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Key Lime Ice Cream

key lime no churn ice cream recipe

One of the best things about homemade ice cream is having the freedom to make whatever flavor you want. I love key lime anything, so ice cream was bound to happen. More like ice dream, it’s that creamy and refreshing. Bonus: No ice cream maker is needed.

Sweetened condensed milk, whipped cream, and mashed avocado join forces to keep the texture smooth without churning. Too bad I didn’t get a photo of the ice cream served with whipped cream and cookie crumbs, à la pie. It disappeared too quickly.

For a more tart ice cream, increase lime juice to 1/2 cup. My taste buds preferred less, but maybe I’m turning soft. One scoop of the stronger batch was all I could handle. Make mine a double scoop with a new favorite ice cream.

Key Lime Ice Cream

about 5 cups

Key Lime Ice Cream

Of all the homemade ice creams I've enjoyed recently, this is my favorite. Smooth, refreshing, and not too tart or sweet. Don't let the avocado scare you away; it adds a hint of color and extra creaminess.


  • 1/3 cup key lime juice
  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream, whipped


In a medium bowl, combine lime juice and mashed avocado. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Blend this mixture into prepared whipped cream.

Pour ice cream into a loaf pan or other storage container. Freeze for 3 - 4 hours before serving.

Let frozen ice cream sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before scooping. Or grab a hair dryer and use a little hot air to soften things up.


key lime ice cream recipe no machine needed

More cool treats:

No Churn Lemon Pie Ice Cream

No Churn Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl

No Churn Berry Good Ice Cream

No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream

No Churn Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

No Churn Vegan Roasted Peach Ice Cream

Key Lime S’mores Pie

This post is linked to Gluten Free Wednesdays.


  1. key limes and ice cream have to be the most perfect flavour combinations ever.. i definitely am craving a scoop right now!

  2. Thanks, Thalia. Oddly enough, I was just thinking about brioche. Must be a sign.

  3. Key lime is one of my favorite flavors especially in pie but ice cream-YUM!! I love you do not need a machine and it looks so creamy and dreamy, of course!!

  4. Jan Parker says:

    Hey Linda I hope you remember me, I just was worried about you and your business. Praying that you are safe! I have tried to find your bakery. So far no luck. Hope to hear from you. Jan (voice teacher retired)

    • Hey Jan, I’m fine. Sold the bakery in Ferg two years ago. I feel so bad for the businesses there that have been destroyed, vandalized, or still unable to open because of rioting. Glad you’re out of harm’s way! Thought I might see you at a birthday party for Colleen’s twins last fall. I keep up with Colleen through instagram. Always enjoy the scenes from Norway. Lots of love to you, dear Jan!