Dan and I have been attempting Keto since last summer. Well, I should say Dan has been pretty successfully doing Keto, and I have been... not. But I finally feel like I have mental and physical energy to focus on my own health and am diving back in! For those who have no clue what Keto is, the readers digest version is: Your body runs on glucose and ketone bodies, but will default to glucose when it's present. Ketone bodies are created from fats, so if you reduce the glucose you consume and increase the healthy fat, your body switches to running off of fat. So real basic: eat fat = burn fat. When your body is running on ketones, it's said to be in "Ketosis" hence: Keto. Anyway, in such a carbohydrate and sugar heavy culture it can be hard to switch to a high fat/low carb diet, so something like Keto ice cream can help not feel sad about the carbohydrates I'm craving.
I was skeptical that this would be actually as tasty as normal ice cream because usually substitute foods are like a sad version of the original, but this stuff is actually amazing. I was pretty excited to make ice cream because it was the first time I used my ice cream bowl and mixer for my Kitchenaid mixer! If you have a Kitchenaid, you can find the ice cream attachment here!
Keto Cookies + Cream Ice Cream
makes 10 servings (recipe via ruled.me)
INGREDIENTS FOR COOKIE CRUMBS:
MAKE THE COOKIE CRUMBS:
1/ Preheat your oven to 300°F. Take a 9 inch circular cake pan (or similar sized pan), and grease with oil, or line with parchment paper.
2/ Into a medium bowl, sift your almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, erythritol, and salt then whisk until there are no lumps.
3/ Add the vanilla extract and coconut oil to the bowl and mix until batter forms into crumbs.
4/ Add the egg and mix everything together until the cookie batter begins to stick together.
5/ Dump the batter into your prepared pan and press the batter down with your fingers until it evenly covers the bottom of the pan.
6/ Pop it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the center of cookie bounces back when it's pressed.
7/ Once it's done, take the pan out of the oven and let it cool.
8/ Now that the cookie has cooled, crumble the cookie into small bits. Set aside.
INGREDIENTS FOR ICE CREAM
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup erythritol
1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened
MAKE THE ICE CREAM
1/ In a large bowl, blend the whipping cream with a Kitchenaid or electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
2/ Add vanilla extract and erythritol, and whip until thoroughly combined.
3/ Pour in the almond milk and blend mixture until it re-thickens.
4/ Transfer cream mixture to ice cream maker bowl and churn until ice cream begins to hold its shape. If you're using the kitchenaid mixer, make sure you only use the churning attachment on the "stir" speed. Churn for about 20 minutes.
5/ Once you've been churning for 20 minutes or so, gradually pour the cookie crumbles in while the ice cream maker is churning to evenly mix the crumbles into the ice cream. Churn for 5-10 more minutes, until the cookie crumbles are mixed throughout.
6/ Once all of the cookie crumbles are incorporated, transfer the ice cream into a freezer-safe container. You can serve the ice cream right away if you want a softer texture, or if you want it harder, put it in the freezer for an hour or two. Mine gets too hard in my freezer, so I have to take it out and put it in the fridge for a bit to let it soften up.
Makes 10 servings. Each serving comes out to be 289.9 Calories, 28.9g Fats, 3g Net Carbs, and 4.6g Protein.