No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

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If you have ever wanted to make your own ice cream but don’t have a specialized machine, then you are going to LOVE this No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream recipe! With just three ingredients, it is ready in as little as 4 hours. Use your homemade ice cream to make milkshakes, ice cream sodas, and floats, or just eat it from the tub with a spoon!

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No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

I have an ice cream maker, it’s just a cheap one but I don’t think we actually ever used it! It’s probably in the back of the cupboard somewhere, or maybe even donated during a declutter.

Unless you are an ice cream fiend who wants to make a lot of ice cream, buying a decent machine is going to cost you a fair bit, plus you need to make sure you plan ahead of time to freeze components of the machine (depending on the model) so that you can use it.

So essentially, saying all that, if you want to make ice cream at home and don’t have an ice cream machine you can totally make this no-churn vanilla ice cream without any fancy equipment!

You need just three ingredients for this ice cream recipe – a vanilla pod/bean, heavy cream (double cream in the UK) and sweetened condensed milk.

And the fanciest bit of equipment is a handheld electric mixer (although if you don’t have one, just use a balloon whisk and some elbow grease!).

Then once you’ve made your own ice cream at home, you can enjoy with topped with your favorite toppings, or use it in milkshakes, ice cream sodas, ice cream floats, ice cream sandwiches and more!

Or why not toast some marshmallows and make marshmallow ice cream next?

This recipe uses American cups. They’re a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have along with a kitchen food scale. Having both in your kitchen means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog as I use both cups and weighted measures.

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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How Do I Make No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

You can make this easy (and yummy!) vanilla ice crew without needing an ice cream machine.


  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups heavy cream (double cream)
  • 14oz /397g (can) sweetened condensed milk

To Serve, Optional

  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Chopped nuts
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate syrup


  1. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and carefully scrape out the seeds with a sharp knife. Set aside.

  2. Using an electric hand mixer whisk the cream at high speed until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to overbeat as it can split and turn into butter.

  3. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla bean seeds and fold to combine.

    condensed milk and vanilla seeds added to the cream

  4. Pour mixture into a bread pan or freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
  5. To serve, remove from freezer and let soften for a few minutes before transferring to individual serving bowls.

    No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream in bowls
  6. Serve as is or add your preferred toppings. Enjoy!

    No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream with cherry on top
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 834Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 0gSugar: 76gProtein: 14g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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