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No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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This homemade No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is so easy to make that you will want to make it all summer long. Made with real vanilla beans and simple ingredients, this delicious frozen treat is perfect for any occasion.

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There’s something about homemade ice cream that just tastes better than store bought. My No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is super creamy and full of real vanilla flavor. Ice cream is a staple in our freezer and when I make this recipe, it’s gone fast. I should really learn to make two batches.

Do you enjoy eating ice cream all year round? We do. So, there’s no surprise that this vanilla ice cream is often requested as is Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream and Cherry Pecan Ice Cream – both also are no-churn recipes and so good. Homemade vanilla ice cream makes a delicious topping for peach cobbler or this 3 ingredient cherry cobbler.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • No Ice Cream Machine Needed: That’s right, no special machine is needed to make this ice cream. Just a bowl, an electric hand mixer, and a loaf pan are all you need.
  • Creamy Texture: This no-churn ice cream is smooth and creamy thanks to the sweetened condensed milk which helps maintain the perfect consistency, so you can enjoy a luscious treat without any icy grains.
  • Customizable: You can add your favorite ice cream sundae mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, crushed Oreo cookies, nuts, fruit preserves, or sprinkles. So many options! Personally, I love vanilla ice with hot fudge sauce or homemade caramel sauce and sprinkles on top!
close up of spoon with ice cream

What Does No-Churn Mean?

The difference between churned and no-churn ice cream is that the former calls for churning in an ice cream maker. No-churn ice cream is made by whipping heavy cream with condensed milk using a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, and then freezing the mixture.

No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

The creamy goodness of this no-churn vanilla bean ice cream requires no ice cream maker, making it accessible to anyone craving a homemade sweet treat. The perfect balance of heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk results in a velvety and rich consistency without the need for churning.

By using real vanilla beans, each bite of ice cream bursts with the natural, aromatic essence of vanilla. The tiny seeds from the vanilla beans add a gourmet touch that elevates the flavor profile far beyond ordinary vanilla ice cream. The added vanilla extract will elevate the vanilla flavor even more.

homemade vanilla ice cream closeup

How do you use vanilla beans?

To use the vanilla beans, slice them lengthwise and scrape out the seeds using the back of a knife. These seeds will be mixed into the ice cream base. If you have a hard time finding vanilla beans, you can use a vanilla bean paste. It’s a mixture of crushed vanilla bean seeds and vanilla extract.

How long does it take for the ice cream to freeze, and how should it be stored?

Once mixed, cover the loaf pan with plastic wrap and freeze. The ice cream typically takes 4-6 hours to freeze until firm. It should be stored in an airtight container in the freezer to maintain its creamy texture and prevent ice crystals.

spoonfiul of ice cream with strawberries

Timesaving Tips and Variations

  • If you need this ice cream for an event, make it the night before so the ice cream is firm.
  • For best results, use a heavy whipping cream with at least 36% milk fat and full-fat sweetened condensed milk. Lower-fat creams have a higher water content, which can lead to ice crystals in the finished ice cream.
  • Ensure the heavy cream is very cold before whipping to achieve maximum volume.
  • Be gentle when folding in the sweetened condensed milk to maintain the airy texture of the whipped cream. Always use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to fold in the rest of the ingredients – this will also help keep the mixture light and airy.
  • Store the ice cream in an airtight container to prevent ice crystals from forming.
  • Before freezing is the time to mix in your add-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, or strawberry preserves.
  • Add 1 1/2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract and 1 cup of mini chocolate chips to make mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Blend 1 to 2 cups of fresh berries into the ice cream base.
  • This recipe can also be made in a blender.
  • Vanilla bean ice cream makes a great topping for a blueberry cobbler or to serve beside this white cake.
easy no churn ice cream

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ingredients for homemade vanilla ice cream

Directions

I lined my loaf pan with aluminum foil before starting. Add the heavy whipping cream to a large bowl and mix on high until fluffy (3-5 mins) using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer.

whip heavy cream with mixer
whipped cream in bowl

Next, gently FOLD in by hand using a rubber spatula the can of sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Fold in until no streaks remain. Slice the vanilla beans and scrape out the beans and add them to the bowl. Fold the vanilla beans in.

add vanillas and milk to whipped cream

Spread mixture into the prepared loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 6-8 hours.

spread ice cream in loaf pan and freeze

Serve as is, or top with sprinkles, hot fudge sauce, or strawberry preserves.

strawberry preserves over ice cream
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No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

This homemade No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is so easy to make that you will want to make it all summer long. Made with real vanilla beans and simple ingredients, this delicious frozen treat is perfect for any occasion.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no churn ice cream, vanilla bean ice cream
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freezer time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Author: Lisa Kerhin

Equipment

  • electric hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Large bowl
  • rubber spatula
  • neasuring cups and spoons
  • loaf pan (bread pan)

Ingredients

Instructions

  • I lined my loaf pan with aluminum foil before starting. Add the heavy whipping cream to a large bowl and mix on high until fluffy (3-5 mins) using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer.
  • Next, gently FOLD in by hand using a rubber spatula the can of sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Fold in until no streaks remain. Slice the vanilla beans and scrape out the beans and add them to the bowl. Fold the vanilla beans in.
  • Spread mixture into the prepared loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 6-8 hours.
  • Serve as is, or top with sprinkles,  hot fudge sauce, or strawberry preserves.

Notes

See blog post for tips and variations

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    7 Comments

    1. You can never go wrong with vanilla ice cream and this version is even better because it requires even less work. A no-churn version would be perfect to make at a beach house while on vacation.

    2. I love the look and sound of this one! Easy enough. I don’t think I can clear enough freezer space to freeze my ice cream machine tub, so no-churn works for me!

    3. My niece always likes to make something when she visits and this will be perfect because we can make it when she gets here and then have it for dessert after dinner!

    4. 5 stars
      No churn ice cream is so easy and delicious! And lefts itself to yummy flavors like this vanilla bean one!