It’s National Ice Cream Day!…and my simple, creamy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Today is National Ice Cream Day and what better way to celebrate than making some delicious homemade ice cream! Making ice cream is one of my favorite summertime treats to make and this is my go to Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.

Not only does it only take a couple minutes to mix up before pouring it in the ice cream maker, but it uses maple syrup as the sweetener instead of sugar, which I love.

Steps to making Simple, Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream
(see below for printable recipe)

I use a 4 cup pyrex liquid measuring cup to mix up my ingredients, which makes it easy to pour into the ice cream machine as well.

Start by adding 1 cup of whole milk.

Next, add two cups of heavy cream.

Then add 1/2-3/4 cup maple syrup. I use a 1/2 cup plus a little bit more.

Next add 1-2 tsp. vanilla. You could also scrape some vanilla bean in for some extra vanilla flavoring.

Finally, add a pinch of salt.

It will be separated out, so give it a good stir.
Then chill it in the refrigerator for an hour or more.
Add it to your ice cream maker and mix according to manufacturer’s instructions. Mine usually takes 25-30 minutes.

Serve your ice cream as soon as it’s done mixing. You can also freeze any that you don’t finish. So easy and delicious!

Notes: You can add 3 egg yolks (beaten) to increase the creaminess, or use all cream, but I find this recipe is plenty creamy without them. I have tried using less cream and more milk and it’s resulted in icy ice cream, so I don’t recommend decreasing the cream at all.

For more ice cream recipes, check out my Ice Cream board on Pinterest.

Do you make homemade ice cream? What’s your favorite favor to make?

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  1. Mmmm! I've never tried using maple syrup in our vanilla ice cream. We'll have to try your recipe, it looks so good. Thanks for checking out our easy chocolate ice cream recipe too.

  2. Nicole @ gidgetgoeshome says:

    mmm, this sounds delicious! I've never thought to check NT for ice cream recipes.

  3. I made this last night and added some peaches, it is so-ooo good. Thank you for the simple recipes

  4. Victoria says:

    What is the purpose in chilling it? I have not done that with other recipes, but in the others I have used all cream.

    • krissajeldy says:

      It just ensures that it is cold enough when it goes into the machine. If your ingredients are all super cold still, it should be fine, but sometimes it doesn't harden up enough if it's not super cold going in.

  5. First attempt at making ice cream and this is perfect, very creamy & rich tasting. Think I will try adding some broken walnuts next time I make this. This is a 'keep' recipe, thanks millions.

  6. My husband is diabetic, could I use sugar free syrup instead?

    • krissajeldy says:

      Yes, I would think that would work. Or if you have another sugar substitute you regularly use in baking, you could use that and heat it up until it dissolves with the milk/cream first. Then, just make sure to chill the mixture completely before putting it in your ice cream maker. Hope that helps!


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