Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream made with just a few ingredients and easy enough for a child to make at home! It's Keto, Low Carb, and can be made dairy free!
Making Healthy Sugar Free Ice Cream at Home
Making a healthier ice cream at home without sugar or eggs is pretty simple and one I now let my daughter make on her own. She just turned 12 and really loves being in the kitchen like me. Problem is I have taken over on most days and usually do the majority of kitchen chores since I'm constantly in the kitchen and of course it's "quicker" if I just do everything.
Bad news for me as a mom? I've made my kids too dependent on me and not self sufficient.
Finding a balance between allowing my kids to make their own meals and snacks, me not taking over and simply supervising is a goal I'm working towards and one I hope to achieve with all 3 of my kids over the rest of this year. This summer without school days and homework will be the perfect opportunity to start collecting recipes for them to make on their own without worry for me that my kitchen will be in utter mess and destroyed by the end of this experience.
Egg Free Keto Ice Cream
No heat cooking is where I feel comfortable to begin with my 12 year old.
So I am starting with a recipe for ice cream of course, because who doesn't want to learn to make their own ice cream right?
Since Peanut Butter is my daughters favorite as well as mine and my hubbies we went indulgent. But not so indulgent that you can't enjoy this at least once a week if not a little more perhaps. The ingredients needed are every day staples I always have in my fridge and pantry. Made with just 6 ingredients and an ice cream machine and a few minutes of churning time and done! No heat, no eggs and oh so delicious!
Keto Ice Cream
You might also enjoy these flavors:
- Keto Chocolate Fat Bomb Ice Cream
- Keto Low Carb Butter Pecan Ice Cream
- Sugar Free Keto Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
- Strawberry Swirl Keto Ice Cream
My daughter's happy she can help make a snack for herself and she doesn't need me to help her. I'm happy she can do this on her own but not only that, she wants and chooses to enjoy a healthier option for ice cream and that truly makes my heart smile. I hope you enjoy this Keto Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream as much as we did!
Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream
Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream
- 2 ½ cups Almond Milk unsweetened
- ½ cup peanut butter unsweetened
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup Swerve Confectioners sweetener
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon toffee flavored liquid steiva or vanilla stevia
- Add all ingredients into a high powered blender.
- Mix until combined well.
- Taste and adjust sweetener if needed.
- Pour mixture into an ice cream machine and follow manufacturers instructions.
- Mine was perfectly churned within 20 minutes.
- Freeze in an air tight container for about 1 hour or until hard enough to scoop.
- Top with peanuts if desired!
- If you'd like to keep this dairy free, replace the cream cheese used for a vegan substitute, like the brand Daiya.
- If you don't have Swerve you can use another sugar free granulated sweetener of choice. Many other granulated subs like Pyure stevia will be much sweeter than the Swerve I used here so eliminate the liquid stevia.
- If you don't have an ice cream machine you can make these in your blender than pour into molds for frozen pops instead of churning it into ice cream.
- This recipe was first published in May 2015 and updated in 2018 with video.
I wonder if this could be made with fat free cream cheese and PB2?
Fats are critical in making ice cream stay soft. The "trick" of ice cream is that you are creating a colloidal suspension - which is essentially just a fancy word for lots of little globs of fat interspersed throughout the water - which itself is 'foamy' with little pockets of air throughout. This keeps the water component from freezing into a large solid mass; it still freezes solid, but the ice crystals are small enough that they melt immediately in the mouth and don't offer significant resistance.
If you've tried low-fat ice creams from the store, they generally substitute indigestible compounds and sugars for the fats, which increases the calorie and carb contents, and simultaneously drastically increase the churning effects to introduce much more air to the recipe, which lowers the amount of product you get in any volume and thus lowers the calorie/carb content. You can do the first at home - alcohols, glycerin, etc can affect how "hard" the ice crystals become to a limited extent - but the higher-powered churning would require machinery which just isn't available to most of us. Maybe using the KitchenAid ice cream churner attachment (which is always supposed to be used at speed "1", stir) with a higher speed of the mixer ("2" might be too much though) combined with more time in the freezer would do it.
As always, I'd suggest experimenting. The worst possible case is you end up with a delicious slush dessert or popsicle instead of ice cream (just don't guzzle the whole thing obviously...)
I love science 🙂 Thanks for the info, I'm going to keep experimenting. The taste and creaminess right after mixing is so awesome. I'd love to figure out to make it not turn rock hard in the freezer. To the laboratory I go! 😀
I am SO happy that this doesn't have Bananas in it! It seems like every "Ice Cream" Recipe I come across lately has frozen bananas as the "Cream" part :/ I'm sorry, but just because it looks like ice cream, doesn't make it ice cream! lol
I'm going to try this with coconut milk and maybe use maple syrup instead of the stevia, I'm not a fan of the taste of stevia.
I totally agree re: the frozen bananas... ?
This is delicious. It is the first time I made ice cream. I only had regular flavored Stevia so that is what I used. I also used swerve. Thank you. I will be making this again. Maybe with some mini, sugar free chocolate chips. Thanks again.
What if no ice cream machine? Any way around that?
Maybe if you have a Vitamix or blendtec blender, really high powered might work.
Honey this ice cream is everything!! I had peanuts on hand and just grounded it up with the ice cream in my Blendtec and I used heavy whipping cream as that is what I had on hand!! It is sooooooooooooo delicious and simple and I will make this often as I am always craving ice cream! I love the simplicity and the taste is just amazing!! Thank you thank you thank you!!
Peanut butter is usually peanuts plus a little salt, and I'd imagine the salt to be important in preserving creaminess of the recipe in the fridge (lowering the meltimg point of the water so that it keeps from forming ice crystals as quickly). At the same time, maybe the salt in peanut butter is too low in relation to the other melting-point-lowering factors (the components of almond milk primarily; the fats won't affect freezing of the water but will keep crystals from getting too large and 'crunchy'). Did you also add salt, or did the end product stand up well over time in the freezer?
Wow! We just love this recipe. I exchanged chocolate almond milk and add some cocoa powder, chocolate peanut butter ice cream. I found that if I can stir this just before it freezes hard I can stir it up enough where you can scoop it out easier. You leave it kind of fluffy and not packed down. The almond milk and cream cheese makes this so much lighter than heavy whipping cream base and not so rich. Going to use this base and try for blueberry cheesecake ice cream.
Update.. I have used real vanilla extract and exchanged out 1/2 cup with heavy whipping cream. Mine is now staying smooth and soft even 2 days in the freezer. BTW the blueberry ice cream was great!
Val, how did you adapt this for blueberry cheesecake? just leave out the peanut butter, sub 1/2 cup whp cream and how many cups blueberries did you use?? sounds yummy!
mike the hungry
This is almost compatible with the Ideal Protein diet that I'm on ! (zero carbs, low fat.)
The 5.8 gm carbs is just great, and I love ice cream ....
I have this bookmarked for mass consumption soon !
Looks delish. I'm thinking of trying this w/o the ice cream maker step and just putting the mixture into popsicle molds. Wonder if that will work well?
Lauren F Ritz
I have made this three times, I love this ice cream recipe. But I can't get it to remain scoopable after its been in the freezer. I have tried adding xantham gum and to no avail - anyone else having this problem?
Try adding 2 tbsp of vodka which can help with icy texture.
literally just made this and put it in the freezer...I dont really ever buy stevia drops so I omitted them from the recipe but I added in SF reeses PB cups.... I used Xylitol instead of Swerve and it turned out fabulous...My 9yo junk food, sugar finatic grandson helped me make it and he licked the paddle clean lol...thank you thank you thank you for this....I love ice cream and Im obsessed with peanut butter and I thought Id rarely be able to have it but my birthday is next week and I found it just in the nick of time....thank you again
Oh my! I just made this into "creamsicles" in pop molds. I was able to get 12 pops out of this exact recipe. THEY ARE HEAVENLY. I urge you, if you're chicken about using an ice cream maker, or if you don't have or can't afford one, try putting this blended batter into pop molds and freezing. AMAZING!
Thank you so much for a spectacular summer treat!
Glad you enjoyed them!
Looks great, I'm so excited to try this. Is there a substitution for the flavored Stevia?
I would like to know this too. All of the flavored stevias seem really fake tasting. Could I just use vanilla extract?
I love all the flavored stevias, I love the toffee flavored in my coffee, the berry flavored in seltzer water, the chocolate is great for chocolate desserts. I don't think they taste fake but you can use vanilla if you want.
Just wondering if you have made this with heavy whipping cream. Not a fan of almond milk, soy milk or cashew milk...thanks
Sorry I haven't.
I made this and it was very tasty. Immediately after churning the texture was creamy and smooth and so so good. However after freezing it was icy and hard. The next time I make it I will plan on eating it right away! Disappointed in the fact it doesn't freeze well for later.
Lauren F Ritz
Mine is hard as a rock after too. Tried adding xanthum gum but it didn't help, or my proportions are off. Not sure. ((stumped))
I have made this and I found if I use real vanilla extract and swap out 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream mine stays smooth and creamy in the freezer.
Can I make this without an ice cream maker? Is there a way to make ice cream without getting more equipment? Thanks. Otherwise, I may just have to have a "shake"
I've not tried but I would say mix in blender and make popsicles instead.
Thanks for the recipe - definitely going to give this a try! One question: do you think I can use fat-free cream cheese? Thanks!
I'm sure it would work just not sure if it would be as creamy.
I'm going to try this using PB2! Low fat, low carb pressed peanut butter powder. 1.5 grams of fat versus 16. We love it here at our house!
I can't wait to try this! Brenda, which brand and model ice cream maker do you use?
I actually have the ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid and love it!
Your daughter is adorable, and it's so great that she's already getting to find her rhythm in the kitchen. She'll make a great chef some day! Thanks for posting this recipe. It's refreshing to see a sugar free dessert that isn't just packed with splenda. Yuck!
Thank you so much!
I have to point out - almond milk isn't high protein, at all. It's low in all the macronutrients, really, it's mostly water; 1g protein per cup, vs. 8g in dairy milk.
I wonder if you could somehow use PB2 instead of peanut butter and Neufchatel instead of cream cheese, any thoughts??
Also, the nutritional information given, is that for one serving or the 8 servings? Thanks! Looks awesome!
You could make those subs i think without issue, but since PB2 has sugar in it, the nutrition info will change and it may not be as thick because the PB2 is mixed with water, so I would say use less water to keep the PB2 as thick as regular peanut butter. Serving is for 1 piece out of 8 large slices.
Could you use Splenda in this insyead of the Swerve? If so would you use the same amount?
Splenda is much sweeter than Swerve so I would say reduce the amount then taste and adjust.
This came up on my memories from 1 year ago ..
January 24, 2015 ... are you aware that a lot of news about Silk Almond Milk and other brands are not really almond milk. Google this topic and read the latest about this scam. It's best to make your almond milk. I will try this recipe with real almond milk, tho. Sounds yummy.
I tried this ice cream today, and it's SO delicious! The only thing I changed was I used powdered swerve instead of granular. Definitely a keeper! Thanks for the recipe.
Is there a way to make this a no churn ice cream if you do not have a machine? I really want ice cream and not Popsicle if possible lol I know I am terribly picky!!! lol