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No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes – 75 Easy and Delicious Ideas

No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes – 75 Easy and Delicious Ideas

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What is no-churn ice cream? It’s a simple and delicious way to make ice cream at home with minimal ingredients and unique results! Get the 75 no-churn ice cream recipes and start making your own delightful freezer desserts using these tips.

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No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes

My good friend introduced me to making no-churn ice cream recipes. I’d never heard of the method and decided to try it at home with my family. I mean, could it really be as easy as she says? Mix, toss in add-ins and freeze?

Yes, it’s really that easy! And with just a few ingredients we’ve been able to enjoy delicious frozen treats at home without the cost of store-bought.

When you make ice cream from scratch you’ll know exactly what ingredients goes into your homemade ice cream. The hardest part is making it ahead and waiting for the ice cream to be ready (it takes at least 5 hours to fully harden). Who needs Ben & Jerry’s when you have this awesome round up of recipes, collected from some of my favorite blogger friends.

What You Need for These Ice Cream Recipes

Forget the ice cream maker when creating these recipes! Only a few ingredients are required to make your own no-churn ice cream recipes at home. But these are the must-have items to put it all together.

  • KitchenAid Mixer works the best because the machine does all the hard work. A high-powered hand mixer will work as well. Chill the bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes before beginning to whip cream.
  • A food processor for prepping mix ins can be helpful.
  • Freezer safe storage containers (read on for my recommendations).

Storage Containers for the Freezer

Many of the recipes call for storing ice cream into a freezer safe loaf pan. The ice cream tends to get really hard inside of a loaf pan. If you use this you’ll need to remove from the fridge about ten minutes before serving. A regular loaf pan is fine but I found an even better storage container for your homemade no-churn ice cream.

I found these Tovolo brand freezer containers that are made just for ice cream storage! BPA-free plastic that is easy to clean and doesn’t transfer any odd flavors. They are also stackable in the freezer so you can prepare more than one batch.

  • The Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tub has a non-slip base and double-walls that won’t make ice cream overly hard. In most cases, the tub holds the entire recipe of no-churn ice cream.
  • My kids love eating their ice cream from these Tovolo Mini Sweet Treats Tubs. At a petite 6 oz., this is a perfect amount of ice cream for younger kids (or anyone monitoring their intake!)

Ingredients for No-Churn Ice Cream

No churn ice cream will be smooth and creamy with a rich flavor and the same texture as store bought brands. Some of the recipes included here have a cooking step in which eggs are used to make a custard.

Most of these no-churn ice cream recipes start with the same two ingredient base – sweetened condensed milk and heavy whipping cream. A few of the recipes sub in coconut milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. Or try one of the dairy-free ice cream recipes that swaps in frozen bananas.

Pina Colada ice cream, recipe found in Tropical section below (photo credit: Three Olives Branch)

Rules to Making Ice Cream Without Churning

  • No, you can’t substitute regular milk or half & half for the heavy cream. The cream will give the ice cream the texture, flavor and thickness.
  • The sweetened condensed milk will offer a sweetness you won’t get from plain condensed milk (and don’t confuse this with evaporated milk, which also comes in a can!).
  • Heavier mix-in ingredients may sink to the bottom. Try stirring them into the base 2 hours after freezing to keep them more dispersed throughout.
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, recipe found in Chocolate section (photo credit: The Rustic Foodie)
  • Use cold whipping cream straight from the fridge for best results. Place your mixing bowl and storage containers in the freezer for at least 15 minutes to chill them before prep.
  • Take the ice cream out of the freezer about 10 minutes before scooping. The no-churn ice cream may be very hard straight out of the freezer. Use a sturdy ice cream scoop.
  • Some large pieces of fruit will be hard and difficult to eat. Consider cooking ahead to soften, mashing the pieces or turning into puree before mixing in the ice cream base.
Butter pecan ice cream, recipe found under Nuts section (photo credit: The Toasty Kitchen)

More Things to Know About No Churn Ice Cream

  • To prevent freezer burn, cover the ice cream with a layer of plastic wrap before placing the lid on the container.
  • Without the stabilizers and preservatives, homemade ice cream will melt faster than store bought.
  • Aim to eat your homemade ice cream within two weeks for best freshness and to avoid ice crystals. However properly frozen, it can last up to several months.
  • Get creative with your base! The initial ingredients are just the tip of the ice cream cone, so to speak. As Mighty Mrs. explains Easy Homemade Ice Cream can be designed as you wish. Now, on to the recipes!
Chocolate Caramel Marshmallow (photo credit: Crumbs & Corkscrews)

Ice Cream for Chocolate Lovers

Chocolate-flavored ice cream is always a favorite! These recipes take chocolate to a new level! No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip is a classic. This one from Crumbs & Corkscrews uses peppermint extract and dark chocolate for an over-the-top dessert.

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream (photo credit: Crumbs & Corkscrews)
Simple chocolate ice cream (photo credit: The Kitchen is My Playground)
Coffee ice cream (photo credit: Fresh April Flours)

Creative and Delicious Ice Creams

The beauty about making your own no-churn ice cream flavors is how creative you can be with the ingredients. Three Olives Branch No Churn Strawberry Basil Ice Cream combines the sweet fruit and savory herb into a unique pairing that works!

Strawberry Basil no-churn ice cream (photo credit: Three Olives Branch)
Potato Ice cream (photo credit: Food Meanderings)

Fresh and Fruity No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes

All the fruits, all the time. Use fresh seasonal fruit or frozen all year ’round. Sweet, tart and tangy. This Cherry Ice Cream from Caroline’s Cooking screams summer.

Cherry ice cream (photo credit: Caroline’s Cooking)
Peach no-churn ice cream (photo credit: Delicious on a Dime)
Blueberry ice cream (photo credit: My Organized Chaos)

Ice Cream Flavors That Make You Feel Like a Kid Again!

Nothing like licking an ice cream cone to make you feel young again. These recipes are perfect for children (or those who love sweet and whimsical flavors!) Try Cooking on the Front Burners No Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream. The no-churn ice cream recipe uses yellow cake mix and sprinkles to give an authentic cake flavor.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream (photo credit: Cooking on the Front Burners)
Peanut Butter Ripple (photo credit: Fresh April Flours)
  • Mint Oreo Ice Cream was the first no-churn flavor I made. This recipe from Baked makes it easy to recreate on your own!
  • The Flavor Bender offers up this wild No Churn Galaxy Ice Cream with a mixed berry and lemon flavor that uses no food coloring – only natural fruit puree!
Galaxy Ice Cream (Photo credit: The Flavor Blender)

Candied Ice Cream Classics

Pieces of candy woven through the ice cream is such a yummy treat! Create a buzz with No Churn Honeycomb Ice Cream from Effortless Foodie. This one includes both chocolate coated honeycomb candy with white chocolate chips.

Honeycomb no-churn ice cream recipe (photo credit: Effortless Foodie)
  • Toasted marshmallows. Chocolate chunks. Graham cracker crumbles. Must be that campfire classic! This No Churn S’mores Ice Cream recipe comes from Mommy Kat and Kids.
  • Life Currents Blog Coffee Toffee Ice Cream uses a candy bar mix-in to customize flavors to your liking.
  • The classic chocolate and peanut butter combination blends with ice cream in this No Churn Peanut Butter Cup recipe from The Rustic Foodie.
Peanut Butter ice cream (photo credit: The Rustic Foodie)

Tropical Delight Ice Cream Flavors

Dream of the tropics with these fresh flavors inspired by the islands. My friend Marcie at Hawaii Travel With Kids shares this No Churn Homemade Mango Ice Cream Recipe that incorporates both mango puree and fresh fruit chunks.

Mango no churn ice cream (photo credit: Hawaii Travel with Kids)
Papaya Mango ice cream (photo credit: Powered by Mom)

Special Diet Ice Creams

Dairy-free, low carb, Keto or sugar free? Everyone can enjoy ice cream this summer when they prepare one of these treats that are perfect for special diets. The Cookie Dough Diaries offers this Dairy-Free Pumpkin Ice Cream for a hint of fall flavor anytime.

Pumpkin ice cream (photo credit: The Cookie Dough Diaries)
Sugar-free cherry ice cream (photo credit: Recipes from a Pantry)
Keto butter pecan ice cream (photo credit: Oh So Foodie)

Cookie Ice Cream Classics

Yes, the classic chocolate sandwich cookie is a tasty cookies ‘n cream. But look beyond the traditional with some of these other cookie-filled desserts. Life’s Ambrosia Cookie Butter Ice Cream is a spiced cookie delight with the addition of both cookie butter and crumbled Biscoff or gingersnap cookies.

Cookie Butter no-churn ice cream (photo credit: Life’s Ambrosia)
Oreo cookie ice cream (photo credit: Salt and Baker)

Flavors for Fall

So what if the weather is cool, it’s always a good time for ice cream! These fall-inspired flavors and no-churn ice cream recipes are a delight.

Ice Cream Flavors That Kids Will Love!

Kids will adore the bright colors and punchy flavors of these no-churn ice cream recipes. From The Toasty Kitchen, No Churn Unicorn Ice Cream is the perfect party ice cream. It’s a rainbow dream with light citrus flavors and lots of cheerful sprinkles, of course!

Unicorn ice cream (photo credit: The Toasty Kitchen)
Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream (photo credit: The Kitchen is My Playground)

Ice Cream with Fruit Chunks

For anyone who appreciates fruit, these no churn ice cream flavors include big chunks of fresh fruit to melt in your mouth. Strawberry Crumble No-Churn Ice Cream from Powered by Mom gets its yummy crunch from a granola mix in!

Strawberry Crumble (photo credit: Powered by Mom)

Nutty and Delicious No Churn Ice Cream

Chunky and flavorful, these no-churn flavors are packed with nuts. For nut and caramel lovers this No-Churn Bourbon Pecan Caramel Ice Cream from Cooking on the Front Burners is a rich and decadent treat!

Bourbon Pecan Caramel ice cream (photo credit: Cooking on the Front Burners)
  • Almond Nougat Ice Cream from Life Currents Blog is for nut-lovers! This no-churn ice cream recipe uses honey instead of condensed milk to sweeten the base.
  • Butter pecan is one of my favorites and this No Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream from The Toasty Kitchen is filled with candied nuts (image shown earlier in article).

Summer Classic Flavors

The best flavors of summer time, all in a perfect icy treat! Well If She Can Do It Pink Lemonade Ice Cream uses Kool-Aid as the “secret ingredient” to getting the irresistible sweet and tart lemon flavor.

Pink Lemonade no-churn ice cream (photo credit: Well If She Can Do It)
  • Mango Ice Cream Recipe by Bless My Food by Payal uses fresh mango for a bright and refreshing summertime dessert.
  • Simple and delicious, top this Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream recipe from Healthy Sweet Eats with fresh fruit – or enjoy straight up!
  • Perfectly refreshing on a hot day, try Christina’s Cucina recipe for Lemon Ice Cream.
  • Traditional Vanilla Ice Cream is a freezer-must have for summer time. Keep this recipe from Spice Up the Curry on hand, along with toppings for any anytime treat!

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