3 Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Homemade vanilla, caramel ice cream in vintage bowl

Every day is a good day when ice cream is involved! There’s no better way to celebrate everyone’s favorite frozen dessert (and beat the summer heat in the process) than by enjoying a bowl or cone of your flavor of choice.

With that said, why not take it a step further and give homemade ice cream a try? These three ice cream ideas are too good to pass up, and they’re easy for apartment residents to make from the comfort of their kitchen.

Ice Cream In A Plastic Bag

In case you were wondering if you need an ice cream machine to serve up homemade ice cream this summer, the answer is no! As seen in this easy “Homemade Ice Cream…In a Bag!” recipe, all you need are a couple of plastic resealable bags, ice, rock salt, and your ingredients.

Fill a plastic bag with half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla extract, and put that bag into a larger one filled with the ice and rock salt. Shake the bags up—this is a bit of a workout, so brace yourself—until the mixture is thick. After a few minutes, you’ll have ice cream!

If you’re not in the mood for vanilla ice cream, try adding these ingredients for different flavor options: 

  • Strawberry: chopped strawberries
  • Chocolate: cocoa powder or hot chocolate powder
  • Mint chocolate chip: mint extract and chocolate chips
  • Cookie dough: edible cookie dough and chocolate chips

Ice Cream In A Glass Dish

Again, no ice cream maker is necessary for the perfect homemade product. All you need is a glass baking dish.

For this super simple recipe, grab yourself some heavy cream, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Mix it together, pour it into the glass baking dish, and stick it in the freezer for a while. Once it reaches the perfect ice cream texture, it’s time to enjoy your frozen treat.

Consider adding a few mix-ins to your ice cream blend to take it to the next level. Edible cookie dough, crushed up Oreo cookies, nuts, caramel, and fruit are ideal options for adding a little extra touch to your perfect ice cream!

Healthy Frozen Yogurt 

Frozen yogurt may not technically be ice cream, but if you’re looking to enjoy a creamy, frozen treat made with healthier ingredients, it’s a delicious option.

There are several easy ways to whip up homemade frozen yogurt. If you’re looking for instant results, frozen fruit is the key, as seen in these strawberry and raspberry “fro-yo” recipes. Throw your fruit in a blender with yogurt, honey, and other ingredients like lemon juice or salt for a quick batch of frozen yogurt.

If you have a little more time on your hands, make a mixture of Greek yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Add fruit, granola, or nuts to the blend, if you so choose. Pour it all into a container, and let it freeze. In roughly an hour, your frozen treat will be ready to enjoy!

You deserve to treat yourself, and it’s incredibly easy to make delicious ice cream from the comfort of your own home. Gather your ingredients, and get mixing!

If you’re looking for the perfect apartment in which to try out all kinds of homemade recipes, contact us to find a place that suits your needs, and be sure to visit our blog for more food-based tips and tricks like these.

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