Easy 3 Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream!

No Churn Ice Cream is the perfect way to send off summer with one last celebration. Made with just 3 ingredients there is no need for any fancy equipment, ice cream makers, or special tools!

For parties, a DIY ice cream sundae bar with chocolate and caramel sauce, whipped cream, chopped nuts, and a cherry for the top is always a crowd pleaser! Or serve with your favorite fall desserts like apple pie or a delicious rhubarb crisp!

A dish with a serving of vanilla ice cream, garnished with mint leaves.

How Do You Make Ice Cream?

A traditional homemade ice cream recipe often starts with cooking a custard. The custard is then added to an ice cream machine that has been pre-frozen and churns until the custard freezed into a creamy delight.

No Ice Cream Maker? No Problem!

This ice cream is made with 3 simple ingredients, 3 easy steps and no ice cream maker is required!

  1. Combine the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a large bowl (per recipe below). For a more intense vanilla flavor, use a real vanilla bean by scraping the tiny seeds out of the bean. Add to the mixture.
  2. In the second chilled bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  3. Gently fold together until fully mixed. Do not overmix or the finished result won’t be as light and airy.

Now you are ready to freeze it! Just pour into a prepared loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap.

Two images showing the steps to combine No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream ingredients.

How Long Does it Take to Make?

As long as the loaf pan and bowl for the whipping cream are pre-chilled, mixing up the rest of the ingredients shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes or so!

Once the mixture is poured into the loaf pan, cover it with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

Additions to No Churn Ice Cream

The possibilities to change the flavor of this ice cream are endless. Simply sprinkle in a handful of add-ins and freeze as directed. Swap of the vanilla for your favorite extracts.

  • Add a swirl of peanut butter, nutella, or cookie butter.
  • Broken bits of graham crackers/cookies or chopped nuts.
  • Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or M&Ms.
  • Fresh strawberries, peaches or cherries slightly mashed.

Vanilla ice cream being scooped out of a baking pan.

Storing Homemade Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream will easily pick up freezer odors and flavors, so keep it tightly sealed in a freezer container. Be sure to label the container with the date it was prepared.

How Long Will It Last?

Once the ice cream is made, the key is to keep it from temperature fluctuations. Here are a couple of tips to make sure the ice cream stays fresh!

  • Cover the ice cream with plastic wrap before you put the container lid on it. This prevents ice crystals from forming on the top of the ice cream. (This works with store bought ice cream as well.
  • Store in a flat container instead of a deep container.
  • Store towards the back of the freezer (not the door) so the temperature stays the same.

No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream scooped out of a pan.

Scoop Over These Desserts

No Churn Ice Cream

Made with just 3 ingredients there is no need for any fancy equipment, ice cream makers, or special tools!

  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  1. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Place in the freezer.
  2. Combine sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a large chilled bowl.

  3. In a separate chilled bowl, whip heavy cream on medium high until stiff peaks form.

  4. Gently fold the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk. (Stir in any mix-ins you'd like at this point).

  5. Pour into prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight.

A serving of vanilla ice cream in a bowl, garnished with mint leaves. A serving of vanilla ice cream garnished with mint leaves. Top image - a serving of vanilla ice cream. Bottom image - vanilla ice cream being scooped out of a baking pan.