Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

easy homemade vanilla ice cream

It’s July, aka peak ice cream season! Our no-cook, egg-free Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe satisfies your cravings with rich, creamy, delicious vanilla flavor to enjoy all summer long!

This recipe has only 4 ingredients and can be mixed up in only 5 minutes. There’s no need to cool before churning because it doesn’t require heat. There are no eggs, so you don’t need to cook the mixture before putting it into your ice cream machine. It’s really so simple!

easy homemade vanilla ice cream on a spoon

Mix and Churn

Whisk together whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla until the sugar begins to dissolve. Yes, heat will dissolve the sugar more quickly, but then you would need to cool the mixture for several hours before churning and we are going for quick and easy. And the sugar will finish dissolving in the churning process, so your ice cream is smooth and creamy. This takes only a few minutes.

Then, all you need to do is churn your easy homemade vanilla ice cream following the instructions for your ice cream machine! It should freeze in around 30 minutes. When it’s thickened to the texture of soft ice cream, move it to a freezer-proof container and freeze for 2-3 hours, or until it is firm enough to scoop.

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easy homemade vanilla ice cream

Customize Your Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Just before, or even while your ice cream is churning, you can add your favorite mix-in. Options include mini chocolate chips or other flavored chips, candy pieces, nuts, sprinkles, cookie pieces, or fruit.

When adding fruit, make sure it’s not too wet or it will affect how your ice cream freezes. Also, be aware that fresh fruit may be crushed a bit by the churning process. You can also fold any of the mix-ins into the ice cream just before putting it in the freezer to finish firming up. Any of these also make great toppings!

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Serve It Up

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Enjoy!

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easy homemade vanilla ice cream

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Our no-cook, egg-free Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe satisfies your cravings with rich, creamy, delicious vanilla flavor to enjoy all summer long!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Churn Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, Ice Cream
Cuisine American
Servings 1.5 quarts

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla paste or vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Whisk all ingredients together, then freeze in your ice cream maker until creamy. Transfer to a freezer-proof container and freeze for 2-3 hours, or until firm enough to scoop and serve.

Notes

  • 2% milk will also work in this recipe, but we don’t recommend skim milk, which would make your ice cream more icy and less creamy.
  • Make this your own by gently stirring in mini-chocolate or flavored chips, candy pieces, sprinkles, or fruit just before placing in the freezer.
Keyword ice cream
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