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This Easy Homemade Ice Cream recipe teaches you how to make no churn vanilla ice cream. You only need 3 ingredients and one pan for this super easy dessert!

homemade vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and cherry in a white sundae bowl

If you’ve always wanted to make your own ice cream without a machine or churn, this 3 ingredient ice cream recipe is for you! Once you make homemade vanilla ice cream, you can get creative with different flavors, and the possibilities are endless!

My family loves having ice cream for dessert, and we love making our own no-churn ice cream in the summer. Actually, my daughter makes it almost year round — It’s that easy!

What is No Churn Ice Cream

No churn ice cream is simply ice cream made without an ice cream machine or a churn. You’ll need 2 mixing bowls, a loaf pan or bowl, a hand mixer, spatula and, of course, a freezer!

You only need 3 ingredients for the basic recipe:

  • Heavy whipping cream, or heavy cream
  • Sweetened condensed milk — NOT evaporated milk
  • Vanilla extract

How to Make Ice Cream without a Machine

First, pour the sweetened condensed milk into a medium mixing bowl. Make sure you use sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk!

Then, add the vanilla extract, and stir. You could use vanilla beans if you want, but we’re keeping it common and super simple today.

red spatula stirring condensed milk and vanilla in mixing bowl

Next, pour the heavy cream into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat it on high speed until stiff peaks form begin to form. Be careful not to over mix, or you’ll end up with butter!

You can use a stand mixer for this recipe. Either mixer works fine.

beat heavy cream in bowl until stiff peaks form

Now, gradually fold the whipped cream into the milk mixture. Stir gently with a spatula until everything is well combined.

Pour the mixture into a loaf pan or shallow bowl. Then, pop it into the freezer!

fold whipped cream into sweetened condensed milk

That’s all there is to making homemade ice cream without a machine! Totally easy, peasy!

The ice cream takes about 6 hours to freeze. Then, you can make ice cream cones or sundaes for dessert!

no churn vanilla ice cream in a white sundae bowl with whipped cream and sprinkles

Other Homemade Ice Cream Flavors

Now that you’ve mastered making vanilla ice cream, you’ll want to try more flavors. If you love cookies and cream, you’ll love easy homemade Oreo Ice Cream!

And if you’re a peanut butter lover, try No Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice cream. If you love chocolate, you’ll want to make No Churn Chocolate S’mores Ice Cream.

You can also get creative with easy Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, or try Pumpkin Ice Cream in the fall!

ice cream sundae with whipped cream and cherry on top

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

5 from 7 votes

Easy Homemade Ice Cream

By: Dee
This Easy Homemade Ice Cream recipe teaches you how to make no churn vanilla ice cream. You only need 3 ingredients and one pan for this super easy dessert!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Freezer Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 14 oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
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  • In a large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Stir until combined, and set aside.
  • In another large bowl, add the heavy whipping cream
  • Using a mixer or a whisk, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks barely form. Do not over mix.
  • Carefully spoon the whipped cream into the bowl with the sweetened condensed milk in it
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk until fully combined.
  • Pour the mixture into a loaf pan and smooth top with a spatula
  • Place the ice cream in the freezer for at least 6 hours (preferably overnight) before serving.


Make sure you use sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk.


Calories: 167kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 18mg, Potassium: 36mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 700IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 31mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Kevin says:

    Wow! I know what is for dessert this weekend! Looks so tasty!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Kevin! Hope you like it!

  2. Tara says:

    Homemade Ice Cream is one of my favorites. I have to try the no machine method! This recipe is so creamy and smooth!5 stars

  3. Cathy says:

    Love how easy this is to make!

  4. Toni says:

    This is such a delicious treat!! Everyone at my house will love this!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Toni. I hope they do!

  5. Sara Welch says:

    What a delicious way to cool down on a hot day like today! Looking forward to making this with the kids!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      My kids love it — hope yours do, too!

  6. Allyson Zea says:

    Wow this turned out so delicious! YUMMY!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad to hear it, Allyson. Thanks!

  7. Catalina says:

    Oh my goodness! My family will go crazy over this ice cream!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! I hope they like it!

  8. Erin says:

    This Homemade Ice Cream looks delicious and so easy to make!5 stars