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Keto Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Louise | January 25
Keto Lemon Vanilla Ice-Cream Recipe #keto keto-lemon-vanilla-ice-cream-recipe

Looking for a creamy treat with a craveable lemon twist? We’ve got you covered with our Keto lemon vanilla ice cream recipe. This ice cream pulls out all the stops, with coconut cream and egg yolks for the perfect rich and creamy ice cream base. To the custardy canvas, we’ve added classic vanilla along with lemon juice and zest for a citrusy pop. This ice cream has it all, except for carbs and sugar! With only 1 gram net carbs, this is ice cream you can feel good about enjoying.

Top Ice Cream Making Tips

  • Deep-freeze the bowl – For best results, put your ice cream maker bowl in the freezer overnight. This will set you up for success with creamy ice cream and none of those pesky ice crystals.
  • Get cool – The colder you can get your ice cream mixture before spinning, the better the texture will be. It’s hard when you want ice cream in a hurry but be sure to let the mixture cool fully, or even give it a few hours in the fridge before spinning!
  • Low is the way to go – For best (and quickest) freezing, transfer your ice cream into a shallow flat dish like a casserole dish or a rectangle cake pan after spinning.

Three Variations on A Basic Lemony Recipe

Ice cream is amazing on its own, but it is also a great canvas for creative desserts. Read on for just a few suggestions for serving and modifying this recipe. Just remember to be mindful with your nutritional values and the sky is the limit!

  1. The Ice Cream Sandwich – Believe it or not, one of my favorite flavors to pair with lemon is ginger! When I was little, my grandmother made gingerbread cake with tangy lemon sauce. That dish inspired the idea for ice cream sandwiches with lemon ice cream and ginger cookies. If you don’t like ginger, you can also try other Keto-friendly cookie recipes, like these three three ingredient almond flour cookies.
  2. The Ice Cream Sundae – This lemon vanilla ice cream would make an excellent summery sundae. Serve with berry puree and coconut whipped cream. Top with a fresh raspberry or blueberry!
  3. The Citrusy Variations – Switch up the citrus and you have a brand-new flavor profile! Replace the lemon juice and zest with orange for creamsicle ice cream or use key limes and top crumbled graham crackers with for key lime pie ice cream.

Looking for More Lemon Dishes?

If you love lemon, read on for more low-carb lemon recipes.

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Keto Lemon Vanilla Ice-Cream Recipe #keto keto-lemon-vanilla-ice-cream-recipe

Keto Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


A little lemon goes a long way in this ice cream.


  • 2 cups (480 ml) of coconut cream (from the top of 2 cans of refrigerated coconut milk)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons erythritol + stevia, to taste
  • Stevia, to taste


  1. Place the ice cream machine bowl into the freezer.
  2. Heat the coconut cream in a saucepan, but don’t boil it.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks together until well combined.
  4. Add a small amount of the warmed coconut cream to the egg yolks and whisk to combine. Gradually add the rest of the coconut cream while whisking until half of the coconut cream has been added.
  5. Then add the egg and coconut cream mixture back into the pot with the rest of the coconut cream and heat until the temperature measures 158F (70 C). Stir in the vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon zest, and sweetener.
  6. Let it cool down to room temperature, then pour into the machine bowl and churn for 35 minutes.
  7. Place into the freezer.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 1 g


  • Calories: 152
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.