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The 10 Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipes You Can Make

Ice cream has been with us for hundreds of years for the obvious reason:

It’s freaking delicious.

It’s the perfect indulgence on hot summer days, it makes just about every dessert even better, and it comes in almost every flavor you can think of.

It’s also something that’s usually bought in a store, but it doesn’t have to be.

As you’ll see, ice cream is surprisingly easy to make at home with nutritious ingredients like fresh fruit, yogurt, honey, nuts, and eggs, and these homemade vanilla ice cream recipes are a great place to start.

If you want something as close to soft-serve as possible, try the Vanilla Ice Cream with Honey. For a lower-calorie delight, definitely go with the Vanilla Banana Berry Protein Ice Cream. And if you want something simple and protein-packed, check out the Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream.

Enjoy!

Healthy Vanilla Protein Ice Cream

Serves 9

Ice cream is already made with dairy, so you may as well add whey protein powder to the mix.

This protein ice cream recipe is so healthy that you can eat a full cup – that’s twice as much as a regular serving of ice cream, but with about half the calories. And instead of fat, you’re getting over 20 grams of protein.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

150

Calories

24 g

Protein

10 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

32 oz. nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 can (12 oz.) fat-free evaporated milk

1 tsp. vanilla paste

2 tsp. stevia extract

1 tsp. natural butter flavor

4 scoops WHEY+ unflavored protein isolate

1 tsp. xanthan gum

1/4 tsp. salt

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Fast Healthy Vanilla Ice Cream

Serves 4 / Makes 2 cups

With both yogurt and milk, this recipe captures the best of frozen yogurt and ice cream. And this healthy ice cream recipe is also egg-free.

When you’re making homemade vanilla ice cream with no eggs, be sure to add a stabilizer like xanthan gum. That will ensure your eggless ice cream is still thick and creamy.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

78

Calories

8 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 cup low-fat milk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. vanilla crème stevia

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

1/4 tsp. salt

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Healthy Vanilla Cereal Ice Cream

Serves 4

Use your favorite cereal to quickly add flavor – and crunch – to simple vanilla ice cream.

This easy ice cream recipe only uses a few simple ingredients, including staples like milk, eggs, and sweetener. Then you can mix in Honey Bunches of Oats or another healthy cereal to boost the nutrition and make it even more satisfying.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

130

Calories

8 g

Protein

17 g

Carbs

3 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups skim milk

2 vanilla beans (about 4 tsp. vanilla extract)

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. agave nectar (or honey)

2 large eggs

1/2 cup Honey Bunches of Oats cereal

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Vanilla Banana Berry Protein Ice Cream

Serves 2

This protein-packed frozen dessert is awesome in every way. And there’s no ice cream maker required to enjoy this vanilla protein ice cream.

Start with four ingredients, including cottage cheese and two kinds of fruit. Blend it together with vanilla whey protein powder, freeze, and then stir it every half hour or so until it’s thickened up enough to eat.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

270

Calories

38 g

Protein

20 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup cottage cheese

1 big frozen banana

1/2 cup WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

2 Tbsp. freeze-dried berries

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Four-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream

Serves 4

Not only is this recipe easy, but you have three options to prepare this vanilla ice cream without a machine.

Freeze it in an ice cube tray, thaw for a few minutes, and mix in a high-powered blender. Or stash the ice cream in a shallow container, removing from the freezer to stir every 45 minutes until it’s thick. Lastly, ditch the bowl and use a popsicle mold for dessert on the go.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

76

Calories

1 g

Protein

14 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or nondairy creamer)

1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or xylitol)

Pinch of stevia

1/8 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

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Light Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Serves 4

If you’re looking for a simple ice cream that reminds of you eating soft serve, try this recipe.

Once it’s frozen, whip it real fast to incorporate extra air. It won’t be exactly the same, but you’ll have a low-fat classic vanilla ice cream that’s delicious whether you eat it plain or with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

265

Calories

7 g

Protein

36 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 cups low-fat milk

1 cup half-and-half

1 vanilla bean

3/4 cup turbinado sugar

Dash of salt

2 large egg yolks

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Serves 8

Instead of heavy cream, this recipe relies on sweetened condensed milk for that classic dessert flavor. And if you don’t have a can on hand, you can make your own in about 20 minutes.

Simmer skim milk on the stove, stirring it so it doesn’t boil over. The homemade condensed milk is ready when it thickens enough to reduce by half. When you make it yourself, it also means you can add your sweetener of choice.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

200

Calories

8 g

Protein

35 g

Carbs

3 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin

1 Tbsp. water

3 cups low-fat milk, divided

3 large egg yolks

1 can (14 oz.) nonfat sweetened condensed milk

1 vanilla bean

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Honey

Serves 8

An easy way to increase the nutrition of a classic vanilla ice cream recipe is to use a natural sweetener, rather than processed white sugar.

Choosing honey or agave syrup allows you to add less sugar overall. That’s because, while adding extra flavor to your homemade ice cream, they also pack more sweetness cup for cup.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

265

Calories

3 g

Protein

20 g

Carbs

20 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 cups heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup pure honey

2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise and scraped

4 large egg yolks

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

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Sugar-Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Serves 1

Not all sugar-free vanilla ice cream is healthy. You still have to check how much fat is in it – and what kind.

This balanced dessert still has a touch of heavy cream, lightened up with both regular milk and almond milk. And keep it nutritious with a natural sugar replacer like stevia.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

175

Calories

4 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

15 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup half-and-half

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 vanilla bean pod (or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract)

4 droppers vanilla liquid stevia

Pinch of salt

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Vanilla Coconut Protein Ice Cream

Serves 10

For healthy homemade vanilla ice cream, you can get even richer flavor and more nutrition with coconut milk instead of heavy cream.

Then this recipe takes it a step further by adding whey protein to the mix. Legion WHEY+ only uses the best quality ingredients, including xanthan gum which is a staple in ice cream recipes to make your frozen dessert even thicker and creamier.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

142

Calories

5 g

Protein

12 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 3/4 cup (1 14-oz. can) coconut milk

1 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut beverage

1/3 cup pure honey

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 scoops WHEY+ unflavored protein isolate

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