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Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream

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This is one of the best ice-creams I've ever made. I LOVE cherries and was wondering if there was a way to include them in a low-carb diet. Typically, cherries are quite high in carbs and therefore not very keto-friendly. Using Amarenata is a great way to enjoy the strong cherry flavour without too many carbs. You also avoid using food extracts which are not always the healthiest option (containing PG or sugar).

This time of year, you may not be able to get fresh cherries or they may be too pricey. The good news is that you can use frozen cherries too. Amarenata adds a lot of flavour to all sorts of low-carb sweets and is absolutely delicious in this recipe. Just remember: all treats, even low-carb, may cause weight stalling and should only be enjoyed occasionally.

Tips for Super Soft Ice-Cream:

This recipe produces soft and creamy ice-cream. However, once left in the freezer for several hours, it will get hard. Below are some tips to help you keep it soft:

  • Vodka or other similar alcoholic drink - about 1/4 cup. Vodka is best as it's neutral and leaves no aftertaste.
  • Vegetable glycerin - 1-2 tablespoons. This ingredient will prevent crystallisation. It has a minimum effect on blood sugar but I personally count all the carbs in it because it has more calories than sugar.
  • MCT oil - about 1/4 cup.
  • Also, put the ice-cream in single-serving containers so you don't have to wait for too long until it softens when taken out of the freezer.

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 2 scoops

Allergy information for Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free


  • Recipe can be made dairy-free or coconut-free.

Nutritional values (per serving, 2 scoops)

Net carbs5.7 grams
Protein4 grams
Fat40.5 grams
Calories408 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 4%, fat 90%
Total carbs5.9 gramsFiber0.2 gramsSugars5.1 gramsSaturated fat25.9 gramsSodium34 mg(1% RDA)Magnesium7 mg(2% RDA)Potassium91 mg(5% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)


  1. Pour the cream (or the coconut milk) in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Reserve 1/2 cup cream for later. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  2. Add the Erythritol and stevia and stir well. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  3. If using vanilla bean, cut the vanilla bean lenghtwise and scrape the seeds out. Add the seeds to the cream. Cook until your instant-read thermometer reaches 80 °C/ 175 °F. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the egg yolks with the remaining cream. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  5. Slowly pour about a cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolk mixture while whisking. Then, slowly pour the egg mixture back in the sauce pan and keep mixing. Cook until the temperature on your instant-read thermometer reaches 85 °C/ 185 °F. Take off the heat and set aside. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  6. Mix the gelatine with the water and pour it into the cream mixture. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  7. Set the sauce pan over an ice bath (bowl filled with iced water) and let it cool down. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  8. Add the vanilla extract and mix in well. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  9. If used, add the crème fraîche / soured cream and mix until well combined. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  10. Pour into the into the ice-cream maker (I use Cuisinart) and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. It may take anything between 30-60 minutes depending on your ice-cream maker. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  11. When done, place in a freezer-friendly container and add the Amarenata. Mix slightly to create swirls. Place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.
    I like using small single-serving containers like these. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream
  12. Enjoy! Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream Tip: Ice-cream straight from the freezer may be too hard but you know the trick. Microwave for 10-20 seconds or leave at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving. Low-Carb Amarena Cherry Ice-Cream

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 2 scoops)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
2 g1.4 g28.5 g275 kcal
Crème fraîche
0.9 g0.9 g10.3 g98 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.5 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Stevia extract (SweetLeaf or NuNaturals, natural low-carb sweetener)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Vanilla extract, powder (vanilla bean)
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Egg yolk, fresh
0.2 g1 g1.7 g21 kcal
Gelatin powder, thickening agent, unsweetened
0 g0.5 g0 g2 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Amarenata Cherry Sauce, homemade (KetoDiet blog)
2 g0.1 g0 g10 kcal
Total per serving, 2 scoops
5.7 g4 g40.5 g408 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (16)

Hi, My husband is following this diet.  He prefers almost no carbs as it controls his diabetes.  The Black Cherry Jam, is that not full of sugar?  Please let me know. Thank you Joanne

Hi Joanne, it's always best to look at the carbs per serving - only that way you'll be able to tell whether it's too many carbs or not. The jam contains a small amount of low-carb sweetener and the cherries contain some sugar but it depends how many carbs your husband can tolerate.

Looking at this reminds me of my fav gelato...Amarena!  Cherries are thawing right now!

Cool, hope you like it! 😊

This Ice Cream looks incredibly delicious. Definitely a recipe i need to make!

Thank you Thalia! 😊

Is that a typo in the nutritional information , 92.6% calories from carbs?

Thanks Kim, it is! I must have left it from the Amarenata! I'll correct it now.

Oh my... I just can't thank you enough! My son is on a keto diet for epilepsy. This recipe is perfect because he loves cherries! I'm kind of crying with joy. Thank you!!!

Thank you Mel, that's so great to hear!!

Looks delish.  Thank you.

Thank you Molly!

I never thought of buying frozen cherries and here I am, got a bag ready to make your am amarena!! Thanks so much for sharing 33

Thanks Kelly!

So excited to try this! Made your lovely amarenata and couldn't wait for this recipe 😊

Thank you Emily, glad you like my Amarenata 😊