This Sugar-Free, Keto Affogato recipe combines keto vanilla ice cream and hot coffee to create an easy and spectacular Italian dessert to serve to company or to enjoy on any weeknight all by yourself. It's made with just 5 ingredients and also gluten free, nut free and low carb.
What is Affogato?
Affogato is a favorite of my Italian family and a much loved Italian dessert for many!
The name affogato comes from the Italian word "affogare" which literally means "to drown". This dessert starts with creamy scoop of gelato served in a glass then topped or "drowned" in a shot of hot espresso coffee!
Heaven on earth or in a cup at least! You won't find a keto or sugar free affogato in Italy that I know of, but you can make it at home and it's just as tasty.
This Italian dessert can be enjoyed whether it's a hot summer day or a chilly winter evening and it's very easy to make for those on a keto diet or low carb diet. Just 2 net carbs!
Ice Cream versus Gelato
While ice cream contains egg yolks to make it creamy and thick, gelato does not usually contain egg yolks and uses more milk than cream.
Gelato has a more creamier, and more elastic like texture. Using canned coconut milk here, rather than almond milk helps provide enough fat to make this creamy vanilla gelato.
It's a simple based keto ice cream recipe that you could use over and over again and also change it by adding different extracts and/or fillings, like nuts, berries or sugar-free chocolate chips.
I don't think there is anything better than ending a busy day with a hot and cold, sweet treat like this.
If caffeine in the evening bothers you, simply use decaffeinated coffee and you can still enjoy this traditional Italian favorite!
When my family and I traveled to Italy this past Spring, my oldest son and father enjoyed authentic affogato al caffe, definitely not keto or sugar free.
My oldest loved it so much, he asked for me to have a keto friendly version so we could make it more often at home. He's pleased and I know you will be as well, once you try this keto affogato.
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Store Bought Keto Ice Cream Options
If you don't want to make my recipe below for keto friendly ice cream, simply buy one of these options below.
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Sugar Free Keto Affogato
Sugar Free Keto Affogato
- 1 can unsweetened canned coconut cream (about 14 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon Swerve confectioners add more if you like it sweeter or 1 teaspoon Monk Fruit or vanilla liquid Stevia
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 12 ounces coffee brewed or espresso
- Chill the can of coconut cream in the fridge overnight before starting to make your ice cream.
- Scoop the coconut cream into your stand mixer bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla, sweetener of choice and then slowly drizzle the cream in while beating.
- Once the mixture is light and fluffy, you can transfer it to your ice cream churner to finish.
- To make the affogato; place two scoops of ice cream in the bottom of your serving glass and pour a double shot of espresso or 2 ounces of hot brewed coffee over the top.
- This dish needs to be eaten immediately and at room temperature.Ice cream can be stored I the freezer for up to one month.
Theresa A Henderson
I have friends who are Italian and always invite me to their 4th of July celebration. I made this and also made Italian Cream. I'm Irish German heritage btw. The elderly couple took one bite and exclaimed "WHO MADE THIS!!" in Italian and all the young people turned and looked at me. I quickly said "I hope I haven't offended anybody with my effort."
They got up and came and kissed me on both cheeks multiple times. I kissed back as I had been told to do if any of them would kiss me. I told my hostess that it was sugar free because usually nothing else was for diabetics like me with chronic kidney disease. She was greatly pleased as she's diabetic too and had some. They loved my Italian Cream also and I had brought decaf. They also like my Lobster with homemade eggs noodles. The elderly couple had come as a favor to the hostess whose mother was their friend all their lives in Italy. Then the stories began, half in Italian and English, and everybody relaxed through the long long dinner. They wanted to know who I was related to at the party, and I explained my mother's friendship with the hostess's mother. And that I am accepted as a sister to Aunt Grace's children. "And she cooks like an Italian just for us!" one of my "brothers" yelled. "Her mother was The Artist!" and they pointed to the portraits of the family all around. "And she (me) is the statue restorer artist !" They pointed to the antique statue that Aunt Grace had brought to the USA when she and husband emigrated. It turns out the statue had been gifted by the elderly couple who spent a great deal of time examining the statue. They promised to write out the history of it in the old country, and my "sister" hostess showed them the photos of progressive restoration. They were pleased I'd kept the look of patina of great age. That dessert brought great joy.
what is the difference between coconut milk and coconut cream?? thanks
I can't wait took make this dessert. I had never heard of this dessert and my best friend is straight off the boat italian. Maybe cause she's not a desert person. Nor can i wait for your book. I preordered it and an counting the days! It can only get better if i win the sweepstakes. Love what you do here and your newsletter is always a wonderful read. Keep up the great work!
This looks so wonderful, but I'm afraid the amount of fat and calories takes it off my list. is there a way to lighten thi sup without ruining the flavor?Thank you 🙂
You might like this recipe instead:https://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/sugar-free-vanilla-bean-ice-cream-low-carb-low-cal-egg-free/
Is it one can of coconut MILK as in ingredient list or one can of coconut CREAM as stated in the directions? Or does it make a difference? Thanks and thank you for all your wonderful recipes!!
Yes it's canned coconut cream. I like the brand Thai Kitchen for it's really creamy texture.