Pumpkin Butter No Churn Ice Cream

Incredibly creamy, perfectly sweet ‘n spiced, HOMEMADE pumpkin ice cream… Sounds delicious, right?!? But would you ever guess YOU can prep it in only 10 minutes – then pop it into your freezer, NO MACHINE required? Join me in pumpkin bliss! I’ll show you how.

When my husband and I got engaged, we received an early wedding gift from his Aunt Jan. A real deal Italian gelato maker. It’s amazing… so amazing, in fact, we had to force ourselves to stop making batches before the wedding lest we need a last minute alteration to our wedding attire! Ha!

Spatula in a mixing bowl incorporating ingredients of Pumpkin Butter No Churn Ice Cream

And now 17 years later, we still use our gelato maker at least once a month. Gelato is one of my favorites (okay okay, I haven’t often met a dessert that I don’t LOVE), but when I started sharing my recipes, I considered that most people don’t have this heavy duty piece of equipment in their kitchen arsenal.

Artistically blurred photo of a blue hand mixer with silver whisk attachments

So in lieu of posting ice cream recipes, I’ve done stuff like semifreddo and frozen pumpkin pie, which are not only amazingly delicious, but also do NOT require an ice cream maker. I’ve known of no churn ice cream recipes of course, but honestly just haven’t had the need to explore them much.

Pouring Pumpkin Butter No Churn Ice Cream into cake pan for freezing

I can’t believe I waited this long! So simple, so infinitely customizable, and so creamy and delicious! I set out on recipe development with the idea to use my new Key Lime Lexi Pumpkin Butter that has hit the shelves at Bealls stores. Well, the stars aligned with this perfectly seasonal treat!

There’s not much to it! A can of condensed milk, a little pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin butter and some freshly whipped cream. But, man oh man, SIMPLE is good!

Spatula smoothing the top of the Pumpkin Butter No Churn Ice Cream in a cake pan before it goes into freezer

Grab your scoop and put it to work asap. This recipe is so easy to do, it’s a perfect treat any day of the week.

Including next Thursday!

For many of us, Thanksgiving this year will be a bit scaled back. Add a super fun twist to the day with ice cream. Who knows? It might just become a new tradition.

And where making a pie might feel like too much of a commitment, this simple and stellar dessert fits the bill. Cool and creamy, light and refreshing – and best of all the leftovers are (duh) frozen! Serve it straight up, or dress it up with a few sprinkled gingersnap crumbs or chopped pecans.

Ice cream scooper skimming the top and rolling a scoop of Pumpkin Butter No Churn Ice Cream

Or try this – grind gingersnaps and a few pecans in a mini processor. Moisten with some melted butter and press into the bottom of glass jars. Scoop ice cream into the jars and freeze until ready to serve. It’s like a little frozen ice cream pie!  Caramel drizzle for that extra sumpin’ special? Yes please!

No matter how you dish it out, it’ll bring a smile to your face.

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3 scoops of Pumpkin Butter No Churn Ice Cream in a glass serving cup

Are There Substitutions for this No Churn Ice Cream?

  1. You can use ground cinnamon instead of the pumpkin pie spice
  2. The Bourbon helps keep the ice cream from getting icy and too frozen, but it’s not absolutely required and can be left out.
  3. Try crumbling a few gingersnaps on top, or pecans! Or fold them in the ice cream before freezing.
  4. This will make an amazing filling for an ice cream sandwich – use a soft gingerbread cookie.



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Pumpkin Butter No Churn Ice Cream

Prep Time10 mins
Freeze Time4 hrs
Servings: 6


  • 1 14- ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ cup pumpkin butter
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon optional


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin butter, and bourbon if using.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the cream. Fold in about half of the cream into the pumpkin mixture, then fold in the remaining.
  • Pour mixture into a large loaf pan and freeze at least 4 hours.

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  • Barbara says:

    I wanted to try the pumpkin no churn ice cream recipe…but I do not have Pumpkin Butter!
    May I substitute regular real butter?

    • KeyLimeLexi says:

      Hi Barbara! No, unfortunately you cannot substitute regular butter. Pumpkin butter is pumpkin puree that is cooked down on the stovetop with spices and sweetener (like regular sugar or maple syrup). If you have a can of pumpkin you can make it yourself… a quick search on the internet will pull up lots of recipes. Basically it’s a large can (or two small) of pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup brown sugar (regular sugar or maple syrup), a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, and a pinch of salt. Cook for 20-30 minutes until thick, stirring often.

  • June says:

    Hi…I believe pumpkin butter is available at Trader Joe’s.

    • KeyLimeLexi says:

      Thank you for the comment! Yes I should have mentioned that in my reply to the first comment. Key Lime Lexi brand pumpkin butter is available at Bealls stores in Florida, an also many grocery stores will sell pumpkin butter. It’s usually near the canned pumpkin or near the jams and jellies.

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