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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Without Eggs

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This creamy delicious homemade vanilla ice cream could not be easier to make. This egg free recipe makes getting the base in the churner fast and the results are smooth and tasty.

Scooping out a ball of vanilla ice cream from the storage container.

It is hard to beat a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. This recipe produces all of the texture and flavor you love in the simplest possible way.

Whether you are looking to just enjoy a scoop of ice cream or you want the base to build a sundae, this is a great recipe to try. It is also perfect served with a slice of blackberry pie which is how we enjoyed this batch.

For years we have been enjoying batch after batch of Mimi’s vanilla ice cream recipe. It has been a favorite, but includes raw eggs and that makes some people a little bit nervous.

Slice of blackberry pie topped with vanilla ice cream.

This recipe avoids the eggs so you don’t have to worry about buying pasteurized eggs or rolling the dice with standard eggs. It combines the perfect balance of whole milk and heavy cream to still give you a great scoopable texture without having eggs.

All you have to do is dissolve the sugar completely into the milk. Then stir in the cream, vanilla and pinch of salt.

That is it! The ice cream base is ready to go into the machine in just a few minutes.

My only real tip would be not to skimp on the vanilla. I know it is expensive, but using plenty of good quality vanilla is what is going to make this recipe extra good.

This recipe can also be used as a base for other flavors and add-ins. If adding chunks, wait until the ice cream is basically frozen before you add them.

If you add chocolate chips, candy bar chunks or other mix in too early they will sink to the bottom. Adding them with only a minute or two of churn time left ensures the ice cream is solid enough to hold them in suspension.

Ice cream makers

MiMi loves her kitchenaid ice cream maker attachments. She has two and keeps them both in rotation.

She used one to make the original batch of sorbet with great success. She highly recommends getting one if you have the right kitchenaid stand mixer.

Container of vanilla ice cream with ice cream scoop next to bowl of ice cream.

I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker that I really like as well. You freeze the bowl ahead of time so you don’t have to mess with ice and salt.

I’ll be honest that the motor is a bit louder than I expected. However it makes great textured ice creams and sorbets and doesn’t take up a ton of room in storage.

Ice Cream Storage Options

My mom loves the Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop containers that fit in the freezer well, stack easily and store nicely.  She already has a couple and is getting ready to order more.

I got fun quart sized containers that are reusable and dishwasher safe that I like as well. No matter how it’s stored, ice cream tends to disappear quickly around here!

Glass bowl with two scoops of vanilla ice cream inside.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes homemade ice cream creamy?

Most recipes use eggs to help keep the ice cream smooth and creamy, it acts as an emulsifier. This recipe uses the fat in the cream to keep the ice cream smooth and creamy.

Why does homemade ice cream taste better?

Homemade ice cream tastes so much better than what you get at the store because it just uses simple ingredients and lets them shine. There are no stabilizers or preservatives to effect the flavor.

Recipes that are better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Of course a slice of homemade apple pie is even better a la mode. That melty vanilla ice cream is the perfect finish.

Brown sugar peach cobbler is another great candidate for some ice cream. We like ours warmed up so you get that temperature contrast as well as the flavor boost.

White plastic ice cream storage container next to bowl of ice cream.

Apple cranberry crisp is another fabulous option. Or really any crisp, we have several wonderful recipes for you to try.

If you prefer to use the ice cream as a base and want to turn it up with toppings, try using homemade hot fudge sauce on top. Or if it’s fall, try making some apple cider caramel sauce to drizzle over a scoop or two.

Reader Renee Commented: This was a great basic vanilla without all the cooking fuss! We made it with vanilla bean paste and it was very good! Will definitely be making this again! ★★★★★

Scooping out a ball of vanilla ice cream from the storage container.

Vanilla Ice Cream Without Eggs

Servings: 12 Servings (1.5 quarts)
Author: Carlee
This creamy delicious homemade vanilla ice cream could not be easier to make. This egg free recipe makes getting the base in the churner fast and the results are smooth and tasty.
4.69 from 175 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream


  • Whisk together the milk and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    2 cups whole milk, ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Stir in the vanilla and a pinch of salt.
    1 Tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 pinch salt
  • Mix in heavy cream until well combined.
    2 cups heavy cream
  • Pour into ice cream machine and churn according to the machine's directions.
  • Scoop into storage containers and freeze until solid enough to scoop.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 39mgSugar: 16g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Marie C

Saturday 15th of June 2024

So I am commenting again on this recipe. This one is a keeper I made a few changes based off of suggestions just because I couldn't find lite canned coconut milk I used regular and used silk non dairy heavy whipping cream. Also I added 1/3 of a 8oz container of Philadelphia non dairy cream cheese which was left over from a different recipe and the ice cream turned out perfectly. It was pretty thick soft serve right out of my ice cream machine and after an hour in the freezer you could tip it upside down like a dairy queen blizzard and not have it drip. Thank you Carlee for the substitute suggestions my other half loved it and now we have our ice cream base recipe that works and is delicious and has endless flavor possibilities. Homemade blizzards anyone. Happy Summer


Saturday 15th of June 2024

Yay!! I have been wondering how it went. I am so glad it worked for you! Have a wonderful summer!

Marie C.

Sunday 2nd of June 2024

This looks like it could become my go to ice cream recipe if you have a good suggestion for a good dairy free substitute with almost just as much fat content as the whole milk. My struggle with trying to make homemade ice cream is my other half is allergic to egg whites and dairy. I can already replace the heavy whipping cream so any help on the milk and his recipe might just work.

Marie C.

Monday 3rd of June 2024

@Carlee, I am going shopping tomorrow and will pick up some canned coconut milk and give it a try, and I have some leftover dairy free cream cheese from making cheesecake so I will try it and let you know how it turns out.


Monday 3rd of June 2024

I haven't tried it, but I am wondering how canned light coconut milk would do. Otherwise I am wondering if you could milk in a little bit of diary free cream cheese or even a mashed banana or something for some body and texture. I wish I had more concrete answers. I hope you have some luck!

Sara L.

Saturday 17th of February 2024

Was so easy to make ! I swirled in butterscotch caramel before sticking in freezer. Going to adapt recipe for chocolate ice cream.


Saturday 17th of February 2024

That sounds delicious!


Monday 12th of February 2024

Made this in my Kitchenaid Mixer ice cream bowl that I got for Christmas. Yum! Next time I think I'll try adding other fun flavors and ingredients. Thanks!


Monday 12th of February 2024

Yay!! It's a perfect base to make so many tasty things. If you discover a real winner, you'll have to let me know about it!


Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

I just made this ice cream yesterday. My only change was I used a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and after I mixed all the ingredients I covered the bowl and refrigerated it for a couple hours. After dinner, I put it in my ice cream maker, after 20 minutes in the mixer It came out perfect. Creamy and delicious! We had some for desert. I checked it this morning and it's still nice and creamy and easy to spoon out. put a spoon full in my cup of coffee. I'm so happy I found this recipe! It's a keeper. Thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

I am so glad you liked it! And I love seeing the little vanilla bean specks from vanilla bean paste in the ice cream!