Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Bean ice cream is rich and creamy made with real ingredients; milk, cream, sweetener, cinnamon and a vanilla bean. Looking for a low carb version? I have you covered! Make this sugar free for a delicious keto dessert.

A teal bowl filled with homemade ice cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream

I’m holding on to the summer months with a vengeance! We’re having great weather; everyone is relaxed, even at work.

It’s the perfect calm!

This ice cream flavor came about after an attempt to get good ice cream that mirrored Marianne’s homemade ice cream.

Marianne’s is a popular shop in Santa Cruz, CA. They have an amazing menu of delicious flavors of full fat creamy and decadent ice cream to choose from.

There is ALWAYS a line out the door! No joke!

A scoop of homemade ice cream out of a Tupperware container

Homemade Ice Cream Inspired By Marianne’s Ice Cream Shop

We swung by after a date night in Santa Cruz one evening, grabbed a numbered ticket adding much needed structure to the line ciaos, and still had about 8 customers in front of us!

There was plenty of time to pick the perfect flavor. I changed my mind about a half dozen times deciding from a fruity or chocolaty flavor.

You know which one I ended up with…. Alan knew exactly what he wanted, anything with cinnamon!

Santa Cruz is a 45 minute drive from our place.

Too far to just jump in the car when the urge for a cone hits us, which is why I decided to make my own homemade ice cream!

an overhead shot of a bowl of ice cream in a teal bowl

Homemade Ice Cream

No more ice cream frustration! I popped the ice cream insert into the freezer, and made the cinnamon ice cream that Alan has been craving!

Best flavor EVER. True story.

How To Make Cinnamon Ice Cream

There are a lot of ways to make ice cream. Like this easy no churn Cadbury ice cream, which doesn’t require an ice cream machine.

That method is super easy and delicious. Although, not as rich and creamy as a custard base ice cream that is made in an electric ice cream maker.

To get this ice cream as close to a creamery as possible, the churn method is the way to go.

Ingredients needed for homemade ice cream:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Whole milk
  • Egg yolks
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Whole vanilla bean; you can use vanilla extract in place of a whole bean.
  • Sweetener; Alan prefers granulated sugar. I have made this ice cream sugar free with Allulose sweetener for a perfect keto dessert and the sugar free version was undetected (shhh!).
Ingredients needed to make cinnamon ice cream

Tools you will need:

  • Ice cream maker
  • Freezable container with a lid
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Saucepan
  • Candy thermometer
small teal bowls filled with ice cream and small spoons getting ready to enjoy.

Steps To Make Cinnamon Ice Cream:

Ready to get this ice cream churning? Let’s do this!

The first thing that needs to be done is to put the ice cream insert in the freezer. Freeze overnight for the best results.

Now, in a medium saucepan add the sweetener, 1 cup of the milk and add the egg yolks.

Cook over low heat stirring frequently until is begins to thicken slightly.

Whisk in all remaining ingredients; milk, cream, vanilla pod (slice open and scrape seed out), cinnamon, and continue to cook.

At this point we want the ingredients to get to the point that it coats the back of the spoon or reaches 160 – 175°F.

Now we place all prepared ingredients in a bowl. Place a piece of saran wrap on top of the ice cream ingredients. Place in the refrigerator to cool for several hours.

TIP: To speed up the cooling process place bowl over a bed of ice.

Finally, the magic is about to happen.

Place ice cream ingredients in the frozen insert (follow directions according to your model), cover and turn on for approximately 20 minutes.

There we go! Now your cinnamon ice cream is ready to be enjoyed!

If you want your ice cream to be firmer then place in a plastic container in the freezer until it hardens to your preference.

Cinnamon ice cream ready to be enjoyed

What To Serve With Cinnamon Ice Cream

an overhead shot of a bowl of ice cream in a teal bowl

Cinnamon Vanilla Ice Cream

4.92 from 12 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon, ice cream, sweets, vanilla
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 quarts
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar allulose for sugar-free ice cream
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean pod split in half
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream


  • In a small bowl lightly beat egg yolk and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, stir in sugar, 1 cup of the milk and add the eggs. Cook over low heat stirring frequently until is begins to thicken slightly. Whisk in all remaining ingredients; milk, cream, vanilla pod, cinnamon, and continue to cook until the ingredients coats the back of the spoon.
  • Remove from heat and put in a container that the ingredients can cool in. Place plastic wrap directly on the mixture to prevent a film from forming. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Remove vanilla bean pod and pour cold mixture into prepared frozen ice cream insert and process according to manufacturer’s directions.


Note, you can use 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract in place of the vanilla pod.
The vanilla pod can be simmered and churned with all the ingredients. Remove when you would like. I keep the pod until I serve to get all the vanilla flavor possible.
Macronutrient calculations are with granulated sugar.  This will change if you use a sugar-free alternative like allulose. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 26mg | Sugar: 17g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

This ice cream recipe was first published August, 2014. I have since added updated photos and additional helpful content (July, 2020).

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Creamy cinnamon ice cream made with milk, cream, cinnamon and a fresh vanilla pod! This recipe can also be made sugar free for a delicious keto dessert. #ketorecipe #lowsugar #icecream
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  1. Your ice cream looks wonderful and I can understand you trying to hang on to summer. As for me…I’m so thrilled we’re coming out of winter and can look forward to summer desserts like ice cream! xx