No Churn Ice Cream
An easy vanilla ice cream recipe that takes just 3 simple ingredients. It’s easy to whip up, no ice cream maker needed.
Servings Prep Time
10servings 15 minutes
Passive Time
4hours (in the freezer)
Servings Prep Time
10servings 15 minutes
Passive Time
4hours (in the freezer)
  • 2cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2teaspoons vanilla extract
  • add-ins*optional
  1. Whip the cream to stiff peaks. Do not whip too long or you will make butter! In another bowl, stir the vanilla into the sweetened condensed milk.
  2. Fold about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk until fully incorporated, then fold in the remaining 2/3. (I have added the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla directly to the mixer, but it isn’t quite as fluffy. Choose whether you are OK washing a separate bowl or would rather the ice cream be a little denser.)
  3. When the cream is fully mixed in, fold in the add-ins. (See below for variations.) I usually reserve a small amount of the add-ins to decorate the top.
  4. Pour into a loaf pan. A metal pan works best because it will freeze the ice cream faster. Freeze for 4 hours.
  5. Scoop into bowls and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

No-Churn Ice Cream Variations:

S’mores (our family’s favorite)- fold 1/2 cup crumbled graham crackers + 1/2 cup mini marshmallows + 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips into the basic recipe

Mint Chocolate Chip- use the basic recipe but switch the vanilla extract for 1 teaspoon mint extract + 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Lemon-make basic recipe but fold in 1/2 cup crumbled lemon cookies and then swirl in 1/2 cup lemon curd. Leave streaks of the lemon curd showing.

Caramel-make basic recipe but swirl in 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping

Chocolate Swirl-make basic recipe but swirl in 1/2 chocolate ice cream topping

Cookies & Cream-make basic recipe but fold in 10 chopped chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)

A few more ideas:

If you are looking for a chocolate no-churn ice cream, try this recipe from An Oregon Cottage. I’ve not tried it yet, but it looks great and is just as easy.

Also, this recipe from Heavenly Homemakers looks simple and delicious if you like strawberry ice cream. It doesn’t use sweetened condensed milk but relies on maple syrup for the sweetener.

Have you tried no-churn ice cream yet? What flavor should I try next?

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