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Are you searching for the perfect companion to make delicious frozen treats? Look no further! My husband bought me the Ninja Creami as a holiday gift and I decided to uncover the truth behind all the hype. Let me tell you, the Ninja Creami is not just an ordinary ice cream maker. It’s a versatile machine that opens up a world of possibilities; from smoothie bowls to frozen yogurt, and frozen drinks to Italian ice. Join me as I share my experience and Ninja Creami review along with several of my favorite recipes.
The Ninja Creami is an all-in-one machine that let’s you turn (almost) anything into ice cream. It comes with the motor-base, 2 lidded pints, an outer bowl with lid and the paddle that brings it all together, they call it the Creamerizer. There are 11 settings: ice cream, sorbet, lite ice cream, gelato, milkshake, smoothie bowl, mix-in, slushy, Italian ice, frozen drink, Creamiccino, and frozen yogurt. There’s also a recipe booklet included which offers a great place to start.
Using the Ninja Creami is a three-step process: Make your base, freeze, and then create your tasty frozen delight. The most challenging part is remembering to make your base at least 24 hours before you want to use it.
While it took me a few tries to get the hang of it, the learning curve was worth it. Starting with the basic vanilla recipe, I achieved delicious results. I did need to run the machine three times to achieve the perfect, creamy ice cream consistency. However, the taste was outstanding, regardless of the texture. Compared to other ice cream machines, the Ninja Creami is relatively easy to navigate.
One of the standout features of this machine is the mix-in option, allowing you to incorporate your favorite toppings and mix-ins. Imagine adding chocolate chips, fruit chunks, or nuts to your frozen creations—the possibilities are endless. You have complete control over each batch’s style and taste. I personally opted for healthier options and experimented with increasing the protein content, resulting in a delightful treat. I even tried the viral TikTok trend of cottage cheese ice cream, and it turned out surprisingly well. For the strawberry cheesecake flavor, I recommend adding extra honey to balance out the cottage cheese’s tanginess.
If you’re looking for a refreshing twist, the Ninja Creami has got you covered. I recently whipped up a pineapple frozen yogurt with a high protein content, evoking poolside Pina Colada vibes. It was an absolute delight!
I already have a Vitamix blender (that I use all the time) and a food processor. I am always hesitant to add another appliance to our lives (I’m talking to you, air fryer). But the Creami really is different. It’s blade moves up and down throughout the pint (vs. a fixed blade on a blender) so it really does whip air into your mixture and “creamify” it. That said, when making a smoothie or smoothie bowl, you have to freeze your ingredients in advance, and in that case, I think that using a blender with frozen fruit is much more efficient.
PRO’S: I’m really enjoying using the Ninja Creami.
CON’S: There are a few things you should be aware of:
If you’re seeking versatility and the chance to satisfy your taste buds with a variety of frozen treats, the Ninja Creami is your go-to companion. Next on my list of experiments are frozen watermelon mojitos and a unique twist on a frozen coffee treat. I’ve also heard that the Ninja Creami creates luscious smoothie bowls.
Don’t just take my word for it—experience the magic of the Ninja Creami for yourself!
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