Summer and ice cream go hand in hand. (Some would say it’s a year-round pleasure - check out the snow ice cream recipe!) If you have wanted to try homemade ice cream, but felt the process required special equipment and was a bit intimidating, fear not! You may already have everything you need. An ice cream maker is fun, but you don’t need one. You can make no-churn ice cream with a food processor or stand mixer if you start with the right ingredients.
It may be hard to believe, but you can make creamy, delicious ice cream with just 3 ingredients! Some are quite decadent, but most are surprisingly good for you with a healthy base of fruit, including paleo and vegan recipes. And if instant gratification is your thing, some are ready for soft-serve presentation right away - pass out the spoons and start the party!
Let's start with chocolate, shall we? Definitely not low calorie, this chocolate ice cream is high on the indulgence scale. Use a stand or hand mixer to whip the ingredients (all at once - easy!), then comes the hard part - waiting for your ice cream to freeze. But it's worth the wait!
Dairy and fat-free, you can indulge to your heart's content! Who knew that frozen bananas could whip up into a smooth and creamy treat - all without the fatty cream? A Beautiful Mess puts the food processor to work for this delicious strawberry-poppy seed version that's soft-serve-ready right away. Try the chocolate-peanut butter and vanilla-coconut variations, too!
The Roasted Root describes this ice cream recipe as "fully-loaded". It has all the dairy and sugar you would expect in a creamy, premium ice cream. It's super-easy to make in a blender, but you can use an ice cream maker if you have one. The recipe has instructions for both methods.
Desserts can be a challenge if you're trying to behave yourself with a paleo, vegan or dairy-free diet. The Big Man's World is here to help! Bananas and almond butter form the healthy base for this easy, sweetener-free blender recipe. And the chocolate? It's unsweetened cocoa powder. You can mix in half dark cocoa as The Big Man's World suggests for a touch of extra decadence. Delicious soft serve or hard scoop - you decide!
For those times when plain vanilla just won't do. Cookies 'N Cream is a perennial favorite in the ice cream universe, and you don't need an ice cream maker to create a homemade version. Almost Supermom prefers honey or honey granules as a sweetener, but you can use your favorite. She provides a coconut cream variation, too, for those of the dairy-free persuasion.
Here's a fun take on vanilla ice cream, made with full-fat coconut milk and sweetened with pure maple syrup. And vanilla beans or pure extract, of course. iFOODreal focuses on clean eating with real food ingredients, keeping it natural. You DO need an ice cream maker for this recipe to be successful - but it's worth it!
Ice cream as finger food—brilliant! Thanks, Just Jessie B! The base is simply cashews and coconut oil (yep, for real), sweetened with fresh fruit. The food processor mixes this up in seconds. Use a cookie scoop to get the portion size just right and pop these yummies in the freezer for an hour. Couldn't be simpler, and couldn't be tastier!
Snowed in and craving ice cream? It's been known to happen! Start with clean, fresh snow and a can of sweetened condensed milk. The best thing about this recipe from Happy Hooligans? Instant gratification! Because you're starting with already-frosty snow, there's no need to freeze before eating. But you can freeze leftovers, if there are any!
This ice cream is super-packed with strawberries! You can purée them until smooth or leave little very berry chunks, if that's your preference. Heavy cream makes this recipe from Foodie with Family, well, extra creamy! You'll need an ice cream maker for best results - totally worth it!