Here's a Ninja Creami, low-calorie, high-protein, sugar-free and keto coffee ice cream that tastes like store-bought coffee ice cream! It's a tasty afternoon pick-me-up that's only 30 calories per serving!
Hey, coffee lovers, this one's for you: cool, sweet, creamy, caffeinated (or decaffeinated) coffee ice cream without all the guilt. One large serving of this cool and creamy ice cream is just 1 net carb, 30 calories and 42 percent protein.
Coffee ice is one of our favorite flavors of ice cream and this one tastes like the real deal. It's a perfect summer treat — or anytime of year for that matter!
This keto coffee ice cream is just 5 ingredients including unsweetened almond milk, protein powder, instant coffee, erythritol sweetener and guar gum.
Making this ice cream in the Ninja Creami is pretty darn easy, too. You simply blend the ingredients in a blender and then freeze in a Ninja Creami container for 24 hours. After that, it's ready for the Ninja Creami to turn into coffee ice cream, which takes less than 10 minutes.
Be sure to check out our other Ninja Creami recipes including Keto Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream, Keto Butter Pecan Ice Cream and High-Protein, Keto Chocolate Ice Cream.
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- Unsweetened almond milk: To create the right consistency, you need a liquid. We use unsweetened almond milk since it's keto-friendly and low in calories. You may substitute with another type of low-carb milk like unsweetened macadamia milk.
- Vanilla protein powder: We use a vanilla whey protein powder to increase the protein in this ice cream. Our favorite vanilla protein powder is Quest Vanilla Milkshake. However, you may use your favorite vanilla protein powder.
- Powdered erythritol: We use Swerve Confectioners Sweetener, but you can use any of brand of erythritol sweetener.
- Instant coffee: To get a bold coffee flavor, we use instant coffee. We use Starbucks Via Instant Pike Place Roast. However, you could probably use any instant coffee you like. For a stronger coffee flavor, you can use 2 grams or more of instant coffee.
- Guar Gum: Guar gum is thickening agent that helps create a creamy texture in ice creams and sorbets. You may substitute with xanthan gum, but the texture may not turn out as creamy.
HOW TO MAKE
STEP 1: Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until fully mixed and smooth in consistency.
STEP 2: Pour the blended mixture into a Ninja Creami pint container and place in the freezer. Let freeze for at least 24 hours.
STEP 3: After freezing, take the lid off the pint container and place in the Ninja Creami outer bowl. Install the Creami paddle into the outer bowl lid, place the lid on the outer bowl and lock into place according to the instructions in the Creami manual.
STEP 4: Select the Lite Ice Cream mode, and it will spin for several minutes.
STEP 5: When it stops spinning, take the container out and assess the consistency of the ice cream. If it's powdery in texture as shown in picture 5 (as opposed to creamy and smooth), then you'll need to respin.
STEP 6: If you need to respin, place the outer bowl lid back on and lock it back into the Ninja creami and push respin.
STEP 7: After it's done respining, take out the outer bowl and assess the ice cream consistency. If its smooth and creamy, as shown in picture 7, then it's ready for serving.
STEP 8: Immediately serve in bowls (it melts quick!) and enjoy!
EXPERT TIPS FOR USING THE NINJA CREAMI
- When freezing your mixture make sure your pint is on a level surface in the freezer and that you don't fill the pint past the fill line.
- The Creami instructions also recommend freezing for at least 24 hours to make sure its fully hardened.
- Depending on the recipe and your freezer's temperature, you may need to respin multiple times. For example, if our mixture is frozen at a low temperature, we typically need to respin multiple times. We've even had situations where we needed to respin as much 8 to 10 times. If this happens to you frequently, consider increasing the temperature of your freezer.
- If you want to include any mix-ins like sugar-free chocolate chips or candy, simply add them to the spun ice cream and press the mix-in button to incorporate. If you use the other settings, your mix-ins will be shredded too finely.
STORING THE ICE CREAM
Ice cream made by the Ninja Creami is best when eaten immediately. Since it's not made with standard ingredients and in the same manner as regular ice cream, it does not store as well as traditional ice cream.
If you have leftovers, we recommend letting the ice cream melt until soft (which happens fairly quickly) and then storing it back in a Creami pint since you'll likely need to re-run the Creami on it after it re-hardens. Be sure to flatten the surface of the ice cream in the pint before placing it in the freezer.
To serve, simply re-run the Creami process again or respin the ice cream (as it may be frozen) until smooth and creamy.
WHY THE NINJA CREAMI CAN MAKE ICE CREAM OUT OF ALMOST ANYTHING
With traditional ice cream machines, the ice cream is stored in the freezer so it has to maintain its creamy texture while in there. Keeping a liquid creamy at freezing temperatures requires a careful balance of ingredients. For example, in traditional ice cream, if you reduce the amount of sugar in the mixture it will get too hard in the freezer to be ice cream.
By contrast, with the Ninja Creami you start by freezing your mixture into a solid and then the Creami pulverizes it to create ice cream. The benefit of this approach is almost any mixture will freeze to a solid. This is especially useful in low calorie or protein ice creams with non-standard ingredients that won't stay creamy in the traditional ice cream making process. The trade off is that you have to eat it right away and it can't be stored like traditional ice cream.
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Ninja Creami, Keto Coffee Ice Cream (Low Calorie!)
- Ninja Creami (Use the 1x conversion button below if you have the original CREAMi)
- Ninja Creami Deluxe (Use the 1.5x conversion button below if you have the Creami Deluxe)
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3 tablespoons Swerve Confectioners Sweetener
- ⅓ scoop Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder (⅓ scoop is 10 grams)
- 1.5 grams Starbucks VIA Instant Pike Place Roast Medium Roast Coffee (half packet) or other instant coffee
- ¼ scant teaspoon guar gum
- Blend ingredients: Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until fully mixed and smooth in consistency.
- Freeze: Pour the blended mixture into a Ninja Creami pint container and place in the freezer. Let sit for at least 24 hours.
- Turn to ice cream in the Ninja Creami: After freezing, take the lid off the pint and place in the Ninja Creami outer bowl. Install the Creami paddle into the pint lid, put on the outer bowl and lock into place. Select the Lite Ice Cream mode, and it will spin for several minutes.
- Respin: When it stops spinning, take the container out and assess the consistency of the ice cream. If it's a powdery in texture (as opposed to creamy and smooth), then you'll need to respin. To respin, place the pint container back in the Ninja creami and push respin. After it's done, take out and assess the ice cream consistency. If smooth and creamy, serve immediately. If still powdery, continue to respin until you reach the desired consistency.
- This recipe was designed for the original Ninja Creami. If you have the Ninja Creami Deluxe use the 1.5x conversion button in the ingredients section of the recipe card to adjust the ingredient amounts.
Why the protein powder? Can any other powder be used?
It depends on what you're looking for in an ice cream. Since this a low-calorie ice cream, we use almond milk with a protein powder to get a creamier ice cream. If you simply use heavy cream (for a higher-in-calorie ice cream), then you don't need protein powder since it's creamier. If you're looking for sugar-free, low-carb (but not low calorie) ice cream with no protein powder, you should check out our keto vanilla ice cream recipe () and our keto rocky road ice cream recipe.
Additionally, studies show that when calories are equal protein tends to be more satiating than fat or carbohydrates, so this low calorie recipe targets protein to keep you feeling fuller longer. Unfortunately, we do not have an alternative to protein powder in our low calorie ice cream recipes.