No Churn Ice Cream (lots of flavor ideas)

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Homemade ice cream is the BEST – and when it’s No Churn Ice Cream it’s even better. I’ve been making this easy homemade Ice Cream for YEARS and it always turns out perfect – and delicious.

Skip the machine and make this 3 ingredient ice cream yourself – plus learn how to make ANY flavor you want.

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Two scoops of easy ice cream in blue bowls

Ice cream is one of those things that I absolutely love, especially in summer. My daughter and husband are huge ice cream lovers so we always have some in the freezer.

I have an ice cream machine but I really don’t like using it because I always forget to freeze the insert. That thing has to freeze for 12 hours before I can make ice cream and by then I’ve gone to the store and boughten some. PLUS – in summer when it’s hot my ice cream never churns properly.

That’s why, once I discovered easy ice cream I never went back to making it with a machine. No churn ice cream is the BEST and it’s easy to make any flavor you want. Today I’m going to teach you how to make the basic ice cream, plus how to make tons of different flavors all with just a few extra ingredients.

Easy ice cream ingredients on kitchen counter

3 easy ingredients

There are just three easy ingredients to make your own homemade ice cream:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

These ingredients are important, and except for the vanilla, cannot be substituted.

Heavy whipping cream is important because the first thing you do to make this ice cream is make whipped cream.

Sweetened condensed milk is sold in a can in the baking aisle. Sweetened condensed milk is milk that’s been cooked down with sugar so it’s thick and sweet. Don’t confuse it with evaporated milk; they’re two different things.

You can substitute fat-free sweetened condensed milk in this recipe and it will work just fine.

3 images showing whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk and finished ice cream in bowl

How to make easy ice cream

The magic of the ice cream is in how you put together the ingredients.

Make the Whipped Cream by beating the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

TIP: start with a cold bowl and cold beaters so it’ll beat up faster. See how I make my perfect whipped cream, with tips and tricks for troubleshooting.

Then just fold in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Don’t use your mixer – you don’t want to break the whipped cream.

Freeze your ice cream in an airtight container. You can also put it in a loaf pan and cover well with plastic wrap. Freeze until set, at least 3-4 hours.

It’s so easy to make this homemade ice cream with condensed milk – and it’s delicious too. Now – time to make different flavors!

Easy ice cream being scooped out of container

How to make different flavors

It’s so easy just by changing up a few things or adding some others. You can make your favorite ice cream easily!

Chocolate, Peanut Butter and other flavors

You can turn your vanilla ice cream into other flavors easily:

  • Chocolate Ice Cream: melt 3 ounces of baking chocolate and let it cool, then stir it into the sweetened condensed milk before adding to the whipped cream. Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream
  • Peanut Butter Ice Cream: add 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter to the sweetened condensed milk and mix until smooth, then add to the whipped cream. Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream
  • Cheesecake Ice Cream: mix 8 ounces softened cream cheese into the sweetened condensed milk, then add to the whipped cream. Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream
  • Flavor Ice Cream with Pudding Mix: add 4 tablespoons instant pudding mix to the sweetened condensed milk, then add to the whipped cream. Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream

Flavoring with extract

You can add ANY flavor extract in place of the vanilla. Most of the time you can substitute 1 teaspoon except in the case of almond extract and peppermint (use ½ teaspoon).

Mix-Ins

Add up to 2 cups of any mix ins to the ice cream to make new flavors.

  • Chopped Oreos or other cookies
  • Sprinkles
  • M&Ms or other candies
  • Chopped peanut butter cups, Kit Kats, Snickers, etc.
  • Chocolate Chips or any other chips
  • Toffee Bits
  • Chopped brownies
  • ANYTHING!

Make low-fat ice cream

I also make this ice cream low-fat often. To make the ice cream low-fat you just need to make a few substitutions:

  • Use fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • Instead of using heavy whipping cream, use 2 (8-ounce) containers of low-fat or fat-free Cool Whip (thawed). The ice cream will be a little creamier with a slightly different texture but still taste great.
Easy ice cream in blue bowl with chocolate sauce drizzle

No matter how you make this ice cream you will love it – especially because you don’t need a machine to make it in!

Ice Cream Recipes to try using this method:

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Easy No Churn Ice Cream Recipe

Make easy ice cream with just 3 ingredients and no machine. No churn ice cream is delicious and it's easy to make any flavor you want!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Beat heavy whipping cream with a mixer until stiff peaks form (you’re making whipped cream).
  • Pour in sweetened condensed milk and extract and fold to combine (don’t mix, fold). Make sure that the sweetened condensed milk is completely folded into the whipped cream.
  • Place ice cream mixture into a large bowl or container. Cover tightly with lid or plastic wrap and freeze until set, at least 3-4 hours. (I like to freeze mine in a 9×5-inch loaf pan.)
  • Make flavors as listed below.

Recipe Notes

Flavors to try:

  • Chocolate Ice Cream: melt 3 ounces of baking chocolate and let it cool, then stir it into the sweetened condensed milk before adding to the whipped cream. 
  • Peanut Butter Ice Cream: add 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter to the sweetened condensed milk and mix until smooth, then add to the whipped cream.
  • Cheesecake Ice Cream: mix 8 ounces softened cream cheese into the sweetened condensed milk, then add to the whipped cream. 
  • Flavor Ice Cream with Pudding Mix: add 4 tablespoons instant pudding mix to the sweetened condensed milk, then add to the whipped cream. 
  • You can add ANY flavor extract in place of the vanilla. Most of the time you can substitute 1 teaspoon except in the case of almond extract and peppermint (use ½ teaspoon).
  • Add up to 2 cups of any mix ins to the ice cream to make new flavors (i.e. Oreos or candy)
  • Low-Fat Ice Cream: Use fat-free sweetened condensed milk. Instead of using heavy whipping cream, use 2 (8-ounce) containers of low-fat or fat-free Cool Whip (thawed). The ice cream will be a little creamier with a slightly different texture but still taste great.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 45mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword ice cream
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Easy Ice Cream is made with only 3 ingredients and it’s a no churn recipe so anyone can make this at home! This recipe uses sweetened condensed milk which makes for delicious ice cream and is commonly used in desserts like pie or cake.

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  1. Amazing! So creamy. I can’t stand store bought ice cream because it is too sweet (it’s loaded with high fructose corn syrup) and it isn’t even creamy. THIS is everything ice cream is supposed to be. I made rhubarb crisp and put some of this ice cream on top . . . oh my. I think I have died, and gone to heaven.

  2. I have trouble “folding” the condensed milk into the whipped cream. The condensed milk is very heavy and syrupy and I find it very resistant to being folded. If anyone has any tips about this I would appreciate the help !! Thanks in advance.