Strawberry Ice Cream – Smooth, Creamy, & No Churn

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I’ve finally figured out how to make smooth and creamy strawberry ice cream that is also no churn, which doesn’t require using an ice cream maker. This no-churn, nut-free, and egg-free strawberry ice cream recipe is easy to make and has the texture of store bought ice cream.

4/12/2023 update – I updated this post with minor edits and new photos.

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Is store bought ice cream nut free?

Most ice cream brands that you can buy at a supermarket have potential allergen cross-contact with peanuts, tree nuts, egg, wheat, and other other allergens. I do believe that it’s possible to clean manufacturing equipment thoroughly and allergen test during the manufacturing process as well as the final products.

However, when we’re standing in front of supermarket freezers, we often don’t have all the information we need to decide whether ice cream is allergy safe. When you make your own, you know exactly what is in your ice cream. I’m motivated to make an allergy safe ice cream because it’s the one dessert category that I miss the most when managing food allergies. 

scoops of strawberry ice cream with strawberry slices in a bowl
A bowl of smooth, creamy, no churn strawberry ice cream with sliced strawberries as garnishes. #nutfree #eggfree

Ice Cream Making Basics

Whenever I make dessert, I always try to find ways to reduce the fat and sugar but I don’t recommend tweaking ice cream recipes randomly as homemade ice cream needs just the right amount of sugar and fat in order to be soft, creamy, and scoopable.

I’ve tried making strawberry ice cream using conventional ice cream recipes and fruity ice cream recipes freeze so hard, it’s difficult to scoop and not creamy enough to be worth the effort. It occured to me that a no-churn version of strawberry ice cream might be smooth and creamy. This no-churn strawberry ice cream recipe was perfect on the first try.

collage with a scoop of strawberry ice cream in a cone, a plate of strawberries, and scoops of strawberry ice cream garnished with strawberry slices
Top left: the strawberry ice cream scoops perfectly for a cone. Bottom left: local strawberries are so beautiful, fresh, and sweet in April and May. Bottom right: scoops of strawberry ice cream with sliced strawberries as garnish.

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe Tips

I use organic strawberries to reduce our family’s exposure to chemicals since strawberries is usually o the Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen list. I’ve been feeling some itchiness and irritation in my mouth when I eat strawberries so I avoided fresh strawberries thinking it was OAS and allergy shots might help. Now I can eat homegrown or organic fresh strawberries and cooked strawberries.

Frozen strawberries help me to save money and time because they’re usually frozen at peak freshness and already cleaned and prepped for use. If you happen to have fresh strawberries, you can use them too but you won’t need to cook them for as long.

Since the recipe is no-churn and won’t be partially frozen by an ice cream maker, be sure to allow enough time to freeze overnight before you need to use it or serve it. It might have a soft-serve consistency after 3-4 hours.

Allergy Aware Strawberry Ice Cream

This recipe as written is free from peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, wheat and sesame.

Not only is this a nut-free recipe, this recipe is an awesome way for people with an egg allergy to enjoy an egg-free smooth and creamy ice cream. And you don’t need any special equipment such as an ice cream maker. It does help to have a mixer but you could also use a whisk.

If you like this recipe, see how I use this strawberry ice cream in my recipe: Allergy Friendly Aquafaba Baked Alaska, a spectacular egg-free, nut-free dessert worthy of special occasions.

strawberry ice cream garnished with sliced strawberries in a bowl
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Strawberry Ice Cream – Smooth, Creamy, & No Churn

I've finally figured out how to make smooth and creamy strawberry ice cream that is also no churn, which doesn't require using an ice cream maker. This no-churn, nut-free, and egg-free strawberry ice cream recipe is easy to make and has the texture of store bought ice cream.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword egg-free ice cream, no-churn ice cream, nut free ice cream, strawberry ice cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
cooling & freeze times 14 hours
Total Time 14 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 295 kcal
Author Sharon @ NutFreeWok

Ingredients

  • 1 12-ounce bag of frozen organic strawberries divided
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated) organic (preferred)
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream organic (preferred)
  • 1 12-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (fat-free)

Instructions

  1. Optional: Reserve 3 strawberries, when they’re thawed slightly, chop them up into small pieces (no larger than a pea) and return them to the freezer until ready to use.

  2. Place the rest of the strawberries into a small sauce pan (1-2 quarts), add sugar, and cook covered at medium low heat until the strawberry mixture is bubbly (about 5 minutes).

  3. When the strawberry mixture is bubbly, lower the heat to low, mash the strawberries with a fork, and cook with the lid off to reduce the volume of liquid for about 5 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and allow the strawberry mixture to cool to room temperature, and then cover and refrigerate until chilled (1 hour).

  5. When ready to assemble the ice cream, use a mixer to whip the heavy whipping cream in a large bowl until the cream almost looks like whipped cream (2 minutes).
  6. Add the sweetened condensed milk and strawberry mixture, and mix until well blended (1 minute).
  7. Pour the mixture into a 6 cup capacity freezer safe container, swirl in the chopped frozen strawberries, and freeze for at least 12 hours or more.

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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.

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