As a life-long ice cream lover, I've had ice cream in all of its forms. As a kid, my friends and I used to make ice cream using the old ziplock bag technique- in which you shake a bag full of ice cream ingredients continuously until it hardens into the real thing. Because this is a labor-intensive process and I usually still ended up with something liquid and soupy, I always assumed that making ice cream was best left to the professionals.
The Ninja CREAMi Machine
However, I recently used a Ninja Ice Cream Maker for the first time, and my world was opened. Not only can you make store-quality ice cream with the push of a button, you can also make gelato, milkshakes, smoothie bowls, sorbet, and lite ice cream. The Ninja CREAMi Machine uses one-touch programs, giving you the opportunity to mix in any toppings you like and enjoy your favorite ice cream flavors from home.
Like many other Ninja Foodi appliances, the ice cream maker is versatile and easy to use, and it allows you to personalize your ice cream, using dairy free ice cream if you're vegan or making sorbet with a sugar-free sweetener for the keto diet. For all the foodies out there with a sweet tooth, this is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite ice cream with all the add-ins you could possibly want. For recipes, check out Ninja website, or the Summer in a Scoop collection, flavors created based off of consumers' favorite flavor profiles.
With my new Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker, I made a few of their many delicious recipes for my own frozen treats. Ever since, I've been obsessed with this magical ice cream machine, looking for any opportunity to make more homemade ice cream. Here are the three ice cream recipes I made:
Blueberry Cheesecake Gelato
I was definitely interested in the gelato feature, as gelato is my favorite kind of ice cream. Its creamy texture is so addictingly delicious, creamy like soft serve and so rich in flavor. The blueberry cheesecake gelato sounds fancy, but it's actually pretty simple, and the prep time is only about five minutes. The cream cheese, whole milk and heavy cream provide the creamy gelato texture, while the blueberry preserves and vanilla extract add a delectable flavor.
To bring it over the edge, the graham crackers mixed in throughout add a satisfying crunch that goes along perfectly with the creamy blueberry ice cream. Even though I typically wouldn't eat a dessert without chocolate in it, I was very impressed.
Death By Chocolate
As someone who always chooses chocolate ice cream over vanilla ice cream, making the Death By Chocolate flavor was an obvious choice. This flavor lives up to its name, with cocoa powder bringing the chocolate flavor to the base, and chocolate chips and brownie chunks as yummy chocolatey mix-ins.
This ice cream recipe was also simple, but like the gelato, you need to freeze your ice cream overnight, so this is one to plan ahead for. To make it, freeze your ice cream overnight, then simply put your ingredients into the outer bowl of your Ninja CREAMi Machine, and press the ice cream button.
Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake
With the goal of trying out as many functions of my Ice Cream Maker as possible, I made a milkshake as well. This is a great option for a quick fix, since unlike the ice cream, you can make it and enjoy it in a matter of minutes! The ingredients of the Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake are strawberry ice cream, milk, pound cake, and strawberries.
Although the recipe calls for fresh strawberries, I feel that frozen fruit would work as well, and sometimes even has more flavor. I couldn't quite perfect the texture of my milkshake, and will probably use less milk or firmer ice cream next time. I'm already dreaming up the next ice cream flavors to come! Chocolate coconut? Strawberry basil sorbet? The world is my oyster, and my Ninja CREAMi is my new favorite thing.