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This Easy Lemon Ice Cream is made without a machine and it can be made SKINNY. It’s pretty much a miracle.

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easy skinny lemon ice cream in white bowl on white napkin with lemons

I do not like the cold. Not. At. All. This is probably because my fingers turn purple as soon as the temps drop below 70 degrees and, for most of Winter, I cannot feel my feet. I’ve been skiing once, and it was in the middle of a storm. Bad idea. Big. Huge. The second I walked out those doors onto the mountain I immediately lost all feeling in all of my extremities, my nose, and my ears.

The only time I’m not cold? During the night. No, during the night I transform from an ice cube into hot lava, the core of the earth. My husband has affectionately nicknamed me his “little heater” during the night. It’s the kind of heat that makes you get up from bed to cool off…only to be followed by being frozen from the cold air in the room.

I know it’s the middle of Winter and ice cream is something one shouldn’t crave. But I do, often. Of course, I hold the bowl with gloves on, but I still eat it.

{I joke…but I’ve thought about it.}

Eating ice cream in the middle of the night isn’t acceptable…but I’ve thought about that too. It would certainly cool me off.

easy skinny lemon ice cream in white bowl on white napkin with lemons

What better ice cream to eat in January when it’s dark and dreary outside? Lemon! Yellow and pretty and it makes you think of Spring.

{Although I kind of don’t want Spring to get here. That means Summer is around the corner and my A/C bill…*shudder*}

I received two huge bags of lemons over Christmas. One bag was, I think, Meyer lemons. Ohmigod those smell gooooood.

I’ve been craving lemon ice cream for awhile. It seems almost a contradictory flavor, all that dairy with the tartness of the lemon. But the sweetness from the ice cream is a wonderful combination with the lemon flavor.

I made this the “easy” way without an ice cream maker, AKA No Churn Ice Cream. I used a can of sweetened condensed milk and a container of Cool Whip. Normally, this kind of ice cream is done with whipping cream, but Cool Whip is easier, the extra sweetness pairs really well with the lemon, and I can make it fat-free. Really! It’s skinny ice cream!

Fat-free sweetened condensed milk, fat-free Cool Whip, and lemon. So, so easy. And so, so good.

Skinny Lemon Ice Cream

A perfect way to cool off during those hot flash moments!

easy skinny lemon ice cream in white bowl on white napkin with lemons

Easy Skinny Lemon Ice Cream

3.50 from 14 votes
This EASY Lemon Ice Cream is skinny! No ice cream machine is needed - just a few ingredients you stir together and freeze to make a rich and decadent, creamy lemon ice cream. Make "skinny" by using low-fat ingredients!
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 can fat-free sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
  • 2 containers fat-free Cool Whip 8 ounces each, see note
  • 1 large or 2 small lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract


  • Stir together sweetened condensed milk,  zest and juice from 1 large lemon (or 2 small ones), and lemon extract. (You can skip the lemon extract and use vanilla instead, but to give it that punch of lemon flavor you need the extract.) Fold in Cool Whip.
  • Place in an airtight container and freeze until hardened, at least 6 hours or overnight.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 123kcal
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Skinny Lemon Ice Cream

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Last Updated on May 15, 2020

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  1. For calories 1 cup of this icecream is no more than 70 calories. And this recipe makes 4 cups.

    1. Your list of ingredients say 2 – 8 ounce containers Cool Whip, stating “See Notes” I see no notes about it. Please help

      1. Sorry about that – all my notes got erased and I’m working on fixing that. You can use freshly whipped cream (made from 2 cups heavy whipping cream) in place of the cool whip. For cool whip you can use sugar free, fat free or any kind you want.

  2. How many carbs are in the recipe?? Love,love your ‘re pies, and pictures. I just found you and love everything but I had to ho on this low carb diet. Thanks, Leslie

  3. Is it okay to use 2 lemons without Lemon Extract ? if its not, any substitution for lemon extract? 🙂