Vintage Ice Cream Bread Recipe

A vintage ice cream bread recipe straight from the 1970s! This delicious dessert quick bread recipe can be made with any ice cream.

A brown loaf of nutter butter ice cream bread topped with melted creamy peanut butter.

What Does Ice Cream Bread Taste Like?

Ice cream bread tastes like a pound cake crossed with whatever flavor of ice cream you used to make it. It is light, sweet, delicious, and served best with a hot cup of custard vanilla milk.

This is a vintage dessert recipe originating in the 1970s. A viral video has sent it back into modern awareness.

Or try it with an Oolong Milk Tea.

And ANY flavor of ice cream can be used to make this bread. My recipe uses Nutter Butter ice cream with melted peanut butter.

If you love ice cream, try making your own — I have recipes for raw milk ice cream, pecan maple, and strawberry custard cream ice cream.

Equipment

  • A rectangular loaf pan
  • A hand or stand mixer, a whisk may also be used

Ingredients

Ice cream bread only really needs 3 ingredients. I’ve added a couple of extras to mine.

All of the ingredients needed to make nutter butter ice cream bread.
  • Nutter Butter Ice Cream | Or ANY flavor you have or prefer.
  • All-Purpose Flour | You can substitute with gluten-free ice flour made for baking.
  • Baking Powder | This will help the bread rise.
  • Butter or oil | For greasing the loaf pan
  • Nutter Butter Bar | an optional topping
  • Peanut Butter | an optional topping

See the recipe card for exact quantities.

Instructions

Melted ice cream inside of a glass mixing bowl.

Step 1: Start by letting your ice cream melt. You can speed this up by placing the container in hot water. Pour the melted ice cream into a mixing bowl.

All-purpose flour and melted ice cream in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 2: Using a hand or stand mixer on low speed, add the flour into the melted ice cream 1/2 cup at a time. Add the baking powder and mix until well combined. It will be thick, like brownie batter. 

Brown batter inside of a rectangle loaf pan.

Step 3: Pour batter into a well-greased loaf pan.

Top with your crushed nutter butter bar, and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Finished ice cream bread fresh from the oven.

Step 4: Check with a toothpick at 25 minutes to ensure it is baked through.

Let cool slightly, and drizzle with melted peanut butter.

Slice and serve. Enjoy the perfect loaf of dessert bread!

Hint: Ice cream bread is a GREAT way to use random older ice cream, including multiple mixed flavors, which you may have forgotten in your freezer. Freezer-burned ice cream? Turn it into ice cream bread!

A brown loaf of nutter butter ice cream bread topped with melted creamy peanut butter.

Substitutions & Variations

  • Gluten-free ice cream bread: Substitute your favorite gluten-free flour intended for gluten-free baking.
  • Play with ice cream flavors: We make ice cream all summer long, and any flavor can work for ice cream bread. Nutter butter is just ONE option.
  • Different toppings: From marshmallows to chocolate chips to crushed nuts — use whatever you have on hand and like. Enjoy your loaf with some strawberry freezer jam or other spread.
Slices of brown ice cream bread stacked onto a white plate.

Storage

Store on the counter covered for up to 3 days or refrigerated for up to 5.

Ice cream bread can be frozen for up to 3 months; wrap it tightly first.

Are you looking for more dessert recipes? Try these:

A brown loaf of nutter butter ice cream bread topped with melted creamy peanut butter.

Nutter Butter Ice Cream Bread

A vintage ice cream bread recipe straight from the 1970s! This delicious dessert quick bread recipe can be made with any ice cream.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Jana Dziak

Equipment

  • Rectangular Loaf Pan greased
  • Hand or Stand Mixer a whisk may also be used

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Nutter Butter Ice Cream or any ice cream
  • ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour you may only need 1 cup
  • 1.5 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Butter or Oil for greasing the loaf pan
  • 1 Nutter Butter Bar crushed, this is optional
  • 4 Tablespoons Peanut Butter melted, this is optional

Instructions

  • Start by letting your ice cream melt. You can speed this up by placing the container in hot water. Pour the melted ice cream into a mixing bowl.
  • Using a hand or stand mixer on low speed, add the flour into the melted ice cream ½ cup at a time. Add the baking powder and mix until well combined. It will be thick, like brownie batter. You may only need 1 cup of flour, or up to 1 1/2 cups.
  • Pour batter into a well-greased loaf pan.
  • Top with your crushed nutter butter bar, and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Check with a toothpick at 25 minutes to ensure it is baked through.
  • Let cool slightly, and drizzle with melted peanut butter.
  • Slice and serve. Enjoy the perfect loaf of dessert bread!

Notes

Substitutions & Variations
  • Gluten-free ice cream bread: Substitute your favorite gluten-free flour intended for gluten-free baking.
  • Play with ice cream flavors: We make ice cream all summer long, and any flavor can work for ice cream bread. Nutter butter is just ONE option.
  • Different toppings: From marshmallows to chocolate chips to crushed nuts — use whatever you have on hand and like. Enjoy your loaf with some strawberry freezer jam or other spread.

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how amazing this Delicious Ice Cream Bread turned out! It’s like a magical fusion of two of my favorite things – ice cream and bread! The texture is surprisingly light and fluffy, with a subtle sweetness that’s just perfect. I followed the recipe exactly, and it was incredibly easy to make.