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Easy No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream

Creamy, luscious, not too sweet, and super simple to make! This Easy No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream is truly the best summertime treat.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Additional Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Caylie


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cup sugar
  • a pinch of salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  • Stir gently until sugar is dissolved.
  • Freeze according to your ice cream machine's instructions.
  • Transfer into an airtight container and let harden.


  • If you don't have half and half, you can make your own! Combine 1/2 cup whole milk and 1/2 cup fat free milk to have a homemade half and half.
  • You can use vanilla bean paste in this recipe, but you may need to scale back the amount slightly.
Expert Tips:
  • Do not beat the ice cream base! Stir slowly and try to avoid having as many bubbles as possible.
  • This recipe is vegetarian and gluten free.
  • If you add any mix-ins, I cannot guarantee freeze times.
  • Make sure the milks are cold before starting.
  • If you’re a soft serve fan like me, skip the freezing part and enjoy straight out of the ice cream machine!


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 86mg | Sugar: 21g