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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: 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.

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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

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate ice cream, dessert, no bake, no churn, vanilla ice cream
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Julia

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

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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.

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

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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

Bev

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Is there any way you know of to adapt this to a Vitamix recipe (I have the frozen dessert option with mine). I am afraid if I add ice cubes to this, it will be too watered down - and I cannot ascertain how that will effect the taste. Tonight, I have my grandsons here, and hoped to get to ic cream as a treat but all the Vitamix x recipes use either frozen fruit or frozen milk cubes. I made my own sweetened condensed milk but then got chicken to do your recipe in the vitamix .... with corona lockdown, we get farm fresh cream ($10/quart) and I didnt want this to be an expensive disaster. So I am going to refrigerate the homemade condensed milk and try again tomorrow. If I see an answer, I will be delighted! This recipe sounds amazing!

Julia

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Hi Bev!

I don't have experience making ice cream in a Vitamix, and I would hate for it to turn into an expensive disaster too! Have you tried a different ice cream recipe using ice cubes in your Vitamix before and had success? If so, I'm guessing it would work..If not, I would stick to the no-churn option even though it will take longer. I hope this helps!! xoxo

Eileen

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Hi I didn’t see that I could only add 1/2 the can of condensed milk before I made the ice cream. It is to sweet for me so can I add anything to the ice cream after it is frozen if I let it thaw so it isn’t so sweet? Otherwise my husband and I won’t eat it.

Caroline

Tuesday 17th of September 2019

This is a great recipe my kids and I love it. Vanilla is our favourite but my daughter likes mint choc chip. I'm never buying ice cream again..lol. I've evrn tried it with oreo cookies for cookies and cream, it's delish. Going to try and make an Eaton Mess later

Julia

Friday 20th of September 2019

I'm so thrilled you guys like it! Now I'm craving a cookies n cream version! xo

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