OK so maybe technically this isn’t an ice cream but more of a frozen yoghurt, but that’s what my children call it and what a lovely change to store bought ice cream. Making this 3 ingredient instant ice cream is such a fabulous and simple recipe and the best part is you don’t even need an ice cream maker.

Three ingredient instant ice cream served in paper cups and plastic spoons

3 Ingredient Instant Ice Cream – no sugars

Ice cream and frozen yoghurts are generally incredibly high in sugars, preservatives, colours, thickeners and flavours. Making 3 ingredient instant ice cream has only 3 ingredients and is wonderfully creamy yet light. You can vary the berries to whichever is your favourite.

Berries are such a low carb friendly fruit as they are lower in sugars and are packed with nutrients and antioxidants.

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So what is the difference between ice cream and frozen yoghurt? They are both frozen desserts made from dairy but by definition ice cream is made from milk or cream and must contain no less than 10% milk fat (or butterfat). There is no federal definition for frozen yoghurt. It is made using yoghurt but there is no requirement to state how much is in the final product.

So many frozen yoghurts should be more accurately be labelled frozen desserts.

Frozen yoghurt stores are popping up everywhere but I avoid them like the plague. They are sold as a healthy alternative to ice cream but here’s a few things you should be aware of ::

  • When foods are labelled as fat free (which many frozen yoghurts and ice creams are) people tend to eat more in the belief it is healthy.
  • Low fat generally means high carb. When the fat is removed sugar is pumped in to make up for the loss of flavour and texture.
  • Don’t add all those toppings, granola, dried fruit, sweets, chocolate, tropical fruit and sugary syrups. They’re just different forms of sugar.
  • Don’t think a bought frozen yoghurt with fruit and granola is a great lunch option, it’s nothing more than a dessert (sorry).

Make instead my 3 ingredient instant ice cream in one easy step and suddenly you have a little bowl of heaven. With all sweet treats I post, they should only be eaten occasionally as the ethos of going low carb is to give up such sweet treats on a regular basis. But when you do want a sweet dessert, I believe it’s better to have a low sugar alternative.

The 3 ingredient instant ice cream is made with natural unsweetened yoghurt. There is debate whether the beneficial bacteria survives in frozen yoghurts but this recipe is made instantly and eaten straight away, not stored in the freezer.

The 3 ingredient instant ice cream is higher in carbs than most of my recipes but at 13g carbs (9g sugar) per cup, it compares favourably with Ben & Jerry’s strawberry ice cream for example which has 46g carbs (44g sugar) per cup.

A cup of homemade berry ice cream with spoons

Other desserts you may like

2 cups of frozen berry sugar-free ice cream with spoons

3 Ingredient Instant Ice Cream Recipe

Who needs an ice cream maker when you can quickly make 3 ingredient ice cream in less than 1 minute? The perfect lower carb treat.
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Cuisine: Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free
Keyword: 3 ingredient ice-cream
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 107kcal
Author: Thinlicious.com
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  • 100 g frozen berries of choice
  • 250 ml natural unsweetened yoghurt unsweetened
  • 1 tsp granulated sweetener of choice to more, to your taste


  • Put all the ingredients together in a blender with the blade attachment. Pulse until smooth.
  • Serve immediately. Serves 2.


OPTIONAL – to technically call this an ice cream you will need to increase the fat. Add some full fat cream before you blend. Adjust the nutritional values accordingly.


Calories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 5gFat: 4gFiber: 4gSugar: 9g

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  1. Our favourite ice-cream for our type 1 child has only three ingredients also. Full cream (thickened), sugar free maple syrup and stevia drops. It is honestly the most divine ice-cream I’ve ever had. Kinda like the topping on ice-cream cakes you get in the shop.

    1. kyliebaldacchino says:

      Do you then store it in the freezer Michelle? Sounds amazing!

  2. Actually, by definition ice cream is 18-25% fat. This recipe is 33% fat (36/107) so it is an ice cream. There’s no food identity standard reason to add more fat but anyone can do anything they wish.

  3. I make a similar frozen desert by blending chilled coconut cream and frozen berries. It is best eaten when made as it becomes very solid when stored in the freezer 🙂

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  5. …and I bet your kids tuck into these.
    They look so colourful, and with those berries so inviting!

    My thanks for another good share.

    All the best Jan

  6. Roz Giancola says:

    This recipe inspired me–I use frozen strawberries, heavy cream (sometimes some half & half too, if I’ve got it) and stevia in the Ninja. It takes no time & it’s just like soft serve. I also make a fake shake with crushed ice, heavy cream or half & half, sweetener, vanilla or some other flavor–just blend. It’s obviously not a real shake, but it works.

  7. Angela White says:

    Hi Libby
    I made this with coconut cream, frozen berries and no sugar! Absolutely sublime:) Would be perfect for a cheese cake, do you have a recipe for something similar to a biscuit base?

  8. Lelanie Jones says:

    hi there, can you freeze this and use at a later stage?