If I am honest, summer is not my favorite time of the year. I HATE heat and I despise the sun. Gardening makes summertime survivable. So does Ice Cream and other frozen sweets! As I go farther in my trek towards Real Food and Healthy Living, I have learned that homemade foods, including desserts, are always better for you than the pre-made stuff at the grocery store. Plus, you can be creative! 

The problem I soon discovered while searching through Ice Cream recipes in Internet-land is that many of them look SUPER good, but alas, you need an ice cream maker. Since I prefer a life with as few objects as possible (a quest toward minimalism, I suppose), I refuse to buy an ice cream machine. I soon found myself keeping a list of recipes that do NOT use an ice cream machine, and I thought to myself the other day: “Hey! I wonder if other people would like to see my list…”

This is my list of over 50 Ice cream-type desserts that do NOT require an ice cream machine. I did not add popsicles because I have always considered them a different category. This list DOES contain recipes including: ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, granitas, and gelato. This list also contains Real food recipes, Paleo, vegan, dairy free, sugar free, and grain free recipes

Please note: I try very hard to focus on as healthy-as-possible frozen sweet treats. However, my eating philosophy is the 80-20 rule, as in, 80% of the time, I eat as healthy as possible, and 20% of the time, I stop obsessing about things. With that in mind, MOST of these recipes avoid sugar, but SOME recipes include it. If you avoid all sugar, either ignore those recipes, or make a healthier version with honey or maple syrup. 


No Ice Cream Machine Required: 50 + Sweet Treat Recipes


*Ice Cream Recipes*

1. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream in 5 Minutes (dairy free, sugar free) from The Paleo Mama


2. Chocolate Coffee Dairy-Free Ice Cream from Healy Eats Real


3. Blood Orange “Dreamsicle” Ice Cream (dairy free) from Primally Inspired


4. Chunky Monkey “Ice Cream” (dairy free, grain free, Paleo, Vegan) from Mix Wellness Solutions for a Balanced Life


5. Strawberry Coco-Banana Ice Cream (dairy free) from Savory Lotus

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6. Easy Banana Chai Ice Cream (Paleo) from Empowered Sustenance


7. Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream from Delicious Obsessions


8. Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream from Food Renegade


9. Lavender Coconut Ice Cream (dairy free) from In Sonnet’s Kitchen


10. Cardamom Roasted Plum Ice Cream from Fork Spoon Knife


11. Clean Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (dairy free) from Delighted Momma


12. Coconut Pineapple Smoothie Ice Cream (dairy free, sugar free) from Barefeet in the Kitchen

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13. Maple Pecan Ice Cream Bites (dairy free) from Healy Eats Real


14. Healthy Raspberry Ice Cream from French Press


15. Creamy Chocolate Soft Serve Avocado Ice Cream (dairy free) from Half Baked Harvest



16. Shamrock Ice Cream (sugar free) from Thrive Style

17. 5-Minute Chocolate Banana Ice Cream (sugar free, Vegan) from Healy Eats Real

18. Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from Empowered Sustenance

19. Banana Ice Cream from 100 Days of Real Food

20. Organic Ice Cream Out of a Baggie in 10 Minutes from Whole Life Nutrition

21. Sweet Mango and Banana Spinach Ice Cream (Vegan) from Green Thickies

22. ONE Ingredient Ice Cream and Paleo “Magic Shell” from The Paleo Mama

23. Chocolate Banana Ice Cream from The Elliot Homestead

24. Custard-Style Vanilla Ice Cream from Modern Alternative Mama

25. 3-Minute Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Intentionally Domestic

26. Stirred Lemon Ice Cream with Fresh Cherries from The Splendid Table

27. Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream (dairy free) from Whole New Mama

28. Banana Nut Butter Soft Serve Ice Cream (dairy free, egg free, sugar free, gluten/grain free) from Raia’s Recipes


*Frozen Yogurt*

29. Mango Lassi Frozen Yogurt from Homemade Mommy


30. Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Banana Frozen Yogurt from



31. Raspberry Frozen Yogurt from Coco’s Well

32. Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

33. Peach Frozen Yogurt from Eating Well



34. ONE Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet from Real Food Kosher


35. 3-Ingredient Ginger Strawberry Sorbet from Empowered Sustenance


36. Creamy Raspberry Sorbet (Paleo, Dairy Free, Low Carb) from Grass Fed Girl


37. Mango Mint Sorbet from Meatified


38. Pineapple Mint Sorbet (Vegan, sugar free) from Healy Eats Real


39. Watermelon Lime Sorbet from Primally Inspired



40. Pina Colada Sorbet (Paleo, GAPS) from Empowered Sustenance

41. Blueberry Mango Sorbet from It’s a Love/Love Thing

42. Sweet Herb Sorbet from The Homestead Garden

43. 5-Minute Raspberry Spinach Sorbet from Nature Moms Blog

44. Blackberry Sorbet from Happiness is Homemade

45. Fresh Lime Sorbet from Hello Homebody

46. 4-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet from Cincy Shopper



47. Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato (Paleo) from The Nourished Caveman


48. Super Simple Mango Gelato from Cooking Crusade


49. Easy Strawberry Gelato from My Cooking Quest





50. Strawberry Lime Granita from Holistically Engineered


51. Water Kefir Granita from GNOWFGLINS



52. Raspberry Peach Granita from Eat.Drink.Love.

53. Blueberry Rhubarb Granita from Stupid Easy Paleo

54. Strawberry Granita from Life Made Full

55. Strawberry Lemonade Granita from Homegrown and Healthy


Which one of these delightful treats will you try first?

If you have a favorite no-ice-cream-machine recipe, either your own family recipe, or one that you found online, and you want it included in this list, feel free to add it in the comments below! I always love more recipes to try! 🙂

 No Ice Cream Machine Required

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