You are going to love this no-churn creamy Earl Grey Ice Cream. It is officially my favorite no-cook homemade ice cream flavor! Grab a tea kettle so you can brew some Earl Grey tea for this recipe. All you need are three simple ingredients to make this homemade ice cream!
Our family recently visited a new ice cream place. It was a small local ice cream shop making interesting small-batch flavors. Sadly, the ice cream shop has closed, so I dedicate this post to their delicious memories.
I was hooked by one taste of their creamy Earl Grey ice cream. It had hints of Earl Grey spices and was lightly sweet. I just knew I needed to try to re-create these flavors in a creamy no-churn recipe.
If you love ice cream as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my Best Gluten Free Ice Cream recipes; I include a couple of gluten free ice cream cone recipes as well!
Why This Recipe Is Great:
- This is a no-churn recipe, and it doesn't get any easier than this. From the blender, pour your ice cream mixture into a freezable container and freeze.
- Earl Grey adds so many layers of flavor to this ice cream.
- It is so much cheaper to make homemade ice cream, and you control the ingredients, so if you can't have gluten, you can ensure your ice cream is safe from cross-contamination.
- This ice cream is creamy and delicious.
- Everyone will love this easy no-cook homemade ice cream. You don't need a fancy ice cream maker to make this no-churn ice cream recipe, though you can use one! All you need is 3 simple ingredients!
Keep in mind there are a lot of Earl Grey teas out there. Quality is important. You want a reputable tea company and not cheap tea. I say this after watching a tea episode of Alton Brown.
When tea is being processed for sale, tea manufacturers sift the tea into many grades, depending on the size of the leaf. The cheapest teas are mostly tiny pieces of leaves and a lot of tea "dust." More expensive teas have big pieces of tea leaves in the bags.
My kids make this recipe with our Vitamix. (You can also use a blender.) They call this Vitamix ice cream...probably because you dump everything in, and it takes care of everything except the freezing part.
Ingredients For Earl Grey Ice Cream:
- Earl Grey Tea - Be sure to use good quality tea. It will make a big difference in the richness of the flavor!
- Condensed Milk - You can use regular or coconut condensed milk varieties. Do NOT use evaporated milk.
- Heavy Whipping Cream - This gives the creaminess to your no-churn ice cream! Do not use half and half.
- I used condensed coconut milk, but you can substitute regular canned condensed milk. I love how the slight coconut flavor works with the Earl Grey tea, so I used this.
- You can use regular, caffeinated Earl Grey or decaf.
This Vitamix is one of my favorite kitchen appliances of all time. I use it to make soup, ice cream, sorbet, smoothies, cream sauces, and more. It is quick and powerful. Clean up is also really easy!
How To Make No-Churn Earl Grey Ice Cream:
Step 1: Steep three Earl Grey tea bags into a cup of hot water. I steep the tea for at least 10 minutes to get a strong flavor and then cool it down so it isn't hot when I whip the cream. The stronger the tea, the better the flavor of the ice cream!
Remove the tea bags and allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
Step 2: Add all ingredients into the Vitamix or blender and whip until thick. See how the whipping cream helps this no-churn ice cream get really thick and creamy?
One thing I love about this ice cream recipe is that you don't have to add any extra sugar. There is enough sweetness from the condensed milk to make this ice cream perfect.
I love this container for freezing my ice cream. The lid fits nice and snugly, so you don't end up with freezer-burnt ice cream.
Step 3: Pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe container and cover it with the lid or plastic wrap. Freeze for 3-4 hours. Scoop and enjoy. If you are looking for the ice cream scoop I show pictured, I love this easy-release ice cream scoop.
You can serve this ice cream in these fun DIY Gluten Free Waffle Cones, in gluten free ice cream cones from your local grocery store. I love topping my ice cream with these Cinnamon Spiced Walnuts too!
No-churn is ice cream that is not cooked on a stove before freezing. No-churn ice cream is my newest addiction. It fits my criteria of being easy to make, and I consider it my ice cream for when I am feeling lazy.
Condensed milk is available with dairy or without (coconut-based). The dairy-free coconut condensed milk will add a slight coconut flavor.
You can use caffeinated or decaffeinated tea to make this ice cream recipe. Many prefer to use decaf tea if they are going to serve this to their kids or enjoy this ice cream in the evening/night.
If you put the ice cream into an air-tight freezer-safe container, this ice cream will last up to 2 months in the freezer.
More Ice Cream Recipes:
- Fresh Vegan Plum Sorbet -Fresh and fruity.
- Caramel Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Thick and creamy!
- Pineapple Sorbet - Simple and full of fresh flavor.
- Banana Flambe Sundaes - This is a fun dessert to serve for friends.
Earl Grey No Churn Ice Cream
- 14 ounces condensed milk * see note
- 1 cup Earl Grey tea * see note
- 2 pints whipping cream * see note
- Heat a cup of water and add three bags of Earl Grey tea. Allow to steep 5 minutes.
- Allow the tea to cool down for 10 minutes.
- Add all ingredients to a Vitamix or blender. Mix until the cream is thick.
- Pour into a bread pan or other freezer safe container and freeze for 3 hours.
- Please use heavy whipping cream. Half and half will not work in this recipe.
- Use high-grade Earl Grey tea. You really can taste a difference!
- You can use either milk-based condensed milk or coconut condensed milk in this recipe.
- This ice cream will keep in an air-tight freezer-safe container for up to 2 months in the freezer.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
This post was updated from an old August 2018 post with more recipe details.
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