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The keto diet involves drastically reducing your carb intake and replacing it with fat.

Since ice cream is generally high in carbs, most of which come from sugar, it typically doesn’t fit into a keto diet.

However, several brands of low carb ice cream are made with plant fibers and sugar alcohols that don’t get digested. As such, they don’t contribute carbs to your diet. You can also make keto ice cream at home.

We chose these keto ice creams based on quality of ingredients, consumer popularity, accessibility online and in stores, and nutritional value in keeping with a keto diet.

Here are the top 6 store-bought and homemade keto ice creams.

Rebel Butter Pecan

Rebel makes keto-friendly ice creams that are low in carbs but still taste creamy and delicious.

In particular, their varieties are low in net carbs, which are calculated by subtracting the total grams of fiber and sugar alcohols in a serving from the total grams of carbs.

Most people on a keto diet need to eat fewer than 50 grams of net carbs per day to achieve ketosis, but some individuals need to reduce carbs even more (1).

With only 5 grams of net carbs in an entire pint, Rebel’s Butter Pecan is a tasty treat that can be enjoyed on a keto diet. However, it’s important to note that the entire pint contains 700 calories.

An entire pint also contains 24 grams of sugar alcohol. Some people experience an upset stomach with this amount of sugar alcohol.

Pints are available for purchase online and at several major grocery stores.

Nutrition facts

Per 2/3 cup (89 grams) (2):

  • Calories: 230
  • Fat: 24 grams
  • Carbs: 13 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar alcohol: 8 grams
  • Net carbs: 2 grams
  • Protein: 3 grams

Arctic Zero Cake Batter

This keto-friendly, dairy-free ice cream is very low in calories and carbs.

It’s also made with prebiotic fiber, which feeds the beneficial probiotic bacteria in your gut and supports healthy digestion. The fiber in Arctic Zero helps reduce the net carb count to 5 grams per serving (3).

In addition to Cake Batter, Arctic Zero pints are available in Chocolate, Cookie Shake, Salted Caramel, and other flavors. They can be purchased online, as well as at several grocery stores.

Nutrition facts

Per 1/2 cup (58 grams) (4):

  • Calories: 40
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 9 grams
  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Sugar: 5 grams
  • Sugar alcohol: 0 grams
  • Net carbs: 5 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram

Enlightened Chocolate Peanut Butter

Made with skim milk and milk proteins, Enlightened Chocolate Peanut Butter has a creamy rich texture similar to that of regular ice cream.

It’s sweetened with a combination of sugar and sugar alcohols and thus low in net carbs and keto-friendly. What’s more, 1 serving packs 7 grams of protein and only 100 calories, making it a filling treat (5).

Enlightened pints are available online and at major grocery stores, including Whole Foods. The company also makes low carb, dairy-free dessert bars (6).

Nutrition facts

Per 1/2 cup (68 grams) (5):

  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: 4.5 grams
  • Carbs: 15 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Sugar alcohol: 6 grams
  • Net carbs: 4 grams
  • Protein: 7 grams

Halo Top Cookies & Cream

Halo Top is a low carb option that’s higher in protein than most other keto-friendly ice creams.

The Cookies & Cream flavor contains skim milk, eggs, and prebiotic fiber. It’s primarily sweetened with erythritol, a zero-calorie sugar alcohol that doesn’t contribute to net carb count (7, 8).

You can purchase Halo Top ice creams online and at most major grocery stores. They also offer varieties that are made without dairy and eggs.

However, be sure to read the nutrition facts and ingredient lists, since the number of net carbs varies by flavor.

Nutrition facts

Per 1/2 cup (66 grams) (7):

  • Calories: 80
  • Fat: 2.5 grams
  • Carbs: 16 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar alcohol: 5 grams
  • Net carbs: 8 grams
  • Protein: 5 grams

Homemade vanilla keto ice cream

Making keto ice cream at home is easy, so long as you have low carb sweeteners on hand.

This version of keto ice cream is made with erythritol, which you can buy online and at some grocery stores.

To make it, whisk together 2 cups (500 mL) of canned full fat coconut milk, 1/4 cup (48 grams) of erythritol, and 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of vanilla extract. Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it for a few hours.

Add the frozen cubes to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth before serving. This recipe yields about 4 servings.

Nutrition facts

Per 1/2 cup serving:

  • Calories: 226
  • Fat: 24 grams
  • Carbs: 3 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Sugar alcohol: 12 grams
  • Net carbs: 0 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams

Homemade strawberry keto ice cream

Since berries are lower in carbs than most other fruits, they’re a great addition to homemade keto ice cream.

To make low carb strawberry ice cream at home, blend 2 cups (500 mL) of heavy cream with 1/4 cup (60 grams) of sour cream, 1/2 cup (100 grams) of fresh strawberries, and 1/3 cup (64 grams) of erythritol or Swerve (a low carb sweetener).

Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan and freeze for 3–5 hours, until it’s hard and ready to serve. This recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition facts

Per 1/2 cup serving:

  • Calories: 454
  • Fat: 45 grams
  • Carbs: 6 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Sugar alcohol: 16 grams
  • Net carbs: 0 grams
  • Protein: 5 grams

Several low carb ice creams can be enjoyed on a keto diet.

Keep in mind that these products are still treats that should be enjoyed in moderation. They don’t provide nearly as much nutrition as whole, low carb vegetables and healthy proteins and fats.

Still, if you want a keto-friendly product to satisfy your craving for ice cream, refer to this list.