Vanilla Ice Cream For One

Easy recipe for homemade No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream For One. No ice cream maker and no cooking required. This single serving, egg-free, 3-ingredient ice cream is perfect to cure your ice cream cravings. It’s rich, creamy, and so easy to make!

bowl of ice cream with a cherry

Making a rich, creamy homemade ice cream in an ice cream maker can be very time consuming, especially if you forget to freeze the ice cream bowl first! What if I told you that you can indeed enjoy a decadent, smooth and delicious vanilla ice cream by mixing together just 3 ingredients in 1 bowl? You’d be pretty excited, right?

An added bonus, especially if you’re cooking for one is that this is basically a single serving recipe.

Sure, you could share if you wanted to. There’s enough vanilla ice cream for two small bowls, but no feeling guilty if you want to enjoy it all yourself. It’s just the right amount.

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How To Make Ice Cream

All you need is a little bit of heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk and a touch of vanilla.

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Step 1

First you need to whip the cream. For this step, I like to use my hand mixer but a whisk will certainly do the job.

whipped cream

Step 2

After the cream has been whipped, pour in the condensed milk.

making ice cream

Step 3

Gently mix with the vanilla.

cream and condensed milk

Step 4

Pour the creamy mixture into a dish or bowl, cover and freeze for a few hours.

single serving of ice cream

This vanilla ice cream is ultra-creamy, rich and so very easy to make. No eggs needed, no cooking required – just simple ingredients which yield almost magical results.

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Vanilla Ice Cream Mix-Ins

You might also like to consider adding in a few fun ingredients…

  • Crushed cookies (Oreos are a favorite!)
  • Fudge sauce or caramel
  • Nuts
  • Fruit
  • Candy bars
  • Sprinkles

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If you love this recipe, you might also enjoy these no-churn ice cream recipes…

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bowl of ice cream

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What To Do With Leftover Sweetened Condensed Milk

You will only use 2-ounces of sweetened condensed milk in this vanilla ice cream for one recipe.

Absolutely, do not throw the remainder away.

This milk stores like a dream. Pour the rest of the milk into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

You can use the remainder of the milk to make vanilla ice cream again, or use it to make any one or all of these fabulous recipes…

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When I make a single serving of vanilla ice cream, I use a small 8-ounce ramekin or other dish of similar size. The 5-inch dish that I use for many of the recipes found here at One Dish Kitchen is also a great dish to use.

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Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Vanilla Ice Cream For One | One Dish Kitchen

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze: 2 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream, vanilla
Servings: 2
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Pour the cream into a medium-sized bowl and whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk and the vanilla.
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover and freeze for at least 2 hours or until firm.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 42mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Calcium: 141mg
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5 thoughts on “Vanilla Ice Cream For One”

  1. 5 stars
    My husband and I loved this quick and easy no-churn vanilla ice cream. It was so delicious! We topped ours with hot fudge and a generous sprinkling of nuts. Mmmm….

  2. 5 stars
    I had cravings for ice-cream this week but didn’t want to wait for the online shop to come in. Instead I made up this and used the left over condensed milk to make some fudge which I must admit I sprinkled over the ice-cream. It was delicious and perfect for 1 person. Homemade ice-cream in a matter of hours.

  3. Melissa Griffiths

    I love how simple this recipe is! Perfect when you need an ice cream fix but can’t trust yourself with an entire carton of ice cream in the freezer!

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