Strawberry 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.

Strawberry ice cream in a glass dish, topped with berries and garnish.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM IN A BLENDER: THE BASICS

There are several ways to make ice cream at home using a blender. 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. 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.

EXPLORE KITCHENAID® BLENDERS

KitchenAid® blenders have many uses and come in a variety of colors, sizes and speeds. Discover which one suits your style and needs. Select KitchenAid® blenders feature a 3 part blending system that easily blends even the toughest ingredients for a consistent texture and smooth ice cream. The ribbed jar design creates a powerful vortex, pulling ingredients into the unique asymmetric blade that cuts at four distinct angles, ensuring your ingredients are thoroughly blended. The Intelli-Speed® Motor Control then senses contents and maintains the optimal speed to power through ingredients, from hard fruits to almonds and more. Blend up your most creative ice cream flavor combinations with ease and discover which KitchenAid® blender suits your style and needs.

Chocolate ice cream.

EASY BLENDER ICE CREAM RECIPE

To make your own ice cream in a blender, start with some basic ingredients like a liquid base and some sweeteners. You can customize your blender ice cream recipe by mixing in whatever flavors and toppings you’re craving. Try cookie crumbles, candy pieces, brownie chunks, fudge, salted caramel or whatever else your heart desires.

TYPES OF INGREDIENTS

ICE CREAM:

  • Liquid base (heavy cream, whole milk or full-fat coconut milk can work or try a combination)

  • Star flavor (cocoa powder, chopped fruits, peanut butter and cheesecake pieces are just some ideas)

  • Sweetener (honey, maple syrup or stevia are all great options)
  • Accent flavor or enhancer (try vanilla, lavender or citrus)

TOPPINGS (OPTIONAL):

  • Cookie crumbles

  • Candy pieces

  • Brownie chunks

  • Fudge

  • Salted caramel

TOOLS

  • Blender

  • Ice cream scoop

  • Spoon

  • Spatula

  • Glass or metal loaf dish

  • Plastic wrap

 

TYPICAL TIME NEEDED

  • 20 minutes plus several hours freezing

Strawberry ice cream next to a glass of milk.

STEP 1: ADD INGREDIENTS

Add a liquid base like heavy cream first, followed by the star flavor and your sweetener of choice into the blender.

Chocolate ice cream in a KitchenAid® blender.

STEP 2: BLEND

Blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy.

Chocolate ice cream in a freezer safe container.

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.

Pieces of chocolate and caramel.

STEP 4: MIX IN TOPPINGS (OPTIONAL)

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

Chocolate ice cream in a bowl.

STEP 5: SERVE

Scoop, serve and enjoy!

WHAT ARE THE 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.

BLENDER ICE CREAM PROS

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.

BLENDER ICE CREAM CONS

However, you may not get the same kind of slow churn as an ice cream machine, like this ice cream maker attachment from KitchenAid. You’ll get more rapid blending, which can result in a slightly different texture than typical churned ice cream.

A person scooping strawberry ice cream into dishes.

TIPS FOR MAKING CREAMY BLENDER ICE CREAM

Making creamy blender ice cream can be simple if you follow these quick tips.

1. AVOID OVER-BLENDING

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.

2. USE A CUSTARD BASE ICE CREAM

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. Lastly, blend the frozen cubes with the remaining milk you set aside earlier. 

3. FREEZE YOUR ICE CREAM BASE BEFORE BLENDING

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.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY DAIRY-FREE ICE CREAM

Make creamy, dairy-free ice cream in a blender with ingredients like bananas, mangos, avocados or full fat coconut cream and any other dairy free add-ins like nuts or caramel. Blend until smooth and freeze in an airtight container until solid, then scoop and enjoy. Avoid using high water content fruits like pineapple or melon.

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Pro Line® Series Blenders can upgrade your kitchen game to a whole new professional-style level. Larger capacities, powerful motors and more presets are just some of the benefits you’ll find with a premium KitchenAid® blender. KitchenAid® blenders are offered in a variety of colors such as white, blue, black and red blenders.

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.

EXPLORE TOOLS FROM KITCHENAID TO HELP MAKE ICE CREAM

There are even more ways to make ice cream when you use a KitchenAid® appliance. Blenders are just one method—you can also use a food processor, a hand mixer or even a KitchenAid® stand mixer with the Ice Cream Maker attachment.

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