Sugar Free No Churn Macadamia Ice Cream

Sugar Free No Churn Macadamia Ice Cream

Sugar Free No Churn Macadamia Ice Cream

Sugar Free No Churn Macadamia Ice Cream is a simple to make but absolutely delicious ice cream recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream churner. Simply freeze your ice cream in an airtight container as per the instructions and you’ll discover just how good this recipe is.

Rich creamy ice cream with hints of vanilla and macadamia nuts is a little slice of heaven. It’s on par with the Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream as the best recipe- it’s a tie though as I can’t choose between them. I highly recommend having a batch of both of these in your freezer-you would never guess that they were sugar free and low in carbs.


While there are some less common ingredients in Sugar Free No Churn Macadamia Ice Cream, they are the reason this recipe is so amazing. In the past I have tried to make so many different ice creams and have never been happy with the end result, especially without a churner. Just wait until you try a bowl of this ice cream as this is the best ever homemade ice cream recipe.

This is another ice cream recipe where I emulated one of the best keto ice creams you can buy from the store. You’ll discover that this Sugar Free No Churn Macadamia Ice Cream actually tastes better than the any store bought versions as well. You’ll also save plenty of money as it isn’t going to cost you $13 for 500 gms/17 oz, which is what you pay for premium low carb ice cream in Australia.


Regarding buying MCT oil and guar gum/xanthan gum, which are the stars of this recipe, you’ll find both at iherb and specialty stores. MCT oil is also available in some chemists and supermarkets as well. Some people get a laxative affect from using MCT oil but you can switch it for EVOO- extra virgin olive oil. You cannot taste the olive oil at all and it works brilliantly as a replacement in this recipe.


A feature of low carb and sugar free ice creams is that they do tend to firm up in the freezer. Unlike regular ice cream that you can pull out and scoop into straight away, you may need to let this ice cream sit at room temperature to soften a little. Trust me, it is going to be worth your wait!


The reason why xylitol is brilliant in ice cream recipes is because it doesn’t crystallize like other sweeteners do in the freezer. I’ve found that this vanilla recipe remains soft and creamy, so you probably won’t need to let it sit before you scoop it out. What’s going to impact on this though is what sweetener you use.


For anyone with dogs, please take care with xylitol as it can cause harm and kill dogs. I am an avid dog lover and have 2 beautiful schnauzers who I would never want to harm. Just as I’m careful with chocolate, as it can kill dogs, I make sure that I never leave food with xylitol around so they can reach it. The fact that I am not partial to sharing my ice cream with anyone, makes this easy to abide by.

I’ve given a lot of thought to the use of xylitol because of my dogs and refused to use it initially, out of concern for them. After giving this lots of thought I finally decided that I would continue to use it but would be cautious with it. I have had issues with dark chocolate with one of my dogs and it made her so ill we thought we would lose her. But even given this situation, it hasn’t stopped me from having dark chocolate in the house. What it has done is caused me to be more vigilant when the dogs are around. So dark chocolate and xylitol are back on the menu in my house.


Make sure you try the other fab ice cream recipes on the blog such as this Peanut Butter Choc Chip Ice Cream recipe. For a couple of delicious flavoured ice creams, check out No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream, No Churn Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream and of course the Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream.

If you want to be a bit more creative with an ice cream dessert make sure you also check out these recipes for an Ice Cream Pudding Cake as well as a more traditional Ice Cream Cake. Both of these recipes are perfect for celebration cakes such as dinner parties, birthdays and Christmas. They are always crowd favorites with both the young and old coming back for more.

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I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!


No Churn Sugar Free Macadamia Ice Cream

Sugar Free No Churn Macadamia Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time: 12 hours
Course: Cakes, Muffins and Sweets, Snacks, Sweets
Cuisine: Diabetic Recipe, Gluten Free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, Sugar Free
Keywords: diabetic, diabetic ice cream, ice cream, Keto, keto ice cream, keto recipe, lchf ice cream, low carb dessert, low carb ice cream, low carb recipe, macadamia, macadamia ice cream, no churn, no churn ice cream, sugar free ice cream
Servings: 12 serves


  • 600 ml pure/heavy cream
  • 200 ml nut milk of choice almond, macadamia, coconut etc
  • ½ cup xylitol see notes for using alternative sweeteners
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Scraped vanilla bean can also be added
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon MCT oil or EVOO- extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon guar gum - very accurately measured. See notes regarding adding xanthan gum instead.
  • 1 cup natural macadamias roughly cut in half


  • Bring the cream cream, nut milk, xylitol, salt and vanilla extract to just below boiling point on the stove top. Add scraped vanilla bean at the same time if using. Hand whisk the mixture to ensure the sweetener has dissolved. Beat in the egg yolks and allow the mixture to simmer gently stirring often until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Allow the mixture to cool completely in the fridge.
  • Once the cream mixture has cooled completely, using electric beaters, beat the mixture until it thickens slightly. Add the MCT oil and and beat until combined.
  • Finally, sprinkle or sift your precisely measured guar gum over the ice cream mixture and beat it in quickly until it is well combined with electric beaters. Take particular care here not to over mix but ensure that the guar gum( or xanthan gum) is well mixed in. Note- sprinkle the guar gum away from the edges of the bowl as it can clump there. Scrape the sides of your bowl down while beating to ensure all of the gum is mixed in.
  • Pour your ice cream mixture into a freeze proof container that has a lid, or ensure your ice cream container can be well sealed to prevent icing up and your ice cream hardening. Allow the icecream to freeze for a couple of hours before folding the macadamias into the ice cream.
  • Leave the ice cream to freeze until firm. Generally overnight is ideal. The ice cream will firm up the longer it is in the freezer, which is when you will be grateful that softening agents (the oil and the gum) are used in the recipe.
  • You may need to allow the ice cream to sit on the bench for up to 20 minutes prior to serving if it is too firm to scoop. If you have used xylitol your ice cream should be scoopable straight from the freezer.

Recipe Notes

This recipe was made to be no churn ice cream so you don’t need an ice cream maker. The ice cream can be made in the churner if desired by following your churners instructions once it has been created following the instructions above.
If you want a less creamy ice cream, you can switch some or all of the pure cream for coconut cream. Coconut cream will reduce the calories slightly but the end result will be slightly icier and not quite as creamy. Pure cream (my favorite) is creamier and richer in flavor. 
If you don’t have guar gum, try adding ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum in its place. Guar gum is preferred if possible.  Ensure you accurately measure the guar gum or the xanthan gum before adding one of them to the recipe. If you use too much, your ice cream will end up being too claggy. 
Although testing showed excellent results using a range of sweeteners, xylitol is the best sweetener to use in ice cream as it doesn’t crystallize when frozen. If you use an alternative sweetener, there is no guarantee that the end result will be the same as it would be if xylitol was used. You can replace the xylitol with the equivalent amount of erythritol or about ¼ cup of a stevia or monk fruit blend. Taste the ice cream mixture so you can adjust the sweetness to your own taste.
If you don’t have MCT oil you can simply omit. Try switching it for the equivalent amount of EVOO- extra virgin olive oil, as long as it is a light tasting EVOO and not "light olive oil." This will help prevent your ice cream from icing up and create a smoother texture. You will not be able to taste it.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1of 12 serves | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.1g | Protein: 12.6g | Fat: 27.3g | Fiber: 0.7g
Note that we calculate our own nutritional values so they may not be precise. Calculate your own if desired. Carb values exclude sugar alcohols such as Erythritol, as they generally have no impact on blood sugar levels. 50% of the carbs from Xylitol is added to nutritional values. This is consistent with industry practice.
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