Easy Single-Serve No Churn Ice Cream Recipes

If you’re looking for single-serve, no churn, easy 5-minute ice cream recipes you can make in a jar, you’re in the right place!

All summer long I’ve been making lots and lots of no churn ice cream. I tried several methods (you can read about my experiments here), and once I figured out the recipe I liked the best for a standard batch of ice cream (check out my clotted cream ice cream recipe here), I started making super easy individual batches of ice cream featuring the most popular flavors on the IDB.

It’s been a fun challenge to figure out how to capture these flavors in quick and easy frozen treats (like a challenge…especially one tastes so good)!

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I’ve included each recipe on the original dessert recipe’s blog post, but to make it easy for those of you who just want the ice cream recipes, I’ve also compiled each ice cream recipe on this page – just scroll down a bit to see each recipe.

Each of these ice cream recipes can be prepared in about 5 minutes and will be ready to eat after an hour or two in the freezer. Prepare your ice cream before you start dinner and dessert will be ready and waiting for you!

I make my ice cream in 8oz mason jars but you can use whatever jar (or jar-like container) you’d like. Just make sure you’ve got a tight-fitting lit, that it’s freezer safe, and easy to to eat out of (my husband and I grab a spoon and eat right out of the jar).

Each recipe yields 1-2 portions, depending on how big you want your portion to be. I can easily down an entire jar of any of these ice creams but they’re also a good size for sharing if you prefer a portion-controlled dessert.

Be sure to check back – I’ve got more recipes to add in the coming days. For a sneak peak, check out my Instagram stories!

Golden Syrup Ice Cream

Golden Syrup Ice Cream

Yield: 1-2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

If you like the flavor of golden syrup, you'll love this quick and easy golden syrup ice cream - no ice cream machine required!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup [120 ml] heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • golden syrup for drizzling (optional)

Instructions

    1. Pour all ingredients into a small jar that has a lid. (I typically use an 8oz jam jar.)
    2. Stir until ingredients are well combined.
    3. Put the lid on the jar and then shake the jar several times until the cream has thickened. (I usually shake it 20-25 times.)
    4. Place the jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
    5. When you're ready to eat the ice cream, take the jar out of the freezer and let it warm up for a few minutes.
    6. Drizzle golden syrup over the top (optional).

Notes

If you want to make homemade golden syrup, here’s my easy golden syrup recipe and tutorial. If you’d rather order it, click here to get a bottle of Lyle’s golden syrup.

Speculaas Spice Ice Cream Recipe

Speculaas Spice Ice Cream Recipe

Yield: 1-2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

This quick and easy ice cream recipe featuring Dutch speculaas spice mix is seriously delicious, no matter the time of year! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup [120 ml] heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp speculaas spice mix
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

    1. Pour all ingredients into a small jar that has a lid. (I typically use an 8oz jam jar.)
    2. Stir until brown sugar has dissolved and ingredients are well combined. Taste the ice cream; if you want it sweeter or to have a stronger speculaas spice flavor, add additional brown sugar or spice mix to taste.
    3. Add the lid and then shake the jar several times until the cream has thickened. (I usually shake it 20-25 times.)
    4. Place jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
    5. When you're ready to eat the ice cream, take the jar out of the freezer and let it warm up for a few minutes.
    6. Sprinkle a bit of speculaas spice mix on the top of the ice cream (optional).
Gebrannte Mandeln Ice Cream

Gebrannte Mandeln Ice Cream

Yield: 1-2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

If you like Gebrannte Mandeln (German cinnamon sugar almonds) you'll love this easy, easy no churn ice cream recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup [120 ml] heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sliced or chopped almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt (see note below)
  • Whole salted almonds (optional)

Instructions

    1. Pour all ingredients into a small jar that has a lid. (I typically use an 8oz jam jar.)
    2. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
    3. Add the lid and then shake the jar several times until the cream has thickened. (I usually shake it 20-25 times.)
    4. Place jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
    5. When you're ready to eat the ice cream, take the jar out of the freezer and let it warm up for a few minutes.
    6. Top with whole almonds (optional).

Notes

If your almonds are salted, taste the ice cream before adding the pinch of salt.

Click here for my German Gebrannte Mandeln (German cinnamon sugar almonds) recipe.

Rote Grütze Ice Cream

Rote Grütze Ice Cream

Yield: 1-2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

If you like berry-filled German Rote Grütze you'll love this easy no churn ice cream recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup [120 ml] heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp golden syrup (see note below)
  • 3 Tbsp Rote Grütze
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Fresh berries (optional topping)

Instructions

    1. Pour all ingredients into a small jar that has a lid. (I typically use an 8oz jam jar.)
    2. Stir until ingredients are well combined.
    3. Add the lid and then shake the jar several times until the cream has thickened. (I usually shake it 20-25 times.)
    4. Place jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
    5. When you're ready to eat the ice cream, take the jar out of the freezer and let it warm up for a few minutes.
    6. Top with fresh berries (optional).

Notes

  • You can use store-bought golden syrup or you can make it at home using make it at home using this recipe.
  • If you don't want to use golden syrup, you can use honey instead.

Click here for my Rote Grütze recipe.

Bee Sting Cake Ice Cream

Bee Sting Cake Ice Cream

Yield: 1-2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

The flavor of German Bee Sting Cake in an easy no churn ice cream recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup [120 ml] heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla pudding powder
  • 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a small jar that has a lid. (I typically use an 8oz jam jar.)
  2. Stir to combine all of the ingredients.
  3. Add the lid and then shake the jar several times until the cream has thickened. (I usually shake it 20-25 times.)
  4. Place jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
  5. When you're ready to eat the ice cream, take the jar out of the freezer and let it warm up for a few minutes.
  6. Top with additional honey and almonds (optional).

Click here for my Bee Sting Cake recipe.

Lemon Cream Ice Cream

Lemon Cream Ice Cream

Yield: 1-2 portions
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

If you like lemon curd, you'll love this easy no churn ice cream!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup [120ml] heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp lemon curd (see note below)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a small jar that has a lid. (I typically use an 8oz jam jar.)
  2. Stir until ingredients are well combined. (Since the lemon curd thickens the cream I don't usually need to shake it much, if at all.)
  3. Place the jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
  4. When you're ready to eat the ice cream, take the jar out of the freezer and let it warm up for a few minutes.
  5. Top with a dollop of lemon curd, raspberry sauce or fresh raspberries.

Notes

Crème Friâche Ice Cream

Crème Friâche Ice Cream

Yield: 1-2 portions
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

This easy no churn ice cream is a deliciously tangy variation on standard vanilla and a great way to use up left-over Crème Friâche!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup [120 ml] heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar (see note below)
  • 1 Tbsp crème friâche (see note below)
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a small jar that has a lid. (I typically use an 8oz jam jar.)
  2. Stir until ingredients are well combined.
  3. Put the lid on the jar and then shake the jar several times until the cream has thickened. (I usually shake it 20-25 times.)
  4. Place the jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
  5. When you're ready to eat the ice cream, take the jar out of the freezer and let it warm up for a few minutes.
  6. Top with lemon curd, raspberry sauce or fresh berries (optional).

Notes

Lemon Curd Frozen Dessert

Lemon Curd Frozen Dessert

Yield: 1-2 portions
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Love lemon? You'll love this super easy, dairy-free frozen dessert!

Ingredients

  • Lemon curd (I recommend homemade - see note below)

Instructions

  1. Spoon lemon curd into freezer-safe container. (For single portions, I like to use 4oz jars.)
  2. Freeze for 1-2 hours or until frozen,
  3. When ready to serve, take out of freezer and let warm up a bit.
  4. Serve with fresh raspberries (optional).
Cinnamon Ice Cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream

Yield: 1-2 portions
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Like cinnamon? You'll love this easy no churn ice cream!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup [120ml] heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a small jar that has a lid. (I typically use an 8oz jam jar.)
  2. Stir until ingredients are well combined.
  3. Put the lid on the jar and then shake the jar several times until the cream has thickened. (I usually shake it 20-25 times.)
  4. Place the jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
  5. When you're ready to eat the ice cream, take the jar out of the freezer and let it warm up for a few minutes.
  6. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on the top (optional).

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I love baking, traveling, and sharing delicious recipes for European Christmas Cookies! I used to live in Germany, have worked on 4 continents, and now enjoy baking and blogging from my adopted home in North Carolina, USA.

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