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20 of the Best Ice Cream Recipes You Can Make at Home

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20 of the Best Ice Cream Recipes You Can Make at Home

Ice cream is awesome but if you haven’t tried homemade recipes yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!

 

Whether it’s way too hot outside or you just want to celebrate having room for dessert in your macros, ice cream hits the spot every time.

And it’s even better when it’s homemade with high-quality dairy (or alternatives), fresh fruit, your favorite chocolates, nuts, and other goodies, and even more unusual inclusions like herbs.

A good ice cream maker is necessary for the most homemade ice cream recipes but isn’t a must for at least a few of the churn-free recipes on this list. It’s even possible to make a tasty two-ingredient ice cream out of only milk and bananas!

Enjoy!

 

Salted Double Chocolate Ice Cream

double-chocolate-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Oh Ladycakes

This ice cream is so rich and chocolatey, you’ll hardly be concerned that it’s dairy-free.

In fact, the almond milk helps reduce the calories, which just makes room for even more chocolate. It starts with melting dark chocolate into almond milk in a saucepan. Dates and coconut cream get blended in, and after the base cools down, both cacao nibs and dark chocolate chunks get mixed in.

Serves 6 / Makes 1 1/2 quarts

Ingredients

5 oz. good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped and divided

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated and cream scraped off the top

4 Medjool dates, pitted

2 Tbsp. cacao nibs

1/4 tsp. flaky sea salt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 237

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 27 grams

Fat: 14 grams

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Toasted Almond Cherry Ice Cream

Toasted-Almond-and-Cherry-Ice-Cream-recipe Picture courtesy of One Sweet Mess

For the best taste of summer, use plump and juicy cherries to make this ice cream – the darker the better.

The ripe cherries, which get cooked down into a thick syrup, will play off the nutty toasted almonds. And if you want to go for a Ben & Jerry’s vibe, feel free to stir in some chunks of dark chocolate.

Serves 8

Ingredients

Cherries:

2 cups pitted cherries

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Ice Cream:

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 cups heavy cream

5 egg yolks

1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. almond extract (optional)

1 cup cherries, pitted and roughly chopped

3/4 cup toasted almonds, chopped

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 377

Protein: 6 grams

Carbs: 47 grams

Fat: 19 grams

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Matcha Ice Cream

matcha-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Kelly V. Brozyna

If you love nothing more than a cup of hot green tea, it can be hard to enjoy a hot summer afternoon. To get your fix, make this green tea ice cream.

Like your favorite cup, it’s full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Make more ice cream alternatives, including White Chocolate Goji Berry and Butter Pecan, in Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar.

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Serves 8 / Makes about 1 1/2 quarts

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1 Tbsp. matcha powder

1/2 cup (about 8) soft, pitted Medjool dates

20 oz. (about 1 1/2 cans) full-fat coconut milk

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 312

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 35 grams

Fat: 20 grams

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Chocolate, Pretzel & Marshmallow Ice Cream

chocolate-pretzel-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Cooking and Beer

Like rocky road? Then you’ll want to dig right into this chocolate ice cream, especially if you decide to add nuts. But since there’s Nutella swirled right in, you don’t need to bother adjusting the recipe to indulge in nutty flavor.

This flavor also pairs well with beer, such as a rich imperial stout or sophisticated porter.

Serves 8

Ingredients

Chocolate Ice Cream:

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 cup whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

8 egg yolks

1 cup granulated sugar

Filing:

8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 cups chocolate-covered pretzels, roughly chopped

1 cup mini marshmallows

1/4 cup Nutella

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 799

Protein: 14 grams

Carbs: 107 grams

Fat: 38 grams

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Honey Vanilla Ice Cream

honey-vanilla-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Hungry Forever

If you want a classically delicious vanilla ice cream, this is the recipe for you. It’s simple but hits all the right notes with brown sugar, honey, and heavy cream.

Use a bourbon vanilla extract for a richer flavor. Since the ice cream base is cooked, the alcohol itself will cook out, but the bourbon will contribute another layer of flavor.

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 cups milk

1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract

6 egg yolks

1 cup brown sugar

3 Tbsp. pure honey

1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups heavy cream

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 271

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 29 grams

Fat: 16 grams

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Mint Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

mint-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Baked by Rachel

Mint plus cookies and cream equals an ice cream that’s more than the sum of its two parts.

And to enhance it even more, it’s best to make the mint ice cream green. You can leave the food coloring out altogether, and the result will taste just the same. But it’s more enjoyable with the green – which can also be had with a homemade green coloring made with spinach.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup whole milk

2 cups heavy cream, divided

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

2 1/2 tsp. mint extract

5 egg yolks

Green food coloring

1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie pieces

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 374

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 41 grams

Fat: 22 grams

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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut-Butter-Banana-Ice-Cream-Sandwiches-recipe Picture courtesy of She Likes Food

These vegan ice cream sandwiches are packed with fresh bananas, peanut butter, cashews, and almond milk.

The outside layers are traditional peanut butter cookies, criss-crossed tops and all. But perhaps the best part is that the amazing banana ice cream in the middle doesn’t require any gadgetry. Cashews help it get thick and creamy as the sandwiches chill in the freezer.

Serves 10

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Cookies:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 cup oat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 cup almond milk

2 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips

Banana Ice Cream:

4 ripe bananas

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight

3/4 cup almond milk, divided

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 399

Protein: 10 grams

Carbs: 44 grams

Fat: 23 grams

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Coffee Ice Cream

coffee-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Earthy Delights

Can you make ice cream with low-calorie almond milk?

In this recipe, it adds flavor and cuts some of the heft from the heavy cream. Nope, this one isn’t dairy-free but offers the best of both, creating a coffee ice cream that tastes like a frozen almond latte. And on a hot summer day, nobody would blame you for having this with breakfast instead of a steaming mug of freshly brewed coffee.

Serves 8

Ingredients

1/3 cup dark roast coffee beans

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

8 egg yolks

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 263

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 27 grams

Fat: 17 grams

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Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Lemon-Meringue-Pie-Ice-Cream-Sandwiche-recipe Picture courtesy of Top with Cinnamon

If you’ve sworn off cookies – whether it’s the gluten or just your inability to stop at one – these unique ice cream sandwiches will be your saving grace.

Instead of cookies, they use crisp meringue shells to contain the lemon curd and vanilla ice cream. As long as you have a stand mixer or enough arm strength, it’s easy to make. Just beware of baking meringue on a hot and humid day.

Serves 8

Ingredients

Meringues:

2 egg whites

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Vanilla Ice Cream:

2 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. cornstarch

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

8 tsp. lemon curd (for assembly)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 215

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 31 grams

Fat: 10 grams

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Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream

roasted-banana-coconut-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Roxana’s Home Baking

This simple ice cream is able to stand on the strength of only two ingredients because of the magical caramel flavor of roasted bananas.

Not only that, but the banana ice cream requires no fancy machinery. All you have to do is mix the two ingredients together, and they’ll transform in the freezer after a few hours.

Serves 2

Ingredients

4 medium bananas

2/3 cup unsweetened almond coconut milk

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 225

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 54 grams

Fat: 2 grams

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Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Pie

pistachio-ice-cream-pie Picture courtesy of Yunhee Kim

In India, a frozen dessert similar to ice cream, called kulfi, is often made with pistachios. And like a lot of South Asian cuisine, kulfi is also loaded with spice – in this case cardamom – along with fragrant rose water

As a tribute to the Indian dessert, pistachio ice cream gets combined with flaky pie crust and then dusted with bright green pistachio.

Serves 12

Ingredients

5 cups pistachio ice cream, softened

2 tsp. rose water (optional)

1 tsp. ground cardamom

2 Tbsp. roasted salted pistachios, freshly shelled

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 368

Protein: 6 grams

Carbs: 29 grams

Fat: 25 grams

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Olive Oil Gelato

olive-oil-gelato-recipe Picture courtesy of Saveur

Rich can’t even describe this gelato, which will turn high-quality olive oil into an unbelievable dessert.

It sounds a bit odd if you haven’t tried it, so just think of the awesome flavor of buttery ice cream. It has a slightly different savory note – a bit grassy – but the exact flavor will depend on the extra-virgin olive oil you choose.

Serves 12 / Makes 1 1/2 quarts

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

6 egg yolks

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 cups milk

1 cup heavy cream

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 tsp. salt

Fleur de sel (for garnish)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 252

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 20 grams

Fat: 18 grams

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Peanut Butter Ice Cream

peanut-butter-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Chocolate-Covered Katie

This ice cream doesn’t sacrifice flavor even though there’s no added sugar (or, if you choose, minimal added sugar).

With peanut butter and almond milk as the base, it has lots of flavor. You can also mix in chocolate chips if you aren’t worried about making this so low in calories. And optional toppings include crushed peanuts and chocolate syrup.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Stevia to taste (about 1/4 tsp.)

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 Tbsp. peanut butter (more or less to taste)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 231

Protein: 9 grams

Carbs: 8 grams

Fat: 20 grams

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Black Sesame Mochi Ice Cream

mochi-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Lady and Pups

Japanese mochi can refer to the chewy, individually sized ice cream balls. Those make a great way to keep track of how much dessert you’re consuming, but the word mochi actually refers to the sweet rice flour. It’s to make the mochi shell and is also the special ingredient that makes this ice cream extra thick and a little chewy.

In fact it’s too much for an electric ice cream machine to handle and must be churned manually.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1/3 cup black sesame seeds

2 cups whole milk

1 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 cup mochiko (sweet rice flour)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 356

Protein: 10 grams

Carbs: 55 grams

Fat: 11 grams

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Red Bean Ice Cream

Red-Bean-Ice-Cream-recipe Picture courtesy of The Cookie Writer

Since adzuki red beans are naturally very sweet, they’re actually better enjoyed in a dessert than a main dish.

It’s not like you can’t add them to a soup or salad, but that won’t reveal their real depth of flavor. In an ice cream, the red beans are able to stand alone and show off. They also add a bit of protein, iron, and magnesium to the mix.

Serves 12 / Makes about 6 cups

Ingredients

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 cup milk

4 egg yolks

1 1/2 cups red bean paste (anko)

1/2 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 179

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 22 grams

Fat: 9 grams

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Peach Bourbon Ice Cream Sandwiches

peach-ice-cream-sandwich-recipe Picture courtesy of Edible Perspective

Pack the best summer flavors of the South into an ice cream sandwich. Gluten-free lemon cornbread cookies are on the outside, and fresh peach ice cream is on the inside. And if that’s not enough, there’s a generous splash of bourbon to take things to the next level.

The recipe calls for full-fat coconut milk, which makes an awesome vegan ice cream, but you can use heavy cream if you aren’t concerned about enjoyed this treat dairy-free.

Serves 9

Ingredients

Peach Ice Cream:

5 –6 medium peaches, ripe

1 can (13.5 oz.) full-fat coconut milk

1/3 cup brown rice syrup (or honey)

4 Tbsp. muscovado sugar

3 Tbsp. bourbon

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Lemon Cornbread Cookies:

1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

1/4 cup natural almond butter

3 Tbsp. unrefined coconut oil

3 1/2 Tbsp. agave syrup

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. lemon zest, loosely packed

2/3 cup corn flour

2/3 cup blanched almond flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 367

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 40 grams

Fat: 21 grams

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No-Churn Coconut Mango Ice Cream

mango-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of ifoodreal

It takes just five minutes to mix up this easy homemade ice cream in a blender or food processor.

Then, of course, you have to wait for it to firm up in the freezer for about three hours, and after that it thaws for a bit before reaching the perfect consistency. But as long as you can be patient, this vegan ice cream will take no effort at all.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 can (14 oz.) full-fat coconut milk

3 cups mango chunks, frozen

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 212

Protein: 2 grams

Carbs: 24 grams

Fat: 11 grams

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Banana Split Ice Cream Pie in a Jar

banana-split-pie-recipe Picture courtesy of Around My Family Table

You can take these banana splits to-go, although you’d better bring them to the picnic or party in a cooler. But this is also a great way to store your homemade ice cream for later, and the prepacked pint jars ensure you’re having as much whole fruit as ice cream.

For a vegan version, choose any dairy-free ice cream, plus an alternative like soy whipped topping or coconut whipped cream.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs

1 pint vanilla ice cream

1 pint chocolate ice cream

2 bananas, sliced

8 strawberries, sliced

1 small can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple

1/4 cup chocolate syrup

1/2 cup whipped cream

4 cherries

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 676

Protein: 10 grams

Carbs: 109 grams

Fat: 25 grams

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DIY Waffle Cones

DIY-ice-cream-cones Picture courtesy of Design Love Fest

When you make homemade ice cream, there’s nothing to complement it quite like fresh waffle cones. You can use a standard waffle maker, although a shallow circular model is best for making them super crispy and thin.

And you don’t just have to use waffle cones for ice cream. They can be an edible serving dish for fresh fruit, salad, and fried chicken.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 large egg

1 egg white

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup flour

2 Tbsp. melted butter

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 162

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 27 grams

Fat: 5 grams

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No-Churn Cookie Butter Ice Cream

cookie-butter-ice-cream-recipe Picture courtesy of Keep it Sweet Desserts

Can’t decide between cookies and ice cream? Then you’ll love this flavor, just like Belgian spiced butter cookies called speculoos.

Chances are you recognize them as the Biscoff biscuits that are handed out on airplanes, but you can their website to look for a nearby retailer like Cost Plus World Market. Speculoos cookies and cookie butter are also sold by Trader Joe’s.

Serves 8 / Makes 1 1/2 quarts

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream

1 can (14 oz.) fat-free sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup (7 oz.) cookie butter

2/3 cup (10 cookies) finely ground speculoos cookies

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 599

Protein: 9 grams

Carbs: 70 grams

Fat: 33 grams

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What did you think of these ice cream recipes? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Erik Sandoval

    All those recipes look fantastic! My favorite type of ice cream is pistachio; I wonder if you can make a delicious recipe for it 🙂

    • Not a bad idea! LMK how it goes if you do make one!

      • Erik Sandoval

        Will do!

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