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Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream

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Eggnog is the perfect dessert for the holidays. I've noticed several requests for a keto-friendly eggnog in the KetoDiet support group, so I spent a couple of weekends making one for my blog. My first attempt ended up being more like eggnog custard. It was still delicious but too thick for ice-cream. After some fine-tuning and using less egg yolks, it was perfect!

I made mine using this ice-cream maker but it can be made even if you don't have one. Just follow the steps in my no-churn vanilla ice-cream.

If you like eggnog, there are even more recipes you can try! I've created Eggnog Mug Cake for my blog, Eggnog Smoothie for the KetoDiet Apps and a classic Eggnog recipe for the KetoDiet Cookbook.

Tips for Super Soft Ice-Cream

This recipe produces soft and creamy ice-cream. Alcohol is what keeps it from getting hard when frozen for several hours. Below are more tips in case you want to avoid alcohol:

  • 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 Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream

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

Nutritional values (per serving, 2 scoops)

Net carbs3.4 grams
Protein4.2 grams
Fat26.4 grams
Calories280 kcal
Calories from carbs 5%, protein 6%, fat 89%
Total carbs3.6 gramsFiber0.1 gramsSugars1.4 gramsSaturated fat19 gramsSodium45 mg(2% RDA)Magnesium30 mg(7% RDA)Potassium163 mg(8% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)


  1. Pour the coconut milk and cream (if used) in a large sauce pan over a medium heat. Reserve 1/2 cup of coconut milk for later. Add the Erythritol and stevia and stir well. If using vanilla bean, cut the vanilla bean lenghtwise and scrape the seeds out. Add the seeds to the cream. Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream
  2. Apart from the seeds, also add the vanilla bean, cinnamon, ... Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream
  3. ... nutmeg, salt and stevia (if used). Mix until well combined and cook until foam forms on top. Then, lower the heat. Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the egg yolks with the remaining coconut milk. Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream
  5. Remove the vanilla bean and discard. Slowly pour about a cup of the hot mixture into the cold egg yolk mixture while whisking. Then, slowly pour the egg mixture back in the sauce pan and keep mixing. Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream
  6. Cook while stirring until the the mixture starts to thicken and the cream mixture lightly covers the spatula. It shouldn't get as thick as custard - just creamier. Then, take off the heat and set aside. Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream
  7. Mix the gelatine with the water and pour it into the cream mixture. Set the sauce pan over an ice bath (a bowl filled with iced water) and let it cool down, stirring occasionally. Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream
  8. Add the rum (or rum extract) and mix in well. Let it chill to room temperature. Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream
  9. Once it cools down, pour into the ice-cream maker (I use a Cuisinart) and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. It may take anything between 30-60 minutes depending on your ice-cream maker. Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream
  10. When done, scoop in a freezer-friendly container and place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.
    I like using small single-serving containers like these. Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream Enjoy! :-) Keto Eggnog Ice-Cream

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 2 scoops)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Coconut milk (full-fat, unsweetened)
1.6 g1.1 g12.1 g111 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
0.8 g0.6 g11.4 g110 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.5 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Egg yolk, fresh
0.4 g1.7 g2.8 g34 kcal
Vanilla extract, powder (vanilla bean)
0.1 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Nutmeg, spices
0.1 g0 g0.1 g1 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Gelatin powder, thickening agent, unsweetened
0 g0.7 g0 g3 kcal
Rum, distilled alcoholic beverage (~40% vol)
0 g0 g0 g16 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 2 scoops
3.4 g4.2 g26.4 g280 kcal

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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 (21)

I made this for Christmas as our special treat, being in Australia it's not hard to eat ice cream on Christmas. I am not a fan at all, my husband wouldn't eat it either and my kids took one spoonful and spat it out.
You don't find the coconut flavour to overpower everything else? Coconut eggnog was horrible and I am the most upset about wasting good rum on a gross recipe.

I think that this is down to the coconut milk. I use Aroy-D which is pure coconut with water (no gums and thickeners so no aftertaste). I don't think that the coconut is the issue although you may just not like coconut in which case you should avoid recipes using coconut milk. Heavy whipping cream would be a better way to go.

I just made this recipe, experimenting as I am going low carb now and my dad has kidney disease and can not have dairy....trying to find holiday recipes we can have.  The mixture of this tasted wonderful until I added the is VERY over powering rum...but the ice cream is nice and soft!  I am looking all over for the Vegetable Glycerin, but all I am seeing is something that is used for lotion and body products?  I have never heard of MCT....why does it keep the ice cream soft?

Hello Angela, I prefer using MCT oil but you could try vegetable glycerin. This product is food grade: Amazon link
MCT oil helps the ice-cream stay creamy because compared to, for example coconut oil,  it doesn't solidify or freeze. Or you could use vodka that has a neutral taste compared to rum.

Just made this delicious Keto icecream recipe..came out perfect...

Thanks for answering my question in advance about how to make the icecream less hard once frozen. I have had to take our recipes out of the freezer to then put it in the fridge in order  for it to soften up enough to even dish out a serving... Your idea of storing it in small individual containers before freezing, is such a great idea..Thanks...

Thank you RoseAnn, I'm glad you liked it!

Hello and thank you so much.
I was just wondering if it is necessary to cook it for good results. Do you think just throwing everything in a blender and then in an icecream maker could work?
Thank you!

Yes, you can do that too. Cooking makes the ice-cream more creamy as the mixture thickens with cooking 😊

Hi Martina, I just read all the info here on the site, and I just bought the iPad full keto app. I'm so excited. I have been keto almost 2 years and seeing a app like this just really made my life so much better. This seems like it is more versatile for carbs and natural. Thanks again for getting back to me so soon. I just love your blog and all these recipes. Thanks for doing all this to help people. And when you get the food delivery option in America...count me in!!!

Thank you so much Rachel, I really appreciate your kind words!! 😊 I hope you enjoy my app and the upcoming updates!

I just made the icecream today and it was delicious. I also was looking for an eggnog recipe for the holidays that cooked the egg such as this recipe- so could I essentially use this for eggnog?

Thank you Rachel! Yes, I think it will work - I would just skip the gelatin - that would make it too thick. There is an eggnog made in four ways in my new cookbook too 😊

That's great, thank you!!! I will try that tomorrow and let you know. And I am going to look at purchasing your cookbook. Do you have it available to download by chance?

Yes, it's also on kindle (Amazon) 😊 Thank you!

Can this ice cream be made without an ice cream maker?

Yes it can - there are some tips in the intro 😊

I don't like coconut. Can I substitute almond milk for the coconut milk?

I'd use heavy whipping cream instead - if you can tolerate dairy. I haven't tried it with almond milk but II think that it will not make it creamy enough. Or maybe almond milk + more egg yolks and avoid gelatin.

My ice cream freezer is in storage.  How does this taste as just egg nog?  Looks great!

It's a little thicker than that but you can skip the gelatine and it will be great as regular egg nog too 😊