No Churn Coffee Ice Cream – The easiest coffee ice cream recipe ever! Made with just 4 simple ingredients, this ice cream tastes so good!
Coffee Ice Cream
This ice cream recipe is going to change your life. I know, it sounds like an overstatement but trust me, it is so so so delicious! It’s made with just heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and instant espresso powder, taking just a few minutes to whip up (plus freezing time). It has the perfect amount of coffee flavor that we all love and it is so great with a drizzle of bourbon salted caramel sauce (or just classic salted caramel sauce if you don’t like bourbon).
Make sure to leave yourself enough time before you plan on serving it, I like to make it a day ahead and let it freeze overnight so that no one ends up with a bowl of ice cream that didn’t set correctly. The only other major pitfall is just make sure that you are using sweetened condensed milk, not evaporated milk! Seriously, evaporated milk will not work and this is a common mistake people make when making homemade ice cream. Apart from that, this is such an easy recipe to make!
Common Questions About Making Coffee Ice Cream
What is coffee ice cream?
Coffee ice cream is a simple no bake, frozen dessert made with just 4 ingredients – heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and instant espresso powder. It is then frozen and served cold.
What does no churn mean?
No churn means that you don’t use a dedicated ice cream maker and that the recipe likely doesn’t contain eggs. It’s an easier process for a home cook to master and be able to make without getting special equipment.
What other ways can I customize this recipe?
This is an ice cream recipe that is perfect for customizing! Add a swirl of salted caramel sauce or alternatively, add some mix-ins like chocolate chips, chunks of chocolate, toffee, etc.
What other types of ice cream can I make?
There are so many different types of homemade ice cream to make! Some of my favorites include –
- Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- Chocolate Ice Cream
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Green Tea Ice Cream
- Rocky Road Ice Cream
- Lavender Earl Grey Ice Cream
- Mocha Ice Cream
Can I use brewed coffee instead of instant espresso powder?
Yes, mix 1/2 cup cold, strongly brewed coffee with the sweetened condensed milk and then add it to the ice cream. I suggest using the instant espresso powder if you can though because it will help have a stronger, more consistent flavor.
What can I top coffee ice cream with?
Some of my favorite ice cream toppings are –
- Bourbon Salted Caramel Sauce
- Chocolate Sauce
- Salted Caramel Sauce
- White Chocolate Sauce
- Homemade Nutella
- Butterscotch Sauce
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Add in instant espresso powder, mixing until combined.
- Fold in vanilla extract and sweetened condensed milk.
- Transfer to a loaf pan and freeze for 6+ hours.
- Scoop out and enjoy with toppings of your choice.
- Store tightly wrapped in the freezer for up to three weeks.
* You can substitute in 1 teaspoon coffee extract for the vanilla extract if desired.
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