No Churn Coffee Ice Cream

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Creamy, full-bodied coffee ice cream complemented by rich chocolate chunks.

No Churn Coffee Ice Cream: Creamy, full-bodied coffee ice cream complemented by rich chocolate chunks.

So I didn’t talk too much about the specifics of my pregnancy here, but now that it’s all said and done and everything turned out a-ok, I can!

The last 10 or so weeks were a little worrisome as we found out that our little dude was, in fact, a little dude. Although he always measured proportionate to himself, he measured behind consistently from 20 weeks on.

At around 28 weeks, we started seeing a specialist twice a week (exhausting) to keep track of all kinds of things.

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Long story short, he wound up being a 5 pounder at birth, and under 5 pounds when we brought him home. Perfectly healthy, no NICU time, just a tiny guy.

Lucky for him and for all of us, he’s gaining weight like a champion and is already 8 and 1/2 pounds at 6 weeks old!

I make no secret that Matt and I keep a pretty healthy lifestyle around here, and I tried fairly hard to follow suit during my pregnancy. Of course, I had plenty of indulgences along the way, but for the most part, I continued to eat pretty healthy and also kept working out up until 36 weeks.

Once I hit about 32 weeks, though, I noticed a lot more indulgences showed up in our grocery haul. Matt does the cooking in our house, so he also does the grocery shopping.

I don’t normally have too much of an opinion on what we eat, so I just let him do his thing. I started seeing more snacks like crackers and pretzels, the occasional donut or muffin, and most often and surprising– ICE CREAM.

No Churn Coffee Ice Cream: Creamy, full-bodied coffee ice cream complemented by rich chocolate chunks.

We are not ice cream keepers in the April household. Some people always have some on hand, and those people are smart people. We don’t, because we know that we will just eat it all the time.

Matt had a plan and I didn’t even notice.

He was trying to pump me up with calories to help our little guy grow. I wound up gaining a total of 35 pounds during my pregnancy, and a large portion of it was in the last 6 weeks.

Who knows if this actually helped our little guy gain some weight, but maybe it did. Either way, my tastebuds were so happy during the last leg of my pregnancy, and, thanks to exclusively breastfeeding, they are still pretty happy.

The ice cream flavor that showed up most often in our freezer was both of the coffee varieties of our favorite store-bought gelato. We ate it so often, I was worried that I was increasing my caffeine intake too much!

Since giving birth, we haven’t really had much ice cream around, but I had to recreate that delightful little treat in our kitchen so that I knew we could have it whenever we want.

Since this is no churn ice cream, it’s super simple. I tackled no churn ice cream last summer with my peanut butter ripple ice cream.

It. Was. Awesome.

So I went with that again, since time is not something I have a ton of at the moment, and no churn ice cream takes about 5 minutes to throw together before it just needs time to hang out in the freezer.

No Churn Coffee Ice Cream: Creamy, full-bodied coffee ice cream complemented by rich chocolate chunks.

For this no churn coffee ice cream, you need 6 ingredients. And one of them is water. So really, 5 ingredients. And if you don’t want to add chocolate chunks (please, do! You won’t be sorry!), then only 4. You can totally do this.

All you need to do is whip up some heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and some vanilla extract.

You’ll whip this for about 3-4 minutes, until it’s thick and smooth. Just be careful not to whip too long– you’ll wind up with sweet butter in a hurry!

After that’s nice a fluffy, you’ll add some coffee. I used a super concentrated form of coffee that I made with water and instant coffee grounds. If you’d like to up the coffee flavor even more, make it even more concentrated.

Less? Use some brewed coffee instead. For me, this amount of instant coffee was the perfect amount. Bold and prominent, not at all an afterthought.

No Churn Coffee Ice Cream: Creamy, full-bodied coffee ice cream complemented by rich chocolate chunks.

The chocolate chips/chunks/shavings/whatever are totally optional. But, I am a chunky lover, so of course, mine had to have them! I chose to chop up a semi-sweet chocolate bar, but you can totally use chips, chunks, or whatever your coffee and chocolate loving heart desires.

This was one of my favorite treats that I’ve ever made.

It may be because I absolutely love me some coffee, but also, it’s fast, it’s simple, and although it requires a tiny bit of elbow grease, it doesn’t break the bank nearly as much as buying coffee ice cream at the store might if you go through it as quickly as a third trimester mama and her crazy-awesome-metabolism hubs can.

Light and refreshing for summer, yet bold enough to curb that sweet tooth in cold weather just the same. I think that no churn coffee ice cream should be a thing we all have in our freezers from now on, just in case of ice cream emergencies.

No Churn Coffee Ice Cream: Creamy, full-bodied coffee ice cream complemented by rich chocolate chunks.

Because ice cream emergencies are a thing and you can never be too prepared.

No Churn Coffee Ice Cream: Creamy, full-bodied coffee ice cream complemented by rich chocolate chunks.
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No Churn Coffee Ice Cream

Creamy, full-bodied coffee ice cream complemented by rich chocolate chunks.
Prep Time5 minutes
Bake Time1 day
Total Time1 day 5 minutes
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 2 quarts


  • 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 Tablespoons warm water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped to desired thickness*


  • In a small bowl, combine the instant coffee and warm water. Stir until coffee is dissolved. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract on high speed until smooth and thick (about 3-4 minutes). Add the prepared coffee and mix on low until mostly combined. Fold in the chopped chocolate with a spatula until evenly dispersed.
  • Spoon the ice cream into a freezer-safe container or bowl (I prefer a loaf pan). Garnish with additional chocolate pieces, if desired. Cover tightly and freeze overnight, or at least 8 hours. Ice cream can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.


*You may also use chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or omit the chocolate completely.
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Try my No Churn Peanut Butter Ripple Ice Cream next!

No Churn Peanut Butter Ripple Ice Cream: Easy, two ingredient, no churn ice cream swirled with ripples of peanut butter.

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  1. OBVIOUSLY I am already obsessed with this, without even trying it. You know us Monicas and our coffee addiction ๐Ÿ˜‰ As soon as I am back on dairy, this is 110% happening. I’ll call it my push present to myself haha.

    I love that Matt was secretly trying to plump Joey up by feeding you extra calories. Such a good dad he was before even seeing Joey in person!

    1. YES! Totally the perfect push present, haha!! And yes– such a great dad from the beginning! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ice cream emergencies are DEFINITELY a thing, and we should all heed your warning and have coffee ice cream on hand for such times! Matt is so cute trying to get Joey big and strong by feeding Mama Roo ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚ This one will be in our freezer before too long I can assure you of that! Knowing my Dad, he will be over quick fast as soon as he hears the cream being whipped!

    1. Definitely a great dad, trying to keep up with all of us! I’m so glad you understand ice cream emergencies too, Amy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hahaha your story made me giggle – what a husband! Sounds like the best 6 weeks ever ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hahaha I just love ice cream but can’t have it on hand either. Chocolate on the other hand… I love this ice cream Lynn! Your photos are gorgeous – pinned!

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved it!
    Although for me, I didn’t use the full can of condensed milk, I added 4 to 5 more tablespoons of water to the coffee mix, and I used 400 grams of cream.
    The quantities were changed a bit, but all in all, it was AMAZING WITH A CAPITAL A!!
    Your story, btw, was so funny!

  5. 5 stars
    My friend, Lynn, made this with nuts for our women’s group. It was absolutely perfect! Well, except I have been almost totally decaffinated for 30 years. I went to bed at 2:00am, finally asleep at 4:00 (kind of.) My heart felt like I’did been digging ditches. Alas! I’m eager to make my own delight, but using decaf!

    1. Oh man!! That is definitely a caffeine conundrum! I’m glad you liked it though– smart idea about adding nuts! I love that!

    1. Hey, Erin– I’m afraid brewed coffee won’t work quite the same. You can try using 2 Tablespoons of super concentrated coffee (like espresso), but it won’t be as rich of a flavor.

  6. 5 stars
    Love your recipe for NO CHURN COFFEE ICE CREAM.
    Suggestion that we do because we LOVE Cappuccino Heath Blizzards from Dairy Queen, we add HEATH Milk Chocolate English Toffee Baking Bits to the recipe and blend them in… then sprinkle some on top!
    Talk about YUMMY!!