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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream is a tart and sweet ice cream version of your favorite key lime pie! Simply whisk the base together and churn it in your ice cream maker – no extra cooking or chilling required.

Overhead view of 3 ice cream cones of key lime pie ice cream laying on a marble countertop surrounded by slices of limes

It’s been so hot here the last few days that I’ve barely turned on my oven. And to be quite honest with you, nothing has even sounded remotely appealing.

When it’s this hot, I’m all about watermelon, cantaloupe, frozen grapes and cold sandwiches, so I’ve been on a bit of a baking hiatus except for testing a few things coming your way this fall.

One thing I can handle making though is ice cream. Especially when it’s Key Lime Pie flavored ice cream!

Three small bowls each filled with a scoop of key lime pie ice cream set on a marble counter next to an ice cream scoop and slices of limes

EASY KEY LIME PIE ICE CREAM RECIPE

Homemade ice cream is one of those perfect summer foods.

Cold, sweet, creamy, and honestly…so much better than most of what you can buy at the store.

The only downside to a lot of ice cream recipes is having to cook and then chill the custard base before you can churn it. 

Overhead view of ingredients for key lime pie ice cream scattered on a marble countertop

I love these ice creams and the mouth feel that you get from a base made with eggs, but I don’t love the advance planning they require. 

That’s reason number one why I love this ice cream recipe: no cooking or chilling required. Which means no having to think ahead. I can think about Key Lime Pie Ice Cream in the morning and be eating Key Lime Pie Ice Cream that evening.

The other reason I love this recipe is because I am obsessed with all things key lime right now.

Graham cracker crumbs being folded into key lime pie ice cream in the bowl of an ice cream maker

Key Lime Pie Bars, Key Lime Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie Marshmallow Treats…it’s seriously hard to say no to that tart key lime flavor and the sweetness and creaminess of sweetened condensed milk. 

Making this ice cream is so easy: Just whisk together the ingredients and then churn it according to your ice cream maker’s manufacturer instructions. 

The ice cream base is sweetened with sweetened condensed milk, which also gives the ice cream an amazing creamy texture. 

Some graham cracker crumbs folded into the churned ice cream adds extra texture and even more of that key lime pie feel to this recipe. 

Overhead view of 2 key lime pie ice cream cones set on top of a loaf container of key lime pie ice cream on a marble countertop

DO YOU NEED TO USE FULL-FAT MILK AND CREAM?

If you’re going to make homemade ice cream, just go for it and make it with all the fat and flavor.

Basically, that is my way of saying that yes, you need to use the full-fat milk, cream, and sweetened condensed milk in this recipe.

Loaf pan with key lime pie ice cream set on a marble counter next to an ice cream scoop

I find that making ice cream with low-fat dairy results in an icy ice cream. And we want a nice creamy ice cream. 

Just consider this ice cream to be a special treat. YOLO…right?

Ice cream scoop holding a melty scoop of key lime pie ice cream set on a marble counter with a container of sugar cones in the background

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE AN ICE CREAM MAKER?

This particular ice cream recipe is churned in an ice cream maker. Ice cream makers are pretty inexpensive these days and don’t take up a ton of space, so if you like making homemade ice cream – even just a few times a year – it might be worth getting one.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make homemade ice cream using a no-churn recipe. My No-Churn Roasted Berry Ice Cream is a great recipe. This No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream is a great option if you’re really craving a chocolate ice cream.

Key lime pie ice cream in a sugar cone propped up in a glass jar
Overhead view of 2 key lime pie ice cream cones set on top of a loaf container of key lime pie ice cream on a marble countertop

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Churning Time: 30 minutes
Freezing Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream is a tart and sweet ice cream version of your favorite key lime pie! Simply whisk the base together and churn it in your ice cream maker – no extra cooking or chilling required.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup Key lime juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 graham crackers (1 1/2 cookie sheets), coarsely crushed, divided
  • Key lime wedges

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine milk, lime juice, heavy cream, salt, and sweetened condensed milk; whisk to combine.
  2. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Stir 1/3 cup graham crackers into ice cream. Spoon ice cream into a freezer-safe container, and cover and freeze for 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon graham crackers.
  5. Garnish with lime wedges.

Notes

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream recipe originally shared at Good Life Eats. Adapted from Cooking Light.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 196Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 31mgSodium 135mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 4g

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Wendy

Saturday 21st of August 2021

I have been making ice cream for years, chilling the base before churning. I got a new Cuisinart ICE-100, which has a compressor and not a freezer bowl. I did not chill the base per the instructions, and it came out kind of soupy from the machine, and it has been in the freezer for 3 hours now and has not frozen. This looks so incredibly delicious and I have no idea what I did wrong :( maybe the base needs chilling beforehand?

The pictures, as always, are so pretty and your blog is amazing.

Crystal

Thursday 24th of June 2021

This recipe is super easy and DELICIOUS. I am not a skilled cook - and this was my first time using my Kitchen Aide stand mixer’s ice cream attachment. I followed the recipe, using Key Limes, chilled the base mixture in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, then churned with the stand mixer. I added the graham cracker crumbs, spooned it into a tub and froze for a few hours. My husband and I both loved it and will definitely make again. I’d also like to try adding the ice cream, minus the crumbs, to a pre-made graham cracker crust and freezing as a pie. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

Jamie

Thursday 24th of June 2021

So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe, Crystal! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback. I love the idea of freezing it as a pie! -Jamie

yasbel

Thursday 30th of July 2020

can i use yellow lemon instead?

Jamie

Thursday 30th of July 2020

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Nancy

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

What ice cream maker do you use?

Jamie

Saturday 1st of August 2020

I typically use the KitchenAid attachment, or I have a Cuisinart maker that I really like. Thanks for stopping by! -Jamie

Liz Lee

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

What ice cream maker do you use and recommend? 

Jamie

Saturday 1st of August 2020

I typically use the KitchenAid attachment, or I have a Cuisinart maker that I really like. Thanks for stopping by! -Jamie

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