My low carb Java Chip Ice combines a rich coffee flavored ice cream with dark chocolate chips. The combination of the coffee ice cream and chocolate is amazing with all the added sugars or carbs of store-bought brands.
Coffee & Ice Cream, Oh My!
If there is one thing in the “food” category that I would hate to give up it would be coffee. I mean, seriously, I simply can’t imagine my morning routine without a cup of steaming hot coffee. The stronger the better.
My mom likes to joke that I drink my coffee so strong that a spoon will stand up alone in it. So, I guess you could say that’s definitely strong. But honestly, I like all coffee in all forms so I’ve never been known to pass up a cup of any type of Joe!
With that being said, I felt it only fitting that I try to recreate one of my favorite ice creams of the past, Java Chip! Before my low carb and sugar-free days, I would buy it by the pint from Häagen-Dazs and oh my word it was good.
Like earth shattering good you guys. Haagen-Dazs described it as “Rich and sweet chocolate chips balance our full-bodied coffee ice cream in this delicious homage to one of life’s most perfect pairings.”
So, back in my sugar filled days, I loved picking up a pint (and finishing it off), but as you can imagine, it was not low carb, and didn’t do my blood sugar any favors!
So thus the reason for my homemade low carb version of my beloved favorite, Java Chip here on the blog today!
Homemade Versus Store-Bought Brands
With low carb diets and sugar-free diets on trend these days, there are of course ice cream brands that offer their take on sugar-free flavors. I’ve tried these brands that I’ve listed below as well as a few store brands.
While each one is tasty (most of them anyway) they still have some ingredients in them that I don’t like to consume on a daily, or weekly for that matter. So I try to make my own flavors and have them in the freezer.
Thanks to all the great recipes for low carb ice cream around the internet and the ease of making it at home there really is no reason to miss out!
However, I do realize that some people don’t have the time to make a low carb homemade ice creams, like this Java Chip, so here are some brands that you can try if they fit your dietary needs.
- Halo Top
- Bryars Carb Smart
- Blue Bunny No Sugar Added
- Kroger Brand No Sugar Added
Although, without sounding to bias, my low carb ice cream recipes here on the blog, have store-bought brands beat!
Making Ice Cream at Home
Making ice cream at home has come a long way since those old hand crank machines they had back when our parents were children. They’ve even come leaps and bounds since I was a kid! Not that was very long ago (wink, wink) but still, a lot of improvement!
If you’re around my age you may remember sitting outside on the porch, sweating bullets if you’re from the South, helping your mom or dad add in ice and rock salt to that bulky plastic bucket like ice cream. I sure have fond memories of that.
There are just a few things at home you’ll need for making ice cream. First and foremost, you’ll need an ice cream maker. There are so many great options on Amazon and even in local stores that picking up one will be easy. They are super affordable as well. I’ll share some links at the end of this post to some I love!
I have a couple of them that I can recommend for you from Amazon. I love them and they work great and thankfully are small enough to pack away when not making ice cream.
Once you have the ice cream maker, the rest is easy, like ice cream scoops and some cute ice cream bowls (optional of course).
I know having the right scoops may not seem as important, but having a nice one comes in handy when scooping harder ice creams like sugar-free flavors tend to be. The cheap plastic scoops have never lasted me long, so I switched to the ones from Amazon that I have listed below and I love them!
I think you’ll love this recipe and the tools too, so let me know what you think and stay tuned for more ice cream recipes to come!
Items to Used with This Recipe (affiliate links)
A creamy coffee flavored ice cream with sugar-free chocolate chips. A low carb and THM friendly ice cream dessert!
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoons of instant coffee
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cups of THM Super Sweet (or erythritol stevia bend)
- 1/4 cup of THM Gentle Sweet (or xylitol sweetener of choice)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup of sugar-free chocolate chip
- *Sweetener Note: If you do not have both sweeteners listed, you can use 1/3 cup THM Super Sweet or the equivalent of your favorite brand.
- Add all of the ice cream ingredients, except the chocolate chips, to a sauce pan over medium heat.
- Whisk the mixture well to combine the eggs.
- Next slowly bring the cream mixture to a very slow boil, whisking often to prevent scorching. This step is to cook the egg yolks and it took about 10 minutes and as soon as it boils slightly it is ready to be removed from the heat.
- Pour the mixture into a large bowl and cool completely before adding it to the ice cream maker. *If there is additional time I suggest chilling the mixture for an hour or so as recommended by most ice cream makers but that is an optional step. But it must be cooled completely.
- Add the cream mixture into the ice cream maker and follow the directions for your machine until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Remove the ice cream from the machine and mix in the chocolate chips. Serve as is or place the ice cream in the freezer to harder more.
Like most sugar free and low carb ice creams this recipe will harder a lot the longer it is in the freezer. To serve after it has frozen solid, simply pull the ice cream out 10-15 minutes before serving and let it soften.
I am a southern girl through and through that loves to laugh, cook, read and spend time with family. My passions outside of home schooling my son are ministering to those in need and creating art in the kitchen! Every day is an adventure in our little house and I wouldn’t trade it or the chance to share here with you for anything!