It seems the vast majority of dieters these days are struggling with a low-carb healthy eating lifestyle. South Beach, Atkins, Keto…it doesn’t matter which diet platform you choose, they all have one thing in common. Severely restrict your carbohydrate intake and focus on fat and protein to lose weight. It does work for a lot of people, but others have a tough time staying on track. Finding ways to make your old favorite foods with zero sugar and as close to zero carbs as possible is the goal. Beware, there are carbs hidden in things you’d never expect! Like broccoli! I thought I was doing my body good by eating raw broccoli every day. Turns out, I was overeating carbs and sabotaging my weight loss.
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but when I do, I need the dessert to be as low-carb as possible, healthier than commercial store-bought brands, and delicious. To that end, I found a Cuisinart ice cream and yogurt maker on Craigslist for $15! It looked brand new! Here’s what happened with my very first attempt to make something decadently delicious with it – Low Carb or Keto Homemade Ice Cream.
Perfectly sweet, perfectly frozen just like ice cream from a regular ice cream maker. Only this batch was made with monk fruit sugar, heavy whipping cream, and whole milk with a teaspoon of vanilla extract. I had about a half a cup of cut up strawberries in the fridge. I mashed them up with a fork and added them in at the very end. I can’t express to you how much joy this low carb ice cream brought me. Even non-dieting, Jimmie liked it. 😍
Recipe by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/3 monk fruit sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mashed strawberries (optional)
- Whisk together all ingredients except strawberries. Remove the Cuisinart ice cream barrel from the freezer where it has been patiently waiting for at least 12 hours.
- Set barrel in the machine, insert the paddle, and place the clear plastic lid on top. Plug it in.
- Carefully pour the mixture into the barrel through the opening in the top of the plastic lid. Turn the machine on and set timer for 20 minutes to begin. Check the ice cream consistency every few minutes thereafter until it's reached your desired thickness.
- To make a harder ice cream, freezer in a sealed container (not the barrel) for 15-20 minutes. Store uneaten ice cream in the freezer. Let set on the counter for 15 minutes before trying to scoop it out. It will be very hard.
- Makes a great keto strawberry milkshake with the addition of coconut oil and unsweetened almond milk.
Amount Per Serving 1 cup
Total Fat 26.1 g
Saturated Fat 16.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.4 g
Cholesterol 99.0 mg
Sodium 82.8 mg
Potassium 279.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9.1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Sugars 8.3 g
Protein 5.3 g