A scoop of gourmet ice cream is the perfect treat on a warm summer afternoon, a grocery-bought pint is the only antidote to a bad day, and a sundae bar is a guaranteed party success. What we're trying to say is that we love ice cream, especially when it's homemade. If you happen to agree with us, welcome to the club. In honor of our love for this refreshing and creamy dessert, we decided to spotlight six delicious (and deliciously easy) ice cream recipes to churn up at home. We also included some no-churn options as well, so don't worry if you don't have an ice cream maker at home.
From a spicy chai flavor to a healthy vegan take on Chunky Monkey and a chocolate lover's dream, you'll want to try them all. Gather up some friends and family for a day in the kitchen or surprise them with your culinary masterpiece by hosting an ice cream social. Just made sure to bookmark this page since you'll want to come back for seconds. Scroll through to take your pick from the six ice cream recipes below, and we promise you'll get the perfect scoop for your cup or cone every time.
For Chocoholics: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
This recipe from Half Baked Harvest yields a chocolate lover's dream, but it's not just your average scoop of chocolate ice cream. Every bite is also packed with childhood favorites like peanut butter cookie dough bits and fudgy swirls. So for anyone with a serious sweet tooth, this rich and creamy flavor will be your choice every time.
For a Creative Palate: Vegan Chai Spice
This chai-infused vegan ice cream recipe from the Minimalist Baker only requires about 10 ingredients. And for such a simple recipe, the complex layering of spices like cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, and black pepper is impressive. Despite being dairy-free, it's perfectly thick and creamy thanks to the cashews and coconut milk. Seal a meal with this ice cream on its own, or plop it atop a berry crisp.
For Caramel Lovers: Banana Toffee Pie
Banana, toffee, caramel praline, and pie? All in one scoop? Yes, please. Brought to us by From the Kitchen, this ice cream flavor is a buttery treat with the perfect balance of crunchy and creamy textures. Make this retro-inspired recipe as a surprise for anyone who loves banana pudding or banoffee pie, and we promise they won't be disappointed.
For Healthy Sweet Tooths: Vegan "Chunky Monkey"
We can always count on The First Mess when it comes to finding healthier versions of our favorite comfort foods and guilty pleasures. This vegan ice cream recipe takes notes from the popular flavor known as Chunky Monkey, complete with bananas, vanilla bean, cacao nibs, and maple syrup.
For Tangier Tastes: Raspberry Ricotta Shortcake
For anyone who prefers tangier flavors in their ice cream, we suggest trying a recipe that calls for raspberries. They're sweeter and lighter than some other berries, but they won't be sour either. And though this raspberry shortcake and ricotta ice cream recipe from Half Baked Harvest sounds complicated, it's actually really simple. It's sort of like the grown-up version of a fudge brownie flavor since you'll get the cake-like texture from the shortcake bits and your daily serving of fruit (kidding).
For Classic Twist: Peanut Butter Vanilla
If you're looking for an ice cream recipe to accompany another dessert like pie or cake, you'll want to find something that will stand on its own without overpowering the main act. Look no further than this recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon. A lot of peanut butter ice cream recipes can be too rich and heavy while some vanilla flavors can be underwhelming. This one gives that classic vanilla flavor a salty twist by adding the right amount of peanut butter for a subtler taste. Just add your favorite jam and scoop it onto a graham cracker as a sweeter version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Which ice cream flavor are you going to try first? Sound off in the comments below.