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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

A completely decadent Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream that’s actually a little bit lighter than the average ice cream? Yes! Plus, this ice cream is an absolutely gorgeous color and packed with fresh blueberry flavor.

Head-on view of a white bowl of blueberry cheesecake ice cream stopped with crushed graham crackers and surrounded by blueberries and graham crackers with recipe title at top

(This recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream was originally published in June 2011, but was updated with new photos in 2019).

Have you ever thought that maybe America’s colors are red, white, and blue because we celebrate our country’s birthday during strawberry and blueberry season? I have. And now you probably have, too. Blueberries are ridiculously fresh right now and a ridiculously good price and I cannot resist buying at least two packages of them every time I’m at the grocery store. Sometimes I fear I’ll turn into Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But I really wouldn’t be mad about it.

I knew I wanted to make a blueberry ice cream, but when I spotted a Cooking Light recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, I was sold. I was more than sold. I was, “I’ll empty out my purse and my pockets right here in the street and give you every last piece of gum and lint I’ve got.” Oh, my gum and pocket lint aren’t worth anything? What about a lipgloss or chapstick? I’ve got about 13 of those in my purse. Plus, a ton of receipts, expired coupons, and gift cards from 1999.

But seriously. Not only is this one of the best homemade ice creams I’ve ever had, but it is, get this, better for you than a typical ice cream. Seriously. Making it with 2% milk and half-and-half instead of whole milk and cream cuts down on the fat in a major way (which means, ahem, you can have two servings). Also, blueberries have tons and tons of antioxidants, so I’d argue this ice cream is actually healthy. And suitable for breakfast. Amen. I obviously had to include some graham cracker crumbles in the mix because, honestly, what’s a cheesecake without a graham cracker crust?

You might want to consider starting this recipe the day before you want to indulge. Only because there’s lots of waiting time. And it’s not fun to wait when all you want to do is stick your spoon into a big scoop of homemade ice cream.

BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE ICE CREAM RECIPE

Start off by combining the sugar, cream cheese, and egg yolks into a large bowl. Beat them with a hand mixer at a high speed until they’re nice and smooth. Now, in a medium heavy saucepan, combine the milk and half-and-half. Bring the mixture just to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Add half of the hot milk mixture to the sugar/cream cheese/egg mixture, while stirring constantly with a whisk to combine. This is to temper the eggs and not cook them from the heat of the milk.

Now, return this milk/sugar/cream cheese/egg mixture back to the saucepan with the remaining milk in it. Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until the mixture reaches 160 degree when tested with a thermometer. Make sure you’re stirring the whole time.

Now you’ll want to cool the mixture by putting the pan in an ice-filled bowl. Stir occasionally. If you don’t feel like making an ice bath, you can also just stick the mixture in the fridge… Just make sure you stir every now and then!

Collage showing process for making blueberry cheesecake ice cream base, including egg yolks, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl; eggs and milk tempered; and ice cream base in bowl

While the mixture is cooling, make sure your beautiful blueberries are all chopped. Andย in a small saucepan, combine the blueberries, confectioners’ sugar, and water.

Overhead view of blueberries, water, and confectioners' sugar in saucepan

Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Let the mixture thicken a bit and stir frequently. Now set this mixture aside to cool as well.

Overhead view of blueberry sauce thickening in saucepan

Once both of your mixtures are completely cooled, you can stir the blueberry mixture into the milk mixture. I love that blueberry swirl!

Mix it all up and then chill in your fridge for about 3 hours.

When it’s nice and cold, process it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.ย When the ice cream is almost done processing, add the graham cracker pieces in.

Collage showing process for making blueberry cheesecake ice cream, including ice cream base and blueberry sauce swirled together, purple ice cream mixture, and ice cream processing in ice cream maker

Then put it in a separate container and pop it in the freezer, for about 2 more hours. I usually like to leave mine in overnight.

View of blueberry cheesecake ice cream in quart ice cream container

And you’re ready to indulge. In semi-healthyish ice cream. Blueberry cheesecake ice cream that is basically the prettiest color ever ever. And doesn’t taste lower-fat in any way, shape, or form.

The flavor of the ice cream isn’t overly cheesecake-y but the creaminess is all there. What I’m trying to say is that even if you’re not a cheesecake lover, you’ll still swoon for this. But if you are a cheesecake lover, you might die over it. In a good way.

Head-on closeup view of blueberry cheesecake ice cream in white bowl topped with crushed graham crackers and surrounded by blueberries and graham crackers

Though the graham cracker pieces weren’t in the original recipe, I kinda feel like they’re crucial. They add an extra bit of sweetness and a little bit more substance to the dessert.

And the blueberries? Oh my, the blueberries. While I generally always opt for fresh blueberries plain and unadulterated right from the carton, I would eat blueberries in this form every day if I could. Who wouldn’t?

Landscape view of two white bowl of blueberry cheesecake ice cream topped with crushed graham crackers with blueberries, graham crackers, and a wooden spoon

I think “healthy ice cream” sounds not so delicious. Same goes for “lighter ice cream.” But this is so delicious, I feel like it could actually give lighter ice cream a good name. Who knew you could make such a fabulous ice cream without using any cream or whole milk at all??

The moral of this story is, make this blueberry cheesecake ice cream. Make it for the 4th of July if you can because it’s filled with summer and blue. Though the blue is obviously more of a purple. But who’s keeping score? Celebrate blueberry season while you can because it’s going by much too quickly. And if for some (outrageously crazy) reason you don’t like blueberries, try it with strawberries instead.

Overhead view of blueberry cheesecake ice cream topped with crushed graham crackers and surrounded by blueberries, graham crackers, and a wooden spoon

Or make both and be the most popular person at your 4th of July cookout. Red, white, and blue, represent.

Or don’t bring this with you to any parties because you’re going to want the whole thing to yourself. But really, I only had to share with Chris and barely ended up getting any because he loved it so much. He claims it’s the best ice cream he’s ever had (can you even believe he’s saying that about a lighter ice cream??).

Head-on view of a white bowl of blueberry cheesecake ice cream stopped with crushed graham crackers and surrounded by blueberries and graham crackers

What’s the best kind of ice cream you’ve ever had?

If you need a cocktail to match this blueberry cheesecake ice cream (and who doesn’t??), try my Blueberry Vodka Lemonade.For another delicious blueberry cheesecake dessert recipe, try my Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cups. I also can’t wait to try these Blueberry Goat Cheese Ice Cream Bars from Crumb Top Baking!

 

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chill Time
6 hrs
Total Time
40 mins
 

A completely decadent Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream that's actually a little bit lighter than the average ice cream? Yes! Plus, this ice cream is an absolutely gorgeous color and packed with fresh blueberry flavor.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blueberry Ice Cream, Cheesecake Ice Cream, Lighter Ice Cream
Servings: 1 1/4 quarts ice cream
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 oz. 1/3-less fat cream cheese (also known as neufchatel)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 6 graham crackers, crumbled
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, combine sugar, cream cheese, and egg yolks and beat at high speed until smooth.

  2. In a medium heavy saucepan, combine milk and half-and-half. Bring the mixture just to a boil and then remove the pan from the heat.

  3. Add half of the hot milk mixture to the sugar/cream cheese/egg mixture, while stirring constantly with a whisk to combine. Return this milk/sugar/cream cheese/egg mixture back to the saucepan with the remaining milk in it.

  4. Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring the whole time, until the mixture reaches 160 degree when tested with a thermometer or until it coats the back of a wooden spoon.

  5. Pour mixture into a heat-proof bowl and place the bowl in an ice bath (another larger bowl filled with ice) or in the fridge so it can cool.

  6. While ice cream is cooling, prepare the blueberry sauce. In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, confectioners' sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat and let mixture cool.

  7. When milk and blueberry mixtures are both cooled, stir blueberry mixture into milk mixture. Place mixture in fridge to chill for at least 3 hours.

  8. Process ice cream in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. When the ice cream is almost done processing, add the graham cracker pieces in.

  9. Scoop ice cream into airtight containers and let chill in freezer for another 2 hours.

Recipe Notes


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29 Responses to "Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream"

  1. Erica says:

    mmmmmmmmmm! This sounds awesome. Anything that involves graham crackers is usually a winner in my book. We’re going to my Aunt’s house on the water for the 4th!! Ice cream? Maybe ice cream cake!

  2. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    Wow, I need to make (and eat) this ice cream immediately!

  3. Cara says:

    oh this looks delicious, my coworker made creme fraiche ice cream with a blueberry swirl last week but there was no graham crackers included. I love the graham cracker swirl!!

  4. Meghan@travelwinedine says:

    The color of this is just gorgeous!

  5. Jenn's Food Journey says:

    Gorgeous color…..I bet it tasted so good! I love cream cheese ice creams! They are so decadent!

  6. Emily @ A Cambridge Story says:

    This is so pretty – and I totally bet our forefathers designed the American flag on the in-season fruit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    I’m in such an ice cream making mood these days and I’m adding this to my list! I love the color and well, it’s cheesecake. Can’t beat that!

  8. brandi says:

    I LOVE cheesecake ice creams! And the color is just gorgeous.

  9. Susan says:

    What a gorgeous looking ice cream! What a delicious way to get your dose of healthy blueberries ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Holly says:

    The color is amazing!! Im printing this recipe now! : )

  11. Barbara says:

    We’re all in a blueberry frame of mind! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve made regular blueberry ice cream, but never a cheesecake blueberry. Double deliciousness!

  12. Shannon says:

    I thought i was craving blueberry pie until I read this post, now it might be this ice cream…

  13. briarrose says:

    You just can’t go wrong with this ice cream. Gorgeous color and delicious flavor. So yummy.

  14. Velva says:

    Oh yes! Blueberry season is just coming to an end here in North Florida. Did I mention that I have 18lbs of fresh blueberries in my freezer? While picking the blueberries the owner made a fresh blueberry ice cream to share. I loved it. Now, I see your recipe, wow. It looks awesome!!!

    Velva

  15. Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says:

    I made this a few years back when the recipe was first published, and I still remember how awesome it was. Fantastic idea to add in graham crackers!! I’m definitely doing that next time.

  16. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker says:

    holllllyyyyy yum, its times like these i really wish i had an ice cream maker! sounds so creamy and delicious, gosh i would love to try some. beautiful recipe and an even more beautiful blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. peachkins says:

    I just had “addicted to cheesecake” ice cream yesterday from an ice cream parlor..this is even better!

  18. Michelle says:

    This looks FABULOUS! Thanks for the kind words today Sues…it meant a lot! xo

  19. lena says:

    hi sues, i really envy you gals over there having berries season , wec an get berries here but it’s very expensive. NOw this ice cream looks like something to die for, it really sounds delicious to me, the color is great too!! have a nice weekend!

  20. miri leigh says:

    Thanks for the great pictures..this ice cream looks amazing!

  21. Maria @ Scandifoodie says:

    Blueberries are my favourite, this looks totally scrumptious, love it!

  22. Mary says:

    This is over the top and completely delectable. What a treat for the holiday weekend. I hope you enjoy every minute of it. Blessings…Mary

  23. Bakerbynature says:

    Not to stray from the ridiculously good ice cream, but I totally have that lime green whisk too! love it.

  24. emily @ the happy home says:

    oooh, that’s a luscious color! absolutely fabulous.

  25. Chaya says:

    I keep saying that I should take out my ice cream maker and you just gave me every reason to do just that. The idea of cheesecake and blueberries in an ice cream is just too good.

  26. Catherine says:

    Where do you get your pint containers???

  27. Sues says:

    Catherine- I got mine on Amazon- They’re from Zak Designs and are amazing!

  28. The Duo Dishes says:

    It’s blue alright. Just remarked at how sweet blueberries are right now. Sounds like the perfect use.

  29. laurie says:

    I just made this and it’s pretty amazing. I used higher fat content ingredients, since that’s what I had on hand, and it is RICH. But in a good way. It’s pretty labor intensive, versus other ice cream recipes, but again, I think it’s worth it. I remember Baskin Robin’s blueberry cheesecake ice cream from when I was a kid and this is the grown up version.

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