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3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

The easiest homemade vanilla ice cream recipe you’ll ever make. Just three ingredients and no ice cream maker necessary! This no-churn vanilla ice cream recipe is easy to prepare and is quite the crowd-pleaser!

High octane dairy + sugar alert!

 

I had a heated debate with myself regarding whether or not to post this recipe. 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…makes you naughty. It may be plain vanilla, but you guys: it’s filthy.

Easy 3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe. No ice cream maker necessary! No eggs!

Recipe Highlights:

  • Only THREE ingredients required: sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract (or vanilla bean)
  • Egg-free
  • 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
  • Your gateway to all the no-churn ice cream flavors

It is the combination of condensed milk and heavy cream 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…That doesn’t happen with this recipe. It’s basically the best old fashioned vanilla ice cream you can enjoy!

Easy 3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe. No ice cream maker necessary! No eggs!

With that said, there isn’t much room for improvisation when it comes to the ingredients you use. If you substitute half & half or go dairy-free, you’ll likely end up with a different (less creamy or soft) result. If you’re okay with that, cool!

How to Make No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream:

Simply add the three ingredients (plus a dash of sea salt) to a blender or food processor and blend just until combined.

Avoid over-blending the mixture, as it could result in a whipped cream-like consistency. This can cause small ice crystals to form in the ice cream while it freezes, giving it an icy texture.

3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream made in a blender

Once you have your ice cream base, you can freeze it immediately in a freezer-safe container. 

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If you do own an ice cream maker, chill the ice cream base in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before adding it to your ice cream maker and churning.

How to Make 3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

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Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe made with only 3 ingredients. No ice cream maker necessary

Once the ice cream has finished churning, you can serve it immediately for soft serve consistency, or transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 2 hours.

After the ice cream has sat in the freezer, it will have the same consistency as store-bought ice cream.

Recipe Adaptations:

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.

Ice Cream Flavor Ideas:

  • If you’re wild and crazy about vanilla bean ice cream, you can replace the vanilla extract with the scrapings of two vanilla beans.
  • Add 1/2 cup raw cacao powder to make chocolate ice cream. Toss in some chocolate chips, why don’t ya!
  • Blend 1 to 2 cups fresh berries (I recommend strawberries) into the ice cream base.
  • Add 1 1/2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract and 1 cup chocolate chips to make mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Incorporate 1/4 cup instant coffee granules to make coffee ice cream.

Plain vanilla, whaaaaaaa?

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Easy 3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe. No ice cream maker necessary! No eggs!

3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream is an easy ice cream recipe that requires no eggs or ice cream maker.

Instructions

No-Churn Instructions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients for the ice cream to a blender. Blend until well-combined.
  2. Pour the ice cream base into a freezer-safe container, cover, and freeze for 5 hours, or until frozen solid.
  3. When ready to serve, allow ice cream to thaw for 2 to 5 minutes. Scoop ice cream into bowls and serve.

Instructions for Using an Ice Cream Maker:

  1. Place the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer overnight (or follow the instructions for your specific ice cream maker ahead of time).
  2. Add all of the ingredients for the ice cream to a blender. Blend until well-combined.
  3. Set up your ice cream maker and pour the vanilla ice cream base into the frozen bowl. Turn the ice cream maker on and allow it to churn until very thick and machine begins to slow down, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Either serve immediately for soft serve consistency, or transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container, and freeze for 2 hours. When ready to serve, allow ice cream to thaw 2 to 5 minutes before scooping and serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1 of 10
Amount Per Serving Calories 289Total Fat 22gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 22gSugar 22gProtein 3g

Easy 3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream with no eggs and no ice cream maker necessary

3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream - the easiest, creamiest homemade vanilla ice cream ever! Recipe can be made with or without an ice cream maker

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PJ

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Looks really creamy. I just joined a 'vanilla co-op and I'm going to make this using some vanilla caviar. I guess that would turn out to be 'Vanilla Bean' Ice Cream! Thank you for sharing :)

Julia

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

My pleasure! Hope you enjoy! xoxo

Diane Winters

Sunday 14th of March 2021

Make sure you don't confuse condensed milk with sweetened condensed milk. Both products are sold in stores but are COMPLETELY different - one is thin and not sweet, the sweetened one is quite thick. Those terms are being used indiscriminately in the article and in some of the comments. The recipe, however, using sweetened condensed milk is really easy and delicious.

Julia

Monday 15th of March 2021

That is great advice, Diane!! Thanks so much for weighing in :D

karen marie

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

This was terrific. I'd made ice cream before, using a different method of doing no-churn, but this was even easier and very tasty! I flavored mine with a cooked, pureed strawberry sauce. Beautiful!

Julia

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Wahoo! I'm so happy you enjoyed it, Karen!! xoxoxo

Angela

Monday 8th of February 2021

This recipe sounds great. However if some say it is too sweet, can I add Mango Pulp to it? Will it make it too soft or too icy??

Julia

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Hi Angela,

I've never made ice cream with mango pulp, so I'm not sure how it would turn out. My guess is it would work just fine, but you may get more of a sorbet consistency. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful!

Michelle

Sunday 5th of July 2020

Hi, if you go with the approach of using the egg yolks and tempering the eggs, is it required to use an ice cream maker? Would the freezing by itself suffice? Also, have you used cream cheese instead of egg yolks? Im wondering if they have the same effect. Thank you!!

Julia

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Hi Michelle,

You should be able to get away without using an ice cream maker if you temper eggs. I've never tried using cream cheese instead of egg yolks - this is new to me! I'll update the post if/when I have a chance to try it! xoxo

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