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Dairy-Free Keto Icing + 9 Variations

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Dairy-free ketogenic icing adds a finishing touch on scones, cupcakes, sweet breads or cookies.

The application of this simple, you can make fancy designs just with a plastic bag snipped at the tip!

I’ve come up with several possible flavor variations so you can custom this recipe for any dessert.

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The icing is sweet and creamy with a ultra-smooth texture, thanks to Lakanto’s powdered monkfruit sweetener.

We use Lakanto to sweeten our ketogenic baked goods. Our whole family likes the taste and feels great after using it. Our children don’t get crazy energy rushes and crashes and I don’t feel inflamed or digestive discomfort.

There is ZERO EFFECT on blood sugar or insulin levels, making it a great sweetener for blood sugar and weight management. Ideal for heath enthusiasts, ketogenic diets, and those trying to cut sugar out of their diet.

I have added this keto icing to Fudgy Keto Brownies and the Pure Cacao Brownies from my low-carb baking cookbook. It’s a toss up as to which is better, you’ll have to let me know!

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Dairy Free Keto Icing on brownies

As you’ll see in the video this icing is very kid friendly! Both our little munchkins enjoyed licking the spoons and scraping the bowl clean.

I thought they would eat it all but they self-limited (as they often do) once they reached satisfaction. Too much of even a good thing will still be too much. Our 6 year old still surprises me with her ability to self-regulate her food intake. She’s consistently good at listening to her body and is very in tune of her needs. I think the way we approached nutrient-dense foods in her toddler years was instrumental to this healthy development.

9 Variations for Dairy Free Keto Icing

  • Vanilla Keto Icing – add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Keto Icing – melt 2 ounces of cacao paste with the butter, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix in with the other ingredients
  • Mocha Keto Icing – combine 2 teaspoons coffee grounds with 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • Cinnamon Spice Keto Icing – spread the regular glaze over muffins or spice cake, sprinkle ground cinnamon mixed with Golden Lakanto on top while the icing is still wet
  • Citrus Infused Keto Icing – substitute half the amount of milk with lemon juice, add 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Berry Delicious Keto Icing – mash 1/2 cup ripe berries (straw, black, blue etc) Combine into the mixing bowl with an extra 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add more milk if needed to thin out.
  • “On the Lighter Side” Keto Icing – substitute hot water for the milk. Thin icings are nice for ketogenic Pound Cake, Lemon Poppy Seed Bread and Cinnamon Spice Bread (recipes from The Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Baking)
  • Extra Rich Keto Icing – use heavy cream or coconut cream in place of the coconut (only coconut cream will make a dairy-free recipe)
  • Nutty Keto Icing – sprinkle chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds onto the glaze before it hardens

Dairy Free Keto Icing Tips

  • In some cases, it might be desirable to take a cupcake or muffin, turn it upside down and dip it directly into the bowl of icing.
  • Adapt the icing to your recipe by adjusting the amount of liqud (coconut milk, nut milk or hot water) added to the recipe. Thinner icing uses more liquid, thicker icing uses less.
  • Place your baked goods on a cookie sheet or piece of wax paper. Having a surface to catch the drips makes clean up easy, you may be able to reuse the drips or at least lick it with your fingers.
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Dairy-Free Keto Icing

A sticky sweet sugar-free dairy-free keto icing for brownies, scones and sweet breads
4 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 54kcal



  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients unti smooth. Add enough milk for desired consistency. Up to 8 tablespoons will be fine. Sheet cakes and layer cakes may call for more glaze, thinning it makes it spread over more of the surface area and drip down the sides (bonus points for making it look super pretty!)
  • Store leftover in the fridge, use on various keto baked goods - cookies, cakes, scones, brownies, and sweet breads. The icing freezes well also, store in an airtight container for up to 6 months in the freezer.

Macros and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Keto Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 54 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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10 Responses

  1. Bobbi Rogers
    | Reply

    I love you gave variations of the frosting. Very helpful for a newbie like me. Can you tell me how can I make the chocolate icing with cocao butter instead of cocao paste?

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It would be a “white chocolate” frosting. If you wanted to do it, probably use the same ratios. Let me know how it comes out! Tag us @primaledgehealth on instagram to share your recipe!

  2. Sarah
    | Reply

    Can this be doubled so I can frost a cake?

    • Tristan
      | Reply

      Yes it can!

  3. Lynn
    | Reply

    Can I use this to decorate like a traditional buttercream frosting?

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Yes, it’s great for decorating! I use it on birthday cakes, like this one here 😉 Only note, it has the consistency of icing, not buttercream. That may or may not make a difference to you.

  4. Jenny
    | Reply

    Will this icing firm up to the touch? I’m thinking of using it on some scones and would love for it to “harden”. Thanks!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Hi Jenny, The icing will firm up after chilling in the fridge for a bit. I’m not sure if you will achieve the same texture by leaving it out. It really depends on the temperature of the room. If coconut oil is liquid where you are, the icing will remain runny, if it is solid, it will firm up over time. The fridge is your best bet here and don’t put it on hot scones (or it will stay runny).

  5. Amy
    | Reply

    Please can you tell me whether the flavour of coconut is detectable in this icing? I imagine it would be, and I am looking for a dairy free keto frosting recipe for someone who doesn’t like coconut.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      I used extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil which is pretty mild in flavor and did not notice a specific coconut taste to the icing. In general, the higher quality oil, the less coconut flavor there is. You can use one of the 9 variations here to mask any lingering sense of coconut if you like. Citrus infused is delicious!

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