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Easy No-churn Vanilla Ice Cream (+Secret Ingredient)

A foolproof recipe for easy, no-churn vanilla ice cream with lots of flavor options! Plus, a secret ingredient that will take your homemade ice cream to a whole new level!

no churn vanilla ice cream

I love old-fashioned vanilla ice cream because of its creaminess and rich flavor, especially when it’s made in an ice cream maker. It’s traditionally made with an egg custard base, and then it’s slowly churned in an ice cream machine. The flavor, of course, is phenomenal! 

But…

I always had 2 problems with this. 

First, making traditional ice cream is time-consuming. 

Second, I don’t have an ice cream maker.

The solution?

This foolproof recipe!  Although the texture is softer, it tastes just as good, if not better than churned ice cream.

And it’s A LOT quicker and easier as there’s no need for any special equipment other than a hand mixer.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS NO-CHURN VANILLA ICE CREAM

  • It’s cheaper than store-bought.
  • It requires ONLY 3 ingredients. 
  • You don’t need an ice cream maker.
  • There is NO cooking involved.
  • It tastes SOOO good!

THE SECRET INGREDIENT

My secret ingredient is ground vanilla bean powder. It’s a fine powder made by grinding dried vanilla bean pods. It has an AMAZING aroma and a wonderful, distinctive flavor. On the market, you may find ground vanilla bean powder that’s sweetened or has additives, but I suggest you get pure vanilla bean powder without any sweeteners or additives. Compared to vanilla extract, ground vanilla bean powder offers a unique flavor. It’s absolutely incredible!

HOW TO MAKE NO-CHURN VANILLA ICE CREAM

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After that, cover with plastic wrap and then some aluminum foil and freeze.

no churn vanilla ice creamTo be honest, I never thought that ground vanilla bean powder would make much of a difference! It really blew my mind! Ground vanilla bean powder has become such a game changer for me! It’s a real treasure for home bakers! And I just love those beautiful, tiny black specks, too!

FLAVOR OPTIONS

Cookies and Cream

cookies and cream ice creamJust coarsely crush about 10 Oreo cookies and fold them into the mixture before freezing.

Peanut Butter

Add ½ cup peanut butter to the whipped cream and then follow steps 3-6 in the picture tutorial.

Cinnamon Roll

Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cinnamon sugar to the whipped cream and then follow steps 3-6 in the picture tutorial.

Caramel

After the ice cream has half frozen, drizzle about ½ – 1 cup caramel on top and use a knife to swirl it around. Then freeze completely.

Coffee Ice Cream

Add 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder and 2 tablespoons of  Kahlua (or your favorite coffee liquor) into the mixture and then follow steps 3-6 in the picture tutorial.

Chocolate

Add melted bittersweet chocolate (about 8 oz / 225 g) to the whipped cream and follow steps 3-6 in the picture tutorial.

Double Chocolate

Melt about 4.4 oz / 125 g bittersweet chocolate and mix it with ½ cup sifted, unsweetened cocoa powder. Then swirl it into the mixture before freezing or use a mixer to mix it in the base before freezing.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Make sure you use sweetened condensed milk, NOT evaporated milk.
  • Put the can of sweetened condensed milk in the fridge a day ahead.
  • Before whipping the cream, put a metal bowl in the freezer. This will help the cream whip faster.
  • The higher the fat content in the cream, the bigger the volume of the whipped cream.
  • If you’re going to mix in any candy like M&M’s, make sure you chop them first because they get really hard when frozen.
  • Keep in mind that some add-ins may affect the overall freezing time.
  • To make sure your ice cream doesn’t absorb any odors, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. This will also prevent any ice crystals from forming on the top.
  • Before storing in the freezer, label it with the date you made it.
  • Store it in the back of the freezer where the temperature stays the same. Don’t put it in the freezer door.

Let me know how this no-churn vanilla ice cream turns out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

no churn vanilla ice cream

Easy No-churn Vanilla Ice Cream (+Secret Ingredient)

A foolproof recipe for easy, no-churn vanilla ice cream with lots of flavor options! Plus, a secret ingredient that will take your homemade ice cream to a whole new level!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy,, no churn, vanilla ice cream, no ice cream maker
Servings: 1 1/2 quarts / kilos (approximately)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14-ounce (397g) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground vanilla bean powder (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)

Instructions

  • Whip the heavy cream until it thickens and forms stiff peaks.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix until just combined.
  • Add the vanilla and mix.
  • Pour into a freezer safe container. Cover with plastic wrap and then some aluminum foil.
  • Freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

You can substitue the ground vanilla bean powder with 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
Put the can of sweetened condensed milk in the fridge a day ahead.
Before whipping the cream, put a metal bowl in the freezer. This will help the cream whip faster.
The ice cream can be stored in the freezer for about  1 ½ months. Make sure to keep it in the back of the freezer where the temperature stays the same. Don't put it in the freezer door.
©Pastry Wishes
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Easy Strawberry Mint Sorbet – No Ice Cream Maker – Refined Sugar Free (+ Vegan Option)

You don’t need an ice cream maker to make this refreshing strawberry mint sorbet! This simple recipe is made with fresh strawberries and mint leaves and includes a vegan option, too!

strawberry mint sorbetSummers in Greece are HOT! So when strawberries are in season, I love making this easy strawberry mint sorbet. It’s sweet, slightly tangy, yet cool and refreshing at the same time! This healthy summer snack is a perfect way to beat the heat!

What is sorbet?

Sorbet is a combination of pureed fruit or fruit juice, and a sweetener which is then frozen. It’s typically made without eggs or milk. Classic sorbet is usually made with a simple syrup consisting of sugar and water.

This recipe, however, is much healthier because it’s made with honey! For a vegan sorbet, just replace the honey with maple syrup!

What you’ll need to make strawberry mint sorbet

  • Strawberries: I use fresh strawberries.
  • Sweetener: I use good quality Greek honey. For a vegan option, use equal amounts of maple syrup, instead.
  • Mint: I use fresh mint leaves.
  • Lemon juice: It really adds a nice tanginess.
  • Liquor: I use Vodka, but you could use your favorite liquor of choice.

How to make strawberry mint sorbet.

There are two different methods I’ve used to make this sorbet.

Method #1

This method is for those who don’t want any seeds or pieces of fruit or mint in their sorbet.

All you do is put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Taste and adjust the sweetness, adding more honey/maple syrup if needed.

Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer or sieve, pressing the pulp with a spatula. Discard whatever remains in the strainer.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the sorbet mixture onto it. Make sure you evenly spread the mixture on the tray. Then put the tray in the freezer for about 2-3 hours.

After it has frozen, take the tray out of the freezer and break it into small chunks. The chunks should be small enough to fit into your food processor or blender.

Blend or process the pureed chunks using a spatula to scrape the sides and push all the chunks down so that they’re all well blended.

Put it in a freezer-safe container and put it back in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until frozen.

Method #2

This method is my favorite because it’s quicker and easier! It doesn’t involve any straining, so all the pieces of fruit and mint are in it. Personally, I like the seeds and the tiny pieces of mint and I think they’re healthy. It’s the method I used for all the pictures, too. That’s why you can see the tiny pieces of mint in all the pictures!

Here’s how to make it:

strawberry mint sorbet

Then you put it in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until frozen.

Why use Vodka in sorbet?

I use Vodka because alcohol reduces the sorbet’s freezing point and it prevents the sorbet from freezing solid. So, the more alcohol you add, the softer the sorbet, which means it can melt fast. That’s why I use a small amount of Vodka. Also, you cannot taste the Vodka at all in the sorbet; I only use it to help give the sorbet a smoother texture and to prevent any ice from forming.

strawberry mint sorbet

 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Use the best fruit you can find.
  • I really love mint, that’s why I use quite a lot in this recipe. If you’re not crazy about mint, I suggest starting out with a few mint leaves and then tasting the processed/blended mixture to see if you want more. Of course, you could reduce the amount in the recipe or omit it altogether. You could also use basil leaves, instead.
  • Instead of Vodka, you can use your favorite liquor of choice, just keep in mind that it might affect the overall flavor of the sorbet. I use Vodka because you can’t taste it in the sorbet at all, but other liquors might have an aftertaste.
  • Before freezing, cover the sorbet mixture with plastic wrap making sure it’s touching the surface. Then cover securely with aluminum foil or a tight lid. The plastic wrap together with the lid/aluminum foil will prevent ice crystals from forming and it will also protect the sorbet from absorbing odors.

I hope you enjoy this easy strawberry mint sorbet!

~Voula

Let me know how this  Easy Strawbery Mint Sorbet turns out for you in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

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Easy Strawberry Mint Sorbet – No Ice Cream Maker – Refined Sugar Free (+ Vegan Option)

You don’t need an ice cream maker to make this refreshing strawberry mint sorbet! This simple recipe is made with fresh strawberries and mint leaves and includes a vegan option, too!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Greek
Keyword: easy,, frozen dessert, no refined sugar, no sugar, honey, maple syrup,, strawberry mint, sorbet,, vegan option
Servings: 3 - 4 (about 1/2 a quart/liter)

Ingredients

  • about 15 strawberries (350g / 12.3 oz) washed, stems removed
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (plus more to taste)
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves (10 g / 0.4 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Vodka (or your favorite liquor of choice)

Instructions

  • Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Process/Blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey/maple syrup or mint if necessary.
  • Pour into a freezer-safe container. Even out the mixture.
  • Cover with plastic wrap making sure it’s touching the surface. Then cover securely with aluminum foil or a tight lid.
  • Put it in the freezer until it’s frozen (about 1-2 hours).
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
The recipe can easily be doubled.
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