Easy No-Churn Ice Cream
This easy no-churn ice cream is made with just 4 simple ingredients. It’s creamy, sweet and makes the perfect base for your favorite mix-ins.
I absolutely love ice cream. Ok, I love all desserts, but homemade ice cream is pretty darn dreamy. Today I’m sharing a recipe that is perfect for summer. No cooking involved, no eggs, just 4 simple ingredients for the base.
You do NOT need a fancy ice cream maker. You do not need to kick around a ball with rock salt, and you do not need to hand crank anything.
Doesn’t that sound almost too good to be true? It isn’t!
This easy n0-churn ice cream can be made in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl with a hand held mixer. I always opt for my stand mixer because I’m usually holding a baby or child and I’ll do just about anything to make things easier on me. Go with what works best for you.
No-churn ice cream is made with 4 ingredients:
- Heavy whipping cream
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Vanilla extract
- Sea salt
I’ve tested this recipe twice now to get the ratio just right. Sweetened condensed milk can be, well… sweet. So adding the right amount of cream and salt was key. And of course, all ice cream needs flavor. I prefer using a quality pure vanilla extract like Nielsen-Massey. You really can taste the difference.
How do you make no-churn ice cream?
Simple! Pour the cream, vanilla and salt into the bowl and beat the mixture on high until stiff peaks form. Add the sweetened condensed milk and gently fold it in with a spatula. Mix in your favorite candy, sauces, fruit or nuts and then transfer the base to an airtight freezer-safe container for 4 hours.
What’s great about this recipe is that it is super easy to customize. You can divide it up and make all sorts of flavors. Here are some of our favorites:
No-Churn Cookies and Cream Ice Cream: crushed Oreo cookies
N0-Churn Drumstick Ice Cream: crushed sugar cone, chocolate salted carmel swirl, chopped peanuts
No-Churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream: crushed ladyfingers (or pound cake) and chunks of strawberry
No-Churn Chunky Monkey Ice Cream: peanut butter swirls, mini chocolate chips and chunks of banana
No-Churn Mint Chip Ice Cream: mint extract, green food coloring (optional), mini chocolate chips
No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream: crushed graham crackers, Nutella swirl, chocolate chunks, mini marshmallows
The best part about this recipe is that aside from the base, you can just eye the mix-ins. There’s no set amount. Just do what feels right. You may like one ingredient more than another, or you may even want to ditch or swap one out. It’s totally up to you!
I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe for easy no-churn ice cream as much as we did. The options are endless!
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- 2 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
- 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or a large mixing bowl with a hand held mixer, add the cream, vanilla and salt. Beat on high until stiff peaks form.
- Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk and desired mix-ins until no streaks remain.
- Pour into a freezer-safe container and store in the freezer until firm, about 4 hours.
- If making a full batch of mint ice cream, add 2 teaspoons of mint extract with the vanilla.