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Lemon Pie Ice Cream

no churn lemon ice cream recipe

When it comes to desserts, my mom’s favorite was always “anything lemon.” Cakes, pies, muffins, you name it. She loved sweet stuff so much that ice cream was considered a grocery staple.

The weekend forecast calls for luscious lemon ice cream that’s made with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Mix, chill, and partake of the good life. No ice cream maker needed.

Turmeric gives the ice cream a subtle yellow hue. Not that looks matter, but a visual hint of the flavor is always nice. If you want to make a showoff type dessert, swirl a little lemon curd into ice cream. As for the cookie crumbs, they’re purely optional. But crumbs do lend a more authentic pie feeling to the ice cream.

I remember my mom making dinner one day and letting me snack on ice cream with her. Oops, I wasn’t supposed to tell.

Carry on and eat dessert first.

Lemon Pie Ice Cream

about 5 cups

All the flavor of pie, but cooler being ice cream and all. Just mix and chill for a super creamy treat. No ice cream maker needed.


  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, optional
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup gluten free cookie or graham cracker crumbs, optional


In a medium bowl, combine lemon juice, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, turmeric, and zest. Blend this mixture into prepared whipped cream. Fold in cookie crumbs if you feel like it.

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 get the party started early.


More cool treats:

No-Churn Key Lime Ice Cream

No-Churn Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl

No-Churn Berry Ice Cream

No-Churn Very Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

No-Churn Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

No-Churn Vegan Roasted Peach Ice Cream

Key Lime S’mores Pie

lemon pie ice cream

My mom passed away in January, but she just got a letter from the district court. Some people will do anything to get out of jury duty. Let’s Lunch (a virtual potluck) is all about tributes today. See how bloggers around the globe are remembering loved ones by checking the #LetsLunch tag on twitter. Some lovely posts:

Linda’s Persian Eggplant Stew and Friendship at Spiceboxtravels

Betty Ann’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Roses for Mama at Asian in America (use this cupcake recipe or sub Pamela’s Artisan Blend for gluten free)

Demetra’s Stone Soup and South Carolina on Sweet Savant (sub Shirley’s Tomato Soup from Two Ingredients for gluten free)

Cheryl’s Mum’s Pork & Chinese Yam Soup at Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan (use quinoa or brown rice instead of barley)

Lisa’s Yolan Frank’s Legendary Chiffon Cake at Monday Morning Cooking Club (sub ~1.25 cups Pamela’s Artisan Blend + add 2 teaspoons baking powder for gluten free self-raising flour)

This post is linked to Gluten Free Wednesdays.


  1. What a lovely post, Linda. I love that your sense of humor is helping and this ice cream looks amazing!


  2. That looks wonderful. I am sorry about your mom. I’m sure she’d approve of this dessert!

  3. I’m a fan of lemon desserts too; that looks great! I’m so sorry to hear about your mother, but it’s good to see you’ve managed to hang on to your sense of humor through it all.

  4. This lemon pie ice cream sounds delicious, like your Mom I’m a lemon dessert girl myself. I think the addition of turmeric for a subtle yellow color is brilliant.

  5. So very very sorry to hear about your mother, Linda… thanks for sharing. This ice-cream looks beautiful!

  6. This is so yummy, I am definitely making this. You had me at no-bake! What a sweet story. Fun doing #LetsLunch with you.

  7. The recipe looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing, so sorry to see you just recently lost your mum. I hope all those wonderful memories you have of being together with her in the kitchen last forever.

  8. This looks luscious. Anything lemon….

  9. I love lemon ice-cream! This looks so, so good!

  10. I love lemon desserts.. This is an amazing recipe n so easy… I m making it this weekend.. My 3yr old will love it.. Thnx for sharing..

  11. Barbara says:

    I too love lemon desserts! This sounds great. Can I use this recipe with a Cuisinart countertop ice cream freezer?

  12. Bobby Hodges says:

    Just put mine in the freezer about 10 O’clock. Now outside to do yard work.
    Working in the heat, I’ll have to sneak a scoop. While I was making it this morning, I remembered how my mom used to give me that batter or frosting bowl when she was finished making cake. Man, did I love that as a child.

    So after blending the ingredients, I smiled as I cleaned up the blender blades and the bowl.
    And yeah, the bowl was clean before I washed it. I think I’ll call my mom later today. 🙂

  13. Terri H. says:

    I have used your Avocado-Lime Ice Cream recipe….it is great! The lemon pie ice cream looks just as good, so I will definitely give it a try! Thanks for your recipes and have a great summer, Linda!

  14. I’m so glad you liked the lime ice cream! Thanks so much for the feedback. Wishing a great summer right back at you, Terri!


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