Basic Ninja CREAMi Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

This Ninja CREAMi vanilla ice cream recipe is a simply delicious keto treat on its own. Or add fresh berries, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips for a decadent upgrade.

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • MAKES A GREAT BASE – Vanilla is delicious on its own, but it also makes a fantastic base for layering on more flavor with mix-ins and toppings.
  • KETO – a delicious low carb/keto ice cream!
  • FAST – Needs just a few minutes prep, then freeze for 24 hours before blending up.
keto vanilla ice cream topped with mini chocolate chips

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Kitchen Stuff You Need to Make It

Here’s a list of the kitchen gear you’ll need to make this Ninja CREAMi vanilla ice cream. Gather everything first, so the recipe goes together quickly.

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Ninja CREAMi Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients

Here are the ingredients I used in this Ninja CREAMi basic vanilla ice cream recipe, along with suggestions to make it dairy-free.

  • Cream cheese – full-fat is best. NOTE: I don’t think vegan cream cheese products would work, but I’ve never tried it.
  • Heavy cream – swap in coconut cream or milk
  • Raw agave nectar – I like raw agave nectar for its sugary-vanilla flavor, so I think it’s appropriate here. It does add a few grams of carbs to the recipe, though, so feel free to leave it out.
  • Monk fruit sweetener – or your preferred sweetener. Adjust the amount accordingly.
  • Vanilla bean powder – use extract if you like.
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk – plain almond milk, another plant based milk, cow milk or half-n-half can be used.

Tip: Save some of your vanilla ice cream to use in this Peanut Butter Oreo Milkshake recipe!

How to Make Vanilla Ice Cream in the Ninja CREAMi

Step 1 Mix the cream cheese, sweeteners, and vanilla extract or powder in a bowl until the sweetener is dissolved.

Step 2 Add the heavy cream and milk and whisk together.

Step 3 OPTIONAL: blend with an immersion blender to ensure there are no cream cheese lumps.

Step 4 Pour the mixture into a CREAMi pint and freeze for 24 hours. Then process on LITE ICE CREAM.

vanilla ice cream topped with mini chocolate chips

Keto Ninja CREAMi Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 1 day
Blend Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

This keto Ninja CREAMi vanilla ice cream is simply delicious on its own. But add fresh berries, chopped nuts, and low carb chocolate chips for a decadent upgrade.


  • 1 Tbsp cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk


  1. To prepare the base, mix the softened cream cheese, monk fruit sweetener, raw agave nectar, and vanilla bean powder in a bowl until the sweetener is dissolved.
  2. Add the heavy cream and vanilla almond milk to the bowl and stir until well combined.
  3. Pour the base into a CREAMi pint, making sure it doesn't go over the MAX FILL line, and put the lid on it.
  4. Place the pint in the freezer, making sure it's level. Freeze for 24 hours.
  5. 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.
  6. Plug in the Ninja CREAMi unit and install the bowl on the base.
  7. Press the power button and select LITE ICE CREAM.
  8. When the unit shuts off, remove the bowl from the base and remove the lid.
  9. If the ice cream is crumbly, then reattach the lid and install the bowl on the base again. Select RE-SPIN.
  10. Once the ice cream is at the right consistency, serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is an approximation and may vary based on the specific ingredients and amounts used when preparing the recipe.

Toppings & Mix-Ins for Ninja CREAMi Vanilla Ice Cream

Obviously, the list here could get quite long, but here are a few suggestions to get you started. Keep in mind, though, not all of these toppings are keto-friendly!

  • fresh or frozen fruit – cherries, strawberries, bananas
  • nuts – pecans, peanuts, walnuts
  • mini chocolate chips
  • mini cookies or cookies pieces

These can either be mixed in after the ice cream is blended up, or just sprinkled on top.

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