Easy Sugar Free Ice Cream Recipe

This sugar free ice cream recipe is rich and creamy, made with just four ingredients, and mixed up quickly and easily in your ice cream maker. Homemade Sugar Free Ice Cream is the perfect cool treat when you’re craving something delicious and refreshing without the added carbs and sugar.

a sugar cone filled with scoops of sugar free vanilla ice cream.

Made with your favorite powdered low-carb sugar substitute such as powdered Swerve, Besti allulose sugar replacement, or Lakanto monkfruit and erythritol blend, this sugar free ice cream can be enjoyed by all!

For a sugar free brownie sundae, top a gluten free sugar free brownie with a scoop of this sugar free ice cream.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Minimal Ingredients needed. This recipe only calls for 4 ingredients.
  • The best part about this ice cream is that everyone can enjoy it! You can call this diabetic ice cream, no sugar added ice cream, low-carb ice cream, or just call it tasty homemade vanilla bean ice cream.
  • It’s rich, sweet, and delicious, just like ice cream should be.
  • There’s no cooking involved, and your ice cream maker will do most of the work.

If you’re looking for other heavenly ice cream recipes to fit alternative dietary requirements, check out our dairy-free Oat Milk Ice Cream, and vegan Coconut Ice Cream next.

You can even make ice cream for your dog with our simple recipe! Everyone should be able to enjoy ice cream.

separate bowls of swerve sugar substitute, whole milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.

Ingredients in Homemade Sugar Free Ice Cream

  • Whole Milk and Heavy Cream – We tested this recipe with various amounts of both of these dairy ingredients and found that an equal amount of each resulted in sugar free ice cream with the best creamy texture.
  • Confectioner’s Sugar Substitute – Because we aren’t cooking or heating the ice cream base, you want to use a powdered sugar substitute. This way the sweetener will fully dissolve into the milk without any problems.
  • Vanilla Bean Paste – I love using this to get a really rich, strong vanilla flavor, plus it adds those little flecks of vanilla! This recipe will also work with a good quality pure vanilla extract (add two teaspoons for the same effect), or the seeds from one whole vanilla bean.

For the complete list of ingredients and instructions for making homemade sugar free ice cream, please see the recipe below.

a cone of sugar free vanilla ice cream. A hand is adding sprinkles to the top.

How to Store Sugar Free Ice Cream

Store this homemade no sugar ice cream in the freezer in an airtight container with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper pressed on top for up to one month. The paper on the surface keeps air away from the ice cream and discourages freezer burn or crystallization.

Tips for Making This Sugar Free Ice Cream Recipe

  • Start with the recipe as-is. After you get the hang of it, you can adjust the ingredients.
  • Make sure to use whole milk and heavy cream, otherwise the texture won’t be the same.
  • But be sure to use a sugar free sweetener that comes in a powdered version. It’s also important to use a no-sugar sweetener that is a 1:1 substitute for sugar. There are some sweeteners that are much more sweet than sugar and those won’t work well here.
  • If you decide to mix in some options, like sugar free chocolate chips, or fruit, start with 1/2 cup.

Is This Ice Cream Recipe Completely Sugar Free?

There is naturally occurring sugar in dairy cream and milk, so it is nearly impossible to create an ice cream recipe with zero sugar in it. Swapping sugar for a sugar-free alternative means that this recipe is technically a no sugar added ice cream, with the least amount of sugar in it as possible, while still being delicious and creamy.

a cake cone filled with scoops of vanilla ice cream. Text overlay says "sugar free ice cream"

No Churn Sugar Free Ice Cream Directions

Chill a shallow container or a loaf pan in the freezer while you mix the ice cream ingredients. Pour the ice cream mixture into the prepared pan and freeze for 3-4 hours. Stir the ice cream every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours to help add air. This will help create a creamy, smooth texture.

Sugar Free Ice Cream Add-Ins

  • When choosing mix-ins for your homemade no-sugar added ice cream, you should try to be mindful that your add-ins aren’t also adding too much sugar!
  • Try chopped peanuts or almonds, sugar-free chocolate sauce, fresh berries, a swirl of peanut butter, or dark chocolate chunks. You can also top a bowl of sugar free ice cream with sugar free whipped cream.
  • Keep the recipe exactly the same, including the vanilla, but add ½ teaspoon of peppermint, coconut, almond, or other flavor extract.
  • You can also mix in up to ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to make this a sugar free chocolate ice cream.

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a sugar cone filled with scoops of sugar free vanilla ice cream.

Sugar Free Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Freezing Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 21 minutes

Homemade Sugar Free Ice Cream is the perfect cool treat when you're craving something delicious and refreshing without the added carbs and sugar!


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar substitute (such as Swerve)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and whisk until the sugar substitute has dissolved– about 30 seconds. 
  2. Transfer the ice cream base to your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In my Kitchenaid Ice Cream Attachment– freezing took about 18 minutes. 
  3. For soft serve, enjoy the ice cream immediately. 
  4. For scoopable ice cream, transfer the soft frozen base to a 9x5” loaf pan and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Place the ice cream in the freezer until set– at least 6 hours. Allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften slightly, then scoop and enjoy. 


  • You can use your favorite sugar free sweetener in this recipe, but I suggest using one that is powdered so that it dissolves easily.
  • In place of vanilla bean paste, use double the amount of vanilla extract, or the seeds from one whole vanilla bean pod.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g

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