The best part of a keto diet is you get to eat all of your favorite foods and still lose weight. This even includes ice cream!
Butter pecan ice cream has always been one of my favorite treats. The fact that I can mix up this easy mason jar keto ice cream recipe in just a few minutes and have a creamy low carb ice cream available whenever I have cravings makes a ketogenic diet so easy to follow.
If you want to have your creamy ice cream and lose weight too, keep reading for the simple instructions to make your own keto ice cream at home.
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Homemade Keto Ice Cream Ingredients
If you’ve been following a keto diet for sometime, you may be confused about the molasses. We’ll chat more about that in a minute.
When it comes to the other ingredients, always shoot for the highest quality ingredients you can find at grocery stores near you. This means use organic heavy cream and grass-fed or organic butter whenever possible. These varieties contain more nutrients and less toxins. These are the food specifications you want to look for to help bring inflammation down on a keto diet.
Now let’s talk about that blackstrap molasses.
On the surface, blackstrap molasses looks like a no-no on a keto diet. After all, it contains 13 grams of carbs per tablespoon. If you consume a full tablespoon of this high sugar food, I tend to agree this ingredient won’t work on keto.
However, this recipe only calls for 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses. That teaspoon is spread out over 8 servings for the entire recipe. This means the blackstrap molasses only adds around 1/2 of a carb to each serving of this low carb ice cream. I find that as an acceptable amount of added sugars in a low-carb ice cream recipe.
If you find even a little added sugar raises your blood sugar levels on a keto diet, just leave this ingredient out. It still tastes delicious – even without that added touch of sweetness.
A Word About Keto-Friendly Sweeteners
You may look at the ingredients for this creamy keto ice cream recipe and wonder where’s the monk fruit sweetener? What happened to all of the sugar alcohols that typically make up a sugar-free ice cream recipe?
The best thing about this easy keto ice cream recipe is the natural sweetness of the ingredients, including the hint of blackstrap molasses, makes this recipe sweet enough to stand on it’s own.
I gave up low carb sweeteners a few years back. While I was able to lose more than 100 pounds keeping keto sweeteners in low carb recipes, I struggled with maintaining the weight I lost. Cravings for sweets that weren’t allowed on a keto diet went up, as did my waistline.
Now we teach our Keto Decoded members to avoid added sweeteners whenever possible. It’s easier to stick with keto long term when you focus on eating real foods. Weaning yourself off of too many overly sweetened foods can make this weight loss journey easier for you too.
If you can get away with including more keto-friendly sweeteners in your diet, get this free low carb sweetener guide to learn the best keto friendly sweeteners. You’ll also learn how to convert them for various recipes on a low carb diet.
How to Make Keto Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Start by adding the butter and heavy cream into a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-heat until the butter has melted into the cream. Stir together with a whisk as the butter melts. This should take less than 5 minutes.
Then, remove the ice cream base from the heat. Stir in the maple extract, molasses and salt. Use a whisk to combine well.
Once combined, add in the chopped pecans and stir again.
If you only have whole pecans on hand, you can use a nut chopper to crush the pecans while cream and butter melt together.
In the past, I’ve also used the back of a measuring cup to crush the pecans. In the future, I recommend getting a nut chopper since this tool makes crushing nuts so easy. (Sorry guys – I apologize for the imagery my homemade ice cream recipe instructions may evoke)
After the pecans are stirred into the ice cream mixture, carefully pour the ice cream into a mason jar and cover. Then give the jar a good shake. Allow this keto friendly ice cream to chill in the freezer until frozen, which should take around 2-3 hours.
Keto Ice Cream Recipe Substitutions
You can use the main ingredients from this recipe to create different flavors.
If you prefer a vanilla bean ice cream, then swap out the maple extract for vanilla extract instead. In addition to this swap, leave out the blackstrap molasses for a plain low carb vanilla ice cream.
For a chocolate keto ice cream recipe, melt down half of a dark chocolate bar and stir that into the ice cream mixture. Mix in some peanut butter for a delicious chocolate peanut butter ice cream version.
When it comes to chocolate ice cream, you could also consider cocoa powder. Since that’s usually bitter on its own, you may need to add in some keto-friendly sweetener.
If this keto ice cream recipe contains too much fat for you, then you could thin the mixture out by reducing the amount of heavy cream you use with almond milk. Just keep in mind that healthy fats are required to succeed on a keto diet.
If you need to reduce the fat content because eating too much fat has you running to the bathroom soon after – then take the free keto digestion course. This course goes into detail about how to improve digestive malfunctions that could be holding your weight loss efforts back on a low carb diet.
There is one more ice cream keto substitution to consider is if you can’t tolerate too much dairy on a keto diet. In this case, you could try substituting full-fat coconut milk for the heavy cream. When you make this swap, make sure to use a version that isn’t watered down since many coconut milks you find at the grocery store have had the fat removed.
The Keto Butter Pecan Ice Cream Wrap Up
This delicious keto ice cream recipe hits the spot on a hot summer day, or even on cooler days when you happen to be craving a creamy keto treat.
After reading through this recipe, hopefully you can see just how easy it is to make your own ice cream at home. This is a great thing since not only will you save the additional cost of buying a keto-friendly version from the store – but you’ll also skip the undesirable ingredients many of these brands add to their store bought versions.
Chocolate coconut butter cupcakes are a great birthday treat – but who says you have to wait for a special occasion? Whip up a batch anytime you’re craving a delicious vanilla keto cupcake.
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Keto Ice Cream Recipe | Butter Pecan Ice Cream
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Keto Butter Pecan Ice Cream
An easy keto friendly ice cream you can shake up in mason jars at home.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 2 hours in freezer
- Total Time: 2 hours, 10 mins
- Yield: Recipe Serves 8 1x
- Category: Keto Dessert Recipes
- Method: Stove Top and Freezer
- Cuisine: Keto / Low Carb
- Diet: Diabetic
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4 tbsps butter
- 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
- 2 tsp maple extract
- 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Add butter and heavy cream to small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted. Stir with whisk while melting.
- Remove from heat. Add salt, maple extract, blackstrap molasses. Stir to combine.
- Add crushed pecans and stir again.
- Carefully pour into mason jars and cover.
- Freeze for 2-3 hours, or until frozen.
- Serving Size: Recipe Serves 8
- Calories: 286.7
- Sugar: 2.3
- Sodium: 62.9
- Fat: 30.5
- Saturated Fat: 17.6
- Carbohydrates: 2.8
- Fiber: .4
- Protein: 2.2
- Cholesterol: 82.5
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