No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Enjoy the delightful flavors of homemade no churn vanilla ice cream without the need for an ice cream machine. This recipe is easy to make, resulting in a sweet and creamy treat that will satisfy your dessert cravings.

This vanilla ice cream recipe is perfect for making milkshakes. Try this vanilla milkshake recipe next.

Place a couple of scoops of this non churn ice cream on top of a Pizookie for an extra special dessert.

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This no churn vanilla ice cream is naturally gluten-free, egg-free, and nut-free.

If you love no churn ice cream recipes, you have to try our No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream next. You might also have some fun making ice cream in a bag.

Want an ice cream recipe with tons of flavor? Marshmallow Ice Cream is so delicious.

Looking for a fun ice cream dessert? Try making Choco Tacos next.

Why you’ll love this No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Vanilla ice cream is classic, versatile, and delicious. A perfect canvas for add-ins, and your favorite toppings.

No churn ice cream is really easy to make. The use of sweetened condensed milk means we need only 4 ingredients and no heavy equipment to make a creamy ice cream from scratch.

No Stirring is required. We’ll add air to the base before freezing so you won’t need to remove it from the freezer and stir while it’s freezing like some other no-churn recipes.

Add a scoop between two pecan chocolate chips cookies for the ultimate ice cream sandwich. Or, add a couple of scoops on top of a cherry cobbler.

If you love it, you might want to try Rolled Ice Cream next. It uses the same ingredients, just different steps.

Ingredients needed to make no churn vanilla ice cream in separate bowls on a marble counter along with sugar cones.

Ingredients in Homemade No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Sweetened Condensed Milk – Using this thickened, sweetened milk is a shortcut that replaces the traditional custard used in churned ice cream recipes.

Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste – Both are equally delicious, but I like the little flecks of vanilla that you see if you use the paste.

Salt – A bit of salt balances out the sweetness in this recipe.

Heavy Whipping Cream – We’ll be whipping this up to add airiness to the ice cream.

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How to make No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream from scratch

  1. Start by lining a loaf pan with parchment paper and putting in it the freezer. Combine the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream on medium-high speed until still peaks form, similar to making whipped cream.
  3. Gently fold the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk mixture.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least six hours or overnight before serving.
  5. These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.

These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.

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How to store No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Store this No Churn Vanilla ice cream in the freezer in an airtight container (we really like these reusable ice cream containers) with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper pressed on top for up to one month.

Tips for making this No Churn Vanilla ice cream recipe

Use quality ingredients – When making homemade ice cream, you’ll want to make sure you are using high quality ingredients for the best outcome.

Chill out – If possible, always start with chilled ingredients. This is important for homemade no-churn ice cream recipes and ice cream maker recipes.

Don’t skimp on the fat – High fat milks and creams are essential when making homemade ice cream. Opting for a low-fat option often leads to icy ice creams and inconsistency in the texture.

Don’t go crazy with the add-ins – If you’re adding in additional ingredients, pick one or two and make sure they are chopped into pieces no larger than a blueberry or pea.

Don’t skimp on the sugar – Sugar not only adds sweetness to homemade ice creams, it also helps with the texture. Sugar is essential for the creamy texture in ice cream.

How to make No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream in an ice cream maker

To make this no churn vanilla ice cream recipe in an ice cream maker, follow the manufacturer’s directions.

This no churn vanilla ice cream works well in most ice cream makers. Hand crank, electric crank, freezer bowl, and ice cream compressor.

No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream Add Ins

Consider adding the following things to your no-churn vanilla ice cream:

  • Miniature chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles or Jimmies
  • Chopped peanuts or walnuts
  • Your favorite candy bars, chopped up.

More Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Here are some of our favorite tools for making no churn ice creams:

  • Glass Mixing Bowls – We love using these glass mixing bowls, but you can use what you like.
  • Loaf Pan – You can use any 9 x 13 loaf pan or a shallow pan, but we like this one.
  • Ice Cream Scoop – Make sure you have a good ice cream scoop. This is one of our favorites.
  • Ice Cream Bowls – You can use any bowl, but we think these are fun.
  • Ice Cream Containers – We love keeping a couple of ice cream containers on hand for when we make homemade ice cream.

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No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

This simple, No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream recipe is made easily without an ice cream machine.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Instructions

    1. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Place in the freezer.
    2. Combine sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and salt in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
    3. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, similar to making whipped cream.
    4. Gently fold the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk mixture.
    5. Pour into the prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least 6 hours or overnight.

Notes

  • Using vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract will add extra flavor and give you tiny vanilla bean specs in your ice cream.
  • Make sure the whipping cream is very cold before starting.
  • It's best to use chilled bowls, but it's not necessary for this recipe.
  • If needed, let the ice cream sit on the counter at room temperature for a few minutes so it's easy to scoop.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 5g

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  1. I love your recipes, but I have a challenge. I am allergic to wheat, dairy, soy, and olive oil and most fruit and vegetables. I’ve not been able to find a recipe for ice cream, and of course I really miss it. Any ideas?

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