Cookies and cream ice cream lovers, you’re going to love this cookies and cream Ninja Creami ice cream! It’s made with just four simple ingredients and is lower sugar than the classic cookies and cream ice cream you’ll find in store.
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About this recipe
One thing about me is that I looooove anything cookies and cream or Oreo flavored. Anything. This was one of the first things I knew I had to perfect with the Ninja Creami ice cream maker.
This creamy ice cream uses just four ingredients, super minimal effort, and has all of the chocolate-y cookie, creamy flavor you need from a cookies and cream dessert.
While it’s not a totally sugar-free recipe, it’s lower sugar than what you’ll find at the grocery store but it’s still a frozen treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
To compare, this Oreo ice cream has 21 grams of sugar per 2/3 cup. This homemade Ninja Creami version has just 13 grams of sugar per half pint. So while it’s not sugar-free or ultra low sugar, it’s still a great less sugar homemade option and absolutely nothing to feel guilty about.
One of the best parts is that a full cup of this easy recipe has 11g of protein compared to the typical 1-3g per 2/3 cup that you’ll find in most regular store-bought ice cream. That’s a pretty high protein snack! You’re more likely to feel nice and full when you eat this ice cream compared with store-bought.
My favorite part about this recipe is that you can prep several ahead and store in the freezer so it’s ready to go the next time you want a sweet treat!
Milk: Whenever I make Ninja Creami ice cream I use Fairlife milk. It’s ultra-filtered which makes it higher in nutrients like protein, and a little bit lower carb and lower calorie than other milks. It’s also super creamy, making for a great ice cream base. You can even use the Core Protein Fairlife shakes as your base.
Heavy cream: Because the main base to this ice cream is milk, I like to add just a couple of splashes of heavy cream to add some fat back. This makes sure the ice cream comes out nice and creamy. You could omit this part if you don’t have heavy cream, but it may be a little less creamy!
Oreo thins: Feel free to use regular Oreo cookies if you prefer them. Personally, I love the cookie to cream ratio of Oreo Thins better! Any brand chocolate sandwich cookies will work.
Pudding mix: A couple of tablespoons of Oreo instant pudding mix adds the perfect amount of cookies and cream flavor to the base. If you can’t find Oreo instant pudding, you can use vanilla instant pudding mix and add extra Oreo pieces for mix-ins.
How to make Cookies and Cream Ice Cream in the Ninja Creami
- Add all ingredients to the Ninja Creami pint container except for the Oreo Thins and whisk until ingredients are thoroughly combined. *I recommend taste testing to make sure that your mixture is sweet enough for you. If needed, add a teaspoon of additional sweetener like table sugar or honey.
2. Freeze for 24 hours. The Oreo pieces from the instant pudding mix settle at the bottom of the pint a little, but don’t worry because they get re-mixed during the spin!
3. Remove from the freezer and put the frozen pint container into the Ninja Creami machine. Run lite ice cream mode by pressing the lite ice cream function button.
4. Use the re-spin function x2. (If the mixture is still crumbly at this point, use a very small splash of milk and spin a final time)
5. Create a small opening in the center of the ice cream pint and add Oreo thins or any of your favorite mix-ins. Run mix-in mode x1.
6. Top with more Oreos and any other toppings that you love! Enjoy your delish and creamy dessert!
Do you have to spin it so many times?
I’ve found that the lower fat, lower sugar recipes in the Ninja Creami require three spins to get the perfect texture like traditional ice cream. In my opinion it’s well worth the extra two minutes! You may find that higher fat and higher sugar recipes take less.
Why is my ice cream in the Ninja Creami still crumbly?
If your ice cream is still crumbly after three spins, I recommend adding a small splash of liquid and spinning again. That usually solves the issue, even if it’s a low-fat, low-sugar recipe.
How do you eat leftover Ninja Creami ice cream?
Store your Ninja Creami leftover ice cream in the pint container. You’ll need to let soften for about 10 minutes at room temperature before serving.
- Change up the kind of cookies! Different varieties of Oreos, wafer cookies, brownie brittle, chocolate chip cookies, or even graham crackers would all be great additions.
- Add other mix-ins like milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or your favorite chocolate candy like Reese’s.
- Use chocolate or vanilla pudding mix instead of Oreo.
- Use chocolate milk instead of regular milk for an extra chocolate-y cookies and cream ice cream.
- Use sugar-free vanilla or sugar-free chocolate pudding mix or sugar substitutes for an even lower sugar version if you have different dietary needs.
- Add some vanilla extract for a bit more flavor depth.
- Add peanut butter before using the mix-in function for a peanut butter swirl!
- Use half and half or whole milk for a more traditional textured ice cream.
- Add more or less cookies depending on what you like!
- Add a scoop of protein powder for an even higher protein version.
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Cookies and Cream Ninja Creami Ice Cream
- Ninja Creami Machine
- 1.5 cups milk I use Fairlife for higher protein content
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 2 tbsp Oreo instant pudding mix or sugar-free vanilla for lower sugar
- 2 Oreo thins
- sugar to taste (1-2 tsp) if you'd like it a bit sweeter
- extra Oreo pieces for topping
- Add all ingredients to the Ninja Creami pint container except for the Oreo Thins and whisk until ingredients are thoroughly combined. *I recommend taste testing at this step to make sure that your mixture is sweet enough for you. If needed, add a teaspoon of additional sweetener like table sugar or honey.
- Freeze for 24 hours.
- Run lite ice cream mode x1.
- Run respin mode x2. (If the mixture is still crumbly at this point, use a very small splash of milk and spin a final time)
- Create a small opening in the center of the ice cream pint and add Oreo thins. Run mix-in mode x1.
- Top with more Oreos and any other toppings that you love!