Simple 3-Ingredient Ice Cream
This simple no-churn 3-ingredient ice cream is the best way to beat the heat. The finished consistency is a little more rich and elegant than a sorbet, but easier and lighter than ice cream!
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This post was originally published in July 2011 and updated in May 2019.
While I get my self settled back in from vacation I have a special guest for you. You have probably heard of the fabulous site Our Best Bites? Or maybe you’ve picked up their cookbook? Sara and Kate are two girls who love to cook and show us that home cooking can be easy and fun!
No-Churn 3-Ingredient Ice Cream Fruit Freeze
Hey there! I’m Sara from Our Best Bites and I’m thrilled to be hanging out with y’all today! My blog partner Kate and I are c-r-a-z-y about homemade ice cream, but we get lots of emails from folks that don’t own ice cream makers and still want in on the creamy homemade action. No fear! This non-ice-cream-maker friendly recipe is one of our favorites!
It’s so easy and only takes 3 ingredients. Seriously, three! Fresh fruit, sugar, and whipping cream. The finished consistency of this 3-ingredient ice cream is a little more rich and elegant than a sorbet, but easier and lighter than ice cream. It falls somewhere in the middle.
The great part is that you can customize the flavor and make it with whatever fruit you happen to have on hand. I happened to have some gorgeous blackberries, and perfectly ripe mangoes, so I went with that! Let’s get cooking, shall we?
How To Make No-Churn Ice Cream with Fruit
First, pop your fruit in a food processor with some sugar to make a puree.
Puree until it’s nice and smooth (you could strain the seeds out at this point if you’re one of those people who cringes when biting down on a berry seed; I am not one of those people!)
You’ll set aside a little of this puree to use later in the recipe.
Next, you just need some fresh whipped cream. Definitely lick the beaters when you’re done. Totally necessary.
Are you ready for this? We’ve already used all of our ingredients and this is going to get super duper complicated. Just a warning.
Fold the whipped cream into the puree.
Whew! We made it. It’s amazing that something this simple can be so delicious! Now, make sure not to stir at this point. Folding means to gently scoop from the bottom and fold it over to the top. That way you don’t use all of that nice fluffy air in the cream.
Guess what? Almost done! Just pop it into a freezer safe container now and chill until it’s at a good scooping consistency. A few hours should do it.
When it’s ready to eat, spoon into bowls and use the reserved puree as a sauce.
Amazingly delicious and oh so easy! Try it with strawberries, peaches, you name it!
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3-Ingredient Ice Cream
A non-ice-cream-maker friendly recipe with only 3 ingredients.
- 4 cups of berries or roughly diced fruit
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Combine fruit and sugar in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Reserve 1 cup of the puree (store in fridge until ready to use).
- In a mixing bowl, whip heavy whipping cream until soft-medium peaks form.
- Gently fold into the remaining puree just until combined.
- Place in a freezer safe container and freeze until firm (about 2-4 hours).
- Scoop into bowls and serve with remaining puree and extra berries if desired.
Recipe courtesy of Sara at Our Best Bites.
Variations: You can customize the flavor and make it with whatever fruit you happen to have on hand.
About Our Best Bites:
Our Best Bites is a fun, fresh food blog created by two girls who like to cook, Kate Jones and Sara Wells. Both mothers of small children, Kate and Sara know what it’s like to juggle cooking and entertaining with a busy family life. The blog is full of mouth-watering recipes, as well as tips and tutorials. These two girls will show you that cooking at home can be delicious and fun, with a little humor mixed in.
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Oh gosh….I love Our Best Bites! Aaaand, I love ice cream. Perfect! 🙂
The raspberries in our backyard were practically *meant* for this. Thanks for sharing!
Ummm thanks for this 🙂
what a fun way to make ice cream! I do have an ice cream maker and use it often. however, the ease of this is so tempting!
What a great recipe – I’m still trying to bite the bullet and buy an ice cream maker but don’t really have enough space in my tiny kitchen to store it – so always glad to get a recipe that doesn’t require a gadget!
I cannot believe how easy homemade ice cream can be & that I never make it is absurd. Love the guest post & the treat 🙂 Must try!
What a great dessert for summer. I wish I was eating this now:)
The color of this ice cream is gorgeous. I can only imagine how amazing it tastes. I have an ice cream maker at home…time to get that baby out and working!
I love this recipe! Not having an ice cream maker this to me would be the next best thing. Yours certainly looks delicious and refreshing 🙂
sounds so good right now – it is HOT here today!
YUMMY! I think I am about to add another blog to my reading list!!!
This is my kind of recipe … sweet, simple and no ice-cream maker needed!
Fabulous!! What a great, easy, summery treat!! I adore the Our Best Bites ladies! Their blog is fantastic and I love their cookbook! 🙂
So easy! I love it. I’ve got all the ingredients already, guess I’ll be making some ice cream real soon!
Wow! This looks delicious. I can’t believe how easy it is to make!
Woah, that recipe just rocked my world–so simple and yet such a genius combination! Definitely on the Make list!
Just love this recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker! So handy!
I could really use a bowl of this right now. Love the fact that it doesn’t require an ice cream maker! Brilliant.
The flavors of this ice cream are amazing! We love it!
This is the easiest ice cream recipe I’ve found and it tastes incredible! Can’t wait to make it again!
This was such a delightful treat and super fun to do with my kids. Thanks so much!
This was so easy to make and even easier to enjoy! Love the smooth and refreshing flavor; delicious!
Love that I always have the ingredients on hand to make this.
hi, I love your blog, have followed you for years. I hope you continue using email. I am attempting to eliminate alot of social media from my life and I have started with pinterest and instagram. thanks for your emails xo j