Cinnamon ice cream is the perfect ice cream for the fall (or summer)—especially if you add it to warm apple or pumpkin pie. And let’s be honest we all need a break from pumpkin spice.
Cinnamon gelato rocked my world on a single day in Cinque Terre, Italy. Vernazza, one of the 5 small villages, is home to the best gelato I have ever had in my life, in a tiny shop called Gelateria Il Porticciolo. They’re famous for their cinnamon gelato. It’s life-changing and I didn’t taste anything like it during our entire trip.
So obviously, this cinnamon ice cream recipe is not technically gelato, but I tried to replicate my experience as best I could without over-complicating the process, ingredients, and without an ice cream machine, of course.
How to Make No-Churn Ice Cream
I never realized just how easy homemade ice cream is to make. No expensive equipment, no cooking eggs, no-frills.
No-churn ice cream is the process of making homemade ice cream without an ice cream machine. An ice cream machine allows you to quickly freeze and aerate heavy cream by churning it in a frozen metal container. It also allows you to swirl in toppings without them sinking to the bottom.
It’s ideal, but you can get around it by simply whipping the cream in a standard mixer until stiff peaks just form, adding condensed milk, and folding in your toppings. From here you can freeze for about 4-5 hours. The ice cream will take on a lighter, more airy texture similar to creamier frozen whipped cream.
How to Make Cinnamon Ice Cream?
I follow the process above and add spoonfuls of ground cinnamon folded into a simple, ice cream recipe with a touch of vanilla extract.
Most cinnamon ice cream recipes I’ve found use only 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon, but I double it with a 1/4 cup. It’s the perfect amount of cinnamon in my opinion. You don’t want it to be subtle!
Cinnamon Is Just the Beginning
The base of this recipe can be used with an unlimited number of toppings—it’s generic enough to work with just about anything. You can use this recipe for your favorite chocolate candy, add peanut butter, Oreos, Snickers, caramel…you get the picture.
No-churn ice cream is very dense and creamy, so it’s extra smooth and light—one bite and you’re hooked.
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Super creamy, egg-free, cinnamon ice cream that comes together in 15 minutes (plus freezing), without an ice cream machine.
- 3-4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- In a large bowl, whisk together condensed milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Set aside.
- Whip the cream with a mixer on medium-high speed until firm peaks form, about 3-4 minutes.
- Fold 1 cup of the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture using a rubber spatula until combined.
- Fold the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream until fully combined. Stir in the cinnamon until fully mixed throughout using a spoon or rubber spatula.
- Pour mixture into a chilled 9×5 inch metal loaf pan, cover, and freeze for 4-5 hours.
You can add more or less cinnamon to taste depending on how much cinnamon flavor you want. I recommend starting with about a 1/4 cup.
The base of this recipe can be used with an unlimited number of toppings. You can use this recipe for your favorite chocolate candy, add peanut butter, Oreos, Snickers, caramel…you get the picture.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 219
- Sugar: 24.4g
- Sodium: 88mg
- Fat: 11.3g
- Saturated Fat: 7.1g
- Carbohydrates: 26.7g
- Fiber: 1.2g
- Protein: 4g
- Cholesterol: 0g
Keywords: cinnamon ice cream, no-churn ice cream