3 Homemade ice cream recipes

Creamy and delicious recipes that can be made at home!

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Just exactly what is in the ice cream you buy at the local supermarket? Like many of the products we buy from jars, cartons and cans, store bought ice cream is often filled with 10 letter ingredients and more preservatives than we care to recognize. Instead of eating fake food, make your own homemade ice cream with ingredients you can pronounce!

These three delicious recipes are creamy, decadent and all contain less than 10 fresh (and easy to pronounce) ingredients! Making your own ice cream is easy and the end product is something you would pay $6 a cone for at specialty sweets stores!

*All of these recipes require an ice cream maker.

Banana peanut butter ice cream

Serves 6

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 ripened bananas
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and sugars until creamy. Add milk and beat until sugar is completely dissolved. Add cream and vanilla and stir until combined. Add in chopped bananas. Cover with foil and chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. Once mixture has chilled, pour into a completely frozen base of an ice cream maker. Turn ice cream maker on and let the machine stir/thicken the ice cream for at least 20 minutes. Once ice cream has reached desired consistency, scoop and enjoy! Immediately freeze after serving and can be frozen for up to 4 days.

Mint chocolate chunk ice cream

Mint chocolate chip ice cream

Serves 8

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks, chopped

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, mix milk and sugar with a beater until sugar dissolves. With a wooden spoon, stir in cream, salt, extracts and food coloring. Cover tightly with foil and chill overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
  2. Once chilled, pour the mixture into the frozen banister of an ice cream maker. Turn ice cream maker on and let stir for 15 minutes. Add in chocolate chunks and stir an additional 10 minutes. Serve immediately or freeze for up to 4 days.

Double chocolate chip ice cream

Double chocolate chip icecream

Serves 6

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions: 

  1. Whisk the cocoa powder, sugars and salt together in a large bowl. Add milk and beat until sugar and salt is dissolved. Stir in cream and vanilla and chill overnight, or for at least 2 hours.
  2. Once chilled, place mixture into the frozen canister of an ice cream maker and stir for 15 minutes. Add chocolate chips and stir an additional 10 minutes. Serve or freeze.

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.

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