Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Freeze Time 8 hours
  • Total 8h 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

This is the Ninja® plain vanilla ice cream recipe that is simply delicious eaten plain or with your favorite topping. You can also use it as a base for creating your own unique recipes. After blending this basic ice cream, and before removing it from the food processor, simply add in your favorite mix-ins, and with just a few pulses you can create your own unique recipes.

TIP: Freeze your mix-in(s) of choice and simply pulse into your ice cream immediately after the base is prepared.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy

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  • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole milk, divided
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Large Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Step 1

    In a large mixing bowl, pour 2 cups of whole milk. Add the vanilla pudding mix into the milk. Lightly whisk the mixture using a wire whisk until dissolved, approximately one minute. Do not overmix or the mixture will thicken and not be easy to pour. 

  • Step 2

    Pour the mixture into two standard ice cube trays, equally distributing between the two. 

  • Step 3

    Place the ice cube trays in the freezer and freeze for eight hours or overnight. 

  • Step 4

    In a Ninja® 56-ounce food-processing bowl fitted with the standard blade attachment, place all the frozen vanilla ice cubes. Add the remaining 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of whole milk and vanilla extract. Using the crush function, process for 35 to 40 seconds. 

  • Step 5

    Remove the lid, carefully remove the blades, and serve.