7 of the Best Low Carb Ice Cream Brands
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It’s pretty much fact that ice cream will never go out of style or become overrated. It’s satisfying, delicious, and versatile…but it’s not exactly healthy. Traditional ice cream is loaded with cream and processed sugar; half a cup of Haagen-Dazs’ chocolate ice cream has 270 calories and 23 total grams of carbs, 21 of which are sugar. And let’s face it — most people don’t stop at just one-third a pint. Fortunately, though, ice cream is getting a major health makeover these days, making low carb ice cream pretty easy to find.
There’s no official definition of what constitutes a low carb dish, but many ice cream brands are slashing the sugar in their recipes and either reducing or eliminating dairy, resulting in fewer carbs in your favorite pints. And, it actually tastes good! Modern technology at its finest.
If you’re more of the DIY type, we even included a low carb homemade ice cream that you can try out.
What Are the Best Low Carb Ice Cream Brands?
Fill your freezer with these seven low carb ice cream brands. They’re perfect for those moments when you want to indulge on a sweet treat, but don’t want to totally go off the rails with your diet plan.
A quick note about carbs
Not all carbs are created equal. There are simple carbs, like sugar, that spike your blood sugar and don’t have much nutritional value. Then there are complex carbs, which may contain fiber. If you take the total amount of carbs in a food and subtract the amount of fiber, you get the amount of net carbs, which most low carb proponents would call “bad.”
As you go through this list of low carb ice cream, you’ll notice that the total amount of carbs are still pretty significant, but the amount of net carbs is lower than most non-healthy ice cream brands. So that means you’re getting in more of the fiber type of carbs than the simple, sugary kind of carbs.
1. Enlightened Ice Cream
Enlightened prides themselves on producing pints that are low in calories and sugar, and also high in fiber and protein. Because they use skim milk and monk fruit extract and sugar alcohols to sweeten the ice cream, some of their recipes have as few as four net carbs per serving. Look for interesting flavors like triple berry cobbler, lemon meringue pie, and marshmallow peanut butter.
If you’re looking for one of their lightest options, their red velvet flavor has 70 calories per ½ cup serving and 15 total grams of carbs, 5 of which are fiber.
2. So Delicious Dairy Free Ice Cream
So Delicious Dairy Free makes a multitude of non-dairy ice creams using coconut milk, soy milk, oat milk, cashew milk, and almond milk. Their pints are creamy and tasty, and some have no added sugars — just a little monk fruit extract for sweetness. They have classic flavors like cookie dough and mint chip, as well as interesting combos like peanut butter and raspberry and caramel apple crumble.
The Chocolate Coconutmilk flavor — a fan favorite — has 100 calories per ½ cup serving and 16 total grams of carbs, 9 of which are fiber.
3. Halo Top Creamery Ice Cream
Halo Top’s mission is simple: to make mouth-watering ice cream with less sugar, more protein, fewer calories, and fewer carbs. The company uses stevia instead of sugar for sweetness, and skim or non-dairy milk as the base. Some of their best and boldest flavors include oatmeal cookie, birthday cake, black cherry, mochi green tea, toasted coconut, and cinnamon roll.
If you’re into the classics, the chocolate flavor has 80 calories per ½ cup serving and 13 total grams of carbs, 2 of which are fiber.
4. Rebel Creamery Ice Cream
Rebel Creamery calls itself a keto-friendly ice cream. Their rich, full-fat ice cream is low-carb, high-fat, and contains no added sugars. They rely on cream and sugar alcohols to achieve their taste, which results in a net carb range between five and eight grams. Their flavors include classics like strawberry, mint chip, cookie dough, vanilla, and chocolate.
The cookie dough flavor has 170 calories per ½ cup serving and 14 total grams of carbs, 3 of which are fiber.
5. Arctic Zero Low-Carb Ice Cream
Arctic Zero’s tasty “light ice creams” are made with real milk and cane sugar, but they also have non-dairy ice creams and dairy-free bars, too. Fun flavors include cookies ‘n cream, toffee crunch, chocolate chunk, peanut butter and cookies, cookie shake, and salted caramel.
Their non-dairy chocolate peanut butter flavor has 45 calories per ½ cup serving and 9 total grams of carbs, 4 of which are fiber.
6. Keto Pint Ice Cream
True to its name, Keto Pint is keto-friendly, low carb ice cream. Made with cream, whole milk, and no added sugar, their ice cream has a thick, rich flavor and averages just three grams of net carbs per serving. They’re a small batch brand with just five classic flavors: peanut butter cup, chocolate, mint chip, coffee, and sea salt caramel.
Their mint chip flavor has 160 calories per ½ cup serving and 8 total grams of carbs, 2 of which are fiber.
7. Killer Creamery
Killer Creamery wants to help you satisfy your sweet tooth without wrecking your diet. Made with cream and coconut, their low carb ice creams are contain no processed sugars, thanks to a mix of stevia and sugar alcohols for sweetness. They have regular flavors like mint and peanut butter, as well as more creative combos like black raspberry with dark chocolate chips and vanilla with almond butter.
The Peanut Blubber flavor (AKA chocolate and peanut butter) has 170 calories per ½ cup serving and 11 total grams of carbs, 3 of which are fiber.
Low Carb Homemade Ice Cream
If you don’t want to buy low carb ice cream, you can always make your own! All you need is a high-speed blender, freezer-friendly tray, and a handful of simple ingredients. Coconut milk, Greek yogurt, and skim milk are all great options for the base, and you can swap refined sugar for natural sweeteners like honey, pure maple syrup, bananas, or dates.
Amp up the flavor using vanilla bean, dried lavender, rosemary, or a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, then top your scoop with chia seeds, berries, granola, or dark chocolate chunks.
Check out this tasty low carb vanilla ice cream recipe to get started — recipe below! Or, if you want something even simpler, blend a handful of frozen banana chunks with a splash of almond milk for an easy low carb banana ice cream.
Homemade Vanilla Low Carb Ice Cream
Make your own high-protein frozen yogurt at home with this recipe!
- 2 cups reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp raw honey
- ½ vanilla bean cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed (or ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract)
- 2 Tbsp reduced-fat (2%) milk
Combine yogurt, honey, and vanilla bean seeds in a medium bowl; mix well.
Place mixture in a re-sealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Lay bag flat. Spread mixture into an even layer. Press to eliminate air pockets; seal tightly.
Lay flat in freezer. Freeze for 3 to 4 hours, or until almost firm.
Break mixture into small pieces. Place in food processor (or blender). Add milk. Process until very smooth.
Pour mixture into 8 x 4–inch loaf pan; cover surface with plastic wrap. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours, or until mixture is firm but can be scooped. Serve immediately.
- Substitute cold, brewed espresso for milk and add 2 teaspoons cacao nibs.
- Substitute unsweetened chocolate almond milk for milk and add ¼ cup coarsely chopped unsweetened dried cherries.
- Substitute ½ tsp. pure coconut extract for vanilla bean seeds and add ¼ cup toasted unsweetened shredded coconut.
- Add ¼ cup chopped raw pistachios.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.