Want to indulge in a summertime classic without all the unnecessary carbs? These low carb sugar-free root beer floats are easy to whip up and taste just as good as you remember.
I have declared many times that I am not much of a pop-drinker. I didn’t grow up drinking it and it never became a habit for me. And thank goodness, I suppose, as it’s certainly a habit many people could do without. But every once in a long while I find myself craving that bubbly sweetness.
This probably happens more in the summer than any other time of year. When it’s blazing hot out and you’re just tired of the taste of water, a tall glass of soda with ice can certainly seem much more appealing. And if you happen to add a dollop of vanilla ice cream, yeah…I might go for that on a hot summer day.
Keto friendly root beer
But soda can pose a real problem for keto dieters. I don’t like most diet sodas because they often contain things I don’t really care to ingest, such as sucralose or aspartame. Thankfully there are more and more beverage companies out there making sugar-free drinks that don’t contain those artificial sweeteners.
Virgil’s is my latest discovery. I did indulge in their regular root beer once in a while back in the old days, so I was delighted to see that they are making a “Zero” line sweetened only with stevia. They make the famous root beer, as well as cream soda, black cherry cream soda, cola and “Dr. Better”. I managed to pick up some of the root beer at my local Whole Foods for a try. And I loved it…insomuch as I love any soda, really. Which is to say that I will probably drink one every few weeks.
How to make keto root beer floats
Now that we’ve solved the issue of the root beer, what about the ice cream? Well, you have a couple of options here for making keto friendly root beer floats.
Store-bought Keto Ice Cream – there are quite a few good brands out there these days. Check out my review of the best options on the market.
Easy Homemade Keto Vanilla Ice Cream – This is my extremely popular, egg-free keto ice cream recipe. It is a churned ice cream recipe so you do need an ice cream maker.
Frozen Whipped Cream – or you can skip the ice cream altogether and simply freeze blobs of freshly whipped, sweetened cream. Check out the recipe below to see how easy it is! And trust me, it tastes just as good as if you used proper ice cream.
And if you really love root beer floats, check out my Keto Root Beer Float Popsicles too!
Keto Root Beer Floats
- 1 cup whipping cream
- ¼ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 - 2 bottles sugar-free root beer (depends on how much root beer you want!)
- In a medium bowl, beat whipping cream with sweetener and vanilla extract until it holds stiff peaks. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Freeze 1 to 2 hours.
- Divide scoops of frozen whipped cream between 4 glasses and top each with root beer.
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Do you know how long we can store the whipped cream scoops in the freezer for? Just wondering if I can make the full amount of whipped cream scoops but only make one serving of root beer float at a time, keeping the rest of the scoops on the freezer until ready to use. I probably would use them within a couple of weeks. Thank you for all your amazing recipes and tips.
Pop those blobs into a container and seal it up tight, and then they would be good for at least a month.
Thank you so much!
Oh my goodness, root beer floats take me right back to elementary school! I’m going to have to check out this brand of root beer, thanks for sharing!
The kids will LOVE this easy root beer float recipe! Such a simple and delicious drink recipe!
what a genius idea, thank you so much for sharing this game changing recipe
Barbara Ruka says
Virgil’s rootbeer is 12 carbs per can. (I have some.) So how is this 2.7 carbs per serving if you use a half bottle per serving? (Not to mention the other ingredients.)
Because most of that is erythritol, which shouldn’t be counted because it has no impact on blood sugar.
Thanks for posting the carbs in Virgil’s root beer. That’s too many for me.
So I don’t think you understand. The ONLY carbs in virgil’s are from erythritol and they have zero impact on blood sugar and shouldn’t be counted at all.
Sounds like a great idea … but, sadly, the link for the “how to” doesn’t work.
I think they must be having technical difficulties today…
Joan Hayes says
I haven’t heard of Virgil’s, but now I’m totally going to try and get my hands on some – it’s great to find a soda that’s naturally sweetened. These look fantastic! 🙂