This Ninja CREAMi vanilla ice cream recipe is a simply delicious keto treat on its own. Or add fresh berries, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips for a decadent upgrade.
Once you have everything on hand, you can whip up this ice cream in less than five minutes! It’s the perfect base to add all your favorite toppings and mix-ins to, like fresh strawberries, pecans, or chocolate pieces. Keep reading for more suggestions.
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What You Need to Make this Ninja CREAMi Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Here’s a list of the kitchen gear you’ll need to make this recipe. Gather everything first, so the recipe goes together quickly.
- mixing bowl
- measuring cups and spoons
- Ninja CREAMi pint
- Ninja CREAMi machine
Ingredients for this Ninja CREAMi Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Here are the ingredients I used in the Ninja CREAMi vanilla ice cream recipe. But read the tips below the recipe for suggestions on ingredient substitutions, toppings, and mix-ins.
- cream cheese
- heavy cream
- raw agave nectar
- monk fruit sweetener
- vanilla bean powder
- unsweetened vanilla almond milk
If you gather all the kitchen gear, ingredients, and Ninja CREAMi pint first, then this recipe whips together in just a few minutes!
Ninja CREAMi Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe, Toppings & Mix-Ins
Here’s the recipe for Ninja CREAMi vanilla ice cream, but don’t forget the suggestions below the recipe card for toppings and mix-ins!
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Toppings & Mix-Ins for this Ninja CREAMi Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Obviously, the list here could get quite long, but here are a few suggestions to get you started. Keep in mind, though, not all of these toppings are keto-friendly!
- fresh or frozen fruit – cherries, strawberries, bananas (see FAQs below for guidelines)
- nuts – pecans, peanuts, walnuts
- candy – pieces of candy bars, Reese’s Pieces, M&Ms
- mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, sprinkles
- mini cookies or broken up cookies
These can either be mixed in after the ice cream is blended up, or just sprinkled on top.
Tip: Save some of your Ninja CREAMi vanilla ice cream to use in this Peanut Butter Oreo Milkshake recipe!
Ninja CREAMi Vanilla Ice Cream FAQs
Here are some frequent questions that come up when making this recipe.
Can I substitute some of the ingredients if I don’t have them on hand?
Absolutely! I follow a low carb/keto diet, and this recipe was created to fit my way of eating. But you could substitute nearly all the ingredients out in this recipe to customize it to your liking or preferences. Here are just a few suggestions.
- heavy cream – coconut cream
- cream cheese – lower fat or vegan cream cheese
- monk fruit sweetener – sugar, stevia, or any blend
- vanilla bean powder – vanilla extract
- vanilla almond milk – any vanilla flavored milk should work, such as oat, soy, or cow milk
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Can I make it vegan/dairy-free?
I often revise recipes to be dairy-free, and this one is easily tailored to a vegan or dairy-free lifestyle. You just simply substitute coconut cream for the heavy cream, vegan cream cheese for the regular cream cheese, and make sure to use a plant-based milk, like vanilla almond milk or oat milk.
How long does it take the Ninja CREAMi to make ice cream?
If you’re new to using a Ninja CREAMi machine, you’ll love how quickly you can make a pint of ice cream! Gathering all the kitchen gear and ingredients and then mixing up the base takes no more than 10 minutes. Then, you freeze the base for 24 hours.
Once it’s frozen, the ICE CREAM function will blend it all up in about 3 minutes. If you want to add some mix-ins, that takes a few more minutes.
Can I use frozen fruit in the Ninja CREAMi?
Frozen fruit is not recommended to make ice cream bases in the Ninja CREAMi. However, you can use frozen fruit as mix-ins to ice creams and gelatos.
Just dig a hole in the middle of your ice cream base so that it goes all the way to the bottom of the pint, add your frozen fruit and other mix-ins, then make sure to use the MIX-IN function when processing your treat.
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