Lactose-free lemon ice cream

Lactose-free lemon ice cream

45 min
If you are looking for a refreshing and creamy dessert full of lemony, fresh flavours, look no further than this delicious lactose-free lemon ice cream recipe. With just a few simple ingredients and an ice cream maker, you can create a velvety-smooth and zesty treat that is perfect for any occasion.


  • Bring LactoFREE milk to a boil in a heavy pan. Cover and remove from the heat.
  • Beat egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until light and thick. Heat cream separately in a heavy pan. Cover and remove from the heat.
  • Slowly pour the hot milk and cream into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Transfer the mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until it thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon. Do not allow it to come to a boil or it will curdle.
  • Add in lemon extract, zest, and juice.
  • Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate, loosely cover with cling film and chill for 3 hours.
  • Pour the refrigerated mixture into the ice cream maker and churn until it starts to set and thicken.
  • Place it in the freezer to let it set completely.

Before churning the lactose-free lemon ice cream, be sure to chill it thoroughly in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. This will help it freeze faster and ensure that it has a smooth and creamy texture.


Once you have churned it, freeze it in a covered, freezer-safe container. If you are storing it for more than a few hours, cover its surface with parchment paper or cling film to prevent ice crystals from forming.

Questions about lactose-free lemon ice cream

Feeling in the mood for a creamy lactose-free ice dessert? Get inspired and read our most frequently asked questions about it below.

Can you make lactose-free lemon ice cream?
Yes, you can make lactose-free lemon ice cream by using lactose-free milk and lactose-free cream and combining it with sugar, lemon zest, egg yolks, lemon juice, and lemon extract. Then churn it in your ice cream maker until it is set, and then place it in the freezer until frozen. This creates a delicious treat without lactose, allowing everyone to enjoy it.
Why put lemon in lactose-free ice cream?
Adding lemon to lactose-free ice cream can provide a refreshing and tangy flavour that balances out the sweetness of the creamy base. Lemon works well in many dessert recipes as it is both refreshing and vibrant. That is why lactose-free lemon ice cream is a popular choice because the acidity in the juice creates a smoother and creamier consistency and adds an irresistible flavour.
Can you make lactose-free lemon ice cream in an ice cream maker?
Yes, it is a great way to achieve a creamy and smooth texture. The churning action of the machine helps to incorporate air into the mixture, resulting in a lighter and fluffier consistency. It also helps to prevent the formation of ice crystals, which can make the ice cream hard and unpleasant.


Arla® LactoFREE Milk Whole
250 ml
Arla® LactoFREE Whipping and cooking cream
200 ml
Egg yolks
Lemon zest, finely grated
Lemon juice
1 tbsp
Granulated sugar
200 g
Lemon Extract
1 tbsp

Easy homemade lactose-free lemon ice cream with a machine

Enjoy a timeless favourite with our zesty and refreshing lactose-free lemon ice cream that is easy to make at home, especially when you have the right tools at hand. Fortunately, with an ice cream maker, achieving the perfect creamy consistency is a breeze. The machine helps the mixture freeze evenly and create a velvety smooth texture, making every scoop of this homemade treat an absolute delight.

Enjoy a fresh, zesty lemon ice cream – delicious flavour without the lactose

The sweet and tangy combination makes lactose-free lemon ice cream a popular dessert for any occasion. Whether you are indulging in a bowl after a long day or serving it up for dessert at a summer barbecue, there is just something about the zesty lemon flavour that always hits the spot. It is deliciously light and refreshing with a lemony taste that feels invigorating, making it the perfect choice for when you want something sweet but not too heavy. The addition of zest brings out the citrusy notes and provides a bright and fresh flavour.

Explore more lactose-free desserts with our recipes for a classic lactose-free lemon trifle or lactose-free lemon popsicles that only require a few ingredients and popsicle moulds.