Although store-bought varieties can satisfy your sweet tooth when necessary, everyone knows the frosty dessert is best when homemade. Making ice cream at home is pretty easy, so even if you can't eat gluten, making gluten free ice cream won't be too difficult.
Whether you’re searching for a decadent recipe to churn in a fancy electric maker or for a kid-friendly pick that puts a couple of plastic zip-top bags to work, we can help point you in the right direction.
Making your own ice cream at home is not only a fabulous way to get a customized treat that suits your family’s tastes, but it’s also a great way to ensure that your household’s dietary needs are respected. These gluten-free recipes will help you avoid ingredients like malt and wheat flour, which are sneakily used in a wide variety of manufactured ice creams to help flavor and thicken the products.
Thankfully, you can make a terrific batch of the chilled dessert without incorporating such allergens. Just be sure to read the food labels on all of your selected products before checkout.
Table of Contents
- Gluten-Free Ice Cream Recipes
- Vanilla-Based Ice Creams
- Chocolate-Based Ice Creams
- Fruit-Flavored Ice Creams
- Other Fun Ice Creams
Gluten-Free Ice Cream Recipes
Though not strictly gluten free, if you love ice cream, you might like one of these ice cream of the month clubs.
Vanilla-Based Ice Creams
If you want an easy recipe, this one’s for you. Combine milk, sugar and salt before stirring in heavy cream and vanilla extract. After chilling the mixture, pour it into the frozen freezer bowl in your ice cream maker. After about twenty minutes, your frosty treat should have a soft and creamy texture.
For a rich, custard-like dessert, you’ll need a saucepan and an ice cream maker along with whole milk, heavy cream, large egg yolks and sugar. The combination of pure vanilla extract and an actual vanilla bean produces a phenomenal flavor.
You don’t need a fancy ice cream machine to enjoy this no-churn recipe. Start by combining vanilla bean seeds or vanilla extract with sweetened condensed milk. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to whip heavy cream until stiff peaks are formed. Then, slowly incorporate your vanilla mixture into your heavy cream before pouring the fused product into a freezer-safe container.
The sweet creaminess of this dairy-free recipe will impress all of your vegan and lactose-intolerant friends. You’ll use full-fat coconut milk alongside organic cane sugar, melted coconut oil, a vanilla bean pod and some vanilla extract, which you can either pour into an ice cream maker or, if you don’t own a churner, into any freezer-safe container.
If you are going the no-machine route, pull your freezer-stowed holder out once an hour to whisk your vegan-friendly dessert.
For a family activity, combine milk, sugar, evaporated milk and vanilla in a small resealable bag. You’ll place this small sealed bag in a large resealable plastic bag along with ice and salt. After sealing the large bag, enclose it in another large resealable bag before shaking and kneading your mixture until the cream thickens.
Chocolate-Based Ice Creams
You’ll be hard pressed to come by a more simple–or more delicious–recipe for homemade chocolate ice cream. Mix cocoa powder, brown sugar, whole milk, heavy cream and vanilla; then, pour the creamy liquid into your ice cream maker.
If you want a milkshake consistency, you can dish up right away. Otherwise, place the dessert in your freezer for a couple of hours before serving.
This raw-foods recipe is free of dairy and refined sugar but can still please picky eaters. You’ll need an ice cream maker and raw cashews, medjool dates, cacao powder, ground cinnamon and filtered water.
You can top the finished product with cacao powder, cacao nibs or even some some raw hemp heart brownie bites, which you make using almonds, walnuts, hemp hearts, cacao powder, medjool dates, raw nut milk and a pinch of Himalayan salt.
Featuring cocoa powder, chocolate chips and chocolate liqueur (or chocolate extract), this triple threat will taste like a frozen chocolate ganache when you scoop it out of your ice cream maker.
In conjunction with the standard fare of heavy cream and granulated sugar, you’ll also add in egg yolks and sour cream for a rich and tangy result.
For the ice cream, you’ll need heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk and a rich chocolate syrup made from granulated sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder.
For the edible brownie dough, you’ll use a blend of white rice flour, potato starch and tapioca flour alongside xanthan gum. Once you mix everything together, your taste buds will thank you.
Instead of an ice cream maker, you just need a freezer-safe container made out of plastic or metal in order to pull off this fabulous recipe. You’ll combine bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, miniature marshmallows, roasted salted almonds, chocolate chips and hot fudge topping along with sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream.
If you’re really feeling fancy, you can even make your own hot fudge sauce using heavy cream, salted butter, semisweet chocolate, corn syrup, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon.
Here’s a dairy-free, nut-free and egg-free dessert that sensitive eaters can enjoy. Pure coconut milk, raw cacao powder, stevia, vanilla extract and Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips come together in a scrumptious way when churned in an ice cream maker. Clearly, highly-processed sweets filled with a long list of unpronounceable ingredients need not apply.
Fruit-Flavored Ice Creams
With canned pineapple bits, sweetened coconut flakes and a can of Cream of Coconut, you can turn a milky dessert into a tropical work of art. Don’t forget to dust off your ice cream maker and to double check that you have some heavy cream on hand.
In your blender, combine coconut milk, frozen strawberries, agave nectar and vanilla extract. Then, pour the merged ingredients into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The only thing left to do is kick back and enjoy your fruity treat.
Adding pureed raspberries to whipping cream, cream cheese and sugar is a recipe for success. Pour the incorporated mixture into your ice cream maker and get ready for the dessert of your life. If you end up eating the whole batch yourself, so be it.
When you need a fruity fix, go with this classic recipe that calls for diced peaches, mashed berries, lemon juice and orange juice in addition to cream, milk and sugar. For more flavor, add in almond and vanilla extracts before letting your ice cream maker take over from there.
As long as you have a blender and ice cream maker, this recipe is a great go-to pick. Yummy ripe nectarines, allergen-friendly coconut milk, health-conscious organic cane sugar and irresistible vanilla extract round out the list of ingredients, producing a creamy custard-like frozen treat. To get the right texture, make sure to opt for full-fat coconut milk.
When you blend frozen banana chunks using a food processor, magic happens. The one-ingredient mixture goes from looking crumbly to goey to oat-like to heavenly. As desired, mix in some peanut butter, Nutella, cocoa powder, cinnamon or frozen strawberries to take your creamy treat to the next level.
Other Fun Ice Creams
You can use your ice cream maker to whip up a batch of this amazing three-ingredient dessert. You’ll soak roasted cashews overnight and process them with almond milk in a high-powered blender before mixing in some pure maple syrup. All we have to say is yum!
Using a gluten-free option like Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies, you can make an amazing cookies-and-cream dessert that won’t force you to choose between taste and your wheat-free lifestyle.
With the help of an ice cream maker, you’ll churn egg yolks, sugar, cream and vanilla, creating a soft-serve consistency that will allow you to mix in cookie chunks by hand.
For this recipe, you’ll heat sugar until it dissolves and turns golden brown. Then, you’ll stir in some whipping cream before adding milk, egg yolks, salt and vanilla.
After refrigerating the mixture for a few hours, you’ll pour the chilled product into your ice cream freezer. Right before you serve dessert, sprinkle the homemade ice cream with a little bit of sea salt.
If you love pralines and cream, you need to try out this gluten-free recipe using your electric ice cream maker.
In addition to whole milk, whipping cream, granulated sugar and vanilla, you’ll toss in a batch of Southern Pralines, which you can make in a saucepan by combining pecans, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, half-and-half and vanilla.
You can flavor coconut cream and sugar with a combination of peppermint extract, vanilla extract and mini chocolate chips for a homemade mint chip ice cream that the whole family will love.
To get a green coloring without dye, blend some spinach leaves in a food processor with your coconut cream before you combine everything else.
With this recipe, you get the taste of pumpkin pie in the form of gluten-free ice cream. Alongside your creams and sugars, you’ll use canned pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and vanilla for a tasty autumn treat that comes together perfectly with the help of an ice cream maker.
Using shelled pistachios, heavy cream, eggs, almond extract and an ice cream maker, you can create a flavorful dessert that possesses the right balance of salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy. If you want to use unroasted pistachios, add a pinch of salt directly to your milky base.
With the assistance of coconut milk, cocoa butter, smooth peanut butter, cashews and chopped bittersweet chocolate, you can create a rich treat that’s actually dairy free as long as you check the labels on your chocolate. The flavor profile of the resulting machine-churned dessert is out of this world.