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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
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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

By: Jamie
4.45 from 65 ratings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Freezing Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 6
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 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup Key lime juice
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
  • 6 graham crackers 1 1/2 cookie sheets, coarsely crushed, divided
  • Key lime wedges

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, combine milk, lime juice, heavy cream, salt, and sweetened condensed milk; whisk to combine.
  • Pour mixture into your ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon graham crackers.
  • Garnish with lime wedges.

Notes

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

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 205mg, Potassium: 404mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 43g, Vitamin A: 577IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 289mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

4.45 from 65 votes (64 ratings without comment)

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48 Comments

  1. yasbel says:

    can i use yellow lemon instead?

    1. Jamie says:

      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

  2. Nancy says:

    What ice cream maker do you use?

    1. Jamie says:

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

  3. Liz Lee says:

    What ice cream maker do you use and recommend? 

    1. Jamie says:

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

  4. Beth says:

    My brother has a key lime tree in his back yard! I usually make pies with the juice I squeeze and freeze but I might have to try this ice cream!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Beth! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!
      -Jamie

  5. Brittany says:

    Hi! Will regular limes be just as good if you can’t get key limes?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello! Yes, you can use regular limes if you can’t find key limes. Many grocery stores also sell bottles of key lime juice (I usually find Nellie & Joe’s brand) that you could use instead of fresh key limes. Hope this helps!
      Jamie

  6. Veronica Vaughan says:

    Is there a recipe for this ice cream treat?? I would love to make it for my family and friends.

    1. Jamie says:

      Veronica-
      You can find the recipe here – have a great day.
      -Jamie

  7. Aurelia says:

    Looks so yummie!!!

  8. Melanie says:

    I LOVE this recipe! It’s one of the easiest and most tasty ice cream recipes I’ve tried. I recently made it with Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk and found that substitution acceptable. I also enjoy adding extra graham cracker crumbs. Thanks for sharing this one!

  9. rachael says:

    These look fantastic and where did you get the cups?

    1. Jamie says:

      Rachael-

      The cups are from Shop Sweet Lulu. Thanks for stopping by!

      -Jamie

  10. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen says:

    Looks fabulous. Going to Katie’s to check out the recipe!