There is nothing better than a bowl of cold, creamy ice cream on a hot summer day. Making your own homemade ice cream is one of the best ways to enjoy the dog days of summer with family and friends. It is the ultimate activity that everyone will love. Homemade ice cream is also the perfect ending to a summertime barbecue.

Are you ready to whip up some tasty and refreshing frozen desserts? Most of these recipes are no-churn and do not require an ice cream maker.

Good Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

Nothing stirs up fond summer memories like good old-fashioned vanilla ice cream. Enjoy it on its own or pair with your favorite seasonal fruit pie or cobbler. Vanilla ice cream also serves as a good base to create other flavors. Fold in fruit, nuts or candies to create an endless variety of delicious frozen treats. Make it boozy by adding a splash of bourbon to the mix. This easy vanilla ice cream recipe can be made with just four ingredients in a mason jar.

Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Pops

Give grocery store fudge pops a run for their money with your own tasty, fudgy ice cream bars. Simply combine 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, 1 1/2 cups whole milk and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours. Enjoy!

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Gone are the days of toiling away at the ice cream maker for hours on end. All you need for this delectable dessert are a food processor and a freezer. The addition of ripe strawberries, cream cheese and graham cracker crumbles make this dish a real crowd pleaser.

Peanut Butter Banana “Ice Cream”

Nothing is easier than a simple frozen banana ice cream. The natural creaminess of bananas makes them the perfect ingredient for this dairy-free treat – and you won’t even miss the cream. Simply blend bananas, stir in your favorite peanut butter and freeze! Experiment with other ingredients and mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, shredded coconut and more.

Avocado Ice Cream

Ice cream doesn’t have to be boring to incorporate healthy ingredients. Avocado is such a versatile fruit and is packed with fiber and healthy fats. It adds richness and depth to any dish without sacrificing flavor. Use avocado as a creamy base for your homemade ice cream.

Elevated Ice Cream Sandwiches

What could be more perfect than ice cream sandwiched between two cookies? The key to a perfect ice cream sandwich is in the construction. Start with cookies that remain somewhat chewy when frozen. Use one of the above ice cream recipes or, if crunched for time, use premade ice cream instead. Elevate your sandwiches by using waffles, cereal bars, brownies or even macarons in place of traditional cookies.

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