Instant Strawberry Ice Cream

Want ice cream but you didn't plan ahead and get it going? Just too busy? No ice cream maker? I've got the answer -- and it's done in an instant. As in a minute or so! You need 3 things: frozen fruit, liquid, and a high-powered blender. Serves 4 to 5 (1-cup servings).
Course Dessert
Author Wardee Harmon


  • 1 1/2 cups cream whole milk, kefir, or yogurt -- or even water or juice for sorbet
  • 16 ounces organic strawberries frozen about 3 to 4 cups -- or mixture of berries or other frozen fruit altogether
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup sweetener dry, or to taste -- whizzed fine* separately beforehand
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine all ingredients in the order listed in the Vitamix or Blendtec container.
  2. Put the lid on.
  3. Start the speed on low and increase slowly as the fruit gets broken up fully and the mixture starts circulating pretty freely.
  4. If using the Vitamix, use the tamper while blending to help the mixture circulate.
  5. If using the Blendtec, stop and scrape sizes as needed or use the Twister jar with lid that has side scrapers built in (and a smaller batch).
  6. When there are no longer chunks of fruit and it’s all smooth, it’s done.
  7. Serve!

Recipe Notes

*You can use a liquid sweetener such as honey, just reduce the cream or milk accordingly. Dry sweeteners should be whizzed fine in a blender beforehand to create a powdered sugar texture.