No Churn Easy Blackberry Ice Cream

Easy Blackberry Ice Cream, the no churn method! Make your own creamy delicious blackberry ice cream without an ice cream machine, and once you’ve mastered this easy technique, change up the flavors in a million ways.

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No need for a special machine to make this fabulous blackberry ice cream!

I used to have an ice cream maker. It never got used. The bowl took up too much space in the freezer, and the tiny batches hardly seemed worth the effort, so I yard saled it long ago. I assumed I was selling my right to homemade ice cream for 2 bucks in exchange for the pleasure of shuffling one less bulky, rarely used machine around my kitchen cabinets. I thought it was a fair deal.

no churn blackberry ice cream in a glass bowl with fresh berries

But then I started seeing amazing homemade ice cream on Pinterest. You know how it is…I started feeling sorry for myself. Jealousy, regret, envy, gluttony. It was ugly.

And then I came across this idea.

Lights flashed, synapses sparked,  ideas were hatched. It was beautiful.

I’m continually amazed at what the food processor can do.

I’m going to try this with almond milk, coconut milk, and every fruit and flavoring under the sun.

And I’m going to make up for all those times when I’ve bought an expensive pint of ice cream and the flavor just wasn’t quite what I’d dreamed of.





My first attempt went so well. The ice cream was smooth and had great blackberry flavor. Of course you will bite down on the little blackberry seeds, so if you don’t like that you could choose another fruit, or just go with vanilla.

I don’t think, without kids in the house, I want to invest in another ice cream maker when there are so many other more useful gadgets out there to spend my money on. So, now and then when I get inspired, I’m going to love this. I need somebody to help me eat up this batch so I can start on another!

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Easy Blackberry Ice Cream (food processor recipe—no ice cream machine needed!)

Easy Blackberry Ice Cream, the no churn method!  Make your own creamy delicious blackberry ice cream without an ice cream machine.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 6-ounce packages of blackberries that have been frozen solid

Instructions

  • Mix the heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Take off the heat and add the milk and vanilla.
  • Cool the mixture and then pour it into a gallon sized zip lock bag. You can set the bag in a bowl to make this easier. Close the bag securely and lay it flat on a baking sheet. Put it in the freezer and freeze solid. I left mine overnight.
  • Cut open the bag and break up the mixture into pieces. I used a knife to cut off chunks. Put them in a food processor and process until smooth. This will take a couple of minutes. Scrape down the machine and redistribute the chunks a few times to help your machine out.
  • When the machine runs freely and the ice cream is smooth, add in the frozen berries. The machine will take a while, but it will eventually get all the berries pureed into the ice cream. Redistribute the berries a few times during the process.
  • Scrape the ice cream into a loaf pan and smooth it out. Cover with foil and place back in the freezer until firm enough to scoop.

Cook's notes

Work fairly quickly, without making yourself crazy.  The smaller you can break up the initial frozen ice cream mix, the easier it will be for your processor to work with.  I will try processing the frozen berries first, next time, to see if that makes things a little easier.  I almost added some dark chocolate chunks to this, I think that would be amazing.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

 

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  • Reply
    Nadine
    August 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Would Half and Half also result in a creamy Ice cream? Thanks in advance!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      August 13, 2021 at 5:10 pm

      It would be less creamy, Nadine, and a little ‘icier’, but it should work.

  • Reply
    Tammie
    February 16, 2021 at 9:31 am

    I’m really interested in making this but I don’t have a food processor. I do have a nutribullet. Do you think this process would work using that? Any advice/info you can share would be greatly appreciated…

  • Reply
    Paige
    August 23, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    5 stars
    Going to leave 5 starts because my mom told me this is restaurant quality good! But I wanted to ask if you could skip the first freeze and just blend the berries right away? Curious about that part! Thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      Paige
      August 23, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Wait, I want to make sure I am asking this question correctly. What I mean is.. can I blend in the blackberries with the ice cream base straight sway?

  • Reply
    Pat Christopher
    July 30, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    I am trying this for the first time with a blender.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 30, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Keep us posted!

  • Reply
    Carol Fryer
    July 26, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I bought a 3 pint container of ice cream. High quality. I was disappointed. Learning to do everything I can for myself. This sounds wonderful…and I love blackberries. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 26, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      I agree, store bought ice cream can be so disappointing, I had the same experience with lemon ice cream, so I created my own recipe! Hope you love this one Carol 🙂

  • Reply
    Theresa P
    July 1, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I tried your recipe over the weekend & it came out absolutely wonderful!! I also mixed in some mini chocolate chips that I had on hand & it definitely added to the ice cream. Can’t wait to try other berries or combination of ingredients for other flavor options!! Thanks again for this recipe!! I look forward to visiting your site for other interesting ideas & recipes!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 1, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      Hi Theresa, I’m so glad you found me! I love the idea of adding chocolate to this ice cream, that’s quite a sophisticated flavor combo. I have lots of other no churn ice cream recipes on the blog, so I hope you get a chance to check them out too.

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