Making Ice Cream Without Heavy Whipping Cream

February 19, 2011

A bowl of homemade vanilla ice cream.How do I make homemade ice cream without heavy cream?

By hazel from Opelika, AL



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February 19, 20112 found this helpful
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We often make ice-cream using canned milk like Carnation evaporated or a store brand. It's rich and very good. It adapts very well to any flavor and even using canned fruit like peaches, the results are great.

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February 22, 20112 found this helpful
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I have a sherbert recipe that we love that I got from Southern Living magazine many years ago. It calls for raspberries but I use whatever fruit I have in the freezer or fresh. It is as follows:
2 cups fruit, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups buttermilk (I keep powdered buttermilk on hand just for this recipe), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Put all of this in a blender or food processor, then pour into a Cuisinart ice cream maker.(Don't know how this will work with other ice cream makers) It will be done in about 35 minutes.


It will be a bit soft, but you can put leftovers in the freezer and next time you can have it a bit more firm. There won't be too many leftovers though. No guilt either!

February 23, 20112 found this helpful
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I've used fat-free half & half and even non-dairy creamers. The ice cream has a texture more like ice milk, but is still very flavorful. I, also, have used evaporated milk.


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February 23, 20110 found this helpful
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Substitute with plain yogurt but not with low fat yogurt.

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July 9, 2018

What can I use instead of heavy cream when making ice cream?


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July 10, 20183 found this helpful

2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1 cup of milk and stir, allowing the mixture to thicken.


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July 10, 20180 found this helpful

I have used frozen bananas to great effect. Not necesarily in an ice cream maker, though. Some folks mix banana + avocado to get even more special texture


for other vegan options, you can use Silk tofu + soy milk (mix in equal parts)

coconut cream is another great one - in fact one that seems to work great in the ice cream maker is coconut milk + corn starch, recipe found here
(caveat: it will inevitably taste coconutish , here's an alternate take that's lighter on the coconut

here are 20 more

July 24, 20180 found this helpful

Pls will this work well for ice cream

March 2, 20190 found this helpful

You can use this to make ice cream bye hand

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February 19, 2011

I am looking for recipes for making ice cream in an ice cream maker. Everything that I have found so far asks for heavy whipping cream, and it is so expensive.

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