Easy, No-churn Pumpkin Ice Cream

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Looking for an easy, no-churn pumpkin ice cream recipe? This is it and perfect for the fall season and better yet…no ice cream machine required. Try your ice cream making skills using this homemade pumpkin ice cream recipe and sit back and enjoy!

One of my life long dreams is to have my very own ice cream shop! Not so much because I just love ice cream but because of the memories I have of ice cream from my childhood.

You could say I didn’t have much growing up, but as I child I never realized that. I was born in Massachusetts and my dad was a pastor. We lived pretty lean but my childhood was good. Sure, we didn’t go to Disney or on vacation really, we received a pair of tennis shoes and dress shoes for the entire year, there was ZERO snack food in our house, and going to the circus or ballgames was never on our schedule. I had parents who loved me, are still married today and sacrificed so others could have and for that I am thankful.

two ice cream cones propped in a copper goblet with scoops of peanut butter ice cream

So….what does that have to do with ice cream you say? A lot actually.

There was a couple in our church who owned Chandler’s Ice Cream Shop right up the road and we used to pass it on our way home from church. It was there I really recall my first memory of ice cream. I would walk up to the counter and all by myself order my strawberry ice cream in a sugar cone, and when Mr. Chandler handed me my cone utter happiness would consume me. He was better than Santa!

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I found an old photo of his shop, but it looked a little different when I was a girl. The memory of getting ice cream for some reason is embedded in my mind.

So…someday, I want to be “Mr. Chandler.” I want to pass out sweet treats that make people happy! Until then, I’m sharing how to make a simple, no churn pumpkin ice cream perfect for fall! No machine required.

ice cream cone with ice cream propped up in copper goblet with two ice cream cones and melted ice cream laying on counter


Why Pumpkin Ice Cream?

Why not pumpkin ice cream? Pumpkin is the embodiment of the fall season; pumpkin is in everything so why not ice cream?

Did you know that pumpkins are packed with nutrients? While commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkin is actually scientifically a fruit because it contains seeds but it’s nutritionally more similar to a vegetables than a fruit.

Check out these pumpkin health benefits:

Now, adding all the cream and sugar with the pumpkin might counteract all those nutrients but maybe it’s worth making it anyway. Plus, who doesn’t love the taste of pumpkin?

Can you make Pumpkin Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker?

With this recipe you sure can! This is a no-churn pumpkin ice cream recipe and it’s delicious and easy to make too. No fancy equipment required at all. An electric mixer or stand mixer is super helpful for whipping the cream, but you can absolutely do it by hand with a whisk if you don’t have an electric mixer.

If you wanted, you could put this homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream recipe in an ice cream maker and once churned it will likely have a more soft serve consistency. If you prefer the ice cream to be more firm then you would need to place it in a loaf pan and place it in the freezer.

pumpkin ice cream in ice cream cone propped in a copper goblet sitting on counter.
mother and son in white kitchen making ice cream

This is a great and easy recipe to make in the kitchen with your kids. These days go by way too fast so enjoy them.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Ingredients

The ingredients are simple, but the flavor is anything but. You could easily whip this up in the morning and it would be ready for the evening sitting by a cozy outdoor fire with your family.

Ingredients:

  • Canned Pumpkin Puree or you can make your own puree with fresh pumpkin
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Vanilla Extract

How to Make Pumpkin Ice Cream

Get this recipe started by getting your whipping cream poured into your mixing bowl. You will then beat your cream until stiff peaks form.

Now add your sweetened condensed milk by carefully adding it to your cream. Gently fold everything together until well-combined.

Add in your vanilla and spice and gently combine remembering to keep things as fluffy as you can.

whipped cream in mixer sitting on counter.

Place in the Freezer

Now that everything’s all mixed, transfer to a freezer-safe container. I used these dishwasher safe ice cream containers or you can use a metal loaf pan. Whatever container you use, make sure to give it a few good taps against a solid surface after you put your ice cream in so you can knock out any air bubbles that may have formed when you poured the mixture in.

ice cream in freezer containers sitting on counter with wood spoon and plant in background.

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Easy, No-churn Pumpkin Ice Cream

Serve the Ice Cream

Homemade, non-churn ice cream can get quite hard after it is frozen; therefore, it’s best to set this out of the freezer on the counter for at least fifteen minutes before you are ready to begin to serve it or you won’t be scoop-able. This is an easy pumpkin ice cream recipe with limited ingredients making it an easy and tasty treat to enjoy during the fall season or any time of year you are craving that pumpkin flavor!

Easy, No-churn Pumpkin Ice Cream

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