Kids’ favorite summertime treat is surprisingly easy to make, really! Basic ice cream only has a few ingredients – and you don’t necessarily need any special equipment to make it. While an ice cream machine can come in handy, there are some tricks and tips to create creamy flavors without one. So instead of heading out to your local ice cream shop, try making your own flavors at home. Start simple with a homemade ice cream recipe for vanilla ice cream. Mix in more ingredients to craft easy mint chocolate chip ice cream or no-cook strawberry ice cream. Fold in chewy chunks of baked goods to make the chocolate fudge brownie ice cream. And for super simple recipes with ingredients you probably already have on hand, try chocolate ice cream or banana ice cream.
This recipe for vanilla ice cream from The Food Network gets its smooth texture from a mix of heavy cream, half-and-half and egg yolks. Start by placing the ingredients in a saucepan and bringing it to a boil – then it’s freezer time! A double dose of vanilla sugar and vanilla extract gives the ice cream its signature flavor.
Dig out the green food coloring to make this easy mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe from AllRecipes. For the best results, mix up the ingredients and then pour into an ice cream maker. You can use mini chocolate chips, chocolate chunks or regular chocolate chips to give this ice cream its chocolately kick.
Strawberry fan? Then this is your recipe! Use a pound of fresh strawberries to whip up this no-cook strawberry ice cream from Epicurious. The strawberries are mashed with a combination of sugar and just-squeezed lemon juice before getting blended into a generous helping of heavy cream. Pour into an ice cream maker to finish off the recipe.
Brownies + chocolate = ice cream perfection. That’s the idea behind this chocolate fudge brownie ice cream recipe from Cooking Light. The first step in this recipe is making a batch of chewy brownies. Cut the brownies into small pieces before adding them into the chocolate ice cream batter.
This chocolate ice cream from The Kitchen is My Playground has just three ingredients and you don’t need an ice cream maker. Whisk together heavy cream until it becomes thickened and stiff peaks form. Next, stir in one can of sweetened condensed milk and chocolate syrup. That’s it! Freeze in a container in the freezer and you have ice cream in about four hours.
One ingredient. This recipe for banana ice cream from The Kitchn has just one ingredient: bananas. Chop ripe bananas into slices and freeze for two hours. Blend in a food processor until the mixture resembles ice cream. Feel free to add in mix-ins like peanut butter, Nutella or mini-chocolate chips.