video. What sweetener did you use?
If you don’t cover your bowl in plastic wrap before you freeze it, you can get ice crystals.
Denise Daniels says
Can you make peach ice cream the same way you made the strawberry ice cream?
You can certainly try! I feel like the peach flavor may get a little lost with the sour cream.
This is a winner, a guilt free ice cream , and so easy .
Strawberry ice cream is my absolute favorite…can’t wait to try this! Quick question: is there a difference in texture/consistency when using an icre cream maker? Which is preferable if both options available? It appears I purchased my ice cream maker at the start of the no-churn trend and haven’t had a chance to use it yet.
Love this simple recipe. Make it often. SO DELISH ???????????? . Carolyne, Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.
Maggie H. says
This is so delicious! I was a bit skeptical about the sour cream, but oh boy, it’s really good! I added Lilly’s chocolate chips and it’s just yummy! Thank you so much for this recipe! I will be making this a lot this summer!
Oh I bet those chocolate chips took it to a whole new level! 🙂
Can I use Swerve. Ian unable to find BochaSweet?
If you use just Swerve, your ice cream will freeze rock hard… but it will still be delicious.
Would it work if I poured this into popsicle molds and made ice cream bars, or will it be too soft?
It will work really well.. you will just have to be sure to let them set a full 24 hours.
I couldn’t wait to make this! I just did and had to have a spoonful before it went in the freezer. It is delicious, and I cannot wait to have some after dinner tonight.
Thank you Carolyn!
My husband just announced that this may be the best strawberry ice cream he’s ever eaten. That’s quite the compliment from him. Thanks for a delicious dessert.
I am so glad!
Fonda Carver says
Can I use granular Swerve in place of BochaSweet?
I have none of the sweeteners mentioned but do have granular Swerve. Did you try it? How did it turn out? Soft or hard ice cream? thanks, Carol
Carol Miller says
This recipe for strawberry keto ice cream was so delicious when I made it about a couple of months ago. I am now back to repeat using raspberries. I pray it will turn out just as awesome. Thanks for this and ALL of your good recipes; you are an angel.
Can I sub Allulose for the sweetener??
Yes but if you ONLY use allulose, you may find that your ice cram never firms up past soft-serve consistency.
Can I use plain Greek yogurt, instead of sour cream???
It may end up a little thinner but you can if you pref it.
What a great recipe. I have tried all the store bought keto ice creams. Always ok and also hard as a rock. I have also tried other keto ice cream scoopable recipes. Never with the success I had with your recipe. This recipe is easy (I love easy), delish, and 2 days later is still scoopable. You are so wonderful in providing alternative products and instructions. I did add strawberry extract and the vanilla. And I did use my ice cream maker to churn. There is no need for me to do store bought with a recipe like this ! As always thank you so much for all your work and You are my recipe go to aka guru.
Can we make this recipe in an ice cream maker?
Leave the whipping cream un-whipped, stir in, add to machine.
I only have Monkfruit. I know it’s not ideal, but can I use this in place of the sweetener and if so, should I powder it?
Thank you for posting this! I have the book but forgot all about this recipe. It was quick and delicious.
Fresh strawberries are not available where I live until November. I was think of using frozen strawberries and defrosting them until they were only slightly frozen or soft. Will this do, or is there something better?
Just totally defrost them, it will be fine.