Low Carb Ice Cream Bars Recipe
These keto ice cream bars are a delicious way to enjoy a quick after dinner keto dessert in the evening. Summertime, many of us are conditioned to want some ice cream, especially when you hear that ice cream truck rolling around the neighborhood. Luckily it’s easy to make your own keto approved ice cream bars.
These are sugar-free vanilla ice cream bars that are coated with a keto chocolate and rolled in crushed nuts. They are the closest thing to a real Haagen Dazs ice cream bar that I have tried in a long time. My whole family loves these! I like to prep up a big batch each week for the kids to enjoy throughout the week. Since they are sugar-free, my kids can eat one keto ice cream a day without me worrying they are getting too much sugar!
Keto Ice Cream
Ice cream is basically cream, well and egg yolks, but this isn’t that kind of recipe. For these keto ice cream bars, I wanted to keep the recipe very simple. As a busy mom, I don’t have a lot of time to fuss with making extra food and treats for my kids. So when I do want to make a kid friendly keto dessert, it needs to be easy.
This keto ice cream bar mixture is basically a sweet cream flavored with vanilla and frozen. This is the easiest keto ice cream you can make! And since we are using heavy whipping cream (around 36% milk fat), you get a creamy ice cream bar with minimal ice crystals forming.
To get that traditional Haagen Dazs ice cream bar look, you have to dip your keto ice cream bar into melted chocolate. The chocolate we use in this recipe is a sugar-free, sugar alcohol free chocolate. My favorite keto chocolate is by ChocZero. Their chocolate is delicious and tastes the closest to regular chocolate compared to other sugar-free chocolate brands. They have a line of keto chocolate chips that come in different flavors – milk, dark, white and sometimes mint.
In this recipe, I used the milk chocolate baking chips. I also used melted white chocolate to drizzle white chocolate stripes on some of the bars. You can use any sugar-free chocolate in this recipe. There are lots of different brands out now. But if you do want to try ChocZero, you can save 10% off your order if you use my code KETOFOCUS at checkout.
To give the chocolate coating extra shine and to thin it out a bit, I recommend adding a little bit of coconut oil to the melted chocolate. We are only adding 1 1/2 tablespoons for a whole bag of chocolate chips in this keto ice cream bar recipe, so don’t worry, these popsicles won’t taste like coconut!
Ice Cream Bar Toppings
There are so many fun toppings you can add to your keto ice cream bars besides the classic plain chocolate covered ice cream bar. Right after you dip your vanilla ice cream bar into the melted sugar-free chocolate, sprinkle or dip crushed nuts or sprinkles on your popsicle.
Some keto nuts you can use are, crushed peanuts, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, pili nuts, or macadamia nuts. You can dip the whole ice cream bar in the nuts or just do the top half.
The kids love it when I add sprinkles to everything. Luckily, there are sugar-free sprinkles commercially available that I can purchase online. Dip your chocolate coated keto ice cream bar in these sprinkles right after you add your melted chocolate.
PRO TIP: The chocolate hardens fast on these sugar-free ice cream bars so you have to be quick about adding your toppings.
Favorite Popsicle Mold
When it comes to making keto ice cream bars, any popsicle mold you have or have access to will do the job. You could even use dixie cups if you don’t have a popsicle maker. You could even pour the ice cream base into a parchment lined square baking dish. Freeze the keto vanilla ice cream and then cut it into bar shapes once it has frozen.
The mold that I like to use when making these low carb ice cream bars is this silicone ice pop mold. It keeps the popsicles flat when freezing. This is ideal because the popsicle sticks also lay flat so you don’t have to worry about them floating up to the top or to the side. Since the mold is silicone, the keto ice cream bars pop right out once they have hardened in the freezer. The shape of the mold is very similar to a Haagen Dazs ice cream bar shape instead of a traditional popsicle shape.
Another popsicle mold I have is this popsicle mold. It comes with some popsicle sticks but you may have to purchase more if you run out. This mold gives the shape of a popsicle you would see at the grocery store, with carvings down the front and back. If you are using an upright popsicle mold like this I’ll give you a pro tip. A pro tip to keep you popsicle stick from floating up or moving to the side is to soak them in water for about 30 minutes before you insert them into the sugar-free ice cream mixture. This will give them some weight so they sink to the bottom.
Keto Sweeteners for Sugar Free Ice Cream
These sugar-free ice cream bars use alternative sweeteners to sugar to help sweeten these frozen pops. I recommend using a powdered sweetener as it will dissolve better than the granulated form. The granulated for will mostly sink to the bottom of the ice cream mixture when you mix it.
When making keto ice cream bars, I like to use Confectioners Swerve. This powdered keto sweetener uses erythritol as the main sweetener ingredient. It measures pretty much cup for cup with traditional sugar; although, most people on the keto diet still find this conversion to be a little too sweet, so you could adjust the erythritol to your desired level of sweetness. I find that 1/2 cup a sweetener is just perfect. But you can use 1/3 cup too.
Other sweeteners you can use to make keto ice cream bars are powdered monkfruit or liquid stevia. The powdered monkfruit I prefer is by Lakanto. There blend is 2x as concentrated as regular sugar so you will need to add less in this low carb popsicle recipe. I would only add a 1/4 cup if using Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit.
Vanilla Flavoring for Sugar Free Ice Cream
To help give this keto ice cream mixture that authentic vanilla flavor, we add some vanilla extract. I also like to add a few drops of concentrated vanilla cupcake flavoring by oooflavors. Their flavors only require a few drops to achieve your desired vanilla flavor ice cream since the drops are concentrated in flavor. You can also save 10% off your order when you use my affiliate link above.
If you don’t want to add vanilla cupcake flavoring drops, you can add 1/2 teaspoon more vanilla extract to your ice cream base mixture.
Other Keto Popsicles to Try
My kids love popsicles. Any frozen sweet treat, they will eat it! And I love to give them sugar-free popsicles or ice cream bars. It’s a healthy option so they don’t get hyped up with all that sugar. Here are some other sugar-free, keto popsicle you can try: