No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

It doesn't get much better than this. Creamy vanilla ice cream without the churning, and with only a few ingredients.

I’m not sure whether it’s just me, but sometimes I am absolutely craving some ice cream; however, if I go and buy a tub of ice cream, in all likelihood I will eat the whole thing in one sitting (which could be up to 2-3 pints). Perhaps I should be a little more responsible and portion out my ice cream, but then the thought of having to wait a couple of hours for the next tub is no fun.

I had an idea: Why not just make my own ice cream so that I can eat as much as I want, whenever I want? Wouldn’t that be swell? Well it is indeed, until you think about how much it would cost to buy all the ingredients needed for a decent batch of ice-cream at the nearest supermarket.

I was only able to afford a basic grocery shop and I wasn’t exactly going to have enough ingredients needed for a pints worth of ice-cream. Also, it would be quite time consuming to make perfect ice-cream every time, but if I was in the mood for some ice-cream, there’s no way I’d let that stop me from having a tasty treat.

This recipe is a great compromise for those that prefer simple recipes without having to create an ice cream base from scratch.

It was at this point in time when inspiration struck me. Why not just combine ingredients which are pretty much interchangeable and then add some whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chopped nuts? It would be really simple and in the end I’d have a delicious ice-cream that would hit the spot every time.

But what kind of basic ingredients could I use? I decided to just stick with the basics so that my ice cream was not too rich but at the same time, it would be delicious and have that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ – you know, it needs to be creamy, cool and indulgent.

So I made an ice-cream base, added a little bit of sugar and some almond essence/extract and after about one hour, I was ready to roll. No churning, no alchemy required!

I loved the results as well as I liked the fact that it was very simple to make. The ice cream was not overly sweet (which can sometimes be a problem), it was cool and refreshing and very pleasant to eat. It’s also relatively inexpensive to make since you don’t need any expensive ingredients.

no churn vanilla ice cream made from scratch

How To Make No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Are you looking for a delicious, no-churn, vanilla ice cream recipe? Look no further! This recipe is so easy to make and it only requires 3 ingredients.

This is a creamy and light vanilla ice cream that can be made without an ice cream maker. So no more waiting for your ice cream to set up or churn. This recipe is super easy and tasty, with just 1 bowl needed!

easy no-churn vanilla ice cream recipe

Creamy No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Looking for the perfect homemade ice cream recipe? Hone your skills and step up your game by making a creamy no churn vanilla ice cream that is well balanced with a silky sweet finish. This recipe is easy to make, impressive and perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill time 4 hrs
Course Desserts
Servings 4 cups
Calories 730 kcal


  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk

Optional toppings

  • whipped cream
  • maraschino cherries
  • chopped nuts


  • Firstly, slice the vanilla bean the lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Now set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream at high speed until stiff peaks form. You can also use an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla beans, stir thoroughly to combine.
  • Place the mixture in a bread pan or freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from freezer and set aside for 10 minutes to soften. Transfer to serving bowl. Enjoy!


Just follow these easy steps and you’ll have it churned up and ready for dessert in no time! You can also experiment with different flavors, such as chocolate, raspberry, and caramel.


Calories: 730kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 10gFat: 53gSaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 197mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 458mgSugar: 54gVitamin A: 2014IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 359mgIron: 1mg
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How to make no churn vanilla ice cream
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