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3 Ingredient No Churn Gluten Free Ice Cream

3 Ingredient No Churn Gluten Free Ice Cream

You are 3 common pantry-style ingredients away from the richest and creamiest gluten free ice cream of your life. And you don’t need an ice cream machine to make it. Plus, it only takes about 15 minutes to make your own gluten free ice cream cones. Summer, here we come!

3-ingredient Gluten Free Ice Cream - no machine required!

have an ice cream maker. I think it set me back about $50. I even keep the bowl in the freezer all the time, in case the urge to make ice cream strikes. It’s easy and even kind of fun. But … I rarely use it. And whenever I read a recipe that calls for an ice cream machine (you know – “churn according to manufacturer instructions”), my heart sinks. Is it irrational? I mean, I have a machine for crying out loud. And the no-machine instructions we are sometimes given to place the would-be ice cream in the freezer and stir every hour for the next 24 hours or something? I just don’t have that sort of attention span.

3-ingredient Gluten Free Ice Cream - no machine required!

But I do have this recipe for ice cream cones. And anyway it seems to be easier and easier to buy gluten free ice cream cones. They’re not going to fill themselves.

3-ingredient Gluten Free Ice Cream - no machine required!

But as the ice cream containers in the grocery store get smaller and smaller, and their ingredient lists get longer and longer, I find myself more interested than ever in making homemade ice cream.

3-ingredient Gluten Free Ice Cream - no machine required!

To be fair, the maple vanilla ice cream you see in that cone was churned in my ice cream maker (it’s a basic Cuisinart model from Kohl’s). But I’m sure I could adapt it to this no-machine method.

3-ingredient Gluten Free Ice Cream - no machine required!

The reason this method works, and makes smooth and creamy ice cream without any fuss at all (and without any of the iciness that you can expect from other methods), is because the ingredients have a very low moisture content. If you substitute any of these simple ingredients, I can’t promise you’ll get a good result. Simple recipes like this are really best made as is, if at all possible.

3-ingredient Gluten Free Ice Cream - no machine required!

Now I have always loved the melty ice cream that ends up on the bottom of the bowl. That is what you have, basically, before you place it in the freezer for the first time. We know each other well enough to know what happened right before I put it in the freezer, right?

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 2 quarts ice cream


14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 pint heavy whipping cream, chilled


  • Place the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a large bowl, and whisk to combine well.

  • Place the cream in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or a large bowl with a handheld mixer) and beat the cream on medium-high speed until slightly stiff peaks form. Scrape the whipped cream into the bowl of condensed milk, and fold the whipped cream in until only a few bright white streaks remain.

  • Pour into a 2 quart freezer-safe container with a lid, and smooth the top. Cover tightly and place in the freezer until firm (at least 4 hours). Serve right from the freezer. It will not need to thaw at all to be scoopable.



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