Experience the ultimate in frozen desserts with this delicious Ninja CREAMi mint ice cream recipe. Low in carbs and bursting with flavor, it’s the perfect treat for anyone looking to indulge without the guilt.
Although I created this recipe to be low carb, it relies on dairy products for its creaminess. See the FAQ section below for tips to make a dairy-free version.
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What I used to make this recipe
This recipe was developed for the Ninja CREAMi machine. It could work in other ice cream makers, but with some modifications. Follow your machine’s instructions.
Ingredients & Substitutions
These are the ingredients I used to make my batch of mint ice cream in the Ninja CREAMi, along with some suggestions for alternates. But also check out the FAQ section below for specific ingredients to make a dairy free version.
Cream cheese Cream cheese is used as a stabilizer in ice cream recipes, but honestly, I don’t really see a significant difference in consistency, texture, or even flavor when I leave it out. I often skip it simply because I don’t have it on hand.
Monk fruit sweetener This is my go-to sweetener to keep the carb count down. But other low-carb sweeteners can be used in its place. If you aren’t eating low carb, feel free to use higher carb sweeteners, like syrups, honey, more agave nectar, or even sugar.
Raw agave nectar This ingredient is optional, but I often use it to add a bit more sugary/vanilla flavor to my ice cream recipes. It does add carbs, so if you want to keep them low, you can certainly skip this.
Mint extract Be sure to use a good quality mint extract (this is my favorite), since it can heavily influence the flavor of your ice cream. Many national and store brands have a noticeable alcohol and/or chemical flavor to them. Find one with a natural mint flavor, preferably one that is organic.
Just can’t get enough minty desserts? Check out this Dairy-Free Peppermint Ice Cream recipe. It blends up fast in the Ninja CREAMi!
Heavy cream I prefer heavy cream in my recipes, but you could also try half-n-half, coconut cream or coconut milk, or a heavy whipping cream alternative. Use whatever gets you a flavor and consistency you like.
Almond milk I prefer plain or vanilla almond milk in most of my recipes. But you could also use another plant-based milk, or even cow milk here. Whichever one you use will probably affect consistency a bit, so you may need to adjust the amount slightly.
Green food coloring This certainly isn’t a necessary ingredient, but I like my mint ice cream to be green so I use some in the recipe. You can leave it out and your ice cream will look like vanilla, but have a minty flavor. If using food coloring, start with just a little bit. Add more until you achieve the color intensity you like.
Low carb chocolate chips These low carb chocolate chips are my favorite, but there are lots of different brands, so use what you prefer. You could also use cacao nibs in the recipe. And of course, you can use regular chocolate pieces in this recipe, just remember that it will increase the carbs if that’s important to you.
FAQs about this Ninja CREAMi mint ice cream recipe
- 1 Tbsp cream cheese
- 3 Tbsp monk fruit sweetener
- 1 Tbsp raw agave nectar (optional)
- 1/2 tsp mint extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/4 cup plain almond milk, unsweetened
- Green food coloring (optional)
- 1/4 cup low carb mini chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
- To prepare the base, place all the base ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until the sweetener is dissolved and the color is uniform, if using food coloring.
- Pour the mixture into the CREAMi pint, making sure it doesn't go over the MAX FILL line, then 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 unit 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, dig a hole in the middle of the pint all the way to the bottom. Pour the chocolate chips into the hole.
- Reattach the lid and install the pint in the outer bowl again. Reinstall on the unit and select MIX-IN.
- Once the unit shuts off, remove the pint from the machine.
- Serve immediately with more chocolate chips on top, or additional toppings if desired.
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