Wait until you try this easy caramel ice cream you can make without an ice cream maker! If you love ice cream and you want an easy homemade ice cream recipe, it doesn’t get any easier than this no-churn caramel ice cream.

A hand holding an ice cream cone with caramel chip ice cream.

It is HOT outside, and I am excited to make homemade ice cream.

If you love ice cream as much as our family, you will want to check out my Gluten Free Ice Cream recipes, which includes many recipes for ice cream and gluten free cones.

This easy vegetarian gluten free ice cream recipe is perfect for a crowd or an ice cream bar. I plan to make a few flavors for our next pool party. This easy ice cream recipe is SO much better than store-bought ice cream.

Recipe At A Glance:

  • Skill Level – Beginner
  • # of Ingredients – 4
  • Total Time – 3 hours and 5 minutes

Why I love this caramel ice cream:

  1. This creamy ice cream is cold, refreshing, and perfect for a hot summer! This no-churn ice cream recipe is the easiest way to make ice cream from scratch!!
  2. I couldn’t believe how many comments I received from readers who didn’t know how easy it is to make ice cream from scratch.
  3. Add some flaked sea salt to make homemade salted caramel ice cream.
  4. All you need is four simple ingredients!

Allergen Information:

  • This ice cream is naturally gluten free.
  • To make this ice cream dairy-free, use dairy-free caramel, dairy-free heavy cream (So Delicious makes a great one!), and chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand.)
A cone of homemade Caramel Ice Cream with chocolate chips on a tray.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – This is what makes the ice cream so creamy! Do not use half and half.
  • Lechera Dulche Le Leche—This is caramelized condensed milk, which gives this ice cream its rich caramel flavor and sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract – Use pure vanilla extract. It adds a richer vanilla flavor!
  • Chocolate Chips – You can use any chips, including milk chocolate, bittersweet, or dark chocolate chips.

Check out how to make a homemade, no-bake gluten free waffle coneAll you need are frozen gluten free waffles!

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Swirling no-churn ice cream ingredients in a blender.

Step 1: Add the heavy whipping cream, Lechera, and vanilla to a Vitamix or high-speed blender. Blend until the mixture is thick and creamy, about 30-45 seconds.

No-Churn Caramel Chip Ice Cream frozen into a loaf pan, with an ice cream scoop and cones next to it.

Step 2: Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe ice cream container. I used a bread loaf tin to freeze this ice cream. You can also use plastic containers. (Don’t use glass!!) Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the no-churn ice cream mixture

Step 3: Cover the container with plastic wrap. Place it in the freezer and let it freeze for 3-4 hours until solid.

Someone removing a scoop of chocolate chip caramel ice cream from a container

Use an ice cream scoop to serve the caramel ice cream in a cone or bowl…it tastes great both ways! You can also use this ice cream to make Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a substitute for La Lachera Dulce le Leche?

You can use caramel if you can’t find La Lachera Dulce le Leche in your local grocery store. Just be sure to read the ingredients label to ensure it is gluten free.

Can you make this recipe in an ice cream maker?

Typically, no-churn ice cream is not made in an ice cream maker. I have not tested this recipe in an ice cream maker.

How long will this caramel no-churn ice cream keep fresh in the freezer?

This ice cream will keep fresh for up to 14 days in the freezer. If you have an air-tight container, it will last up to a month.

Make this ice cream into an Affogato Al Caffe! It is a great “perk me up” for dessert coffee. If you love matcha, this Matcha Ice Cream is also really good.

An ice cream scoop of Caramel Chocolate Chip Ice Cream being put onto a cone.

More Gluten-Free Frozen Desserts:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

No-Churn Caramel Chip Ice Cream

Sandi Gaertner
This is a thick and creamy easy no-churn caramel chocolate chip ice cream
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 370 kcal


  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream * see note
  • 14 ounces La Lachera Dulce le Leche
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract * see note
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  • Add the heavy whipping cream, La Lachera, and vanilla to a Vitamix or high-speed blender.
  • Blend the no-churn ice cream mixture for 45-60 seconds until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  • Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container.
  • Top the ice cream with chocolate chips. Cover the container or loaf pan with plastic wrap.
  • Put the container into the freezer for 3-4 hours.
  • Scoop into a cone or bowl and enjoy 🙂


  1. You can make this no-churn ice cream in a Vitamix or high-powered blender.
  2. To make this dairy-free, use a dairy-free caramel, dairy-free heavy cream like So Delicious brand, and dairy-free chips.
  3. Vanilla – Try to find alcohol-free. Trader Joe’s has it. You can also use vanilla paste or regular vanilla extract.
  4. This ice cream will keep fresh for up to 14 days 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.


Serving: 1gCalories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 23gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 91mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1420IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 1mg
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Nutrition Disclaimer

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 May 2019 post with more information.

5 from 12 votes (12 ratings without comment)

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  1. I am dairy free & wanted to know if you though canned coconut milk or dairy free cream by Silk could work? Thank you

    1. Hi Elise, I haven’t used canned coconut milk in this exact recipe, but I have in another no-churn ice cream recipe. You need to use coconut cream and make sure the can is VERY cold in order for it to whip. I haven’t used the silk cream yet.

  2. Every recipe I have tried from I just love! Most people do not even know its Gluten Free!

  3. This ice cream looks so good! I pinned it so i will be sure to make it. I would be so thrilled to win the giveaway. We are all ice cream lovers in my house, especially caramel and the combination of ingredients sounds amazing.

  4. If you only knew how much I LOVE ice cream and that caramel is my favorite ice cream flavor you would understand why I have such a big smile on my face! This recipe looks so easy to make. Can’t wait to make it–and eat it!

  5. I love my Vitamix and my family loves ice cream, so this looks like a Win Win!!
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  6. This looks incredibly delicious! I think my only problem would be trying to not eat it all!

  7. We have an ice cream maker – I may use this lovely recipe as inspiration to try using it again after our first failed attempt. 🙂