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If you want a luxurious dessert, look no further than ice cream made with olive oil. Olive oil imparts a creamy and silky texture to ice cream recipes. It gives your favorite ice cream recipe a balanced consistency and unforgettable taste and mouth appeal.

Nearly Instant Olive Oil Ice Cream

When we first heard of using olive oil in ice cream recipes we thought that could be an interesting twist to your favorite ice cream recipes, but how about if you don’t have the time to make homemade ice cream?

olive oil gelato

Both Chris at Shared Appetite and Nona at Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna has some great ideas for quick gelato or ice cream made with olive oil without all the fuss and time investment that churned ice cream takes to prepare.

5-Minute Olive Oil Gelato & Ice Cream

olive oil gelato

This recipe goes together so quickly and tastes so good. We also provide some variations we have tried from Chris’s recipe and also Nona’s recipe below:


  • 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream


  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together the condensed milk, extra virgin olive oil, and vanilla extract until fluffy and fully mixed. Set aside. This is the time to add any other ingredients. Some suggestions for other ingredients we have used are: almond extract substituted for vanilla extract, Kaluha substituted for vanilla extract or any other flavorful liquor, shaved chocolate, any minced nuts such as macadamia, cashews, or peanuts. Your imagination is your only barrier to ingredients that can be added, they just need to be fully mixed into the mixture and be light enough that they distribute well and don’t sink to the bottom.
  2. In another mixing bowl, we suggest a chilled metal bowl, beat the heavy cream with an electric mixer until it forms peaks.
  3. Fold the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture about 1/3 at a time. Pour into a loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  4. Remove and scoop out the ice cream you want to serve a couple of minutes before so it gets to be the right consistency.

Additions you can make to this recipe when serving are only limited by your imagination. Here are some of our favorite serving additions:

olive oil gelato
  • Chopped peanuts, Tastealotta flaky sea salt, and shaved chocolate
  • Cold coffee, shaved chocolate, and whipped cream
  • Sauteed strawberries with Triple Sec and whipped cream
  • Sauteed chopped peaches, brown sugar and rum and then topped with whipped cream
  • Peanut butter and flaky sea salt
  • Most any chopped nuts you love, add a drizzle of olive oil and dust with flaky sea salt

Olive Oil Vanilla Ice Cream

olive oil ice cream

So if you have the time and patience, here is homemade from scratch version of olive oil ice cream. Everyone recipe is close to this, it’s the additions that you add that make it your own! You find this recipe on Bon Appetit to All Recipes and they are pretty much the same, we have added some ingredients to the standby recipe below:


  • 1/2 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Bring milk, cream, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar to a simmer in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar and then remove from heat.
  2. Whisk eggs yolks and 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl until light. Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture and remember to keep beating as you add the contents.
  3. Whisk the yolk mixture into the remaining milk mixture in the saucepan.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Strain the custard mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl set in a large bowl of ice water; whisk in the olive oil.
  6. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Process the custard mixture in an ice cream maker according to the ice cream maker directions. The alternative is to use an old-fashioned ice cream maker with salt and ice and process your ice cream that way.
olive oil ice cream

How you top your finished ice cream or gelato is what takes it from a simple dessert to something sublime and uniquely yours. Also using some of the Tastealotta infused olive oils could give a whole new flavor other than vanilla to your ice cream creation. Try the Blood Orange, Italian Lemon, or Pistachio Olive Oil for a change in flavoring your gelato or ice cream recipe. You can also try drizzling these oils over your gelato or ice cream before serving them and dusting with flaky sea salt for a change-up in flavors.

olive oil ice cream

A yummy and cool dessert that you can make quickly or linger over making with the homemade version of Olive Oil Ice Cream for the more involved recipe, but a hit for sure with everyone as a summer dessert.