Lemon ice cream is the easiest no-churn ice cream recipe and one that you will want to make over and over again. This homemade ice cream is thick and creamy, with a sweet lemon flavor.
The ingredients mix up in just seconds, then it is just a few hours in the freezer. No ice cream machine needed to make this lemon ice cream recipe!
If you love easy ice cream recipes as I do, you will want to see all of these amazing no-churn Gluten Free Ice Cream Recipes!
It is finally summer and our family is going into relaxation mode. It is time to hang out outside and cool off with homemade lemon curd ice cream.
What does no-churn mean?
No-churn is a short cut to making homemade ice cream. It means you do not have to use an ice cream maker to churn your ice cream. The Vitamix or blender does some of this for you, making no-churn ice cream a much faster way to make ice cream.
This is the ice cream that everyone is going to hold up their bowls and ask you for seconds. It is creamy with a rich sweet lemon flavor. You won't believe how easy this no-churn lemon ice cream recipe is to make. All you have to do is dump your ingredients into your Vitamix or blender, then freeze the mixture. I will show you how easy this lemon curd ice cream is to make with this quick video!!
I wasn't kidding when I said it was EASY. My kids can even make this. And a bonus, the ice cream is gluten free."
The beauty of this lemon custard ice cream recipe is the simple base ingredients (heavy cream, condensed milk, and your favorite fillings). You can make this ice cream any flavor, and use any mix-in. It can be chocolate chip, cookie dough, or M&M ice cream. Look in your cabinet and see what you have to mix in.
Need an easy homemade gluten free cone for your ice cream? Here is an easy tutorial to make your own Gluten Free Waffle Cones. My son came up with this genius idea, and it is an easy NO mess ice cream cone recipe that anyone can make.
What is lemon curd?
There are many different lemon curd recipes out there. I found that my local Trader Joe's sells a really good lemon curd, so that is what I used for this recipe. I love all of the lemon flavors the lemon curd adds to this no-churn ice cream.
If you love lemon curd as we do, then you may like these gluten free dessert recipes. We love these gluten free lemon curd filled coconut cupcakes and they are one of our favorite cupcakes. Lemon curd also works beautifully in between layers of cake-like in this gluten free lemon layer cake.
I am not really sure how I thought to use it as an ice cream flavor, but I am so glad I did it. The creaminess of the lemon curd goes beautifully with the heavy cream in this ice cream recipe."
The first step is to add condensed milk to your Vitamix. (Sorry the picture is a little blurry, I did a screenshot from the video so you could see the steps even if you don't have time to watch the video.)
Add the lemon curd, lemon zest, and heavy cream to the Vitamix. Blend on high until the mixture becomes thick.
Pour the ice cream mixture into a bread tin.
Swirl in more lemon curd on top of the ice cream. Freeze for 2-3 hours until frozen.
Scoop the creamy ice cream into a bowl or gluten free cone.
Enjoy!! This gluten free lemon ice cream is thick and creamy and perfect for any time!
*Note you can use regular condensed milk or coconut condensed milk in this recipe.
Can this ice cream be made dairy-free?
In theory, you can substitute full-fat coconut cream for the whipped cream in this recipe. I have not tried it with this specific recipe, but I did use coconut cream to make this Coconut Ice Cream recipe dairy-free. If you do try a dairy-free version, please comment below in the comment section so everyone can know how it turned out.
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No-Churn Lemon Curd Ice Cream
- 2 pints heavy cream
- 1/2 cup lemon curd
- 11.25 ounces coconut condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons lemon curd to swirl on top
- Add all of the ingredients to a Vitamix or blender.
- Blend on high for 30 seconds until it is thick.
- Pour into a freezer safe dish and freeze for 2 hours.
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(**Note, this post was updated from an older May 2017 post.)