These delicious Keto Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bon Bons are a low carb version of my favorite ice cream truck treat from when I was a kid! Relatively easy to make, these are healthier and even tastier than the real thing!
Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars… you remember the ones, right? That hot pink strawberry flavored core, surrounded with vanilla ice cream and then coated with pink and beige cookie crumbs?
I remember eating them with my brothers on sweltering summer days after walking down to the corner store with whatever spare change we could scrape together. And no matter how much I wanted to savor it and make it last, you had to eat it fast to avoid it melting and then sliding off the stick and landing on the sidewalk with a wet plop!
True story. ?
Mr. Hungry always loved those strawberry shortcake ice cream bars too, and one day a few years ago we were feeling nostalgic and decided to buy a box at the grocery store so Hungry Jr. could try them. Ugh, they were awful.
Maybe it’s from being keto for so long, or maybe it’s that food these days is so highly processed, but my adult palate did not enjoy them the way my childhood self did. It didn’t live up to the memory much at all for me – though Hungry Jr. did like them, so I decided to create a healthier version that I could make at home. That week I added them to a list I have of recipe inspiration for this website… and then promptly forgot all about it.
It was only recently that I was scrolling through my list of ideas for summer recipe inspiration and found “remake as keto strawberry shortcake ice cream bars” tucked in there. It had been years, but I finally got around to tackling them last week – and let me tell you it was worth the wait!
To keep it simple, I opted to not use the hot pink core for these, but rather a basic strawberry ice cream. Also, to make these easy to serve and eat, I went for the 2 inch “bon bon” rather than trying to mold them onto a stick. The coating is my basic keto shortbread recipe in two flavors and colors, which I baked and then mixed in a plastic baggie. Then I put the frozen ice cream balls into the bag and rolled to coat – it was pretty easy and mess free!
The flavor tho? SPOT. ON.
Except not the gross flavor that is the reality of today’s store bought strawberry shortcake ice cream bars – but the flavor I remember from my childhood! Or maybe it’s just what the store-bought ones wish they could be. Either way, these keto strawberry shortcake ice cream bon bons were amazing – and so totally worth the small amount of effort to make them!
I tested them out on some non keto friends and they were a huge hit, and brought back fun childhood food memories for all of us.
Even if you didn’t grow up on the original version like we did, these Keto Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bon Bons are sure to be a hit – with both adults and kids!
Perfectly portion controlled, you can make a bunch and store them in an airtight container in the freezer so you’ll have them for whenever a craving strikes! ?
Keto Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bon Bon Recipe Notes:
I’m providing you with a keto strawberry ice cream recipe should you decide to make your own, but honestly if your grocery store sells a low carb strawberry ice cream that is keto friendly, then you’ll be saving yourself some time and effort by just buying it. In fact you can get Halo Top strawberry ice cream delivered to your door by Amazon so you don’t even have to leave the house! #lazyketogoalz
I’ll provide the nutrition info for the coating separately below – that way you can use the nutrition info from whatever ice cream you prefer to come up with a total by serving.
I flavored half of my shortbread crumbs with strawberry extract – if you can’t find it in stores you can order it online through Amazon or other retailers.
I also added a drop of red food coloring to get an authentic pink color for the photos, but that is strictly optional and you can skip it if you prefer to avoid the red dye.