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Blueberry Crunch Ice Cream – No Machine Required

If you are you looking for a refreshing, cool, and mouthwatering treat to beat the summer heat, look no further than this Blueberry Crunch Ice Cream recipe. It a delicious dessert that’s perfect for those warm, sunny days or to make as a special treat on a summer holiday.

No need to worry about complicated machinery as this recipe requires no ice cream machine. Therefore anyone can make this delightful dessert!

This versatile recipe is one that the whole family will enjoy from start to finish. The kids can join in the fun and help out with the ice cream making process. And of course, everyone will enjoy the taste of this cool and refreshing dessert.

blueberry crunch ice cream

There are many summer time celebrations and picnics that call for a tasty treat, and this ice cream recipe is just the answer. It will be a huge hit at any gathering, from pool parties to backyard barbecues.

Not only is this ice cream an enjoyable treat on its own, but it also pairs well with other desserts. Serve it alongside or on top of a slice of pie, or drizzle your favorite fruit sauce on top for added flavor.

With its cool and refreshing taste it is sure to become your new favorite summertime dessert. Give this easy-to-make recipe a try and enjoy the sweet satisfaction of homemade ice cream without the fuss of a machine.

Blueberry Crunch Ice Cream Ingredients

Like many ice cream recipes, this one requires just a handful of simple ingredients.

Fruit: For the fruit mixture, you’ll need fresh or frozen blueberries. However you can also use other berries as a substitute.

Sweetened Condensed Milk: This recipe calls for one cup of sweetened condensed milk. For the ease of shopping, this is most often equivalent to a standard-sized can that you purchase at the grocery store.

Graham Crackers: Graham crackers provide that iconic crunch in every bite. Therefore it is important that you crush the crackers coarsely and not too fine. For additional flavor consider using cinnamon graham crackers.

graham cracker in ice cream
The crunch of this ice cream comes from graham cracker pieces.

Equipment Required 

The best part about this recipe is that you don’t need an ice cream machine! All you need are a few basic items that you already have in your kitchen:

  • Hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spatula
  • Freezer-safe containers.

Keys To Making No Churn Ice Cream

  1. To create the perfect no-churn ice cream, ensure that the fruit mixture is thickened and completely chilled.
  2. Whip the cream to form soft peaks, and then use condensed milk to thicken the cream.
  3. For best results, freeze the containers you plan to store the ice cream in before adding the mixture.

How To Make Swirls In Ice Cream

Creating enticing swirls in the Blueberry Crunch Ice Cream is easier than you might think. After preparing both the fruit mixture and the whipped cream mixture, begin by spooning a layer of the whipped cream mixture into your pre-frozen container.

Follow this with a layer of the blueberry mixture, and then another layer of whipped cream. Continue alternating layers until you have filled the container.

blueberry swirls
Use a skewer or knife to make swirls in the ice cream.

To achieve the marbled, swirled effect, use a butter knife or a skewer to gently drag it through the layers in a zigzag motion. Be careful not to over mix, as you want to maintain distinct ribbons of the blueberry mixture throughout the ice cream.

You can create more intricate patterns by swirling in different directions or creating loops and curves. Feel free to get creative and design your own unique swirls!

How To Store Ice Cream

Proper storage is crucial for maintaining the quality of your homemade ice cream. Once frozen, place a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap directly on the top surface to protect against freezer burn.

Then, securely cover the container to keep your ice cream fresh and tasty.

Ways To Enjoy No Churn Blueberry Crunch Ice Cream

There are endless ways to savor this delightful no-churn ice cream. Enjoy it on its own, in a sugar or waffle cone, or pair it with a warm slice of pie or cobbler.

Experiment with various toppings like fresh fruit, chocolate chips, or a drizzle of caramel sauce. This versatile dessert is perfect for satisfying any sweet tooth!

blueberry compote
You will know when the blueberry mixture is thick enough when it stays divided.

Blueberry Crunch Ice Cream Recipe

*Specific measurements and complete recipe instructions are located in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. However, be sure to continue to read the tips and tricks to making this recipe below.

INGREDIENTS

Fruit Mixture

  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Ice Cream Mixture

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 whole graham crackers, coarsely crushed

INSTRUCTIONS

In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Bring the mixture to a boi then reduce heat.

Simmer until the blueberries begin to burst and the mixture begins to thicken. Be sure to stir frequently, and while doing so press down on the blueberries to extract the liquid. This process should take about 5 minutes.

Once the mixture looks like syrup, with a few blueberry remnants remaining, remove the pan from the heat. Then transfer the blueberry mixture to a bowl and let the fruit cool completely. Then refrigerate until chilled.

In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add condensed milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon and beat until the mixture thickens. Gently fold graham crackers into cream mixture so that your blueberry ice cream will have that iconic crunch.

blueberry layer on ice cream
Once you have layered the blueberry mixture on top of the ice cream, it is time to make the swirls.

Swirling Technique

Spooning a layer of the whipped cream mixture into your pre-frozen container. Follow this with a layer of the blueberry mixture, and then another layer of whipped cream. Continue alternating layers until you have filled the container.

To achieve the marbled, swirled effect, use a butter knife or a skewer to gently drag it through the layers in a zigzag motion. However, be careful not to over mix, as you want to maintain distinct ribbons of the blueberry mixture throughout the ice cream.

Alternative Swirling Option: Transfer the cream mixture to 2 freezer containers leaving room to add the fruit and headspace for expansion. Then drop the fruit mixture by tablespoonfuls over the top of the cream cream. Cut through ice cream with a knife to make swirls.

Cover and place in the freeze for 8 hours or overnight before serving.

This Blueberry Crunch Ice Cream is a delightful, no-fuss dessert that will bring joy to your taste buds and impress your friends and family. Its creamy, fruity, and crunchy combination is simply irresistible.

The best part? Just like with this Vanilla Ice Cream recipe, NO ice cream machine is required! So go ahead, treat yourself and your loved ones to this easy homemade ice cream, and make those warm summer days even more memorable with every scoop.

Enjoy! Mary

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No Churn Blueberry Crunch Ice Cream

blueberry crunch ice cream

Sweet and creamy no-churn ice cream made with fresh or frozen blueberries that are swirled in with crunchy graham cracker pieces for a cool and refreshing dessert that everyone will love!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Cream Mixture

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 whole graham crackers, coarsely crushed

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Bring the mixture to a boi then reduce heat. Simmer until the blueberries begin to burst and the mixture begins to thicken. Be sure to stir frequently, and pressing down on the blueberries to extract the liquid. This process should take about 5 minutes. Once the mixture looks like syrup, with a few blueberry remnants remaining, remove the pan from the heat. Then transfer the blueberry mixture to a bowl and let the fruit cool completely. Then refrigerate until chilled.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add condensed milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon and beat until the mixture thickens.
  3. Gently fold graham crackers into cream mixture.
  4. Begin by spooning a layer of whipped cream mixture into your freezer container (preferably cold container). Follow this with a layer of the blueberry mixture, and then another layer of whipped cream. Continue alternating layers until you have filled the container. To achieve the marbled, swirled effect, use a butter knife or a skewer to gently drag it through the layers in a zigzag motion. Be careful not to overmix, as you want to maintain distinct ribbons of the blueberry mixture throughout the ice cream.
  5. Cover and place in the freeze for 8 hours or overnight before serving.

Notes

Alternative Swirling Option: Transfer the cream mixture to 2 freezer containers leaving room to add the fruit and headspace for expansion. Drop the fruit mixture by tablespoonfuls over the top of the cream cream. Cut through ice cream with a knife to make swirls.

Once the ice cream is frozen, place a piece of parchment paper directly on the top surface and then cover the top of the container to prevent freezer burn.

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

13

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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