Ninja Creami Vanilla Ice Cream

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Ninja Creami vanilla ice cream is a healthy and sweet frozen treat that your kids will love! Smooth creamy and super easy to make, this vanilla ice cream is a treat that you’ll make over and over again this summer!

Vanilla is such a classic ice cream flavor. It’s smooth and creamy with a rich vanilla bean flavor that is just soooo good. This Ninja Creami ice cream recipe is made with 6 easy ingredients and it will soon be your family’s favorite treat during the warmer months!

Close up image of a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a bowl.

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The Ninja Creami is the hot new machine on the market and it really is worth the hype!

I was skeptical about it because it is so different than my traditional ice cream recipes, which I absolutely love, and I didn’t really to try anything different. However, the Ninja Creami is very different from the traditional ice cream process.

Instead of making the ice cream base and then churning everything in an ice cream machine, with the Ninja Creami you combine all the ingredients together and then freeze it in the pint container. The machine then “shaves” the mixture until it becomes a very delicious frozen treat that is unbelievably smooth and creamy

Close up of a scoop of ice cream with a spoon in a container.

This machine makes homemade ice cream with very little effort and without the need for eggs or having to cook anything

My whole family loves to have fun making different flavors of ice cream and sorbet using this machine and everything turns out great!  Because these Ninja Creami recipes contain less sugar than traditional ice cream recipes, they are a delicious and healthy treat that you can feel good about serving to your family this summer and all year long!

Recipe Ingredients

Ninja Creami vanilla ice cream ingredients on a table graphic.

Whole milk – combined with heavy cream to give the perfect creamy consistency to your ice cream. 

Heavy cream – adds creaminess and the perfect amount of fat to the ice cream.

Cream cheese – softened and makes this ice cream richer and smoother.

Vanilla bean paste for a rich vanilla flavor. Can use vanilla extract instead. 

Cane sugar for sweetness. 

Salt – just a pinch to balance out all other flavors

How to Make Vanilla Ice Cream In the Ninja Creami

All ingredients, measurements, and instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Close up image of cane sugar in a bowl with cream cheese.
Sugar mixed with cream cheese in a bowl with a spoon.

Step one. In a medium-sized bowl add softened cream cheese and cane sugar. Mix with a spoon until all the cream cheese has been combined with the sugar. You shouldn’t see any streaks or chunks of cream cheese. 

Step two. Next, slowly whisk in the milk a little at a time until it is combined with the cream cheese sugar mixture. Then add in the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Continue whisking until everything is combined.

Ice cream base in a bowl with a whisk.
Frothy vanilla ice cream base in a bowl.

Step three. Pour the vanilla ice cream base into a Ninja creami pint container. Top with the lid then place in the freezer on a level surface. Freeze for at least 24 hours. 

Ice cream base in the pint container.
3/4 view of Ninja Creami frozen ice cream base.

Step four. The next day, remove the lid from the pint container. Place it in the Ninja creami outer bowl then secure it with the lid. Insert into the machine press the ICE CREAM button and let it run through the cycle, it should take about 1 minute 39 seconds. 

Close up image of ninja creami vanilla ice cream in a pint container.

Right out of the machine.

Creamy ninja creami vanilla ice cream in a pint container.

After smoothing it out with a spoon.

Step five. Remove the pint container from the outer bowl. Your ice cream should be creamy, if isn’t add a splash of milk or cream and run it through the RE-SPIN cycle until it reaches your desired consistency. 

Step six. Scoop, serve, and enjoy!

Close up image of a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a bowl.

Variations

  • Crushed cookies 
  • Dairy-free alternatives – use coconut cream for the heavy cream, dairy-free cream cheese, and oat milk for the whole milk. 

Recommended Tools

Ninja Creami Ice Cream machine, this is the one that I have.

Extra Ninja Creami pint containers, I HIGHLY recommend getting a few more containers because 24 hours is a LONG time to wait to make another batch of ice cream.

Ice cream storage containers, I love to store any leftovers in these reusable containers.

Ice cream scoop, (similar)

Medium-sized mixing bowl

Side view of a scoop of ice cream in a bowl with sprinkles.

Pro Tips

  • It’s really important to mix the cream cheese with the sugar before trying to mix it with the other ingredients. Otherwise, you’ll end up with cream cheese chunks in your ice cream, which isn’t what we want! You could also try heating up the cream cheese first then combining it with the sugar.
  • If your ice cream turns out crumbly after spinning the first time, then run it through the RE-SPIN cycle with a splash of cream or milk until it reaches your desired consistency. 

How To Store/ Make Ahead

Make ahead. You can make and freeze the ice cream base several days in advance. Then just pull it out whenever you want to blend. 

Storing. I like to store any leftovers in these reusable freezer-safe containers. It can last in these airtight containers for several weeks. 

Ninja creami vanilla ice cream in a bowl with sprinkles.

Frequently Asked Questions  —

How long does it take to make ice cream in the Ninja Creami?

It takes 5 minutes to mix all the ingredients together and 2 minutes to process in the machine after the ice cream base has been completely frozen. 

Do you have to wait 24 hours to use the Ninja Creami?

It is recommended to wait the full 24 hours before processing for the best results. However, I have tried to make ice cream and sorbet after 22 hours and it worked out just fine.

Why is my Ninja Creami ice cream greasy?

You probably used too much heavy cream or mixed it too much. It’s important to use the right amount of cream and milk to give a smooth consistency, and if the cream is mixed too much it can turn into butter. 

Can you refreeze ice cream from the Ninja Creami?

Yes! It retains its creaminess even after freezing. If you want to pass it through the Re-SPIN cycle after refreezing just make sure it has a level surface. 

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Close up image of a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a bowl.

Ninja Creami Vanilla Ice Cream

Ninja Creami vanilla ice cream is a healthy and sweet frozen treat that your kids will love! Smooth creamy and super easy to make, this vanilla ice cream is a treat that you’ll make over and over again this summer!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freezing time: 24 hours
Total Time: 24 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 3 servings or 1 pint
Calories: 351kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl add softened cream cheese and cane sugar. Mix with a spoon until completely combined with the sugar, there shouldn’t be any streaks or chunks of cream cheese.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk making sure everything is fully combined. Next add the heavy cream, vanilla bean paste, and salt.
  • Pour the ice cream base into the Ninja Creami pint container. Freeze on a level surface for at least 24 hours.
  • Remove the lid from the container then place in the Ninja Creami outer bowl. Secure it with the lid, then insert it into the machine. Press the ICE CREAM button and let it run through the cycle, this usually takes 1 minute 39 seconds.
  • Remove from the machine. The ice cream should be smooth, if it isn’t run it through the RE-SPIN cycle with a splash of cream or milk until it reaches your desired consistency. 
  • Scoop and serve as is or with your favorite toppings! Enjoy!

Notes

Pro Tips

  • You can warm up the cream cheese to make it combine with the sugar better. 
  • It’s really important to mix the cream cheese with the sugar before trying to mix it with the other ingredients. Otherwise, you’ll end up with cream cheese chunks in your ice cream, which isn’t what we want! You could also try heating up the cream cheese first then combining it with the sugar.
  • If your ice cream turns out crumbly after spinning the first time, then run it through the RE-SPIN cycle with a splash of cream or milk until it reaches your desired consistency. 

How To Store/ Make Ahead

Make ahead. You can make and freeze the ice cream base several days in advance. Then just pull it out whenever you want to blend. 
Storing. I like to store any leftovers in these reusable freezer-safe containers. It can last in these airtight containers for several weeks. 

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 155mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1038IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 0.1mg

All nutrition information is automatically generated and should be only used as a rough estimate. This recipe card may contain affiliate links.

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