Keto Rocky Road Ice Cream

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For a decadent, rich chocolate flavor without the sugar, this keto rocky road ice cream feature has a creamy texture balanced perfectly with crunchy chopped almonds and squishy sugar-free marshmallows.

Satisfy your chocolate cravings without guilt! This easy sugar-free keto chocolate ice cream recipe delivers ultra-rich chocolate flavor in a creamy, scoopable frozen treat. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up this favorite ice cream flavor perfect for chocolate & nut lovers following a keto diet or just watching their sugar.

A scoop holding a ball of frosty, creamy chocolate ice cream with chunks of nuts and marshmallows. Whole nuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows sit on top of the tub of swirly ice cream.

Unlike my fudgy chocolate ice cream recipe, this keto ice cream recipe starts with a classic custard base made with egg yolks and dairy, giving that smooth, creamy texture as it chills and churns.

Cocoa powder provides intense chocolate flavor without any bitterness since it is balanced with a sugar substitute called allulose. Using a sugar-free alternative is key to keeping the carbs and calories low. The result is a creamy low carb rocky road ice cream that tastes like the real deal!

How to make keto rocky road ice cream

  1. Make a custard base. Heat egg yolks, cocoa powder, nut milk, sweetener and heavy cream in saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  2. Refrigerate. All good ice cream recipes require you to refrigerate the base for a few hours. This allows the chocolate flavors to meld into the fats from the cream and it helps to create a frothy base that will churn into a velvety texture.
  3. Churn. Pour the chilled liquid into the ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s insturctions.
  4. Make it a Rocky Road! A few minutes before the ice cream is set, pour in chopped nuts, marshmallows and additional chocolate if desired.
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Keto Rocky Road Ice Cream Ingredients

Keto Rocky Road Ice Cream Directions

  • Keto Rocky Road Ice Cream
  • A bowl of creamy sugar free rocky road ice cream with chunks of marshmallows, nuts and chocolate in the chocolate ice cream.


    Rocky road ice cream traditionally contains marshmallows, nuts and chocolate chunks all swirled together in a chocolate ice cream base. Get creative and customize this keto ice cream recipe by stirring in any mix-ins you love.

    **Toast the unsalted nuts first for richer flavor.


    For allergy-free options, switch out the dairy for full-fat canned coconut milk. Keep the other ingredients the same for plant-based, vegan chocolate ice cream.

    Other nut milks like cashew milk, hemp milk or almond milk can be used in place of macadamia nut milk. For a nut-free alternative, use hemp milk and avoid the nuts in the ice cream.

    For paleo, use coconut cream and avoid the corn starch or guar gum that comes in some canned products.

    Serving suggestions

    This chocolate ice cream is so rich and satisfying, you’ll be happy with a small serving size. Here are some ways to enjoy it:

    • Scoop into a bowl, cone or waffle cup. Can make a waffle bowl from a chaffle recipe and a waffle bowl maker.
    • Top with chocolate sauce, chopped nuts or whipped cream.
    • Sandwich between two low-carb cookies for an ice cream whoopie pie or make an ice cream sandwich.
    • Layer in a parfait glass with whipped cream and crushed sugar-free chocolate bars.
    • Mash in a blender with almond milk and ice for a thick, cold chocolate shake.

    Now you can indulge in chocolate ice cream to your heart’s content! This simple sugar-free keto recipe delivers all the decadent chocolate flavor you crave in a homemade frozen dessert with very little carbs. Whip up a batch soon and get ready to enjoy rich, creamy chocolate goodness in every satisfying spoonful.

    An ice cream scoop with a ball of rocky road ice cream in it. Mini marshmallows and nuts lie on top of the ice cream container below.

    Storage information

    Store ice cream covered in a freezer safe container in the freezer up to 2 weeks. Like with most homemade ice creams, allow to soften 10-15 minutes before scooping.

    Keto Rocky Road Ice Cream: FAQS

    Can I make this dairy free?

    To make dairy free rocky road ice cream, use full fat coconut milk instead of heavy cream.

    Can I make this without an ice cream maker?

    To make no churn rocky road, use an electric mixer to whip the chocolate mixture after refrigerating. Then pour into a freezer safe container and freeze for 4-6 hours or until hardened. No churn ice cream can be made in a mason jar by pouring the mixture in a mason jar and shaking until thickened. Then freeze the jar.

    Is refrigerating the ice cream base necessary?

    Yes, refrigerating the ice cream base is a key step if you want rich flavorful ice cream that is soft and creamy. Chilling the ice cream mixture before churning allows the ice cream maker to freeze the ice cream faster which decreases the size of ice crystals formed when churning or freezing. Smaller ice crystals gives the ice cream a smoother texture.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Rocky Road Ice Cream

    Servings: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 337
    Fat 30.7g
    Protein 5.5g
    Total Carbs 17.4g
    Net Carbs 2.8g

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