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Carnivore Diet Ice Cream: Recipes, Benefits, and Tips
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One of the great gifts of the carnivore diet is that when you cut out hyper-palatable, processed, sugar-sweetened junk, you begin to truly taste your food again. Cue the homemade carnivore diet ice cream. This sugar-free frosty treat tunes you into the rich, surprisingly sweet, yet low-carb flavor of fresh heavy cream.
In this article, you’ll find a couple of delicious high-fat, low-carb homemade carnivore diet ice cream recipes. And we’ll also highlight some of its health benefits.
Can You Have Dairy on the Carnivore Diet?
Before jumping into the recipe, it’s worth taking a moment to address the question of dairy on the carnivore diet.
Since a carnivore diet calls for consuming only animal products, and since dairy is an animal product, it is technically allowed on carnivore.
However, lower-fat dairy, like milk, is high in carbs, and carnivore is a high-fat low-carb diet.
Additionally, many people come to carnivore in order to overcome digestive issues and food allergies. And dairy can be irritating to some people.
After 30-90 days on the “Lion Diet,” as this approach is called, it’s common for people to reintroduce raw and full-fat dairy.
But if, like the majority of people, you digest dairy just fine, then feel free to enjoy this carnivore diet ice cream from the start.
It’s also worth noting that heavy cream provides special fatty acids like Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which has been shown to support heart health and offer powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
Boost Your Fat Intake on Keto and Carnivore
The carnivore diet is an extremely low-carb way of eating–meat has essentially zero carbs.
When you cut carbs you need to get most of your calories from fat. This is because of a metabolic principle known as the “protein constraint,” which refers to the fact that we can only get around 35% of our calories from protein before suffering protein poisoning. The other 65-70% of calories need to come from fat.
Guilt Free Every Day (No Sugar) Kiltz’s Carnivore Ice Cream Recipe
This no-sugar carnivore ice cream recipe is so pure and nourishing that it can be eaten every day, even for breakfast.
The vanilla is optional. If you’re going to be a strict carnivore, go ahead and leave it out.
Even without sweeteners or vanilla, it’s still surprisingly sweet, especially when you’ve become accustomed to the carnivore diet.
- 1 Pint of high-quality heavy cream, best from grass-fed, pastured, and/or local sources
- 1 egg or 5 egg yolks (pasture raised is best)–egg yolks will make it richer and more custard-like, yum!
- optional: 1 Vanilla Bean (or vanilla extract)
- optional: salt to taste – start with 1-3 pinches (1/16 to 1/4 tsp) of sea/Himalayan salt
Kiltz’s Guilt-Free Everyday Carnivore Ice Cream Nutrition
- combine egg, salt, and vanilla (optional) in a large bowl and whisk thoroughly
- combine and whisk heavy cream with egg mixture
- pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the specific instructions of your ice cream maker
Follow Along with Dr. Kiltz as He Makes His Guilt Free Keto Ice Cream
Original Kiltz’s Keto Ice Cream Recipe (Treat Version w/ Sugar)
This ecipe calls for only a small amount of sugar or alternative sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.
This recipe makes four servings. Per serving, this recipe contributes
- 6.5 grams of carbs
- 44.1 grams of nourishing fat
Most people can handle these carbs, and the trade-off in terms of fat boost is well worth it.
Makes 1 pint (4 servings)
- 1 Pint of high-quality heavy cream (preferably grass-fed, local, and/or organic)
- 1 egg or 5 egg yolks (pasture raised is best). Egg yolks will give it a richer, more custardy texture. Egg yolks are also the portion of eggs that have the most nutrients.
- 1-2 TBSP of granulated pure cane sugar. You can also substitute sugar for honey, maple syrup, or alternative sweetener). Cane sugar contributes 13 grams of carbs per tablespoon. This comes out to as little as 3 grams per serving (¼ pint)
- 1 Vanilla Bean (or vanilla paste/extract)
- Optional: Salt to taste – start with 1-3 pinches (1/16 to 1/4 tsp) of sea/Himalayan salt
Kiltz’s Original Keto Ice Cream Nutrition
- combine egg (or egg yolks), salt, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk together
- Whisk heavy cream into the egg mixture
- Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and follow instructions specific to your ice cream maker
Follow Along With Dr. Kiltz’s How To Video
Pro Tip #1: Use Raw Heavy Cream
Raw heavy cream may offer numerous benefits over pasteurized cream.
In raw dairy, the proteins, enzymes, and immunoglobulins are 100% intact, and levels of vitamin A, E, zinc, calcium, iron, and B vitamins are substantially higher.
Pro Tip #2: Use A2 Heavy Cream
If possible, source raw A2 dairy. Most dairy contains A1 casein protein.
Carnivore Diet Ice Cream: The Bottom Line
If you’re craving ice cream on the carnivore diet, these recipes are not only satisfying but nourishing.
Carnivore diet ice cream, even with a little sugar from time to time, may be just the treat you need to keep you on the carnivore wagon while leveling up your fat/protein ratios.