Easy Keto Mason Jar Ice Cream, Just 3-Ingredients & No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

Keto Mason Jar Ice Cream

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

Ingredients

Ice Cream Base:

Cocoa Coconut (optional add-ins):

Chocolate Orange (optional add-ins):

Bright Berry (optional add-ins):

  • 1/4 cup frozen berries, smashed into purée with fork

Directions

1

Add heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and sweetener to a mason jar. Add in any additional flavorings. Secure lid tightly.

2

Shake jar vigorously for about 5 minutes until liquid doubles in size. Set a timer!

3

Place in the freezer for 2 to 4 hours until frozen. If you have any "heavy" add-ins like pecans or chocolate chunks, check the ice cream after an hour or two and give it a good shake to prevent the add-ins from all settling at the bottom.

4

When ready to eat, set the ice cream on the counter for a few minutes to soften. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 2 cups, Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: 208 Calories | 21.6g Fat | 5.1g Total Carbs | 0g Fiber | 1.8g Sugar | 3.4g Sugar Alcohol | 1.7g Protein | 1.7g Net Carbs

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Make keto mason jar ice cream at home without using an ice cream maker. 

spoonful of keto mason jar ice cream

Ready to make keto mason jar ice cream at home?! 🍨

Bet you didn’t even know that was possible! It’s seriously so easy and absolutely amazing! Who knew that you could make keto ice cream without an ice cream maker? Yep, all you need is a mason jar, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and a keto sweetener.

mason jar vanilla ice cream

Ice cream and a workout!

The best part is that this keto dessert recipe is very easy to customize with your favorite flavors. The vanilla base recipe requires just three main ingredients and then you can get creative with add-ins.

Bonus is that it also happens to be a great arm workout. 💪 Get your whole family involved in making keto mason jar ice cream at home! So fun!

shaking mason jar keto ice cream

All you do is shake it! 

To make this keto ice cream, you place all the ingredients in a quart-size (32-ounce) Mason jar, shake it for five minutes, and then place it in the freezer. All that shaking will eventually result in a rich and creamy keto ice cream. The ice cream will take anywhere from two to four hours to freeze, depending on your freezer and if you have any add-ins.

mason jar ice cream flavors

And the flavor combinations are endless! Try adding in berries, nuts, cocoa powder, keto cookies, or any other keto toppings such as a sugar-free caramel sauce. You can also try adding a 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon of a flavor extract such as mint extract to make mint chocolate keto ice cream! Yum!

holding berry mason jar ice cream

For this recipe, we experimented with several flavor combinations that all use the vanilla base recipe with the following additions.

keto ice cream in mason jars

Tips for making the best keto ice cream in a mason jar:

  • To make this recipe keto, we swapped traditional sugar for a keto-friendly sweetener. Ice cream is one of those recipes that’s very EASY to make keto-friendly because all you have to do is switch out sugar to a keto-approved sweetener. We used Swerve keto confectioners sweetener for this recipe, as it dissolves better and it works great here! Check out our guide to keto sweeteners for more information.
  • Shake the mason jar for a full 5 minutes! Set a timer as this step is very important. Shaking the ice cream ensures that the cream doubles in size and results in a creamy ice cream texture. You can opt to instead use a mixer. Use the whisk attachment and mix until the heavy whipping cream doubles in size, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Plan for freezing time. You will need about 2 to 4 hours for the ice cream to freeze (it’s worth the wait).
  • To soften the ice cream, let it sit on the counter for a few minutes. The ice cream is pretty hard right out of the freezer. We don’t recommend running a glass jar under warm water as this can crack the jar. But if using a plastic mason jar, you should be fine to run it under warm water. You can also try adding 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerine as we did in this raspberry cheesecake keto ice cream recipe.

ice cream ingredients on a counter

adding sweetener to ice cream base

keto ice cream ingredients in a mason jar

keto ice cream base in a mason jar

a spoonful of keto ice cream in a jar

scoop of chocolate, coconut, pecan ice cream


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Keto Mason Jar Ice Cream

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

Easily shake up this creamy keto ice cream in a mason jar for a delicious treat at home.

Ingredients

Ice Cream Base:

Cocoa Coconut (optional add-ins):

Chocolate Orange (optional add-ins):

Bright Berry (optional add-ins):

  • 1/4 cup frozen berries, smashed into purée with fork

Directions

1

Add heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and sweetener to a mason jar. Add in any additional flavorings. Secure lid tightly.

2

Shake jar vigorously for about 5 minutes until liquid doubles in size. Set a timer!

3

Place in the freezer for 2 to 4 hours until frozen. If you have any "heavy" add-ins like pecans or chocolate chunks, check the ice cream after an hour or two and give it a good shake to prevent the add-ins from all settling at the bottom.

4

When ready to eat, set the ice cream on the counter for a few minutes to soften. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 2 cups, Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: 208 Calories | 21.6g Fat | 5.1g Total Carbs | 0g Fiber | 1.8g Sugar | 3.4g Sugar Alcohol | 1.7g Protein | 1.7g Net Carbs

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

Nutrition information is with 1.5 tablespoons of Swerve confectioner’s sweetener.

Nutrition Information with add-ins for Cocoa Coconut:
254 Calories | 26.1g Fat | 7.7g Total Carbs | 1.7g Fiber | 2.1g Sugar | 3.4g Sugar Alcohol | 2.7g Protein | 2.7g Net Carbs

Nutrition Information with add-ins for Chocolate Orange:
249 Calories | 25.4g Fat | 8g Total Carbs | 1.7g Fiber | 1.8g Sugar | 3.9g Sugar Alcohol | 2.7g Protein | 2.4g Net Carbs

Nutrition Information with add-ins for Bright Berry:
214 Calories | 21.7g Fat | 6.5g Total Carbs | 0.4g Fiber | 2.6g Sugar | 3.4g Sugar alcohol | 1.8g Protein | 2.7g Net Carbs


orange zest chocolate chunk keto ice cream in a bowl

We love making this yummy and easy keto ice cream!

This rich dessert doesn’t even taste like it has no sugar added or that it’s keto-approved. It’s a nice treat to help you stay on track when you’re craving ice cream!

The clever mason jar method is also a pretty handy trick and even easier than using an actual ice cream maker.

shaking up keto mason jar ice cream

My Hip teammate tried out this keto ice cream and here’s what she had to say:

“This sweet treat is wonderful and so good on a hot day! It’s super creamy and you can make any kind with your add-ins! I made a cordial cherry and it was over the top delicious! This recipe is so EASY, you could make it between running the kids to activities. Then, by the time they are done, it will be frozen and ready. My family could not taste the difference between this and regular ice cream!”

taking bit of keto mason jar ice cream

**For this version, 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries were added to one batch and a 1/2 cup of frozen cherries with a quarter of a chopped Lily’s chocolate bar to the other.


Make this incredible Wendy’s Inspired Keto Chocolate Frosty next!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 68

  1. sam

    How do you convert the swerve measurement to monk fruit sweetener?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      1 tablespoon Swerve sweetener = 1 tablespoon of Monkfruit Sweetener
      Hope this helps!

      • april

        Not necessarily! Depends on what kind/style the monk fruit is. The pure extract would be only 1/64 of a tsp!!! The one that measures equally is probably monk + erithitol, etc. so it shouldn’t be considered “monkfruit”!

  2. Jessica

    Looks awesome! Do you use granulated swerve or powdered?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Jessica! You can use the powdered. Find that variety through the link above. Hope that helps!

    • Diana

      Hi Jessica. I use Swerve a lot in cooking/baking. I get less after-taste from the confectioner form of Swerve, and it dissolves quicker. Also, Swerve, in my opinion, loses some sweetness during baking, so, I use a little extra.

  3. Melissa

    Can you use a food processor or blender instead of shaking the jar for 5 minutes? Then put it in an ice cream maker? Would this qualify as a fat bomb? So simple, and delicious for a once a week treat. Thanks.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Melissa! Maybe try a hand mixer or whisk instead. This way you can still incorporate air into the cream and get the desired consistency. Hope that helps!

      • Linda

        Would that still be 5 minutes with the mixer?

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          You could start with 5 minutes with a hand mixer or whisk and add more time if needed to get to the desired consistency. Hope that helps!

  4. Sally

    Can you use a plastic jar? I have some I use instead of the glass mason jars.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya I would think that could work too! Let us know 👍

  5. Joe

    Ive got an Cuisinart ice cream machine, ill give it a try!

  6. Joe

    Was it sweet? My Cuisinart recipe I usually use is 2 cups cream, 1 cup milk and 3/4 cup sugar. I realize this is 1 cup cream , so it must make a third of the amount but that would be 1/4 cup sugar ratio…Ill try it in my machine tonight

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You’ll have to let us know what you think, Joe!

  7. Sandy Flint

    Could you possibly substitute honey or pure maple syrup for the Swerve sweetener? If so, how would you convert the sweeteners? I don’t have Swerve in my house and I’m trying to stay away from the grocery store.

  8. Tara

    Could I add unsweetened coca powder to this?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      YES!

  9. ybacat

    Just made this today; SUPER easy and tasty! Thanks for helping me along my journey. Stay well.

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi there! We are so glad that you loved it❤ Thanks for your awesome feedback!

  10. michellebadair

    We just put it in the freezer so so don’t know how it tastes, but we had so much fun making it. I let my daughter smash an Oreo and put it in hers (not Keto…I know) and we added NS cocoa powder to my son’s. We can’t wait to try it!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, How fun! Enjoy! 😋

  11. Brenda

    Hey there,
    Does this ice cream get rock hard? That’s the problem I have when making Keto ice cream.
    Thank you

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hmm it does get pretty hard since mostly cream. You can just set it out a bit before hand – or just not let it get super frozen.

      • Maria J

        We have used Allulose which we buy off Amazon in our keto ice cream and it’s never been hard like typical ‘diet’ ice cream.

    • Judy

      I put it in my microwave for about 20 – 30 seconds. It will soften it up nicely. A little longer if needed

  12. Ellie

    I bought a whipped cream dispenser that I’ve been using to make desserts. it has been fantastic and I recently wondered what the output would do in an ice cream maker. Maybe I’ll just try releasing some into a freezer container and freeze for a few hours. Not as much “fun”, but might be scrumptious.
    I highly recommend a whipped cream dispenser. Mine is from Amazon, of course. I add a bit of vanilla and some “fake sugar” (whatever is on hand). I mix it with thawed frozen blueberries — just a few — and it’s delicious.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      YUM! Thanks for the suggestion, Ellie!

  13. Izzy143

    Can I use whipped cream instead oh heavy cream ?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yep!

  14. Jaime

    Oh my goodness, made this tonight and it is heavenly!! So much creaminess, and vanilla is my favorite flavor! I had the hardest time not eating the entire jar. Thank you! 😋

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are welcome, Jamie!

  15. Diana

    Hi Amber. We found this recipe too fatty. The second time I made it I used 1/2 whipping cream and half 2% milk. I scraped the side of the container I put it in every half hour. It came out a bit icy. Next time I’m going to try 1/2 whipping cream and 1/2 evaporated milk. Hoping that’ll take care of icy issue. Thx

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Diana! Hope that consistency works out better for you, but just note that the evaporated milk is not keto so that substitution will change the the nutritional value. Enjoy!

    • Jolene

      Try adding a teaspoon of MCT Oil or Powder or a teaspoon of Vodka. Helps with consistency and ice crystals.

  16. Kim

    Great recipe, super easy…make as a treat once a week and split the jar with my husband so I don’t overeat. A few Variations I’ve added, unsweetened cocoa….already mentioned I use a tablespoon per jar, different flavored extracts, coconut, almond, and real unsweetened coconut with almonds, walnuts or pecans. Also sugar free chocolate chips…

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for the suggestions on variations!

  17. Karen

    Can you use Splendor powder sugar instead?

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Karen! I wouldn’t suggest swapping for a granular sugar substitute. Confectioners sugar has smaller granules and works better with this recipe. You can use a coffee grinder to make your granulated sweetener into powdered one though. Hope this is helpful❤

      • Rose

        I really love this cite you guys are so encouraging with these Great recipes!!❤️

  18. Christina

    I was so upset thinking I couldn’t have ice cream ever again due to high carbs & ingredients like msg. I didn’t want to pay for an ice cream machine lol. I made this ice cream last night and OMG!!!!! It came out soooooo good!!!! My bf didn’t think it would work. I used swerve confection sugar and some allulose. It came out sooo soooo smooth. I also added some cinnamon. I’m so mind blown!! Thank you soooooo soooo much for this recipe!! I’m so sensitive to ingredients and now I can still enjoy a treat.

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi there❤ I’m so happy you loved it. It’s so nice to be able to have a treat.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh wow that’s so great! Thank you for sharing!

  19. Denise

    Could you use maple syrup for sweetener

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Denise! We haven’t tried it with a syrup. Here is our guide to all of the keto sweeteners. Hope this helps!

  20. Cheryl

    Hi, will the hard part of canned coconut milk work in the ice cream maker? don’t eat dairy.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Cheryl! I did search for an answer to this. It looks like that may work if you whip it first with a handheld mixer. Let us know how it turns out if you decide to try it!

  21. Tonya

    I’m a newbie but things are going good. I had to buy a lot of things I never heard of. I love strawberries. How could I make this strawberry ice scream if possible and stay keto

  22. Louise

    I’m going to make it today. I have all the ingredients on hand. I’m wondering if I can mix it all together using my standing mixer and then transfer it to a glass container and put it in the Deep Freeze?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You sure can, Louise! Enjoy the ice cream!

  23. Connie

    Thanks for sharing this recipe . Going to try soon !!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You bet! We hope you love it!

  24. Jan

    3 ingredient keto ice cream in a mason jar is so easy to make & super delicious!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! SO glad you enjoyed it, Jan! Thanks for commenting!

  25. Louise

    Has anyone tried to make mint chocolate?

  26. A 20 g/day person

    It looks like it would be heavenly, but 21 grams of carbs is too much for me

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! This has 1.7 net carbs per serving. Hope that helps!

  27. Elsa tejada

    Love ice cream❤

  28. Cynthia

    Hi, is it necessary to add in sweetener?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You could try it, but it would probably not taste very good. You could try cutting the sweetener is half.

  29. kari-1

    Anybody had any experience with the ninja Creami machine?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      We have not, but if you like it please let us know! 🤗

  30. Julie

    Was very yummy! Added a tsp of vegetable glycerin and it scoops like regular ice cream. How much mint extract do you think I should use for this recipe with 1 cup of heavy cream?

    • Julie

      Was going to try to make a mint choc chip version

      • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

        I would start with 1/2 teaspoon and then add more to taste.

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