13 Easy Blender Ice Cream Recipes

13 Blender ice cream recipes

Do you want to take care of your sweet-tooth cravings in a hurry? Check out how easy it is to make vanilla ice cream in your blender. But you're not limited to plain vanilla—you can make just about any flavor you could possibly imagine! 

Why Make Blender Ice Cream?

If you’ve ever found yourself craving ice cream but skipped out because you don’t have any in your freezer, blender ice cream is for you. It’s also great if you’ve been looking for new ways to use your blender! Not only does it taste good, but it also has other perks.

 

  • Quick and easy: Just place all of the ingredients into a Blendtec blender, press the Ice Cream setting, and blend until thick and creamy. That’s it! If you prefer it to be scoopable for cones later, pop it in the freezer for a couple hours to help it firm up. 
  • Ice cream maker not required: Churning ice cream is a chore of the past! High-speed blenders can create ice cream without the need of salt or ice cream makers. 
  • Simple ingredients: All you need for the blender ice cream base is half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and ice. Put these all in a blender and you’re ready to go!
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    Additional Tips

     

  • Frozen milk cubes: Plan ahead and pour some milk into an ice cube tray and freeze it. Blending these instead of regular ice cubes will result in a creamier, less icy texture.
  • Powdered milk: Adding powdered milk to your blender ice cream can help get that rich and creamy texture, even if you use regular ice cubes.
  • Toppings: Blender ice cream is very easy to adjust. Add some of your favorite fruits or some chocolate chips for new tastes, textures, and colors.
  • Liquids go first: Always add liquids into the blender before other toppings to help with the blending process.
  • Be careful not to over-blend: Stop blending once your ice cream reaches a thick and creamy consistency. Running the blender too long can cause it to heat up and melt the ice cream. 
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    We’ve found some of the best easy blender ice cream recipes for you to try, and we’ve even got a few twists to make these delicious treats guilt-free. Enjoy one of these 13 easy blender ice cream recipes!

    Vanilla Ice Cream

    Like we mentioned above, blender ice cream is very easy to adjust. The best part about this vanilla ice cream recipe is that it’s great on its own and as a base for other flavors. Try this one out and then mix it up a bit by trying some of the variations below!

    Ingredients

    • ¼ c half-and-half
    • 3 oz sweetened condensed milk
    • ½ tsp imitation vanilla extract
    • ¼ tsp lemon juice
    • 2 c whole-milk cubes (about 1 ice tray of frozen milk)

    Instructions

    • Place ingredients in your Blendtec blender and press the Ice Cream setting. Blend until thick and creamy. Enjoy!

     

    We hope you enjoy making these delicious blender ice cream recipes. Let us know in the comments which ones you try and which ones are your favorites!

     

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    69 comments


    • Dave

      Thanks Jessica. That’s what I have tried. Maybe I’m too picky but when I used to make it the old fashion way with the salt and hand crank it came out nice and rich and smooth. Oh well :)


    • Kelli Farley

      Blend on a Low speed for 15 seconds, then blend on a Medium to Medium-High speed for 30 seconds.


    • Marcy

      Hi,

      I just purchased a new Blendtec at CostCo.
      It does not have an ice cream button??
      So do we just do low for 10 secs and high for 50 secs. We tried it and our “ice cream” came out a smoothie. Although delicious we wanted real ice cream? Any suggestions?


    • Kelli Farley

      If your blender does not have an Ice Cream cycle, blend on a Low speed for 15 seconds, then blend on a Medium to Medium-High speed for 30 seconds.

      Blendtec Cycle Conversions


    • Dave

      I paid $500 for mine 2 years ago. It says it makes ice cream. No matter what recipe I try in the book or on you tube it is not ice cream. It comes out as a poor facsimile. Is there some secret I don’t know?


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