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Keto Creamsicle Jello

About a month ago, the keto and xxketo subreddits were awash with a ton of posts pertaining to the benefits of gelatin towards weight loss.   You can go read some stuff about it here, but long story short: we’re not getting enough gelatin through natural food sources anymore, so we can supplement it for help with weight loss and overall health benefits.

As I was currently in a stall that had lasted since February, and people were claiming left and right that adding gelatin to their diet made them drop pounds overnight, I decided that I needed to go ahead and try some.  Many people were mixing plain gelatin into their coffee, or into their bone broth.  Being one of the strange ketopians who consumes neither of those things (I’ll drink chicken broth in the winter but it’s too damn hot right now for me to want it, thank you very much), I decided to try getting mine from another readily-available source: jello.  Specifically, sugar free jello.

But see, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of jello.  I find it boring… in my mind, I equate it with school lunches and hospital food.  It’s bleh and I don’t care to eat it very much.  However, my interest was piqued when someone suggested mixing it with cream.  If you mix strawberry flavoring with cream, that’s like strawberries-and-cream!  And that’s delicious!  And let’s not even talk about mixing orange with cream and creating dreamsicles.  Holy shit.  I had to try that.  Maybe with the added fat, it might even be filling, a word no one has ever used to describe jello.

I couldn’t decide which to use, sour cream or heavy cream.  Finally I decided to do what I normally do when I can’t make a decision: use em both.  Go half and half.  It turned out to be a good decision because these things are pretty tasty.  And the sour cream has a good deal less calories than the heavy cream, so you kind of get the benefits of the heavy cream’s excellent fat content and the sour cream’s excellent calorie density.  Or something like that.

The major downfall?  Much like any of the quick-and-easy dishes I throw together, this bastard is ugly.  Like, my coworkers are used to me eating delicious stuff that looks roughly like dog vomit, but this brought it to a whole new level.  I was constantly getting asked about my containers of gelatinous goo.  But I’m proud to say that everyone who was brave enough to try a spoonful said it was delicious!  I think it helps that down here in the South, we’re big on making salads-that-aren’t-really-salads, and we have a lot of “salads” that are composed of jello.  My Meemaw even makes some sort of orangey fluff that is similar to this, and it’s real popular at holidays.

This recipe makes about 4 cups worth of fat bomb / dessert / gelatin delivery system.  I’ve never actually measured, and I don’t remember what size containers those are, but I’m pretty sure that when you add 2 cups of water to 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of heavy cream you get 4 cups of stuff, so that seems legit.

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Ingredients

  • 1 LARGE box of sugar free jello in whichever flavor you fancy (.6 oz box)
  • 2 cups of boiling water (not depicted, obv)
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of heavy cream

If you have a small box of jello (.3 oz box), halve the rest of the ingredients and continue on!

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Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add it to the jello powder.  Follow the directions on the box, which say something like “whisk briskly for 2 minutes.”  I pay very close attention to that rule, because I read that some people who mixed their jello with cream saw separation of layers later on.  I have not had that issue, and I think it is because I whisk dramatically for an extended period of time.

Why the hell haven’t I put this in my KitchenAid yet?  I need to do that.

Add in 1 cup of sour cream.  Whisk as if your life depended on it, until fully incorporated.  Then whisk some more.

Add in 1 cup of heavy cream.  You got it, whisk whisk whisk all day long, whisk whisk whisk while you sing that song.

I’m definitely putting this shit in the KitchenAid next time.

Edited 2/19/18 – I put this in my KitchenAid, and it was glorious.  I just dumped everything in all at once and whisked at a medium speed! This left both of my hands free, so I could eat cheese while I watched it whisk.  10/10 would recommend this method.

Distribute equally amongst 4 containers.  To be perfectly honest, sometimes I only eat half of a container at a time.  So you could probably even be happy with a half-cup serving, if you have that size container and that suits your fancy.  Or make ginormous portions.  I don’t care!

Chill for x amount of time until set.  I don’t even know how long that is, people.  I make these on Sunday and eat them throughout the work week.  I’d let them set for at least 12 hours, if I were to hazard a guess.

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So far I’ve tried Strawberry, Orange, Strawberry-Banana, and Raspberry.  My favorite is definitely the orange – dreamsicle flavored.  Be aware that the cream will alter the color of the finished product… so your brilliant red strawberry jello will look like a solidified blob of Pepto Bismal.  It’s not pretty, folks.  The orange is definitely the most attractive in my opinion.

But that’s not what matters, right?  It’s the nutrition that’s important.  And while I can’t say that these have helped me lose weight faster, I did finally break my stall, and they are quite tasty little snacks.  I’ve gotten into the habit of eating one on my first break at work, and deeming it my breakfast.  Maybe when it gets cold outside I’ll switch back to bulletproof tea and start mixing gelatin into that.  Until then, these are a nice little cold dish.  You may even enjoy them as a dessert.  At 330 calories, 30 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, and 2 net carbs each (4 if you consider that there is <1 carb in each serving of heavy cream), they’ve got enough heft to them to stick to your ribs rather than jiggle all the way down.

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  1. Hey! I’m trying this today. We don’t have Jello here, so I made it with regular gelatin, the juice of a lemon, some grated zest, and some stevia sweetener. It tasted great in the bowl! Lemon extract and powdered sweetener would probably work even better – mine might not set up all the way. I’m excited to have something sweet to eat – and hope it helps avoid stalls. Thanks!

    1. Awesome!! Let me know how your finished product is! I’m not a fan of creamy lemon – or key lime either, for that matter – but I loooove the orange. Where are you from that you can’t find Jello? Somewhere overseas, I’m guessing?

          1. Sorry, I didn’t get back till now! I absolutley love your blog and I’m wondering if you are a member of the LCHF group? I thought I saw your sf jello (mousse like) recipe on there! If not, I was just just checking to see if this blog was still active and yes you are! I want to post your link with over 50,000 members!

          2. I don’t think I am. I’m a member of xxketo and ketogains on facebook, and a couple of other specific low carb communities, but not one called LCHF. Or are you talking about someplace/something different? Feel free to link me to it. And feel free to link to any of my recipes at any time! You’re more than welcome to share – that’s what they’re there for. I’m still here, but I’ve just been busy with real life (aren’t we all?) and honestly my menu has been really boring lately. I haven’t created anything new, so I just haven’t really been posting. I REALLY need to start back my “Keeping Keto @ Restaurants” series because I’ve done a lot of dining out lately!

    2. One cup hot water, mixed in jello. 1 cup ice, let it melt, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup heavy cream. Hand mixer for a minute. Poured into containers and it is fully set in less than an hour.

  2. HA, haven’t thought about that Janitor album skit by Adam Sandler in a long time. No one ever gets that reference from me. Also, going to try this recipe for sure. I’ve tried layers with cool whip, but it tends to separate a lot, and this looks like the same flavor without that mess!

    1. I’m not a huge fan of cool whip, so I bet it doesn’t taste the same… but it’s probably similar. There’s something about the taste of heavy cream that I just looooove, so this dessert really hits the spot for me. I hope yo uenjoy it!

      Also, I had totally forgotten where I’d gotten that from. I just know that I randomly go around singing “work work work, all day long, work work work while I sing this song” when doing some sort of menial household task. I probably watched it as a kid and just absorbed the important part! Thanks for the reference!!

  3. Hi, I’m Amanda and i have just started my 5th week of keto. I’m so excited to try this when it has setup, I have the first batch in the fridge right now(peach jello). This recipe is exactly what i have been looking for. In the past couple of weeks i have been making jello according to the box then after it sets up i whip up heavy cream and throw the jello in and whip it some more. i think your recipe will be amazing so it is all incorporated instead of chunky like mine

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Amanda! I hope keto is treating you well!! Let me know how you like the recipe – I’m curious if it’s similar in flavor to your concoction, or if incorporating the ingredients gives it a different one.

  4. I’m going to try this! I usually just do heavy cream (replace one cup of water with heavy cream) but that recipe is meant to separate…ooohh pretty layers in a glass dessert cup haha. I’m curious what the taste difference will be….can’t wait, thanks for the idea :)

      1. I did!…I like the creamier texture of your version better but the sour cream flavor was a little too strong for me. Maybe next time I’ll reduce the sour cream by half and replace it with more heavy cream.

    1. Do any of you remember a jello dessert that you mixed with a mixer, put them in the refrigerator and voila you got a petty layered dessert all from one box?!! Maybe I’m too old for all of you but when I read Dawn’s comment”ooh pretty little layers in a glass dessert dish” made me think of that!! It was very good!! Now I’m going to make your business jello with heavy whipping cream and sour cream!! Hope it tastes as good as ya’ll are talking about!!

  5. 6.6 carbs in that cup of heavy cream you’re using. Same in full fat sour cream so 13.2 total recipe assuming 0 carb jello. So that’s 3.3 carbs per serving.

  6. Your carb count is off. Heavy cream is labeled by the serving (1tablespoon) and has less than 1 carb per Tablespoon…which is why it’s labeled as 0.
    But a cup actually has 7…

  7. I made Some tonight with peach. It was delightful! And I used my KitchenAid! I made half the recipe because I only had small boxes of the jello. I think half-cup serving was enough for me and I actually got 5 servings. So easy and a great cool creamy treat!

      1. The box in the picturesidence is the 0.6 oz. The Regular is 0.3 oz. So I used 2 Regular. Could not find the large (0.6 oz) in the sugar free

  8. This is a lot like the “fluffy” Jell-o my Mom used to make when I was a kid. She would sometimes add Mandarin oranges at the end, before she put it in the refrigerator. I bet you could do it with other fruit too, just not pineapple. Something about it that doesn’t work, or my Mom just told me that because she doesn’t like pineapple. lol
    Yummy!

    1. My Meemaw makes one that has crushed pineapple in it, so it’s do-able! I’m glad you like it :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  9. Is it possible to make this using a mix of blended fruit and juice with knox gelatin instead of jello? This should be great for school lunches this year as they don’t want the school food.

    1. I have never tried it with cream cheese, but I would think so – you may have to cut the cream cheese down some, and use more water because of the thickness difference. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

    1. Well, I amuse myself… glad someone else is enjoying it, too! :P Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how you like any recipes you try!

  10. I just made this with orange sf jello and Greek yogurt. I don’t know how I read to freeze it but I did! It tastes great frozen!

    1. I guess you could? I’ve never used unflavored protein powder. If you do give it a try, be sure to report back and let me know how it worked!!

  11. in the picture, it looks like you use the large box of SF jello (8 1/2c serv), but in your comments you told someone the regular small box. just curious which one. looks really good. just want to get the ingredients righ. Thanks

      1. Connie is right. It’s the large box pictured. I checked the small box I have in my pantry & it only makes 4-1/2 cup servings. FYI

        1. I can only get the small boxes in the sugar free version where I shop. The one shown is definitely a big box. The small ones are the same face size, but skinnier … if that makes sense?

  12. This is my staple keto treat ever since I stumbled across it about a month ago. Having this on hand keeps me from bingeing on the naughty stuff, as I call it. Just today, I managed to avoid the dreaded Friday office donuts someone brought in because I had my dreamsicle jello ready to go in my lunch bag. Thanks for posting this! It’s quite literally saving my butt!

  13. Ai was so happy to get a notification from here tonight! This was one of my very first recipes for a desert and I almost always have some made! I make it different every time! I always use 3 boxes as others like it the few times I’ve shared! Sometimes I use 1cup sour cream and 1cup hwc or just one or the other etc……but I only take it to 5 – 5 1/2 cups total! If I use less I add a little real whipped cream on top! My one tip is to leave it out to warm up a bit (I even like room temperature as the flavour intensifies greatly! ~£ori

  14. I just made this using my Kitchen aid not sure if it mixed right. I’ll find out tomorrow. Used strawberry jello so pink spray everywhere, lol. The sour cream seem to mix well, but not crazy how it looked after adding heavy cream, but like I said we’ll see. I think next time I’ll whip cream separately, then fold into jello/sour cream mix. Wish me luck!

  15. I love the south. I lived there over 25 years and no one I worked with or met used profanity to put their point across. I’d be glad to revisit your blog/recipes if you’d leave that garbage in the gutter.

    1. This is my blog, written in my voice, and I’ll use all the fucking profanity I damn well please :D No need to come back if you can’t handle my writing style. That’s the beauty of free speech and the internet. I can use the vocabulary I prefer, and you can avoid my site if you prefer. Freedom is glorious.

    2. That’s ridiculous. If you never met anyone in the south that didn’t curse then you obviously never left your home or you never had a real conversation past the “pleasantries”

    1. On the main page, there is a heading that says “Don’t miss a post!” You should be able to enter your email address there and then hit the button that says “need moar cats” to sign up :)

  16. Am fairly new to the keto world and found this on Pinterest in a moment of dying-for-sweets attack after a workout. Holy Efffffff. This is so awesome. I made the orange flavour and it truly tastes like a creamsicle. Who would have thunk that sour cream would be so amazing in a dessert?? LOL it’s taking every fiber of my being to not eat the other 3 portions I made earlier. Thank you so much for this!!

  17. A coworker recommended I try this. I just finished reading and, you just brought joy to my life. Thanks for the recipe as well as the joy you bring room your candid writing

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment! :)

      Honestly, I wouldn’t write if I couldn’t write candidly. I have to watch my voice at work and school, so this is my creative outlet! You guys get me raw and unfiltered, lol!

  18. Thanks for this simple, yet delicious recipe! I made it last week with SF Orange jello, and even my husband ate it-he doesn’t do dessert or sweets. Today I’m using SF raspberry. I only have the small boxes of jello, so I use 1cup boiling water to dissolve the hello, pour that in the trusty kitchen aid, add 4 ounces sour cream (half a small container), whip that for a few minutes, then add 4 ounces heavy whipping cream., whip. Careful of the speed, though, even the small amount of liquid in my mixing bowl spattered. Overnight in the fridge, set up perfectly. It did taste like a creamsicle! I had used 1 cup containers, so got 2 1 cup servings. Today’s will go in 4 half cup containers.

  19. I am enjoying your site and will soon try the dreamcicle recipe! I just retired with 40 years as a teacher, have always lived in the South, and have 4 indoor cats and innumerable outdoor babies I care for. This is my third week on keto and am so glad to have found your site. Woohoo!!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Hope you enjoy your retirement!! Bless you for taking care of the local kitties :)

      Good luck with your keto journey!

  20. I used a hand blender and they are separating. Do you think the blender would work out better? I can’t wisk, I broke my wrist. Thank you.

    1. A regular blender may work better. I just generally use my KitchenAid, so I’m not sure. It won’t hurt anything if the layers separate, at any rate, it’ll just not be as pretty :)

    1. I write in my “voice,” which is how I speak in general, everyday language with friends. I will keep doing so here on my blog. Hope you enjoy the recipe! :)

  21. I am gathering that you do not put this in the fridge before you added the sour cream and heavy cream. If not please let me know. Thanks in advance. It doesn’t look bad to me.

  22. Crap…I don’t know what I did wrong!! It separated in two. There’s a top layer of creamy jello and a bottom layer of traditional jello. What the hell lol. Leave it to me to screw up a 3 ingredient dessert. I will try again though and see what happens!

  23. Ive made this several times now and love it. However, this time I added about 1 Tbs of DaVinci (or could use Torani brand) sugar free french vanilla syrup to it. (I did orange) That REALLY made it taste more like a Creamsicle.

  24. I want to try this!! Can you put it into the mini muffin pans, like I use for fat bombs? Do they “set” or mushy?

    1. You know, I’m not sure how that would turn out. I always just eat mine out of the tupperware I make it in. I feel like it would be the texture of those Jello Jiggler things that were so popular when I was a kid!

  25. I just found your blog through Pinterest. I love your writing style! It’s a refreshing change from fluffy clouds and puppies, if you know what I mean…lol!

    1. I know EXACTLY what you mean! My life is definitely NOT fluffy clouds and puppies… more like “caffeine, cats, and cuss words,” as I saw on a t-shirt once before!

  26. I just made this. I haven’t tasted it yet but I wanted to tell you how I changed the recipe since I didn’t see any other comments with this variation.

    Instead of sour cream I used my stick blender to blend the curds from cottage cheese! (It actually blends better if you pour in the heavy whipping cream with the cottage cheese.) it has fewer carbs and a lot more protein, obviously.

    Then follow the recipe as written.

    I might have screwed up when I put two boxes of Jell-O in after misreading the instructions on the box, but it should turn out fine. Waiting for it to chill!

  27. To go one step further, for an even more fantastic dessert, I make a batch of your cheesecake fluff, divide it into six individual servings. Then I make this recipe, cutting it in half by using the small box of jello, then put it on top of the cheesecake fluff and chill. It is pure heaven! Today, I made the cheesecake fluff with lemon flavoring, and used cherry jello! Awesome! Thanks for your recipes!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment! You can always add some other sweetener in lieu of the syrups. I know a lot of people mix it with sugar free jello! I haven’t tried that yet though.

  28. What a fantastic idea?!! i put it in the kitchen aid of course…not patient enough to do all that whisking! it turned out fa-nta-stic.. i dont think i am going to eat another type of dessert any time soon!! thank you!!! i saw that you used an app to calculate the recipe’s macros… which one is it?!

  29. This looks awesome, you’re hilarious, I love your style, and I’m also a fellow keto cyclist who loves her Trek road bike! (Your Madone is gorgeous.) So glad I stumbled across your blog!! Definitely following for more—keep it up!

    1. It’s crazy how much random people who meet on the internet can have in common!!! Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself! :)

  30. I tried to make this. After it chilled overnight… it “separated” into different layers. It had a dark colored gelatin layer that was super thin and watery, and then a light colored.. creamy layer. Why did this happen??

    1. I’ve only had this happen when I didn’t beat the mixture enough. That’s why I just put it in my kitchen aid and let er rip! Still, it should taste the same even if it is separated into layers!

  31. Why sugar free jello? The fats need the sugar to break down …and you cannot fool mother nature, you will have to eat sugar sooner or later….

    1. Mother Nature didn’t create sugar as we know it — science did. I eat “plenty” of carbs in the form of veggies, nuts and dairy!!

  32. Not sure if you still reply to this post but have you ever frost this desert? How did it turn out… Hard like water or like sherbet?

  33. Just came across this …. Yes I used my kitchen aid. It is amazing!!! I use sugar free jello. I think I have every flavor now!! Can’t tell it’s sugar free. It’s so full of flavor! Thank you for this one!!!

  34. That was awesome. I made this yesterday (orange) and had it just now and I love it. I had no idea it would be so firm. I guess because it’s got cream and sour cream I thought it would be more pudding-y. But I love it just like it is. I would like to make a suggestion, though: Could you state how large the box of jello is? I had to blow up the pic to understand it made 8 servings. I wasn’t understanding why so much liquid, because all I can find here in North Texas is 4 serving-boxes of the sugar free. I used 2 boxes, of course.

    1. I need to update this recipe — I haven’t made it in so long, and I can’t remember the box size, to be perfectly honest. Thank you for pointing that out!

  35. I started keto about 3 months ago. Lately I have been having really horrible cravings for sweets. I have broken ketosis 3 times in the last two weeks due to overload on carbs. Im cruising around Pinterest and I see this recipe…Now I cant seem to shut off all the ideas that I have. This is wonderful, and thank you so much for sharing your recipes online.

  36. This is an amazing recipe! I read every comment and seen where you talked about your meemaw making something like this and I wanted to tell you my grandmother used to also make something like this and it’s was great! But i REALLY like your modified recipe as a fat bomb dessert for keto diet cause i have a fat ass from eating all my grandmothers desserts…. well anyways i love your humor and real talk. Thanks for great recipe. Oh, this is my grandmothers recipe that resembles yours…..she just mixed these items together, and called it pink fruit salad….1 large box of strawberry JELLO, 1 container of cottage cheese, 1 regular container of cool whip and 1 can of crushed pineapples

    1. Yeah, that sounds like something my Meemaw makes too… and I blame her for my fat ass also!!! LOL. Grandmothers think it’s their duty to fatten up their grandkids, I think.

  37. I have not read all the comments, but when I put this in the recipe maker for MFP, I get 8 carbs a serving, and I split it into six servings.

  38. Britt, I think you are scream – dirty mouth, cat hair & all! I just made this. Dissolved my jello in a cup of boiling water, added a cup of ice, and once it melted, thru the whole she bang into my ninja blender. Can’t wait to eat it later. Rage on girlfriend!

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