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Peanut Butter Ice Cream {No Churn}

Homemade no-churn peanut butter ice cream is an easy and creamy recipe that you'll want to make over and over. Four ingredients and just five minutes for an easy and delicious dessert.
a grey bowl with peanut butter ice cream on a wooden board with a spoon.

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Homemade no-churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream is an easy and creamy recipe that you’ll want to make over and over again. Four ingredients and just five minutes of hands-on time for an easy and delicious dessert.

a grey bowl with peanut butter ice cream on a wooden board with a spoon.

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Now, my friends, I’ve heard you. Loud and clear. You don’t want complicated desserts from me. You want it sweet, quick, and easy. Nothing fussy. And if there are minimal dishes, you’ll love it even more.

Peanut butter cup ice cream checks all those boxes and more. No cook, no churn, no ice cream maker. All flavor. No-fuss.

What Ingredients Are In No Churn Ice Cream?

ingredients for peanut butter ice cream - heavy cream, PB2, mini peanut butter cups, and a can of sweetened condensed milk

This egg-less ice cream only has four main ingredients:

  • heavy cream
  • peanut butter (I used PB2. More on that in a minute)
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • mini peanut butter cups

This no churn ice cream uses PB2, which is powdered peanut butter that I like to keep on hand. You may remember it from my yummy Peanut Butter Frosting recipe!

It’s a really convenient thing to use in certain desserts and I like the results better than using regular peanut butter. But, if you only have traditional peanut butter hanging around, the recipe card below will walk you through options.

Using sweetened condensed milk is the secret to keeping this peanut butter cup ice cream no-bake and no-churn. The liquidy sweetness means no heating milk to dissolve sugar and it keeps the ice cream from getting icy which allows you to skip the process of tempering eggs.

Can I Make This Dairy-Free?

Oh, my dairy-free friends, I do love you so much and have lots of recipes for you. But this is not one of them. If you are looking for a dairy-free/vegan ice cream option, check out this Chocolate Vegan Ice Cream Recipe.

Variations

  • No powdered peanut butter? Add in 4 tbsp of creamy peanut butter to whip with the heavy whipping cream. You could also add half of the ice cream to your freezer-container and then drop in spoonfuls of peanut butter. Top with the rest of the ice cream base and then more peanut butter. Use a knife or chopstick to create peanut butter ripple swirls.
  • To ramp up the chocolate flavor you could mix in chocolate sauce with the sweetened condensed milk, or add in spoonfuls of fudge sauce during the freezing process (see bullet point above).
  • The base recipe of heavy cream + sweetened condensed milk could be used in so many different variations to make any kind of ice cream you might want. Add vanilla with the condensed milk and then throw in any variations of things – candy pieces, nuts, fruit, etc.

Here’s How To Make No-Churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream

two process shots for making no churn peanut butter ice cream

In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, whip cold heavy cream, and the PB2 for 2-3 minutes or until stiff peaks form. It’s ready when you can hold the whisk sideways and the cream doesn’t drip.

Pro tip: I like to start at the lowest mixer setting and slowly increase it until it is on max. Throw a clean towel over the mixer to keep splatters at a minimum.

Two shots for making homemade no churn peanut butter ice cream

With the mixer turned off, add in the sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter cups. Gently fold it in with a silicone spatula. Don’t overmix since you don’t want to deflate all the amazing air you just created.

Place it in a freezer-proof container and carefully cover with a piece of plastic wrap, ensuring it makes contact with the top of the ice cream. Freeze until solid!

no churn peanut butter cup ice cream in a loaf pan

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Chill your mixing bowl, whisk attachment, and can of sweetened condensed milk in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to mixing to make this go even faster.
  • Don’t overmix the whipping cream. It can go from “perfect for ice cream” to “oops I made peanut butter flavored butter” in a short amount of time.
  • If you’re unable to find mini peanut butter cups, use normal-sized cups and chop them to bite-sized.
  • Some recipes use a full can of sweetened condensed milk but I found that much too sweet. You’ll have half of the can leftover so you can make another batch of ice cream or even use it to sweeten your coffee.
  • As with most homemade ice creams, this one becomes very firm in the freezer after about 10 hours. It’s best enjoyed the day of. After that, if needed, you can leave it at room temperature for 15-20 minutes prior to scooping.
a dish of homemade no churn ice cream in a bowl with cones, and mini peanut butter cups.
a grey bowl with peanut butter ice cream on a wooden board with a spoon.
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5 from 2 ratings

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Prep Time5 mins
Freezing Time4 hrs
Total Time5 mins
Homemade no-churn peanut butter ice cream is an easy and creamy recipe that you'll want to make over and over. Four ingredients and just five minutes for an easy and delicious dessert.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, whip cold heavy cream, and the PB2  for 2-3 minutes or until stiff peaks form. It’s ready when you can hold the whisk sideways and the cream doesn’t drip.
    2 cups heavy whipping cream, 6 tbsp PB2 powdered peanut butter
  • With the mixer turned off, add in the sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter cups. Gently fold it in with a silicone spatula.
    1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups
  • Place it in a freezer-proof container and carefully press a piece of plastic wrap over the top, ensuring it makes contact with the top of the ice cream.
  • Freeze until solid, ~4-5 hours.

Notes

  1. Start the mixer at the lowest setting and slowly increase it until it is on max. Throw a clean towel over the mixer to keep splatters at a minimum.
  2. No powdered peanut butter? Add in 4 tbsp of creamy peanut butter with the heavy whipping cream. 
 
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 935IU19%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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7 comments on “Peanut Butter Ice Cream {No Churn}”

  1. Powdered peanut butter???  Color me intrigued!  This ice cream looks absolutely delicious!  Gonna have to try getting some of that powdered PB and making it this summer.  Yummy yummy . . .

  2. We made something very similar this week…. but for lack of powdered we just stired in normal peanut butter. (so whipping cream plus condensed milk, plus cocoa powder plus peanut butter stired in very gently) Tastes like an ice cream snickers… can there be anthing more satisfying on a day where the kids on summer break are about to drive you crazy? 😉

    • Sounds amazing! Did you add the cocoa powder when you were whipping the cream or later during the process?

      And let’s be clear. As the moms of two boys, they are always driving us crazy!

      • I whipped the cream first (450ml), then added the cold (!) condensed milk (400g/1 can) slowly (but still on high with the hand mixer) and then added maybe 4 tablespoons of the the sifted cocoa powder (I am a cocoa powder snob, this has to be Valrhona), whipped it more and then very slowly folded in the crunchy peanut butter, but left some bits unstirred so it made little peanut clusters in the icecream.

        We have made a lot of the whipped cream plus condensed milk Ice Cream over the last 2 years, but this is the best one I made so far… next time I might just add the mini peanut butter cups like you did, because that sounds delicious! (but they are very expensive in Germany). If you try any other of the no-churn ice cream I will definitly be the first to test them 😉5 stars

      • Sounds amazing! That is not a cocoa brand I have ever seen, but I get mine at a fancy grocery store in the bulk section. It’s so dark it is almost a purple. I would bathe in it if possible.

        Do you have a mini muffin tin? You could make your own PB cups (assuming peanut butter isn’t too expensive?) and then chop them if you really wanted to experience it.

  3. Looks amazing!  And what a hand model!5 stars

  4. The hubs just recently discovered peanut butter powder and is in heaven. To say he loves all things peanut butter would be a gross understatement. His fave, on constant repeat, thing right now is to use my homemade ice cream with the peanut butter powder and malt powder to make a malt. Definitely going to give this a try for him!