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Dreamy Raw Dairy Ice Cream – Only 4 Ingredients, Refined Sugar Free or Keto Friendly

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Ice cream scoops in a sundae glass with text overlay.

Originally published on April 12, 2017

Aww, sweet simple vanilla bean ice cream.

I love you. I love you by yourself, with berries, I love you à la mode on top of cakes and pies, with sauce, with toppings, on cold days, on warm days, before dinner, after dinner, really, I just love you.

That would be the love letter I would write to this extraordinarily beautiful dessert that can stand alone or complement so many other foods.

Specks of vanilla bean show in scoops of cream colored ice cream.

Raw Dairy Ice Cream

Did I mention this ice cream is raw?!

That’s right, this recipe uses raw dairy for maximum health benefits. Make sure to use raw cream and fresh eggs from clean, healthy, pastured animals from farms that you trust.

Because this recipe calls for raw cream and eggs it may not be for everyone but if you have access to raw cream and fresh eggs then you should really give it a go!

Two tall sundae glasses filled with scoops of creamy ice cream.

Keto Friendly Raw Ice Cream

To make this recipe low-carb and keto friendly all you need to do is replace the maple syrup with pure organic monk fruit powder and a little salt.

No one will suspect that this ice cream is now sugar free!

Scoops of cream colored raw ice cream fill two sundae glasses.

Preparing Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Recipe yields 2 quarts.

I use a KitchenAid mixer with an ice cream attachment for my ice cream and I’ve always liked the way it comes out. The mixer churns the ice cream slowly for a smooth, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth result. The ice cream attachment has several parts including a bowl that gets frozen beforehand. So start by freezing the bowl for 24 hours prior to making this recipe, or follow your ice cream maker’s instructions.

Specks of vanilla bean show in scoops of cream colored ice cream.

Raw Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

This vanilla bean ice cream is only four wholesome nourishing ingredients. It's made with raw eggs and cream and sweetened with pure maple syrup.  The recipe can be made completely sugar free by using pure monk fruit powder!



  1. Start by freezing your ice cream bowl for 24 hours prior to making this recipe, or follow your ice cream maker's instructions.
  2. Add the cream, egg yolks, sweetener of choice and vanilla extract to a large bowl or quart sized measuring cup.
  3. If adding vanilla seeds, use a paring knife slit the vanilla bean down one side and open it to reveal the tiny seeds inside. You may use a freash vanilla bean, or even better, one that has been used to make vanilla extract. Using the back of your knife scrape the seeds out in one stroke starting from the tip down.
  4. If using monk fruit as your swetener add 1/2 teaspoon salt!
  5. Whisk very well until the ice cream base is smooth.
  6. Follow your ice cream maker's instructions for freezing.


Pro Tip: Freeze a large glass storage container to transfer the ice cream into right when it's done. That way you will have much less melt during transfer, resulting in better texture.

Vanilla ice cream scoops in a sundae glass with text overlay.


Thursday 8th of June 2023

Hi, in the past when I've made egg based ice cream there is a cooking step that brings temp to around 170F or "coats back of spoon" to make custard. Is this recipe meant to be raw? If so, is there an advantage one way or the other? How does raw compare to texture of the usual custard base?

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Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Hi Jason,

Yes, you are correct. I have also made custard style ice cream, but this recipe is meant to be raw and give you the benefit and nutrition of raw egg yolks. Raw egg yolks are easier for many people to digest and their nutrients are more concentrated when consumed raw. I find the texture to be almost identical, but the flavor is a little different. not in a bad way, the ice cream just doesn't have that cooked flavor. I hope you'll try it! Use quality pastured eggs and you'll be amazing by how good you feel after eating this superfood!

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