No ice cream maker? No worries! You can still get your fix of frozen goodness with these delicious DIY no-churn ice cream recipes.
A dreamy combination of cream, sugar, and whatever flavoring takes your fancy, ice cream is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
But not everyone wants to invest in an ice cream maker.
It takes up counter space, it stretches your household budget, and it may lead to uncontrollable bouts of compulsive ice cream eating.
Thanks to the magic of creative cooks, however, there are plenty of ways to serve up a scoop without investing in cumbersome equipment.
These inventive (and delicious!) recipes show you how it’s done.
From butter pecan to cookie monster, and from pineapple to peaches and cream, a whole world of irresistible ice cream awaits!
How to Make No-Churn Ice Cream
Conventional ice cream makers churn your mix as it chills so that it doesn’t form large ice crystals. This gives the final product a smooth, ready-to-eat, texture.
Because of this, no-churn recipes won’t give you quite the same mouth feel.
While still delicious and creamy, they tend to be a little more grainy – much like a frozen sorbet.
It may sound intimidating, but making your own no-churn ice cream is surprisingly easy!
The basic formula involves folding whipped cream into condensed milk, adding your favorite flavors and toppings, then spreading in a pan and freezing.
And that’s it! You’ll need to stir it occasionally and keep an eye on the clock, but otherwise, it’s done.
Then comes the good part – a bowl of soft, swirled, creamy, and cooling ice cream.
Once you’ve nailed the technique, you can experiment with all kinds of fun flavors and tantalizing tastes.
Add in nuts or candy, throw in some chocolate chips, get fruity for a light and healthy version.
If you’re wondering where to start, take a look at the list below.
There are over 20 amazing recipes here to give you plenty of inspiration. Simply stir, freeze, and enjoy!
Vanilla ice cream gets a bad rep, but this indulgent recipe is anything but boring.
Simple to make, but full of rich flavor, it’s the perfect accompaniment to pies, cakes, or puddings.
You could also just scoop it into a bowl and top it with your favorite candy, syrup, and/or toasted nuts.
Best of all, there are only 3 ingredients. All you’ll need is condensed milk, vanilla extract, and heavy cream. I’m heading to the store right now!
Ready for intense chocolate flavor? Then you’re ready for this sweet and delicious frozen treat.
Rich and fudgy, this yummy recipe is what I imagine brownies would taste like if they were magically turned into ice cream.
The beauty of this gorgeous ice cream (apart from the amazing taste) is its simplicity.
You’ll need just two ingredients to make this recipe – heavy cream and cream of coconut.
Blend together, freeze, and enjoy a bowl of exotic richness that’ll instantly transport you to the Tropics.
Caffeine addicts will go crazy for this coffee-infused ice cream.
It’s full of deep espresso flavor and delicious dark chocolate shavings.
Smooth, creamy, and very easy to make, this recipe is definitely on my to-do list.
Take 10 minutes to get this cookie-laden ice cream into the freezer tonight, and by tomorrow, you’ll have an amazingly sinful dessert to enjoy.
Loaded with chunky pieces of crushed Oreos and mini-chocolate chips, this is a gorgeous version of the classic cookies n’ cream flavor.
Bright and zesty, lemon is one of the most refreshing ice cream flavors around.
This recipe is full of vibrant citrus taste. It’s sweet, sour, tangy, and unbelievably refreshing.
Pair a scoop of this with brownies or fruit pie, and you’ll be in lovely, lemony heaven.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is the color.
You’ll end up with a bright bowlful of purple-red ice cream that tastes as good as it looks.
Made with fresh cherry puree, it’s the perfect way to make the most of the spring fruit and celebrate the start of summer.
If you’re making this long past cherry season, don’t despair. Frozen cherries will work just as well!
For perfectly balanced taste and texture ice cream needs the ideal blend of fats and sugars.
Here, it gets a helping hand with more nutty fats in the form of creamy peanut butter.
And it’s not just peanut butter either. There’s a sprinkling of peanut butter cups blended right into the ice cream for extra crunchy goodness.
This smooth, creamy ice cream with colorful sprinkles is a must for kids’ parties, or anytime your little ones need a snack.
It’s full of chunks of sugar cookies, swirled into a smooth vanilla base.
You can save yourself some time by using store-bought cookies or turn it into a kid-friendly project and make your own.
If you’re in the mood for something truly decadent, give this butter pecan blend a try.
Browned butter, toasted pecans, and a smooth vanilla cream base – I’m drooling already!
This seasonal treat is sure to get you in the Christmas mood.
It’s a tongue-tingling blend of vanilla cream, mint extract, and crushed candy cane.
Intensely sweet and minty, this is the perfect end to your festive feasts.
Dairy-free but full of dreamy, creamy flavor, this rich ice cream is perfect for dieters.
It’s made with vanilla almond milk and almond butter, with chopped dates providing plenty of natural sweetness and treacly taste.
You can whip together this no-fuss ice cream in 5 minutes, using just four ingredients.
Who knew math could be so much fun?
It keeps things classic with chocolate chips nestled in a vanilla base. Because there’s no need to mess with perfection.
Dulce de leche is a caramel-like syrup made with sweetened milk.
It brings a luxurious toffee taste to this yummy vanilla ice cream, making it perfect for puddings, sundaes, or straight from the tin.
Use store-bought dulce de leche to keep things easy, or get creative and make your own!
Fragrant and refreshing, this fruity ice cream is ideal for the dog days of summer.
It’s made with canned crushed pineapple, giving you flecks of juicy fruit in every spoonful.
Serve this over chopped mango for a truly tropical experience.
Ice cream isn’t just for summer with this fall-inspired recipe.
It’s made with pureed pumpkin, giving it a luxuriously thick texture and creamy smooth taste.
Warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves make this a fall-flavored treat that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
With fresh blackberries and heart-healthy dark chocolate, this homemade ice cream is way more nutritious than anything you’ll find in the store.
It’s loaded with sticky berry puree and chunks of rich chocolate, making it deliciously addictive.
Be sure to make lots of this dreamy dessert because I guarantee everyone at the table will want second helpings!
Conventional strawberry ice creams generally use artificial flavorings to get their berry taste, but it’s a poor substitute for the real thing.
There’s no berry tomfoolery with this homemade recipe.
Just plenty of fresh strawberries bring all their bright flavor to this no-churn vanilla ice cream.
And to make things extra special, the strawberries are roasted first.
Yes, it’s an extra step, but I think you’ll agree it’s worth it when you get a hit of all that intense fruit flavor.
Is there a more mouthwatering combo than peaches and cream? It’s right up there with PB&J on my list of culinary MVPs.
Fresh, juicy peaches and vanilla paste make this a dessert not to be missed.
It’s the ultimate summer treat, although I’ll probably eat it all year round.
Serve this at your next 4th July BBQ and you’re sure to wow the crowd.
This patriotic ice cream will whet every American appetite with its fruity blend of cherry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, and vanilla.
Red, white, and blue never tasted so good!
Cookie fans rejoice! This amazing ice cream contains not one but two different types of cookies – giving you double the deliciousness.
Bright blue, just like Cookie Monster himself, this is an eye-catching ice cream made from chocolate sandwich cookies and chocolate chip cookies.
It’s the perfect treat for every Sesame Street fan, no matter their age!
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