Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream is the ultimate indulgence for those who crave a luscious scoop of ice cream while also seeking a protein-packed treat.
With this irresistible recipe, you can create a velvety-smooth and high-protein ice cream using the Ninja Creami machine and a few essential ingredients.
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- Why you'll love ninja creami protein ice cream
- What is protein ice cream?
- Ingredient Notes
- Recipe variations
- How to make Ninja Creami protein ice cream
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- Frequently asked questions
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- Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream
Say goodbye to guilt and hello to a delightful frozen treat that not only satisfies your cravings but also nourishes your body. Get ready to elevate your ice cream experience with Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream. You may also enjoy this Low Carb Ninja Creami Blueberry Ice Cream recipe.
Why you'll love ninja creami protein ice cream
- Creamy and Delicious: This recipe ensures that your ice cream turns out incredibly creamy and delicious, just like traditional ice cream. The Ninja Creami machine is specifically designed to create smooth and velvety textures, resulting in a satisfying ice cream experience, just hit that ice cream button and voila!
- High Protein Content: If you're looking to add more protein to your diet, this recipe is perfect for you. By incorporating Fairlife protein shake or using a vanilla protein powder, you'll enjoy a protein-rich ice cream that can help support your fitness goals and provide a nutritious treat.
- Versatile Recipe Options: The Ninja Creami machine offers a wide range of recipe options. Whether you're craving a classic chocolate flavor or want to experiment with different combinations, the Ninja Creami allows you to create various flavors and textures to suit your taste preferences.
- Easy-to-Use Ice Cream Maker: The Ninja Creami machine simplifies the ice cream-making process. With its user-friendly design and clear instructions, you can easily prepare your own homemade ice cream without the need for complicated techniques or specialized knowledge.
- Convenient Portion Control: The Ninja Creami comes with individual pint-sized containers, allowing the ice cream made in perfectly portioned servings of ice cream. This feature helps you manage your consumption and enjoy your favorite frozen treat without overindulging.
What is protein ice cream?
Protein ice cream is a type of frozen dessert that is formulated to be higher in protein and lower in sugar and fat compared to traditional ice cream. It is often targeted at individuals who are health-conscious, fitness enthusiasts, or those looking to increase their protein intake. Here are some key points:
- High Protein Content: Protein ice cream typically contains more protein per serving than regular ice cream. This extra protein can be beneficial for those looking to build and repair muscle, support weight management, or simply add more protein to their diet.
- Lower Sugar and Fat: To make protein ice cream a healthier option, it often contains less sugar and fat than traditional ice cream. This can appeal to individuals who want to limit their sugar and fat intake.
- Flavor Variety: Protein ice creams come in a variety of flavors, similar to regular ice cream. You can find classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla, as well as more unique options like cookie dough, salted caramel, and fruit-inspired flavors.
- Dietary Preferences: Many protein ice creams cater to specific dietary preferences and restrictions. There are options available for those following low-carb, keto, gluten-free, or dairy-free diets.
- Fitness Enthusiasts: People who engage in regular physical activity, such as bodybuilders, athletes, or anyone seeking to increase their protein intake to support muscle recovery, often enjoy protein ice cream as a tasty way to meet their protein goals.
- Health-Conscious Individuals: Those who are health-conscious and are mindful of their overall nutrition may opt for protein ice cream as a more nutritious alternative to traditional ice cream.
- Weight Management: Protein can help promote a feeling of fullness, so individuals who are managing their weight may appreciate protein ice cream as a satisfying, lower-calorie treat.
The carefully selected ingredients in this recipe contribute to a creamy texture, enhanced protein content, indulgent flavor, and a touch of sweetness.
- Low Carb Vanilla Whey Protein Powder or Fairlife Protein Shake: Protein powder plays a key role in boosting the protein content of the ice cream. Whether you choose low carb vanilla whey protein powder or Fair life protein shakes, both options provide a concentrated source of protein. It helps in muscle recovery and satiety, making this ice cream a satisfying treat for fitness enthusiasts.
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk: If you use the protein powder you will add unsweetened vanilla almond milk which provides a creamy base for the ice cream. It adds a subtle hint of vanilla flavor while keeping the overall sweetness in check.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract contributes a delightful aroma and rich vanilla taste to the ice cream. It adds depth and complexity to the overall flavor profile, complementing the other ingredients. The use of vanilla extract ensures that each spoonful of ice cream is infused with a delicious and comforting vanilla essence.
- Sugar Free Pudding Mix (any flavor): The addition of sugar-free instant pudding mix serves two purposes in this recipe. Firstly, it enhances the creamy texture of the ice cream, giving it a velvety consistency. Secondly, it adds a touch of flavor, making the ice cream more indulgent without the need for additional sweeteners.
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Here are five recipe variations for high-protein, low-carb Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream, each with its unique flavor profile:
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl: Indulge in a delectable combination of chocolate and peanut butter by adding 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter to the ice cream mix. Use chocolate protein powder or a blend of chocolate protein powder and cocoa powder for a rich chocolate taste. Create swirls of extra flavor by incorporating an additional tablespoon of melted sugar-free chocolate before freezing.
- Mint Chocolate Chip: Refresh your taste buds with a minty twist by adding a few drops of peppermint extract and a dash of green food coloring to the base ice cream mix. Opt for chocolate protein powder and fold in sugar-free dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs for delightful bursts of chocolate in every bite.
- Strawberry Cheesecake: Indulge in the creamy goodness of strawberry cheesecake by folding in fresh or frozen strawberries into the ice cream mix. Enhance the cheesecake-like flavor by adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a tablespoon of cream cheese, resulting in a rich and tangy dessert.
- Coffee Hazelnut: Satisfy your coffee cravings with a coffee hazelnut variation. Replace the vanilla extract in the base recipe with 1-2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules dissolved in a tablespoon of hot water. For a delightful hazelnut twist, include a tablespoon of sugar-free hazelnut syrup or extract, creating a creamy and nutty ice cream experience.
- Almond Joy: Delight in the classic combination of almonds, coconut, and chocolate by infusing the ice cream mix with a teaspoon of almond extract. Add extra texture and flavor by folding in unsweetened shredded coconut and chopped sugar-free dark chocolate or cacao nibs, providing a satisfying and indulgent treat.
How to make Ninja Creami protein ice cream
Giving you two variations one with protein powder and another with protein shake. You can make Ninja Creami Chocolae Protein Ice Cream or any flavor you wish. We used a banana-flavored pudding mix for this recipe.
Protein Powder Ninja Creami Ice Cream
STEP 1: In a blender add the vanilla protein powder, almond milk, sugar-free pudding mix (we used banana flavor), and vanilla extract. Blend for 30 seconds then pour into the Ninja Creami pints and freeze for 24 hours.
Protein Shake Ninja Creami Ice Cream
STEP 1: Add the Fairlife protein shake (any flavor) to the Ninja Creami pint with the sugar free pudding mix (any flavor).
You will probably want to use chocolate flavors together but if you have a vanilla shake you can use any flavor pudding mix.
Mix together and store in the freezer for 24 hours.
STEP 2: For both variations remove the Ninja Creami pint from the freezer after 24 hours.
Remove the lid from the pint and place the pint into the outer bowl of the Ninja Creami with the lid locked in place.
Lock it into the Ninja Creami machine and use the "light ice cream" button to mix.
- STEP 4: After completing the mix, take it out from the machine and assess if the ice cream has reached your desired consistency.
- If it appears slightly crumbly, you can enhance its creaminess by adding a tablespoon of milk or heavy cream to the center of the ice cream pint and utilizing the "respin" function on the machine.
Now you can enjoy your Ninja Creami protein ice cream
Here are two tips to make this Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream the best ever:
- Allow Time for Proper Freezing: Once the ice cream mix is prepared, it's crucial to allow sufficient time for the ice cream to freeze and set properly. Follow the instructions provided with your Ninja Creami machine to determine the recommended freezing time. Giving the ice cream ample time to freeze will result in a firm yet creamy texture, enhancing the overall taste and enjoyment of your protein-packed treat.
- Properly Store and Serve: To maintain the quality and texture of your ice cream, it's important to store it correctly. Transfer any leftover ice cream into airtight containers or the Ninja Creami pint-sized containers and place them in the freezer. This will prevent ice crystals from forming and help preserve the creamy consistency. When serving, allow the ice cream to soften for a few minutes at room temperature to make scooping easier and enjoy a smoother, velvety texture.
When stored properly in an airtight container, the ice cream can be enjoyed for up to 1-2 weeks in the freezer. However, for the best taste and texture, it's recommended to consume it within the first few days.
These recipe variations maintain the high protein content and low carb profile while offering a variety of flavors to suit different preferences. Enjoy the guilt-free pleasure of Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream with these exciting and delicious options!
Frequently asked questions
Yes, you can experiment with other milk alternatives like unsweetened coconut milk or cashew milk, keeping in mind the impact on flavor and texture may vary.
Absolutely! Adding mix-ins like crushed nuts, sliced fruits, or even sugar-free chocolate chips can enhance the texture and flavor of your ice cream. Just fold them into the ice cream mix before freezing.
If you prefer not to use pudding mix, you can omit it from the recipe. However, keep in mind that the ice cream may have a slightly less creamy texture and may require additional flavorings or sweeteners to compensate.
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Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream
If using Protein Powder
If using Protein Powder
- In a blender add the vanilla protein powder, almond milk, sugar-free pudding mix (we used banana flavor), and vanilla extract. Blend for 30 seconds then pour into the Ninja Creami pint and freeze for 24 hours.1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 2.5 tablespoon low carb vanilla whey protein powder, 2 tablespoon sugar free pudding mix, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
If using Protein Shake
- Add the Fairlife protein shake (any flavor) to the Ninja Creami pint with the almond milk and sugar free pudding mix (any flavor). You will probably want to use chocolate flavors together but if you have a vanilla shake you can use any flavor pudding mix.Mix together and store in the freezer for 24 hours..5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 bottle Fairlife protein shake, 2 tablespoon sugar free pudding mix
Steps for both variations
- Remove the Ninja Creami pint from the freezer after 24 hours. Remove the lid from the pint and place the pint into the outer bowl of the Ninja Creami with the lid locked in place.Lock it into the Ninja Creami machine and use the "light ice cream" button to mix.
- After completing the mix, take it out from the machine and assess if the ice cream has reached your desired consistency; in case it appears slightly crumbly, you can enhance its creaminess by adding a tablespoon of milk or heavy cream to the center of the ice cream and utilizing the "respin" function on the machine.Now you can enjoy your Ninja Creami protein ice cream
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