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Strawberry Rhubarb No-Churn Ice Cream

It’s quiet here in this house; words are flitting past me in the silence and I can’t quite catch them.

I’m actually eating this rhubarb ice cream while I sit here, trying to write of it’s glory: to capture tart! and sweet! and creamy! with eloquence and creativity. But this sly dessert wants all my attention; we’ve locked eyes now, and it doesn’t care about adjectives.

Making Rhubarb Ice cream

The condensed milk in this no-churn recipe balances the tartness of the rhubarb. The strawberry also adds some sweetness and a shade of pink. This easy, homemade ice cream is smooth, creamy, and rich. And you won’t find these amazing flavors in the grocery store.

So I’ll leave you with this poem I stumbled upon tonight, hoping it will make up for my feeble attempt at posting.

Like rhubarb hunkering down
drowned in Autumn straw
content now to explore
the rich deep earth
a surface snow
of bitter times.

Roused by warmer climes
it will emerge
in surging tender, greening-pink
drinking in the new
sun kissing brink
of fresh beginning.

More No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes

strawberry rhubarb ice cream in a dish with gold spoon

No-Churn Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream

Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
The condensed milk in this no-churn ice cream recipe balances the tartness of the rhubarb. The strawberry also adds some sweetness and a beautiful shade of pink. Homemade ice cream has never been easier!
Sarah Kieffer
5 from 2 votes
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  • 1/2 cup [8 g] freeze-dried strawberries
  • 16 oz [454 g] rhubarb fresh or frozen, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • One 14 oz [396 g] can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 oz [57 g] cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 cups [480 g] heavy cream
  • 1 to 2 drops pink food coloring optional


  • In a bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade, process the freeze-dried strawberries until they reduce to a powder.
  • Bring the rhubarb, freeze-dried strawberry powder, water, sugar, lemon juice, and salt to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, and mashing until the rhubarb has broken down and released their juices, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Let cool to room temperature. (For a smoother ice cream, you can blend the broken down mixture in a food processor for a few seconds. I didn’t mind the fruit chunks in mine).
  • In a large bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, rhubarb mixture, and salt.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Turn the mixer to low speed and add the heavy cream in a slow, steady stream, mixing until combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and whisk until stiff peaks from, 3 to 4 minutes. Add half of the whipped cream mixture to the sweetened condensed milk mixture and whisk until completely combined.
  • Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the remaining whipped cream mixture until no streaks remain. Add a few drops of pink food coloring if desired. Pour into a 9 by 4 by 4 in [23 by 10 by 10 cm] Pullman loaf pan with a lid and freeze until firm, 6 hours, or up to 1 week.
  • Reply
    Dianne Bentz
    Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    How would you substitute for the freeze dried strawberries? I have plenty of frozen strawberries I would prefer to use if possible!

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    Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    5 stars
    What a refreshing scoop on a summer day! The strawberry and rhubarb flavor combo is dynamite. The texture is lovely as well (I opted to keep the fruit chunks as I too enjoy a textural bite in my ice cream. Soo easy to make, to boot! Thanks, Sarah!

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    Heather E.
    Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Hi Sarah, Just two weeks ago I made the no-churn rhubarb ice cream recipe from your site that this new recipe seems to have replaced. I promised to make it again for a party this weekend. Do you have the old recipe still? I searched the blog but cannot find it. I like the use of brown sugar and no strawberry. I also was looking to make the oatmeal topping this time. So sad to see that one go. My whole family really enjoyed it!

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    Nancy L.
    Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Any substitute for freeze-dried strawberries for your fans here in Canada?

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    Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Where do you add the vanilla extract? It states it as an ingredient, but no where in the directions does it state adding it, that I see?

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      Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Lisa – sorry about that! I’ve added the extract into the directions.

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    Chaya & Sara
    Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

    this ice cream looks lovely and we can’t wait to make it in spring! just a question- do you know of any good substitutes for sweetened condensed milk? thank you!

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      Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Hello! I don’t know of a good substitute offhand, sadly. The sweetened condensed milk adds both sweetness and more milk to the ice cream, which gives it its richness and consistency. Are you looking for a non-dairy alternative?

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        Dina Levitt
        Friday, June 16, 2023 at 10:23 am

        I am wondering about a non-dairy alternative. Thank you!

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          Sarah Kieffer
          Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 11:44 am

          Hi Dina – I haven’t ever tried this with non-dairy ingredients, so I’m not sure what would be best to recommend – If you experiment with some please let me know how it turns out!

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    Nicole @InfiniteLittlePleasures
    Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

    This sounds perfect for the summer! Thanks for the recipe 🙂 I featured it in my blogpost here:

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    Emma Galloway
    Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Yum! I love rhubarb anything 🙂

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    Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Beautiful new photos Sarah 🙂

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
    Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:18 am

    This sounds so lovely, especially with the oatmeal streusel!! We just enjoyed a bowl of vanilla ice cream with some strawberries and rhubarb syrup. Rhubarb dessert is hard to beat!

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    Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I like to eat as I write, too. The poem is lovely. Rhubarb is almost too interesting to handle. I look forward to it every year and treat if very simply. I love that there is a little brown sugar in the ice cream, and that streusel sounds like the perfect topper!

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    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

    What a gorgeous poem to go with your beautiful dreamy ice cream. I don’t think I’ve ever tried rhubarb ice cream, in fact I wasn’t a rhubarb lover until a few years ago, but now I love it.

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      vanilla bean blog
      Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:03 am

      Thank you Jennifer. And I’m glad I found you on Twitter today! Your blog is lovely.

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    Em (Wine and Butter)
    Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I also love ice cream that is still slightly soft. Yay for rhubarb season!

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      vanilla bean blog
      Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:03 am

      It’s the best that way! And yes, rhubarb season is the best.

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    Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Hi there, thanks for the post! I’m always on the lookout for ice cream recipes with no machine required. Plus, I like they way you styled your last photo with the spoon and brown streusel scattered across the white table.

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      vanilla bean blog
      Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:03 am

      Thank you! I have an ice cream maker, but barely use it any more now that I discovered this no-churn recipe.

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    Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Rhubarb doesn’t get enough love! If I had this bowl of ice cream in front of me, I’d be pretty quiet, too. And that’s totally ok.

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      vanilla bean blog
      Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:02 am

      sometimes blog posts are impossible. I find the food can speak for itself. 🙂

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    my little celebration
    Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I think I’m in love.

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    Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    There’s nothing better than sitting down to write a blog post while tasting the food in question – immediate inspiration! I wish I was sitting at my laptop now with a bowl of this gorgeous ice cream instead of at my desk at work! The streusel topping looks lovely too – like a summery rhubarb crumble 🙂

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      vanilla bean blog
      Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:01 am

      I agree – it helps to eat while one writes. I’d bring you some if I could.

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    london bakes
    Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

    What an apt poem, just beautiful along side this ice cream. Although I don’t have an ice cream maker, I love making ice cream at home. The flavours just seem so wonderful and fresh.

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      vanilla bean blog
      Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:01 am

      Thank you Kathryn. I always appreciate your encouragement and kind comments.

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    Kris @ Munchin with Munchkin
    Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 3:03 am

    This looks incredible Sarah! Apparently it was more than just a taco night for you! Wish I had a bowl of this ice cream right now.

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      vanilla bean blog
      Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:00 am

      Thank you Kris! We did have some of this after tacos. 😉

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