Happy National Ice Cream Month!! If you’ve always wanted to make your own, you’ll love these homemade ice cream recipes. Most of them are no-churn, so you won’t even have to break out the fancy ice cream maker!

Want to make your own homemade ice cream? Check out these 50 easy & delicious recipes!

You know those “you have to give up all but one” memes where they present you with four delicious choices but make you pick just one? Well, I pick ice cream without hesitation any time it’s an option. Aside from the fact that it’s just the tastiest option, it makes sense logically as well. You can put pretty much anything into ice cream, so theoretically you can have all of the other options, just in frozen tasty goodness form!

If you need more convincing, these delicious ice cream recipes totally prove my point! Check them out!

*By the way, this post uses affiliate links (not in the ice cream recipe section, but in the sections that follow). If you make a purchase through these links, I get a small commission. Thanks!


Ice Cream Recipes

With everything from simple single flavors to candy-loaded goodness, there’s a homemade ice cream recipe for pretty much every taste!

  1. Homemade Twix Ice-Cream
  2. Cherry Banana Nice Cream
  3. Banana Berry Nice Cream
  4. Vegan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  5. Chocolate Puppy Chow Ice Cream
  6. Cotton Candy Ice Cream
  7. Chocolate Mason Jar Ice Cream
  8. Easy Chocolate Ice-Cream
  9. Chocolate Almond Chip Ice-Cream
  10. S’mores Ice Cream
  11. Chocolate Nutter Butter Ice Cream
  12. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
  13. Caramel Ice-Cream with Chocolate Chips
  14. Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream
  15. Strawberry Pretzel Ice Cream
  16. Homemade Oreo Ice Cream
  17. Dairy-free Strawberry Ice Cream
  18. Salted Caramel Pecan Ice Cream
  19. Dragon Fruit Cashew Ice Cream
  20. Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  21. Mixed Berry Swirl Ice Cream
  22. Blueberry Pie Ice Cream
  23. Blackberry Pie Ice Cream
  24. Rhubarb Ice Cream
  25. Coconut Matcha Ice Cream
  26. Fried Ice Cream Recipe Using Cereal
  27. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  28. Strawberry Pop Tart Ice Cream
  29. Honey Thyme Vegan Ice Cream
  30. Homemade Rainbow Sherbert
  31. Dairy-free Strawberry Ice Cream
  32. Pumpkin Ice Cream
  33. Homemade Bubble Gum Ice Cream
  34. Birthday Cake Ice Cream
  35. Raspberry and Peach Ice Cream
  36. Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream
  37. Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream
  38. Honey Walnut Nice Cream
  39. Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips
  40. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
  41. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Ice Cream
  42. Peanut Butter & Jelly Ice Cream
  43. Blue Moon Ice Cream
  44. Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
  45. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
  46. Chocolate Nutter Butter Ice Cream
  47. Strawberry Cappuccino Ice Cream
  48. Diet-friendly Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
  49. 4-ingredient Keto Ice Cream
  50. How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

What is No Churn Ice Cream?

Like I said, a lot of these yummy ice cream recipes are “no churn.” What does that mean? I wasn’t entirely sure myself, so I looked it up…and found no real definition.

For the most part, no churn ice cream uses two main ingredients- heavy whipping cream and condensed milk- plus whatever else you want to throw in there. However, as you saw above, some no churn recipes swapped out one or both of those ingredients.

According to the Pioneer Woman, no churn ice cream is about as close to instant ice cream as you can get. It only takes about 4-5 hours to freeze, versus 1-2 days with the churning method. Yes, you could make it even faster with an electric ice cream maker, but even though I have one, there’s one major issue: I never have enough space in my freezer for the large canister.

With no churn homemade ice cream, you have more wiggle room (literally) because you can put it in pretty much any container. Plus, if you don’t already have an ice cream maker, you don’t have to go out and buy one.

If you are considering getting one, though, this one has great reviews and it’s budget-friendly:

Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt ICE-21P1 Ice Cream Maker, Qt, White
  • New mixing paddle makes frozen desserts in 20 minutes or less
  • Large capacity makes up to 1-1/2-quarts
  • Double insulated freezer bowl eliminates the need for ice
  • Easy lock Transparent lid with Large spout makes adding ingredients simple and mess free.
  • Limited 3-year

What do you need to make your own ice cream?

So, if you don’t need an ice cream maker, what DO you need (aside from the ingredients)? That depends on who you ask, but since you’re asking me, read on for my recommendations. Check out the table for a quick look, then read on to find out why I recommend them.

Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowl Set (3-Piece Set, Nesting, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe)
Includes (1) 1-Quart, (1) 1.5-Quart and (1) 2.5-Quart Glass Mixing Bowls; Nonporous glass won’t absorb food odors, flavors, or stains
Amazon Basics Nonstick Baking Bread Loaf Pan, 9.5 x 5 Inch, Set of 2
Nonstick coating helps with effortless food release; oven-safe to 500 degrees F; Hand washing recommended; part of the Amazon Basics nonstick bakeware collection
KitchenAid KHM7210CU 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk - Contour Silver
Soft Grip Handle provides comfort while mixing; Included components: Whisk attachment, beater attachments
Good Cook Smart Scoop Ice Cream Scoop
Cast aluminum, non-stick coated; Patented design gives the perfect scoop every time; Good cook brand

1. A glass mixing bowl

mixing bowls for ice cream recipes

A glass mixing bowl is always better than a plastic one because it doesn’t absorb the odors (and then transfer them to other foods). Plus, if you’re making ice cream with bright fruits, you don’t have to worry about staining the bowl.

I like Pyrex mixing bowls because they’re relatively inexpensive and they hold up very well. Plus, they’re pretty much everything-safe, which means you can mix your ice cream and freeze it in the same bowl if you wanted to.

Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowl Set (3-Piece Set, Nesting, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe)
  • Mix, microwave and serve in a single bowl. Cleanup is a snap thanks to dishwasher safe glass that also nests neatly to save cabinet space
  • Includes (1) 1-Quart, (1) 1.5-Quart and (1) 2.5-Quart Glass Mixing Bowls
  • Durable high-quality tempered glass is dishwasher, freezer, microwave and preheated oven safe
  • Nonporous glass won’t absorb food odors, flavors, or stains
  • 2-year limited warranty on glass
  • Made in the USA

2. A metal container (like metal bread loaf pan)

container for your for ice cream recipes

While you could freeze your ice cream in the glass bowl, if you’re short on space like I always am, a metal loaf pan works a bit better. Just make sure you pre-freeze it before you add your ice cream for the best results. AmazonBasics makes a nice inexpensive set.

Amazon Basics Nonstick Baking Bread Loaf Pan, 9.5 x 5 Inch, Set of 2
  • Set of 2 rectangular-shaped loaf pans—ideal for baking bread, pound cake, meatloaf, and more
  • Heavy-weight steel construction provides durability and fast, even heating for uniform browning
  • Nonstick coating helps with effortless food release; oven-safe to 500 degrees F
  • Hand washing recommended; part of the Amazon Basics nonstick bakeware collection
  • Each measures 9.25 by 5 inches

3. Handheld Mixer

handheld mixer for ice cream recipes

Sure, you could get away with just using a manual mixer (or heck, probably even a spoon), but a handheld mixer makes the job a whole lot easier! If you want something that’s really built-to-last, grab yourself a KitchenAid. It’s worth the extra money since you can use it for all your mixing needs.

KitchenAid KHM7210CU 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk - Contour Silver
  • 7 Speeds: Combine ingredients at speed one for slowly stirring in chunky ingredients, speed four for mashing potatoes, speed seven for beating egg whites and whipping meringue
  • Soft Start Feature brings the beaters up to the selected speed gradually to help prevent ingredients from splattering
  • Lock the cord into either the left or right side of the mixer so you can approach ingredients from any angle. The round cord is easy to wipe clean
  • Soft Grip Handle provides comfort while mixing
  • Easily and quickly remove any accessory from the hand mixer with the single-handed press of a button
  • Included components: Whisk attachment, beater attachments

4. Ice Cream Bowls

ice cream bowls

Not really a necessity, but still nice to have! I just have regular ceramic bowls right now, but I’m considering these stainless steel bowls. They’re eco-friendly and easier to clean.

Stainless Steel Bowl, Kereda Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls 10 Pack Double Walled Insulated Metal Snack Nesting Bowl Set
  • ✅PRENIUM MATERIAL - These stainless steel bowls are made of heavy duty SUS304 stainless steel, which has no chemical odor, Eco-Friendly, BPA Free
  • ✅DOUBLE-INSULATED - These bowls are engineered with a double-wall design that enhances your dining experience and works great in keeping rice, soups, and noodles hot without scalding and keeps ice cream cold without condensation
  • ✅EASY TO CLEAN - Our bowls are refrigerator safe, freezer safe and dishwasher safe, you can stack them to save space, won't give a strange taste and smell to your food, make sure that your meal will stay fresh, delicious and healthy
  • ✅UNIVERSAL FIT - It is designed for multi use, are ideal for entertaining inside or outside the home. Also great to use for salad, cereal, oatmeal, appetizers, chips, dips, nuts, and other snacks. DO NOT MICROWAVE
  • ✅100% RISK FREE PURCHASE - Proving the best service is our No.1 target. If you are not pleased with our product, please contact us for a refund

5. Ice Cream Scooper

ice cream scoop

Again, not a necessity, but a good ice cream scooper makes getting your ice cream out of the container a whole lot easier. I’ve had this Good Cook scoop for a few years now and I love it. I get perfectly round scoops every time!

Good Cook Smart Scoop Ice Cream Scoop
  • Cast aluminum, non-stick coated
  • Patented design gives the perfect scoop every time
  • Good cook brand

 Ice Cream Recipe Books

If you didn’t find the perfect recipe above or just want to try out some other ideas as well, check out these fabulous ice cream recipe books!

The Perfect Scoop, Revised and Updated: 200 Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, Gelatos, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments [A Cookbook]
Amazon Kindle Edition; Lebovitz, David (Author); English (Publication Language); 482 Pages - 03/27/2018 (Publication Date) - Ten Speed Press (Publisher)
Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery [A Cookbook]
Amazon Kindle Edition; Hoogerhyde, Kris (Author); English (Publication Language); 226 Pages - 04/17/2012 (Publication Date) - Ten Speed Press (Publisher)
Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook
Amazon Kindle Edition; Malek, Tyler (Author); English (Publication Language); 234 Pages - 04/30/2019 (Publication Date) - Clarkson Potter (Publisher)
The Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Book: Old-Fashioned All-American Treats for Your Ice Cream Maker
Amazon Kindle Edition; Donovan, Robin (Author); English (Publication Language); 233 Pages - 01/24/2017 (Publication Date) - Rockridge Press (Publisher)
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home: Regular Version
Amazon Kindle Edition; Bauer, Jeni Britton (Author); English (Publication Language); 361 Pages - 11/15/2011 (Publication Date) - Artisan (Publisher)

I think that about covers it! I hope you enjoy these homemade ice cream recipes well beyond National Ice Cream Month!


Last update on 2021-04-10 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API