Grape Nut Ice Cream

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Creamy sweet vanilla ice cream filled with crunchy, nutty grape nuts? Yes, please! This grape nut ice cream has been an absolute win with family and friends.

We’ve eaten it scooped into bowls, ice cream cones, and melting over a fruit crisp too. It honestly doesn’t matter how you serve it, it is sure to disappear quickly.

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Jamaican Grape Nut Ice Cream

This ice cream has officially blown my mind. Quite a few years ago, a reader asked me if I had a recipe for grape nut ice cream and I filed that request away under, “I should research that.” And then promptly forgot.

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While I was playing with cereal milk ice creams recently, I remembered this one and after just a wee bit of research, I learned that grape nut ice cream is a Jamaican ice cream that is basically vanilla ice cream with the addition of crunchy nutty grape nuts.

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Grape Nuts Ice Cream

I couldn’t even fathom how that was going to taste, but like always, I was game for trying it. Turns out that grape nut ice cream is crazy good. Crunchy, nutty, bits of grape nuts cereal are scattered throughout every bite of creamy rich ice cream.

A friend tried this one when I made it and said it reminds her of cheesecake crust in the way it remains crunchy throughout the ice cream. The cereal does soften (compared to the level of crunch grape nuts have straight out of the box) but there is a decidedly firm crunch throughout the finished ice cream.

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Grape Nut Ice Cream Recipe

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this ice cream:

  • heavy cream
  • whole milk
  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • vanilla extract
  • grape nut cereal

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

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With over 70 ice cream recipes here to choose from, there’s sure to be an ice cream for everyone! If you’re new to making ice cream, the best and easiest vanilla ice cream is a great place to start.

These are my favorite inexpensive containers for storing ice cream. They’re perfect for gifting (who doesn’t love homemade ice cream?) storage, re-using, etc. I write the flavors on the lids with a sharpie and it washes off with dish soap.

I have more ice cream scoops than I can keep track of at this point and I definitely play favorites. This ice cream scoop does the best job ever of cutting through firm ice cream and still delivers a pretty scoop. It gets bonus points for being one of the least expensive scoops I own as well.

Don’t miss our Ice Cream Maker Review for all the information you need to find the BEST Ice Cream Maker for your needs. Spoiler alert – our top-rated machine under $50 just might surprise you. It sure surprised me!

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Grape Nut Ice Cream

5 from 4 votes
Crunchy, nutty, bits of grape nuts cereal are scattered throughout every bite of this creamy rich Grape Nut Ice Cream. It is crazy good!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings (about 1.5 quarts)


  • cups heavy cream
  • cup whole milk
  • cup sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grape nut cereal


  • Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Pour into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the ice cream is almost finished churning, add the grape nuts.
  • Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream or transfer the finished ice cream to an airtight container and place in the freezer until ready to serve.


Calories: 361kcal · Carbohydrates: 42g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 20g · Saturated Fat: 12g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 5g · Trans Fat: 0.002g · Cholesterol: 62mg · Sodium: 171mg · Potassium: 204mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 28g · Vitamin A: 1153IU · Vitamin C: 0.3mg · Calcium: 102mg · Iron: 5mg
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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Lynne says

    This recipe TOTALLY blew my mind, too and brought me back to my childhood. I was seriously floored with how incredibly delicious it was and it was even better because there was nostalgia involved.
    Mary, you are absolutely changing my life. One recipe at a time. ❤️5 stars

  2. Rocky says

    OMG, thank you, thank you!! I made this grape nut ice cream”1st time ever making ice cream” and even my so who’s a picky eater said it was good. Totally brings me back to my childhood. I did add a little fresh nutmeg to it. Thanks again for a great recipe.5 stars

  3. Lisa says

    Make sure you soak the grape nuts in a bit of cream to soften them before adding to ice cream mix, or it will be like chewing barnacles. This is my favorite ice cream. I can’t buy it on the West Coast so have to make it myself, but learned the hard way about softening the cereal first.5 stars