Nothing says summer like a pint of fresh picked strawberries, and there’s no better way to use them than this Ninja CREAMi strawberry ice cream recipe!
To make this Ninja CREAMi strawberry ice cream recipe, let’s first gather all the kitchen gear and ingredients you’ll need.
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Kitchen Gear to Make Ninja CREAMi Strawberry Ice Cream
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 to Make Ninja CREAMi Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
This is the list of ingredients I used when I made Ninja CREAMi strawberry ice cream. But be sure to check out my suggestions below for recommended substitutions if you don’t have everything on hand or want to use other ingredients.
- fresh strawberries
- heavy cream
- raw agave nectar
- monk fruit sweetener
- lemon juice
Get all your kitchen gear, ingredients, and Ninja CREAMi pint together beforehand, and this recipe mixes up in just a few minutes!
Ninja CREAMi Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe, Toppings & Mix-Ins
Here’s what you came here for–the recipe for Ninja CREAMi strawberry ice cream! But keep reading below for some tips on using the CREAMi, ingredients substitutions, and suggestions for toppings and mix-ins!
- 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned, cored, and quartered*
- 3 Tbsp monk fruit sweetener
- 1 Tbsp raw agave nectar*
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cup heavy cream or coconut cream*
- To prepare the base, place the quartered strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with the monk fruit sweetener. Smash the strawberries with the back of a fork until they are a chunky pulp consistency.
- Add the raw agave nectar, lemon juice and heavy milk to the bowl and stir until the sweetener is 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 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, serve immediately.
* See the Tips below the recipe card for substitution suggestions.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is an approximation and may vary based on the specific ingredients and amounts used when preparing the recipe.
Toppings & Mix-In Suggestions for Ninja CREAMi Strawberry Ice Cream
Seriously, you could come up with a couple dozen suggestions for things to mix into or top your ice cream with. But I’ll keep the list short with just a few general ones:
- fresh or frozen fruit – more strawberries or even bananas are my favorites
- small candy pieces like Reese’s Pieces or M&Ms
- mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, sprinkles
- gummy bears
These can either be mixed in after the ice cream is blended up, or just sprinkled on top.
Tips for Making Ninja CREAMi Strawberry Ice Cream
If you’re new to using a Ninja CREAMi or don’t have some of the ingredients on hand, here are some tips and suggestions for making the recipe.
If I don’t have some ingredients, what can I substitute?
You can substitute nearly everything! 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
- fresh strawberries – you can use frozen, but thaw them before using in the recipe
- monk fruit sweetener – sugar, stevia, or any blend
- raw agave nectar – honey, more monk fruit sweetener, sugar, other sweeteners
- lemon juice – you can leave this out if you want
Can I make it vegan/dairy-free?
Absolutely! I follow a mostly dairy-free diet, and this one is easily tailored to a vegan or dairy-free lifestyle. All you have to do is substitute coconut cream for the heavy cream.
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, unless you thaw it first. And even then, it may cause your frozen base to be somewhat soft. 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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