Our health. It’s the greatest gift any of us have, yet so few of us treat it with the respect it deserves. The vast majority chooses instead to gorge itself on food that’s undeniably tasty but also undeniably awful for you from a dietary standpoint. As someone once said, man cannot live on cheeseburgers alone. But what if there was another way? A better way? What if you could have the desserts you crave while keeping all the health benefits of something that’s actually good for you? Well, as it turns out, you can.
People who begin to seriously diet are often shocked when they discover what’s really in their food. This includes, for those taking the low-carb approach, just how many carbs in ice cream of the traditional variety there truly are. Thanks to modern innovations in food science, however, low-carb ice cream has become the golden mean for anyone looking to satiate their sweet tooth and tame their waistlines at the same time. Such tasty low-carb foods allow you to eliminate temptation, curb cravings, and even teach yourself a bit of cooking if you make your ice cream from scratch. Of course, controlling what goes into your food allows you to pack your sweets with optimal ratios of vitamins and nutrients – yes, low-carb ice cream can be good for you.
Low-Carb Ice Cream: A Healthy Option?
“Prove it”. That’s the logical response to hearing how great low-carb ice cream is. After all, anyone can make a claim, but extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, especially when it comes to the intersection of science and one’s health. Happily, the benefits of low-carb ice cream are easy to verify for anyone who’s willing to put spoon to mouth. The fact is, an ever-growing plethora of scientific and medical studies link low-carb dieting regimens to an increase of “good cholesterol” and a decrease in obesity. These metrics excel those reported by those who adopt a solely low-fat diet; low-carb foods like low-carb ice cream also tend to encourage an eating style which wards off diabetes, gout, the various kinds of bodily stones, cardiovascular issues, and other such health problems found in those who continue to pursue a standard diet.
To help you take advantage of all the benefits bundled in this undercover healthy desert, we’ve compiled 50 of the best low-carb ice cream recipes available anywhere. There’s everything from fruit flavors to chocolate to try, so time is of the essence! To learn more (and to start sampling all the tasty offerings on the list!), just keep reading.
The Skinny on Low-Carb Ice Cream
1. Mock Moose Tracks Ice Cream
Moose Tracks is one of the perennial top choices when it comes to ice cream flavors – there’s just something about that “gotta have it” mix of chocolate and peanut butter, and this low-carb recipe has it in spades. Every single ingredient, from eggs to cocoa powder, is super low-carb, with things like almond milk replacing dairy alternatives.
2. Death by Chocolate Ice Cream
If you’re a chocolate fan who thought your one true love was gone forever thanks to your low-carb lifestyle, get ready to do a happy dance, because you’re about to be reunited. Death by Chocolate – and really, is there a better way to go? – is an almost no carb ice cream that seems like it should be anything but. For instance, when’s the last time you had “normal” ice cream with vodka in it? Well, this has some, but it need not if you’ve got kids / those who don’t partake in the house. Other things that make this decadent treat perfect for any low-carb diet are the use of cashew milk rather than dairy, Stevia, and heavy cream.
3. Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Butter Pecan is a classic ice cream flavor given a low-carb makeover by the folks over at A Girl Worth Saving. Made with (among other things) ghee rather than butter, sea salt, honey, and of course, pecans, this is honestly one of the simplest low calorie ice cream options out there.
4. Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream
The first truly sugar-free ice cream on our list, this peanut butter cheesecake ice cream will sorely tempt anyone with a functioning palate. Plus, it’s totally versatile. Not only do you get the great taste of peanut butter cheesecake, but given the pour-and-stir nature of the ingredients, this is a low calorie ice cream kids can make on their own. Oh, and there’s one more thing: You can make this dessert 100 percent vegan by swapping out the cream cheese for a non-dairy substitute.
5. Low-Carb Chocolate Bacon Toffee Ice Cream
If the flavor alone isn’t enough to make you start drooling, you may want to see a physician for a checkup – your humanity might be on the fritz. Honestly, what more could you ask for beyond a genuinely healthy dessert that combines chocolate, toffee, quality bacon (this is important; substandard bacon will ruin the dish), and whips it all together with some low-carb magic (and a few other things) to make a sweet, smoky indulgence? The fact that it’s good for you to boot is almost too much to believe.
6. Avocado Sorbet
People love guacamole. People love ice cream. What would happen, though, if you smashed those two things together? Well, this yummy avocado sorbet is about as close as you’re gonna get to answering that question, and as it turns out, what happens is fantastic. At roughly 1/8 the carb content of regular sorbet, this isn’t just a slimming alternative to your run of the mill dessert. It’s also mega-simple and a delicious vegan treat as well.
7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Ok, Popsicle fans, this one’s for you. While none of the things on this list are truly “zero-carb”, these chocolate / peanut butter ice cream pops come pretty close to being carb free ice cream. Tasty peanut butter ice cream wrapped in low-carb chocolate makes for an experience that’s almost like eating a frozen Reese’s cup.
8. Creamy Coconut “Get Some!” Ice Cream
It’s a suggestion, an innuendo, and an imperative all wrapped up in one icy, creamy ball of nearly carb free ice cream. A part of the highly popular yet somewhat perplexingly high-fat, low-carb “Bulletproof Diet”, many people swear by its results. Oh, and the name? Apparently that comes from the fertility boosting effect. Yep, you heard right. The mere act of preparing and enjoying “Get Some!” Ice Cream is a natural aphrodisiac (or maybe it has something to do with one of the ingredients – who’s to say?).
9. Black Forest Ice Cream
Even though it’s named and modeled after cake, this next flavor is actually 100 percent vegan (and a sugar-free ice cream to boot, if you’re into the zero-sugar scene). In short, don’t let the name or the fact that it’s full of chocolate & cherry goodness fool you – this low-carb Black Forest ice cream manages to be delicious and diet-friendly.
10. Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Another of the classic flavors, this sugar-free ice cream takes ingredients like all-natural peanut butter, sea salt, cottage cheese, and heavy cream, and turns them into a peanut buttery delight for your mouth (and your waistline).