9 Ways to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker

No ice cream maker? No problem. Try these easy-to-make, no-churn frozen desserts.

When we're all screaming for ice cream, we have a choice: Buy it at the store, or make it ourselves at home. But what if you don't have an ice cream maker? Fortunately, you don't need one—with just a few ingredients and a little freezer time, you can create your own no-ice-cream-maker ice cream.

For most of these no-churn ice cream recipes, sweetened condensed milk is combined with whipped cream and a few choice ingredients to create an airy-textured sweet treat that can be frozen as is.

Consider these ice cream recipes a jumping-off point. You can always experiment with other flavors (like mango in lieu of papaya) to find your perfect no-ice-cream-maker frozen dessert.

01 of 09

No-Churn Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

No Churn Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream
Roasting the strawberries releases some of the excess moisture and concentrates the flavor of the fruit. No ice cream maker required. Get the recipe:No Churn Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream. Samantha Seneviratne

Roasting the strawberries gives them a deeper flavor that really comes out in this homemade no-churn ice cream.

02 of 09

Ice-Cream-Maker-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Ice-Cream-Maker-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

You need just three ingredients (and a few hours) to make this soft-serve ice cream treat.

03 of 09

No-Churn Papaya Ice Cream

Victor Protasio

This easy ice cream requires just a few ingredients for a tropical (and tasty) dessert—no ice cream maker needed!

04 of 09

Mason Jar Ice Cream

Mason Jar Ice Cream
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If you don't feel like whipping out the electric mixer, you can still incorporate that all-important air by shaking together your ingredients in a mason jar, then placing it in the freezer. The basic recipe is a cup of heavy cream, a tablespoon of sugar, and any flavorings you'd like (such as a teaspoon of vanilla extract). Combine the ingredients in a sealed mason jar, shake vigorously for several minutes, then freeze for three hours.

05 of 09

Rolled Ice Cream

rolled ice cream
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Want to get your ice cream fix faster? Keep a baking pan in the freezer so you can enjoy ice-cold Thai-style rolled ice cream whenever you want.

06 of 09

No-Churn Pumpkin Ice Cream With Cranberry Compote

Pumpkin Ice Cream
No churn pumpkin ice cream is the perfect addition to your seasonal dessert arsenal. Serve it with hot apple pie for the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert mash-up. Get the recipe: Pumpkin No-Churn Ice Cream With Cranberry-Raspberry Compote. Max Kelly

If you can't wait for pumpkin spice latte season, get a summer-ready take on the flavor with this easy-to-make homemade ice cream.

07 of 09

No-Churn Raspberry-Peach Sorbet

No-Churn Raspberry-Peach Sorbet
There’s no need for an ice cream maker—simply puree all the ingredients in a food processor, then freeze until firm. Get the recipe. Marcus Nilsson

For a dairy-free (but no less decadent) frozen dessert, try this no-churn sorbet that uses summer farmers' market favorites.

08 of 09

Snow Ice Cream

Snow Ice Cream
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Snow is a little hard to come by in the summer, but shaved ice could stand in to create this slushy not-quite-ice-cream treat.

09 of 09

No-Churn Mango Sorbet

No-Churn Mango Sorbet
No ice-cream maker? No problem. Give frozen mango a whir in the food processor, and then pop the mixture in the freezer until ready to serve. Sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes for added tropical flair. Get the recipe: No-Churn Mango Sorbet. Tom Schierlitz

A little sweetened coconut milk gives this tropical sorbet a creamier mouthfeel.

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