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Homemade Ice Cream with only 3 Ingredients {No Ice Cream Maker Needed!}

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Easy homemade ice cream made with only 3 ingredients and no ice cream maker needed.

Homemade Ice Cream

I come from a long line of ice cream lovers.  Growing up, we always had ice cream in our freezer and made frequent trips to the local ice cream parlor.  But we never made homemade ice cream.  As an adult, I’ve tried making all kinds of different ice creams.  I even have a nice Cuisinart ice cream maker.  I’ve tried making homemade ice cream using eggs – and got scrambled eggs.  I’ve tried non-dairy recipes with marshmallows.  Nothing really could come close to store bought ice cream.  In fact, I read somewhere that homemade ice cream could never be as good simply because ice cream makers have very high end machines that are hard to replicate in the home kitchen.  What’s a girl to do?  I gave up.


Then the weather got warmer and I ran across a recipe on Pinterest that used only a few ingredients, looked light and smooth and didn’t require an ice cream maker. I had to give it a try.  I’ve read about a million different “no churn” ice cream recipes in the past few weeks. It seems to all point back to Nigella Lawson and her no churn recipe.  It didn’t really require much to try, so I did.

Homemade Ice Cream

I decide to start with basic vanilla.  All you need is whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract.  I’ve mentioned my love of Trader Joe’s shelf stable whipping cream and you can add their organic sweetened condensed milk to that list.  No can! Organic! I’m truly sorry if you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s.  My vanilla is homemade so this pretty much worked out to an organic vanilla ice cream for pennies.

Homemade Ice Cream

It took me about 10 minutes to whip the ice cream up.  And then another 6 hours to let it harden.  Start by whipping your whipped cream in a stand mixer or just using a hand held mixer.

Homemade Ice Cream

While the cream whips up,  mix together the condensed milk and the vanilla.  I mixed up in a Tupperware Wonderlier bowl that I was using to freeze the ice cream in. No need to dirty more dishes!  Once the cream is whipped, pour the condensed milk mixture in with the whipped cream. Gently gold the two together.

Homemade Ice Cream

Pour the mixture in to a freezer proof container.  Can you see how light and fluffy it is? Yum! Try not to lick the spoon because you’ll want to eat this ice cream before it freezes.  Gently place the ice cream in the freezer and let it freeze for at least 6 hours.  That’s it! It’s ready to go once it’s frozen.  I notice that homemade ice cream needs to be eaten sooner rather than later.  This makes a small batch so if you need a lot, double it for certain!

Homemade Ice Cream


If you are dairy free, or just love chocolate, make sure to check out my dairy free chocolate gelato recipe!   And “Fried” Ice Cream for a Crowd (no frying required) is always a hit at potlucks!

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3 Ingredient, No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream


  • 1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Whip heavy cream in the bowl of a stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together condensed milk and vanilla to combine.
  3. Gently fold the condensed milk mixture in to the whipped cream.
  4. Pour the mixture in to a freezer friendly, air tight container.
  5. Freeze for at least 6 hours.

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  • Amy
    May 22, 2015

    That looks delicious! We want to try making homemade ice cream at the beach this summer, so I will definitely save this recipe.

  • Pure Grace Farms
    June 3, 2014

    I love this Ice Cream, it is right up my alley. I appreciate the whole food approach. I can only imagine how delicious it tastes. I would be honored if you would stop by Pure Grace Farms and link your recipe at the Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop this evening. This will be my first week at co-hosting and I am beyond excited! Blessings…Shari

    • Camille
      June 5, 2014

      Thank you so much, Shari! Best of luck with your party – I hope it goes well!

  • April
    May 19, 2014

    I love easy ice cream recipes like this. It’s so nice to know exactly what is in what we are eating – and your recipe sounds delicious!! Pinned (and I’ve pinned your yummy chocolate chip cookies too). Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.

  • Miz Helen
    May 17, 2014

    Hi Camille,
    WoW this will be a very special ice cream for the summertime treats! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Lila
    May 16, 2014

    I love it when a recipe calls for ingredients I already have in my cupboard. And I LOVE Trader Joe’s too! Can’t wait to try this. 🙂

    • Camille
      May 18, 2014

      Me, too, Lila! Love not having to make an extra trip to the store!

  • Melissa
    May 16, 2014

    This looks delicious! Just pinned it!

  • Antionette Blake
    May 16, 2014

    This looks great, I am not a big icecream eater but my sons would love it. Thanks again for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty.

  • A Girl
    May 15, 2014

    this looks so easy and maybe fun to do with the kids. I haven’t made homemade ice cream in years.

  • Stephanie
    May 14, 2014

    This looks SOOOO good, I can really appreciate it too, I just tried making my own mint chocolate chip ice cream at home the other week and it was a BUST. Yours looks soooooo good, and the picture is AWESOME! I found it at whats cookin wednesday 🙂 It’s my first week there- great to find your site, I’ll definitely be back!

    • Camille
      May 14, 2014

      Thanks, Stephanie. It’s so frustrating to not get a good result! I still can’t believe this works – and it’s so simple!

  • Cris
    May 12, 2014

    This is so easy to make! ANd it looks so delicious 😡 Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will try it out!

    • Camille
      May 12, 2014

      I’m always disappointed by the taste and texture of homemade ice cream – but not this one! I couldn’t believe it worked. 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Liz Dovey
    May 11, 2014

    This looks really good! I would love to make this with my kids x

    • Camille
      May 11, 2014

      Thanks Liz! I’m sure you’d all love it!