No-Churn Ice Cream is soft and creamy homemade vanilla ice cream made in just a few minutes with no ice cream maker required! This recipe is really, really good. Most taste-testers had no idea that it was not real-deal (ice cream machine) ice cream! If you love ice cream, I’ve got Chocolate Ice Cream and Blueberry Ice Cream and so many more!

No-Churn Ice Cream

There is no special equipment needed to make this batch of fantastic homemade vanilla ice cream. I used a stand mixer, but you could also get away with using a handheld mixer. It starts by making the whipped cream. Then, it’s mixing the ingredients together and freezing it in a chilled loaf pan to let it set up. This recipe made 5 cups of ice cream.

Ice Cream Scoop Filled with Ice Cream for No Churn Ice Cream Recipe - 4 Ingredient Ice Cream

Ice Cream Ingredients

Heavy Cream: Also known as heavy whipping cream, this is a liquid with 36-40% fat. This will be whipped up into a cream to use in the ice cream.

Sweetened Condensed Milk: Be sure to check the labels when buying sweetened condensed milk; do not use evaporated milk. As in many no-churn ice cream recipes, sweetened condensed milk is used in place of granulated sugar for some sweetness.

Pouring Sweetened Condensed Milk into Bowl for No Churn Ice Cream Recipe - 4 Ingredient Ice Cream

How is this Different from Making Ice Cream in a Machine?

Besides not needing an ice cream machine to make this, there are other differences between no-churn ice cream and ice cream made in a machine. One difference is that no-churn ice creams are made without eggs. Another difference is the use of sweetened condensed milk in place of granulated sugar.

Pouring No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream into Pan Before It's Been Frozen

What is the Difference Between Soft and Stiff Peaks in Whipped Cream?

When making the ice cream, the first step is to whip the heavy cream. You will end up with stiff peaks, but what does that mean? Stiff peaks are sharp peaks that can stand on their own even after the beater has been removed.

If a recipe ever asks for ‘medium peaks’, that means that the peaks will stand pretty much on their own, but with a slight curl at the top. When a recipe calls for the cream to form ‘soft peaks’, it just means that the peaks barely hold their shape.

Filled Scoop of No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Is No-Churn Ice Cream Creamy?

Yes! So creamy. I could not believe how creamy the texture of the ice cream was when I tasted it. If you prefer grainy ice cream, this recipe is not for you. Because of the smooth and silky whipped cream folded into the sweetened condensed milk mixture, you will enjoy velvety texture in every bite!

No Churn Ice Cream Scoops in a Wooden Bowl

Can I Add Flavors to this Vanilla Ice Cream?

Of course! (However, please try a bite on its own first…yum!) Anyway, feel free to add your favorite candies, fruits, nuts, or even cookies to the ice cream. Or, top off a piece of apple pie or Banana Split Nachos with a scoop or two (or three, or four…).

5 from 5 votes

No-Churn Ice Cream

Prep Time 10 mins
Freezing Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins
No-Churn Ice Cream is soft and creamy homemade ice cream made in just a few minutes with no ice cream maker required!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (476g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Place a 9×5-inch loaf pan in the freezer to chill.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer, add the heavy cream. Start mixing at the lowest speed, and then gradually increase speed to medium until the cream starts to get thicker. (The gradual progression prevents you from spraying yourself with cream.)
  • The cream will thicken and start to peak. Mix on high speed until the cream is thick and stiff. This happens quickly, so watch it closely!
  • In a medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, salt, and 1 cup of whipped cream.
  • Gently fold the sweetened condensed milk mixture back into the mixing bowl with the rest of the whipped cream.
  • Pour the mixture into the chilled pan and freeze for at least 5 hours, or until fully set up, before serving.

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Reader Comments

  1. Looks delicious, maybe make for desert tomorrow. My Dad’s favorite oooh maybe I’ll throw some strawberries in there for him.

    I’ve ordered & sent your book to three of my family, gonna order my own copy now 😉♥️ I like to bake and experiment.

    I’m a big fan but really should not be having such goodies around my house all the time 😉

  2. Just popped mine into the freezer. I re-used a plastic ice cream container for it. With 4 kids I don’t see it lasting long. I’m going to top it with homemade apple butter jam & homemade caramel…yummy!

  3. This is THE best homemade ice cream ever! So amazing. Not fully frozen after 4 hours, but we just couldn’t wait!

  4. What causes the no churn ice cream to leave a buttery film on roof of mouth? If I don’t whip the cream to stir peak I usually don’t have a problem with this but going to stiff peak I do. Does anyone else have this problem? If not what am I doing wrong? Thanks

  5. I have made this twice. I sent this to my mother in law who loved it so much she sent it to all of her friends. The only thing we do is add a smidge less of the milk. We love it, thank you!

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