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Easy 3-ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream recipe

Get ready for a taste sensation like no other! When it comes to beating the summer heat, there’s one treat that stands head and shoulders above the rest – easy homemade ice cream. Now, I know what you’re thinking: making ice cream from scratch sounds like a complicated, time-consuming endeavor. But hold on tight, because I’m about to reveal a game-changing secret. Brace yourself for the easiest, most delicious 3-ingredient strawberry ice cream recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker.

easy 3 ingredient strawberry ice cream recipe

Forget about those overpriced pints from the store. With just 3 simple ingredients and a dash of determination, you can whip up a creamy, dreamy strawberry ice cream that will leave you wondering why you hadn’t tried it sooner. This recipe is about to become your go-to summer delight, and trust me, once you’ve tasted it, there’s no turning back.

Ingredients you’ll need for this Easy 3-ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream recipe

When it comes to making your own no-churn strawberry ice cream, you don’t need fancy ingredients or special equipment (like an ice cream machine). All you need are three simple items you can find at your local grocery store. 

Let’s break them down and see how they work their magic:

  1. Heavy Whipping Cream: This is the superstar ingredient that gives our ice cream its rich and creamy texture. It’s like the secret ingredient that makes it oh-so-satisfying. When we whip it up, fluffy whipping cream is created, adding that perfect dreaminess to every spoonful.
  2. Strawberries: Strawberries bring a fresh strawberry flavor and natural taste to our ice cream. Their fruity goodness shines through, and as they freeze, they become even more intense and delicious. You’ll be amazed at how these simple berries can transform a humble dessert into something truly amazing. These will need to become a strawberry puree, and you can use either fresh or frozen fruit.
  3. Sweetened Condensed Milk: This is the sweet and silky ingredient that ties everything together. It adds just the right amount of sweetness and helps create that smooth and creamy consistency we all love. It’s like the glue that holds our strawberry ice cream magic in place.

Take a look at the recipe card at the bottom of this post to see the entire recipe.

Add-ons and substitutions for this fresh strawberry ice cream

Let’s take our 3-ingredient strawberry ice cream to the next level with some fun add-ons and substitutions. These simple tweaks will transform the recipe into a personalized and delicious afternoon snack:

Add-ons:

  1. Chocolate Chips: Are you a chocolate fan? Sprinkle in some chocolate chips to add an extra dose of indulgence. As the ice cream freezes, the chips will turn into delicious melty pockets of chocolate.
  2. Lemon Juice: Want to add a tangy twist? Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice. The tanginess of the lemon will brighten up the flavor of your strawberry ice cream, giving it a refreshing and citrusy kick. I
  3. Graham Crackers: Crush up some graham crackers and sprinkle them on top of your ice cream or mix them into the base before freezing. The crumbly texture and subtle sweetness of the crackers will create a delightful contrast to the creamy strawberry goodness.

Creating new flavors

  1. Strawberry Nice Cream: Looking for a healthier option? Try making a strawberry nice cream! Simply blend 3 cups of frozen strawberries, a bit of maple syrup (to taste), and 1/4 cup of coconut milk. This version is low carb and low calorie, making it a guilt-free treat that still satisfies your sweet tooth. It’s a refreshing and lighter alternative that won’t derail your healthy eating goals.
  2. Fresh Berries (Berry Ice Cream): Want to switch up the flavors? Substitute the strawberries with fresh berries to create a delicious berry ice cream. Whether it’s raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or a mix of all three, the choice is yours! Just wash and prepare the fresh berries, then fold them into the ice cream mixture before freezing. 

With these simple additions and substitutions, you can personalize your strawberry ice cream and create a scrumptious snack of your choice. 

Whether you add chocolate chips, a splash of lemon juice, some crumbled graham crackers, make a strawberry nice cream, or switch to fresh berries, each option brings its own special touch to this wonderful treat. 

How to make this homemade strawberry ice cream

Making a 3-ingredient strawberry ice cream without an ice cream maker is a simple and enjoyable process. With just fresh strawberries, heavy whipping cream, and sweetened condensed milk, you can create a delicious frozen treat in no time.

Prepare strawberries

Start by preparing the strawberries. Make sure they are washed thoroughly and remove the stems. Blend them with an immersion blender or just mash them with your fork, until you get 1 1/4 cup of mashed strawberries. Set the prepared strawberries aside for later use.

Mix ingredients

Next, it’s time to whip the cream. Take a large mixing bowl and pour in the heavy whipping cream. Using an electric mixer or a whisk, beat the cream until it forms soft peaks. This process will take a few minutes, so be patient. The whipped cream should be thick and able to hold its shape.

Once the cream is whipped, it’s time to incorporate the sweetened condensed milk. Gradually pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream. Gently fold the mixture together using a spatula until it is well combined. Take care not to overmix as you want to maintain the light and fluffy texture.

Now, it’s time to add the strawberries to the mixture. Fold in the mashed strawberries, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the creamy mixture. This will infuse the ice cream with the delicious strawberry flavor.

Freeze

Transfer the strawberry ice cream mixture into a lidded airtight container or a loaf pan. Use a spatula to smooth the top. Place the container in the freezer and let it freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight. This will allow the ice cream to set and become firm.

Once the ice cream has fully frozen, it’s ready to be served and enjoyed. Scoop it into bowls or cones, and enjoy your homemade strawberry ice cream. For extra flavor and texture, consider topping it with additional fresh strawberries or any other desired toppings.

Expert tips for best results

While this is a straightforward and easy recipe, I have a few expert tips that will take your Homemade 3-ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream to the next level:

  • Choose good quality ingredients: When you’re working with only three ingredients, the quality truly makes a difference. Opt for the best strawberries you can find to ensure a burst of flavor in every bite. Fresh and juicy strawberries will give your ice cream that extra wow factor.
  • Whipping Cream: For a creamier texture, beat the heavy cream until you have whipped cream with soft peaks. This will give your ice cream a light and smooth consistency. If you prefer a firmer ice cream, keep beating until stiff peaks form. It’s all about personal preference and the texture you’re aiming for.
  • Cold Bowl and Whisk Trick: Want to speed up the whipping process? Use a cold metal bowl and a chilled whisk attachment. Simply pop them in the freezer for about 15 minutes before you start. The cold temperature helps stabilize the cream and makes it whip faster and more efficiently.
  • Soft Serve Consistency: If you can’t wait overnight for your ice cream to fully freeze, no worries! Freezing it for 3-4 hours will give you a soft serve consistency. It’s perfect for those who like their ice cream a little less firm.

How to store this perfect summer treat

When it comes to storing your homemade 3-ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream recipe, a few simple steps can help keep it fresh and flavorful:

  • Once your ice cream is ready, transfer it to a container that has a tight-sealing lid and is freezer-safe. This will prevent any unwanted odors or flavors from seeping in and keep your ice cream at its best.
  • Before sealing the container, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream. This creates a protective layer and prevents icy crystals from forming on top.
  • Seal the container tightly and pop it into the freezer and remember to place it towards the back of the freezer where it’s super chill.
  • Homemade ice cream tastes its best when enjoyed within a few weeks of making it. While it won’t go bad, the quality may start to decline over time as ice crystals develop.
easy 3-ingredient strawberry ice cream recipe

Don’t miss out! Click this link to watch a video of our Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe up-close and witness its irresistible consistency.

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easy 3-ingredient strawberry ice cream recipe
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Easy 3-ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Get ready for a taste sensation like no other! When it comes to beating the summer heat, there's one treat that stands head and shoulders above the rest – easy homemade ice cream.
Brace yourself for the easiest, most delectable 3-ingredient strawberry ice cream recipe that doesn't require an ice cream maker.
Prep Time15 minutes
Freezing time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 15 minutes
Course: Ice Cream and Frozen Treats
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredient strawberry ice cream, 3 ingredient strawberry ice cream recipe, 3 ingredient strawberry ice cream with condensed milk, Maria Corcuera, sweet fix baker
Servings: 5 cups

Equipment

  • 1 Electric mixer or hand whip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream chilled
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 1 1/3 cup pureed strawberries around 2 cups chopped strawberries

Instructions

  • Start by preparing the strawberries. Make sure they are washed thoroughly and remove the stems. Blend them with an immersion blender or just mash them with your fork, until you get 1 1/4 cup of mashed strawberries. Set the prepared strawberries aside for later use.
    1 1/3 cup pureed strawberries
  • Take a large mixing bowl and pour in the heavy whipping cream. Using an electric mixer or a whisk, beat the cream until it forms soft peaks. This process will take a few minutes, so be patient. The whipped cream should be thick and able to hold its shape.
    2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Gradually pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream. Gently fold the mixture together using a spatula until it is well combined. Take care not to over mix as you want to maintain the light and fluffy texture.
    14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • Fold in the mashed strawberries, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the creamy mixture.
    Transfer the strawberry ice cream mixture into a lidded airtight container or a loaf pan. Use a spatula to smooth the top. Place the container in the freezer and let it freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight. This will allow the ice cream to set and become firm.

Notes

Expert tips for best results
  • Choose good quality ingredients: When you’re working with only three ingredients, the quality truly makes a difference. Opt for the best strawberries you can find to ensure a burst of flavor in every bite. Fresh and juicy strawberries will give your ice cream that extra wow factor.
  • Whipping Cream: For a creamier texture, beat the heavy cream until you have whipped cream with soft peaks. This will give your ice cream a light and smooth consistency. If you prefer a firmer ice cream, keep beating until stiff peaks form. It’s all about personal preference and the texture you’re aiming for.
  • Cold Bowl and Whisk Trick: Want to speed up the whipping process? Use a cold metal bowl and a chilled whisk attachment. Simply pop them in the freezer for about 15 minutes before you start. The cold temperature helps stabilize the cream and makes it whip faster and more efficiently.
  • Soft Serve Consistency: If you can’t wait overnight for your ice cream to fully freeze, no worries! Freezing it for 3-4 hours will give you a soft serve consistency. It’s perfect for those who like their ice cream a little less firm.

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