These keto sea salt caramel ice cream bars are super-easy to make and have such a rich flavor. You won't believe they are low-carb!
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Ice cream bars are incredibly satisfying and indulgent. My favorite kind is chocolate-dipped. I just love biting into it, the chocolate crackling, and my teeth sinking into the sweet and creamy ice cream!
The best thing about making your own ice cream bars is that you know exactly what is in them. When you buy "low-carb" or "sugar-free" varieties at the store, you never know what you will get. Some brands use artificial sweeteners that are actually pretty unhealthy.
I also like making my own ice cream bars because if I keep the ingredients on hand, I can have my favorite dessert whenever the craving strikes. Few things feel as good as knowing that I have everything I need to make salted caramel ice cream bars.
You are going to love how these taste. There isn't any funky aftertaste with them; they are just as decadent as full-sugar bars!
Ingredients Needed For Keto Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream Bars
There are only a handful of ingredients in these ice cream bars. Keep all of these in your refrigerator and pantry, and you'll be able to make them whenever you are craving something sweet.
Here's what you need:
Chocolate Baking Chips
I used dark chocolate baking chips from ChocZero, but you can use any flavor that you like. The chocolate is going to be the shell on the outside. I really enjoy dark chocolate with vanilla ice cream because it has a fuller flavor.
You need coconut oil to make the chocolate the right consistency to melt and become the perfect shell for the bars.
Sugar-Free Caramel Syrup
You will use the caramel syrup to add the salted caramel flavor and sweeten the ice cream. But, you could leave it out and just make regular vanilla ice cream bars sweetened with allulose.
For this recipe, I used sugar-free caramel syrup from ChocZero. It's my favorite! Plus, it gives the ice cream center a soft and smooth texture.
Regular table salt won't work nearly as well as sea salt for the ice cream. Just trust me and use flaky sea salt.
For this ice cream recipe, I recommend using real vanilla extract. It will have a lot more taste than imitation vanilla.
Always go with full-fat heavy whipping cream when you make low-carb ice cream. It's the best for those on the keto diet and will give you great results.
I prefer to use cage-free eggs, but any type of egg will work!
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- To speed up the cooling process of the heavy cream, you can place the mixture in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Just don't forget about it!
- Use an electric mixer to whip the ice cream. It puts the air back into the cream.
- Chill the baking sheets before you dip your ice cream bars into the melted chocolate. This way, your ice cream bars will freeze the best.
How To Make Keto Salted Caramel Ice Cream Bars
All of the details and step-by-step directions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here are some photos of the entire process, along with some extra tips.
Make The Salted Caramel Ice Cream Base
The very first thing you will do is make the salted caramel ice cream. You'll whisk the heavy cream, egg, vanilla extract, caramel syrup, and sea salt together in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Be careful not to let it boil. Then, transfer it to a heat-safe bowl and allow it to cool.
Fill The Ice Cream Molds
After it is completely chilled, use an electric mixer to whip the mixture. Then, fill the ice cream molds and insert the popsicle sticks.
Let them freeze for at least 4 hours until they are hardened.
Make The Chocolate Coating
Next, melt all the ingredients for the chocolate coating in a double boiler. You could also melt them in the microwave. Just be careful not to burn them!
Then, dip the frozen ice cream bars into the chocolate.
Store The Bars
Let the bars harden on chilled baking sheets. After the chocolate coating solidifies, store the bars in mini popsicle bags or an airtight container.
What To Serve With Low-Carb Ice Cream Bars
This is the perfect thing to enjoy on a hot day! It will taste amazing with strawberry sugar-free popsicles. Want something with more chocolate in it? Make a keto-friendly copycat Frosty - it's so creamy!
Frequently Asked Questions About Keto Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream Bars
Before we get to the printable recipe card just a little further below, here are some questions people often ask about this recipe.
What other flavors can I make?
Instead of caramel sauce, you can flavor the ice cream with any type of extract. Use peppermint extract to make peppermint ice cream or make chocolate ice cream by adding cocoa powder.
Which brand of sugar-free chocolate chips is best?
Out of all the ones I have tried, my all-time favorite is ChocZero! Not only do they have many different keto-friendly options, but anything you try is bound to be delicious.
How long will they last in the freezer?
Frozen ice cream bars should last about 6 months if you store them properly in the freezer.
Will heating the cream mixture cook the egg?
No, heating the cream mixture will not cook the egg. To be safe, you should heat it slowly and remove it as soon as strands of steam form on top of the heated liquid.
There you have it! These are going to become your favorite ice cream bars of all time. You really can't beat the combination of sweet ice cream, chocolate, and a salted caramel drizzle.
More Keto Dessert Ideas
If you enjoyed this keto sea salt caramel ice cream bars recipe, then you will love these low-carb frozen dessert recipes next. They are some of my go-to's:
- Keto Peanut Butter Fat Bombs are frozen treats packed with protein and will last for a long time in your freezer.
- Almond Milk Ice Cream is really creamy and has an incredibly delicious and slightly nutty flavor.
- Sugar-Free Fudge Pops actually don't have any fudge in them, but they sure taste like they do!
- Low-Carb Butter Pecan Ice Cream is perfect with only 1.7g net carbs. It tastes like the real thing.
- Blueberry Lemonade Popsicles are so sweet you will swear you are cheating, but they only have 1.9g net carbs.
Keto Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream Bars
- In medium saucepan, whisk together heavy cream, egg, vanilla extract, caramel syrup, and sea salt. Cook mixture over medium heat until it begins to steep (strands of steam form on top of the heated liquid) being careful not to boil. Transfer to a heat-safe mixing bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool, about 1 to 2 hours. To speed up the cooling, you can place the bowl in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove mixture from refrigerator after chilled. Whip with an electric mixer for about 3 to 5 minutes to incorporate as much air as you can. Divide the mixture into ice cream pop molds and add popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 4 hours until hardened.
- Place 2 baking sheets lined with silicon mat or parchment paper in the freezer. Melt coconut oil and chocolate chips together in a chocolate melter, double boiler, or microwave being careful not to burn. Removed chilled lined baking sheets from freezer. Dip each ice cream bar into the melted chocolate allowing the coating to harden a bit before setting down on the lined baking sheets. Place dipped bars in the freezer for 30 to 60 minutes to harden chocolate completely.
- Store bars wrapped in mini popsicle bags or in an airtight container in the freezer. Frozen ice cream bars should keep for at least 6 months. Any unused chocolate coating can be poured into molds and chilled in the refrigerator.
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