The easiest homemade vanilla ice cream recipe you’ll ever make. Just three ingredients and no ice cream maker necessary!
High octane dairy + sugar alert!
Fair warning, this fully-leaded recipe contains all the dairy and sugar. For those who follow a dairy-free and/or sugar-free lifestyle, avert your eyes now, lest you get hooked into the cosmic tractor beam of creamy bliss and faceplant into a vat 3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream before you even know what hit you.
For everyone else: Oh, momma.
I had a hot debate with myself regarding whether or not to post this recipe since I tend to shield you all from the magical ways of heavy duty dairy and refined sugar, but in the end, the recipe won. It’s simply too good not to share.
Kind of like when you go out with your friends, and you’re all, “I’m JUST going to have ONE glass of wine.” and then one turns into two, two turns into three, and all of a sudden you’re all downtown eating a pile of the best chicken wings EVER at 2am purely by your own suggestion.
That’s what this ice cream is like. It sucks you in. It makes you naughty. It may be plain vanilla, but you guys: it’s filthy.
All that said, here’s the dealio:
- THREE ingredients: condensed milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract (or vanilla bean)
- No-Churn (no ice cream maker necessary, but you can use one if you please)
- Prepared in a blender
- Literally takes seconds to make
- The fluffiest, most succulent homemade ice cream
It’s the condensed milk and heavy cream combo that eliminate the need for egg yolks or churning. Sometimes with homemade ice cream, you get those random little hunks of ice or icy texture…yeah, that doesn’t happen with this recipe. It’s basically the best old fashioned vanilla ice cream you could possibly lay mouth on.
If you’re wild and crazy about vanilla bean ice cream, you can replace the vanilla extract with the scrapings of two vanilla beans.
The way this goes down, you simply pour all three ingredients into a blender, blend and viola – there’s your ice cream base. You can still use an ice cream maker for this recipe if you have one! Pour this vanilla ice cream base into the frozen bowl, flip the switch, and watch magic unfold. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, transfer the base to a freezer-safe container, and freeze. That is all. I will say, you’ll 200% get a creamier dreamier result if you use an ice cream maker, but heck, you’ll be satisfied without as well.
My primary reason for posting this recipe is it’s basically your gateway to all no-churn ice creams. Simply add your flavors (like peppermint extract, rum or other booze, peanut butter, caramel, cocoa, fresh fruit, etc), and you can prepare any type of ice cream you desire. One recipe is the gateway to all the fun.
Plain vanilla, whaaaaaaa?
I used the following kitchen tools to prepare this recipe:
- Blendtec Blender
- Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
- Loaf Pan/Ice Cream Storage Tub (for storing in the freezer)
This recipe and photo tutorial on How to Make Vanilla Ice Cream with 3 Ingredients was originally posted at eHow.com.
For those of you who are looking to keep your sweets dairy-free and cane sugar-free, here are some healthier options:
Vegan (and Paleo) Ice Cream Recipes: