This keto Ninja CREAMi chocolate ice cream recipe is rich and decadent. With double the chocolate, it will surely satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your low carb goals on track.
Keep reading to get the list of ingredients, as well as some suggestions for substitutions and ideas to take it up a notch with some mix-ins and toppings.
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Equipment Needed to Make this Ninja CREAMi Chocolate 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 Needed for this Ninja CREAMi Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
Here’s the list of ingredients I used to make the Ninja CREAMi chocolate ice cream recipe. But don’t forget to read the tips below the recipe for ingredient substitutions and topping suggestions.
- heavy cream
- cocoa powder
- monk fruit sweetener
- vanilla bean powder
- chocolate almond milk
Be sure to have all the utensils, ingredients, and Ninja CREAMi pint on hand first, and then this recipe will go together in under five minutes!
Toppings & Mix-Ins for this Ninja CREAMi Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
Obviously, the list here could get quite long, but here are a few suggestions to get you started.
- fresh fruit – cherries, strawberries, bananas
- nuts – pecans, peanuts, walnuts
- candy – pieces of candy bars, Reese’s Pieces, M&Ms
- mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, sprinkles
These can either be mixed in after the ice cream is blended up, or just sprinkled on top.
Tip: Save some of your ice cream from this recipe to use in this Ninja Chocolate Milkshake recipe!
- 3/4 cup heavy cream*
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup monk fruit sweetener
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder*
- 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- To prepare the base, mix all ingredients in a bowl until the cocoa powder and sweetener are dissolved.
- Pour the base into a CREAMi pint, making sure it doesn't go over the MAX FILL line, and put the lid on it.
- Place the pint in the freezer, making sure it's level. Freeze for 24 hours.
- Take the pint from the freezer, remove the lid, and place it in the outer bowl. Install the paddle in the lid and attach lid to the outer bowl.
- Plug in the Ninja CREAMi, and install the bowl on the base.
- Press the power button and select LITE ICE CREAM.
- When the unit shuts off, remove the bowl from the base and remove the lid.
- If the ice cream is crumbly, then reattach the lid and install the bowl on the base again. Select RE-SPIN.
- Once the ice cream is at the right consistency, serve immediately.
* See the Tips below the recipe card for substitution suggestions.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 202Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 50mgSodium 55mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 2g
Nutrition information is an approximation and may vary based on the specific ingredients and amounts used when preparing the recipe.
Tips for Making this Ninja CREAMi Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
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
- monk fruit sweetener – sugar, stevia, or any blend
- vanilla bean powder – vanilla extract
- chocolate almond milk – any chocolate flavored milk should work, such as oat, soy, or cow milk
Can you make it a dairy-free chocolate ice cream for ice cream makers?
To make the recipe non-dairy, simply substitute coconut milk or cream for the heavy whipping cream. It will give the ice cream a slight coconut flavor but it’s still delicious! This recipe was created for the Ninja CREAMi ice cream maker, but you could probably make it in other machines. Just consult the machine’s manual.
How long does it take to make this chocolate ice cream Ninja CREAMi recipe?
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.
Why is the ice cream crumbly?
I’ve made dozens of pints of ice cream with all kinds of ingredients, and this is what I’ve observed. Generally, I get a crumbly base most often when I use heavy cream in the recipe. But I don’t usually get a crumbly base when I use coconut cream. Coconut cream always blends up very smooth and creamy.
Another factor in whether your pint is crumbly can be the temperature of your freezer. The colder your pint freezes the more likely the ice cream will be powdery. Setting the pint out on your counter while you prep the machine, get out bowls and toppings, allows it to warm up a bit.
So, if you do end up with a crumbly texture to your pint of ice cream, here are my tips for getting a creamier base:
- let the frozen pint rest on the counter for 5-10 minutes before blending
- use the RE-SPIN function on the CREAMi to get a smoother consistency
These two steps have helped to achieve an ice cream that has a creamier consistency closer to what you can with your favorite ice cream from the grocery store.
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