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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream – I Heart Naptime


Homemade strawberry ice cream made with just 5 simple ingredients. An simple eggless recipe that’s made with a non-cook cream base. It’s wealthy, creamy and tastes super fresh and delicious! 

This recipe is one of my absolute favorites. It’s the great refreshing dessert to cool off with on a hot summer day. Enjoy it in a bowl or cone with a drizzle of hot fudge or use it to make a banana split or ice cream cake. It’s so delicious no matter how you serve it!

strawberry ice cream being scooped

This is the great dessert for spring or summer when strawberries are in season. We love making all types of homemade ice cream when the weather warms up and this version is definitely at the top of the list. It’s super creamy, wealthy and delicious. It is SO much easier than you would think to make and tastes so fresh.

I love using my Cuisinart ice cream maker, however the only down side is you need to remember to freeze the bowl the night before. But once you’ve used it a few times, it’s not that difficult to remember. And totally worth it! If you need an option without using a machine, check out my no churn berry ice cream.

rows of strawberries

How to make strawberry ice cream

Mash the strawberries. Wash and dry your fresh strawberries, then mash them up into super small pieces (if the pieces are too large then they’ll freeze and you’ll bite into a large frozen strawberry). You can use a hand masher or even pulse in a blender to slightly puree them. While I’m mashing them, I like to add a few Tablespoons from the cup of sugar to help create a syrup.

Mix ingredients together. Combine the mashed strawberries, heavy cream, milk, sugar, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl. Mix in a few drops of red food coloring to obtain a light pink color if desired. Don’t over do it though, or else the color will be too bright.

blending strawberries

Churn in machine. Pour the cream mixture into your ice cream maker and commence churning. Once the mixture looks like frozen yogurt and stops churning, it should be alert (usually after about 20-40 minutes depending on machine type).

Freeze until firm. Transfer into a bread loaf pan or airtight container and place in the freezer for several hours until firm. Then scoop and enjoy!

mixing strawberry ice cream batter

Tips + Variations

  • Mash your strawberries or puree them really well. There’s nothing worse than biting into a large frozen strawberry.
  • Plan time to freeze the mixture for several hours to obtain scoop-able ice cream. If you like soft serve, you can enjoy some right when it’s done churning.
  • Add a few drops of red food coloring to turn the cream a light pink color. Don’t add too much or it will become too bright.
  • Try adding in another fruit like peaches or mango for a flavor variation.
  • Add in extras like graham cracker crumbs or chocolate shavings for additional flavor and texture.

strawberry ice cream in cone

More fresh strawberry desserts you’ll love:

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: strawberry ice cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Churn Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 12

Calories: 270

Homemade strawberry ice cream made with just 5 simple ingredients. An simple eggless recipe that’s made with a non-cook cream base. It’s wealthy, creamy and tastes super fresh and delicious! 

  • 2 cups mashed strawberries
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Optional: Red food coloring

  • Make sure your strawberries are mashed super small. You could even pulse them in a blender for a couple seconds to slightly puree them. I like to add a couple Tablespoons from the sugar while I’m mashing to help create a syrup. Then combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Add a couple drops of food coloring if desired.

  • Place cream mixture into your ice cream maker and begin to churn. Follow instructions on your ice cream maker. As soon as it looks like frozen yogurt (about 20-40 minutes depending on machine) and it stops churning it should be alert.

  • Place in a bread loaf pan or an air tight container and place in the freezer until firm. Enjoy while cold!

This recipe makes a small over a quart. 

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 102mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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meet Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.


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