Homemade ice cream in a glass dish

How to Make Ice Cream in a Blender

Have you ever wondered how to make homemade ice cream right in your own kitchen? Whether you’re scooping it onto a cone or into a bowl, all you need are a few basic ingredients and a blender and you’re on your way to making your own homemade version of this classic and refreshing frozen dessert. Keep reading to find out how to make ice cream in a blender.


How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Blender

There are several ways to make ice cream at home using your blender. You can first blend all of your ingredients together, then freeze and serve. Or you can make dairy-free soft serve by using frozen fruits like in this Toasted Coconut Blender Ice Cream recipe.

Blender ice cream comes together quickly and there are plenty of ways you can reinvent your dessert to include any of your favorite flavors. Whether you’re a fan of tropical fruits, a classic vanilla lover or a chocoholic, you can easily whip together your creation using a blender, including these models from KitchenAid. Some other tools you might need when making ice cream in your blender are an ice cream scoop, a spoon, a spatula, a glass or metal loaf dish and plastic wrap.

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Blender Ice Cream?

Depending on the recipe, there are a multitude of ingredients that you can incorporate into blender ice cream. You can go traditional by building a base with ingredients like whole milk, condensed milk or heavy cream for a rich flavor profile, or you can opt for dairy-free options that utilize almond milk, oat milk or coconut milk to get a creamy consistency that’s lactose-free. This recipe for 3-Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream uses only the few basic ingredients listed below. To make it your own, you can always mix in extra toppings later like cookie crumbles, candy pieces, brownie chunks, fudge, salted caramel or whatever else your heart desires.

A bowl of homemade chocolate blender ice cream

BLENDER ICE CREAM TIPS & TRICKS

When it comes to the question of how to make ice cream at home, you probably wouldn’t think using a blender would be the answer. But this recipe for no-churn 3-Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream might just convince you otherwise.

  • 2 parts heavy cream (whole milk or full-fat coconut milk can work too)
  • ½ part cocoa powder or melted unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ part honey or another sweetener like maple syrup or stevia

Step 1: Add Ingredients

Add liquids like heavy cream first, followed by cocoa powder or chocolate and your sweetener of choice into the blender

Step 2: Blend

Blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy

Step 3: Place in Freezer

Pour the mixture into a freezer safe container like a glass loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 4-6 hours

Step 4: Mix in Toppings (OPTIONAL)

Mix in any additional toppings and freeze for another 1-2 hours

Step 5: Serve

Scoop, serve and enjoy!

Pros and Cons of Making Ice Cream in a Blender

Making homemade ice cream in a blender is one of the simplest ways to put together a classic frozen treat at home. The pros are that it’s quick, it’s simple, it doesn’t require advanced knowledge or skills in the kitchen and it’s deliciously satisfying. However, using the more straightforward blender recipe above, you may not get the same kind of slow churn as an ice cream machine. You’ll get more rapid blending, which can result in a slightly different texture than typical churned ice cream.

To avoid over-mixing your blender ice cream, look for a blender with a built-in setting that’s capable of starting the motor at a slower speed to pull ingredients carefully into the blade, then quickly increasing to the selected speed to avoid splatter. The KitchenAid® K400 Variable Speed Blender comes with Intelli-Speed® Motor Control that senses contents and maintains the optimal speed to power through all ingredients.

If you’re looking for a richer consistency for your blender ice cream, you can also try using a recipe for a custard base ice cream that’s made on the stove top. Start by decreasing the dairy levels when making the custard base. Save and refrigerate the extra liquid for later. Freeze the custard mixture in ice cube trays. Then lastly, blend the frozen cubes with the remaining milk you set aside earlier. A blender can provide the power you need to blend tough ingredients if you decide to go the route of freezing your ice cream base before blending. Some blenders come with specialized features for easily crushing ice, like the KitchenAid® K150 3 Speed Ice Crushing Blender with a unique asymmetric blade that blends at four distinct angles. Get more help learning how to choose a blender and find one that comes with the kinds of settings that are most important to you.

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What Are Different Ways to Make Ice Cream?

There are so many different ways you can learn how to make ice cream at home. You can make ice cream using a food processor, a hand mixer, a blender or using a KitchenAid® stand mixer with the Ice Cream Maker Attachment.

Our Pick for Best KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker: KitchenAid® Stand Mixer with Ice Cream Maker Attachment

Timely and labor-intensive manual churning can be intimidating. Now you can make ice cream easily thanks to the gentle and efficient automatic mixing of your KitchenAid® stand mixer. With the KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker Attachment, you can make up to two quarts of soft serve ice cream, sorbet or other frozen desserts. The liquid inside the double walls of this innovative freeze bowl will give your creation a thorough and even-freeze throughout the churning process and it’s easy to clean after using. Shop a colorful collection of KitchenAid® stand mixers and learn more about stand mixer attachments and uses by reading our stand mixer accessory guide.

How to Make Ice Cream with a Hand Mixer

A hand mixer is another great way to get crafty with your homemade ice cream creations. This method is for those who love to get experimental in the kitchen. You can build your own DIY ice cream machine by placing a bowl with ice and salt beneath the bowl filled with your ice cream base. Get the momentum going with a hand mixer and whip the mixture while it freezes before placing it back in the freezer. Explore 5, 7 or 9-speed KitchenAid® hand mixers to find a model that suits you.

How to make ice cream with a Food Processor

Making ice cream in a food processor is a similar process to making ice cream in a blender. It’s just as quick and delivers a delicious result. One way to do it is to mix up your favorite ice cream base, place it in a gallon-sized bag in the freezer, then break up the frozen chunks and pulse them right in the food processor. With a food processor, you can “churn” and pulse with added control using different speeds to get your desired level of creaminess. Food processors can also help you prep ingredients for ice cream, like chopping nuts, pureeing fruits or mixing ingredients together before freezing. The KitchenAid® 13-Cup Food Processor is equipped to handle dozens of different prep and mixing tasks with a capacity large enough to make batches for sharing and storing for later.

 

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