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Enjoy the refreshing taste of our homemade Key Lime Pie Ice Cream, an easy-to-make dessert that combines the tartness of key limes with the creamy sweetness of ice cream, all accented by a crunchy graham cracker crust. Perfect for hot days, this rich, no-churn ice cream needs just five ingredients: cream, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, lime zest, and graham crackers. Experience the beloved flavors of key lime pie in a cool, creamy scoop.

Craving more ice cream variety? Delight in our rich and creamy single serve Vanilla Ice Cream, refreshing single serve Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, sweet and vibrant Strawberry Ice Cream, indulgent Butter Pecan Ice Cream and nutty Pistachio Ice Cream.

Why You’ll Love This Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Recipe

  1. Effortless Preparation: No need for complex steps; this recipe is all about simplicity, making it enjoyable for anyone to try.
  2. Unique Flavor: The tangy lime paired with sweet cream offers a taste that stands out from typical ice cream flavors.
  3. Texture Delight: The addition of graham cracker pieces adds a lovely textural contrast to the creamy ice cream.
  4. Versatile Dessert: Perfect as a summertime treat or a unique dessert for gatherings, appealing to both kids and adults.
  5. Homemade Goodness: Nothing beats the satisfaction of enjoying homemade ice cream, crafted with your own hands.
a bowl of key lime pie ice cream next to a container of the ice cream.

Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this lime ice cream recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: Adds sweetness and creamy texture. Consider using leftover sweetened condensed milk in Coconut Ice Cream, a small batch of Fudge, or a mini Mango Lemon Pie. Substitute with coconut condensed milk for a dairy-free option.
  • Heavy Cream: Creates a rich and smooth ice cream base. We use heavy cream in many of our recipes like Vanilla Pudding, Lemon Posset, and a White Cake. A full-fat coconut milk can be used for a vegan alternative.
  • Lime Juice: Provides the lime flavor. Fresh juice is best, but bottled works in a pinch. Leftover lime juice can be added to a Margarita or Cowboy Caviar.
  • Lime Zest: Enhances the lime flavor. Lemon zest can be used for a different citrus note.
  • Graham Crackers: Offers a crunchy texture reminiscent of key lime pie crust. Gluten-free graham crackers can be substituted if needed. Got extra graham crackers? Use them to make Peanut Butter Bars, a Lemon Meringue Pie, or a Strawberry Icebox Cake.

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Recipe Variations

  • Chocolate Chips: For chocolate lovers, this variation is a dream come true. Fold in semi-sweet chocolate chips after churning for a delightful contrast of tangy lime and rich chocolate.
  • Berry Swirl: Adding a swirl of strawberry or raspberry puree, like the one we use in our Knickerbocker Glory recipe creates a fruity, vibrant twist to the classic key lime flavor. It’s a perfect blend of tartness and sweetness.
  • Coconut: By mixing in shredded coconut, you transform this dessert into a tropical escape. The coconut adds a subtle sweetness and texture that complements the key lime beautifully.

How To Make Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Mixing the Base: In a large bowl, blend together the sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, fresh lime juice, and zesty lime zest. Ensure a thorough mix for a consistent flavor.
  2. Churning the Ice Cream: Carefully pour your ice cream base into the bowl of a 1 1/2 quart electric ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to churn the mixture. Most models take about 25-30 minutes to achieve a creamy and thick consistency.
lime ice cream churning in an ice cream maker.
  1. Adding Graham Cracker Crumbs: Once your ice cream has reached the desired thickness, gently fold in the graham cracker crumbs, mixing for about 10 seconds to distribute evenly.
  2. Freezing to Perfection: Transfer the churned ice cream into a freezer-safe container. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours. This step is crucial for transforming your ice cream into a firm, scoopable delight.
key lime ice cream in a freezer dish.
  1. Serving Your Ice Cream: Once it’s reached the perfect consistency, your Key Lime Pie Ice Cream is ready to enjoy. Serve it up as a refreshing treat any time!

Expert Tips

  • Opt for High-Fat Dairy: When it comes to ice cream, richness and creaminess are key. Choose dairy products with a high fat content, as low-fat milk won’t freeze as effectively and will lack in flavor depth. Full-fat dairy ensures a luxurious texture and taste.
  • Pre-Chill the Ice Cream Maker Bowl: A crucial step for successful ice cream is starting with a very cold ice cream maker bowl. If the bowl isn’t cold enough, your ice cream may struggle to freeze properly, affecting texture and consistency.
  • Keep the Ice Cream Base Cold: The temperature of your ice cream base significantly impacts the freezing process. Always use cool or cold ingredients, and avoid letting the mixture reach room temperature. After combining your ingredients, promptly pour the base into the ice cream maker to start churning.
  • Churn to Soft Serve Consistency: Churn your ice cream until it reaches a soft serve-like texture. This is the perfect stage to then transfer it to a freezer-safe container for the final freeze. Cover it well to prevent ice crystals.
  • Final Freeze for Perfect Consistency: The transformation into the ideal ice cream texture happens in your freezer. After churning, allow sufficient time for the ice cream to firm up to achieve that classic ice cream consistency.

Serving Suggestions

There are numerous delightful ways to enjoy this Key Lime Pie Ice Cream. Here are a few:

  • With Whipped Cream: Top your serving with a dollop of whipped cream for an extra luxurious experience.
  • In a Cone: Scoop it into a crispy waffle cone for a classic ice cream treat.
  • With Fresh Berries: Serve alongside fresh berries for a refreshing and colorful dessert.
  • As a Milkshake: Blend with a little milk for a delicious key lime pie milkshake.
  • With Key Lime Slices: Garnish with thin slices of key lime for a decorative and flavorful touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add additional mix-ins to the key lime pie ice cream?

Absolutely! Feel free to add mix-ins like white chocolate chips, toasted coconut flakes, or even small pieces of key lime pie for an extra flavor punch. Add these in the last few minutes of churning.

How long can I store homemade lime ice cream?

Homemade Key Lime Pie Ice Cream can be stored in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. Make sure it’s well-covered to prevent freezer burn and maintain its creamy texture.

What if my ice cream is too hard after freezing?

If your ice cream becomes too hard in the freezer, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. This will soften it to a scoopable consistency.

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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Freeze: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Whip up our Key Lime Pie Ice Cream with just 5 ingredients for a refreshing treat. Enjoy key lime's tartness and graham cracker crunch in a creamy scoop.

Ingredients  

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 sheets graham crackers , rough chopped

Instructions 

  • Mixing the Base: In a large bowl, blend together the sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, fresh lime juice, and zesty lime zest. Ensure a thorough mix for a consistent flavor.
  • Churning the Ice Cream: Carefully pour your ice cream base into the bowl of a 1 1/2 quart electric ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to churn the mixture. Most models take about 25-30 minutes to achieve a creamy and thick consistency.
  • Adding Graham Cracker Crumbs: Once your ice cream has reached the desired thickness, gently fold in the graham cracker crumbs, mixing for about 10 seconds to distribute evenly.
  • Freezing to Perfection: Transfer the churned ice cream into a freezer-safe container. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours. This step is crucial for transforming your ice cream into a firm, scoopable delight.
  • Serving Your Ice Cream: Once it's reached the perfect consistency, your Key Lime Pie Ice Cream is ready to enjoy. Serve it up as a refreshing treat any time!

Notes

Opt for High-Fat Dairy: When it comes to ice cream, richness and creaminess are key. Choose dairy products with a high fat content, as low-fat milk won’t freeze as effectively and will lack in flavor depth. Full-fat dairy ensures a luxurious texture and taste.
Pre-Chill the Ice Cream Maker Bowl: A crucial step for successful ice cream is starting with a very cold ice cream maker bowl. If the bowl isn’t cold enough, your ice cream may struggle to freeze properly, affecting texture and consistency.
Keep the Ice Cream Base Cold: The temperature of your ice cream base significantly impacts the freezing process. Always use cool or cold ingredients, and avoid letting the mixture reach room temperature. After combining your ingredients, promptly pour the base into the ice cream maker to start churning.
Churn to Soft Serve Consistency: Churn your ice cream until it reaches a soft serve-like texture. This is the perfect stage to then transfer it to a freezer-safe container for the final freeze. Cover it well to prevent ice crystals.
Final Freeze for Perfect Consistency: The transformation into the ideal ice cream texture happens in your freezer. After churning, allow sufficient time for the ice cream to firm up to achieve that classic ice cream consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 337kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 126mg, Potassium: 77mg, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 600IU, Vitamin C: 9.3mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 0.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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