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Easy Single-Serve Ice Cream Recipes (No Churn 5-Minute Ice Cream!)

Looking for delicious single-serve, no churn, 5-minute ice cream recipes you can make without a machine? Searching for an egg free ice cream recipe? You’re in the right place! Read on for several flavors you can make with minimal ingredients in just a few minutes.

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…and more.

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

Why Make Single Serve Ice Cream?

  • It’s quick and easy!
  • No ice cream maker required.
  • They’re egg free.
  • Easy portion control.
  • Use the ingredients you want to use in your ice cream.
  • Try lots of flavors!

If you’re making ice cream for a crowd, why not provide the ingredients and jars and then let everyone make their own? How fun would that be?

What You Need to Make Single-Serve Ice Cream Recipes

Ingredients:

  • Heavy cream
  • Sweetener (sugar, golden syrup, sweetened condensed milk, maple syrup, honey, etc)
  • Flavorings (see each recipe for the specific flavorings)
  • Salt

Kitchen Tools:

  • Small jar with a lid (I use these)
  • Scale/measuring cups & spoons
  • Spoon

Recipe Notes

There are several ice cream recipes below (scroll down to see the full recipe). Here’s a preview:

  • Nutella Ice Cream
  • Golden Syrup Ice Cream
  • Speculaas Spice Ice Cream
  • Gebrannte Mandeln Ice Cream
  • Rote Grütze Ice Cream
  • Bee Sting Cake Ice Cream
  • Lemon Cream Ice Cream
  • Creme Fraiche Ice Cream
  • Lemon Curd Frozen Dessert
  • Cinnamon Ice Cream

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.

If you want to make a larger amount of ice cream, just double, triple or quadruple each recipe and use a larger container.

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).

Because these recipes are egg free, you can taste them and adjust the flavoring before they go in the freezer.

Sweetener: I mostly make single-serve no churn ice cream without sweetened condensed milk because I don’t want to open a can when I only need a tablespoon. Instead, I often use white sugar, brown sugar, and golden syrup because I always have them in my cupboard and the brown sugar and golden syrup add a lovely flavor. That said, you can also use sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, maple syrup, etc, but note that the flavor will change a bit.

Yield: 1-2 servings

Nutella Ice Cream

Nutella Ice Cream

Quick and easy no churn chocolate hazelnut ice cream!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup [120g] heavy cream
  • 1 TBSP chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp hazelnuts (roasted, chopped)

Instructions

  1. Pour cream into a small jar. Add Nutella.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Add hazelnuts (optional).
  4. Place lid on the jar and then shake the jar 20-25 times until the cream has thickened.
  5. Place the jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
  6. 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.
  7. Top with Nutella and chopped hazelnuts (optional).

Notes

1. You can buy Nutella or make it at home.

Yield: 1-2 servings

Golden Syrup Ice Cream

Golden Syrup Ice Cream

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

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.

Yield: 1-2 servings

Speculaas Spice Ice Cream Recipe

Speculaas Spice Ice Cream Recipe

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

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).
Yield: 1-2 servings

Gebrannte Mandeln Ice Cream

Gebrannte Mandeln Ice Cream

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

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

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

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

Yield: 1-2 servings

Rote Grütze Ice Cream

Rote Grütze Ice Cream

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

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.
Yield: 1-2 servings

Bee Sting Cake Ice Cream

Bee Sting Cake Ice Cream

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

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).

Notes

Click here for my Bee Sting Cake recipe.

Yield: 1-2 portions

Lemon Cream Ice Cream

Lemon Cream Ice Cream

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

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

Yield: 1-2 portions

Crème Friâche Ice Cream

Crème Friâche Ice Cream

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!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

Ingredients

  • ½ cup [120 ml] heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (see note below)
  • 1 tablespoon 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

Yield: 1-2 portions

Lemon Curd Frozen Dessert

Lemon Curd Frozen Dessert

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

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).
Yield: 1-2 portions

Cinnamon Ice Cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours 1 second
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

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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