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Creamsicle Ice Cream (Easy + Ninja Creami Recipe)

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This Ninja Creami Protein Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe is crafted with just 4 wholesome ingredients, each serving boasting over 24 grams of protein! Packed with invigorating Vitamin C, essential Potassium, and bursting with zesty citrus notes, it’s a guilt-free delight. Plus, at a mere 1.2 grams of fat per serving, it’s the ultimate refreshing pick-me-up for your afternoon or a nutritious kickstart to your day at breakfast.

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Easy Protein Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe

Are you a citrus lover in search of a guilt-free indulgence? Look no further because I’ve got just the treat for you! This Easy Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe combines the refreshing flavor of orange and creamy vanilla with the protein goodness of Ninja Creami ice cream recipe. A dessert or snack experience that’s both as satisfying as it is nutritious. Heck, you could for sure eat this creamsicle ice cream for breakfast too! It’s made with all healthy ingredients so it would be the perfect addition to your diet any time of the day! With just four simple ingredients, this recipe is a breeze to make, yet it packs over 24 grams of protein per serving and boasts a velvety smooth texture that’s simply irresistible.

Orange Creamicle Ice Cream Recipe No Eggs

One of the standout features of this Easy Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe is its egg-free composition. By omitting eggs from the ingredient list, I’ve crafted a dessert that’s not only simpler to prepare but also more accessible to those with dietary restrictions or preferences. Without eggs, this creamsicle ice cream achieves its lusciously smooth texture through the combination of whole milk, protein powder, and unflavored collagen, resulting in a velvety consistency that rivals traditional custard-based recipes. 

Whether you’re looking for a lighter alternative or simply prefer to skip the eggs, rest assured that this orange-infused treat doesn’t compromise on flavor or creaminess. It’s better than haagen daz in my opinion 🙂 With every spoonful, you’ll savor the fresh orange essence all without a single cracked egg in sight.

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What Orange Juice To Use For Creamsicle Ice Cream?

I used pulp free regular orange juice for this creamsicle ice cream recipe. You can use organic orange juice or light orange juice. Whatever you prefer and is available to you. Changing the orange juice will make the macros vary slightly. We use a majority orange juice and just a little milk to make the perfect orange and ice cream flavor combination. 

How To Make Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe With Ninja Creami

So how do you make this creamsicle ice cream recipe in the Ninja Creami machine? I’ve seen so many ways of doing this. But dare I say my recipe and instructions are the safest for your machine and create the best texture in a smaller amount of time with less work! Here are my quick Ninja Creami hacks and tips…

  1. Freeze your mixture without putting the lid on. This helps the mixture to freeze without forming a dome or bump on the top. Why I think this is so important goes back to when I accidentally broke our first Ninja Creami machine (see story below).
  2. Defrost your frozen coffee ice cream for at least 10 minutes before placing it in your machine to run. When I first got my Ninja Creami machine I did not do this and broke my machine 🫠
  3. Run the outside under hot water for 30 seconds to ensure the sides don’t get icy.
  4. Run it on the full light ice cream cycle.
  5. Scrape down the sides after the first light ice cream cycle to ensure no icyness.
  6. Add your mix-ins and then run it on a mix-in cycle.
  7. ENJOY!

What Are The Macros For This Ninja Creami Protein Creamiscle Ice Cream Recipe?

When creating this recipe I saw tons of ninja creami recipes using Fairlife milk. Well, as a person who shops at Aldi, I didn’t really want to go out of my way to buy Farilife milk. I did some research and found out WHY people are using this milk. It’s because Fairlife is ultra-filtered. It’s also lactose-free meaning it’s great for people who are lactose intolerant. All these things result in a higher protein, lower sugar, and fat milk. Which I guess is nice! But, is it necessary to make this ninja creami protein ice cream recipe? Nope.

I actually tested Fairlife protein shake and collagen together and it turned out pretty good. I would say it’s not as good as my original recipe with whole milk. Also, some tips when using Fairlife milk… since it’s so low-fat, I found that after the first “light ice cream” cycle, I needed to add 2 Tbs. more milk and respin it 2 more times. So if you are using a lower fat milk, you will probably need to “respin” the protein ice cream 1-2x and add about 2 Tbs. more milk.

Let me explain further…

Do I Need Fairlife Milk To Make A Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream?

Absolutely not! This ninja creami protein ice cream recipe will work with virtually any milk. I know all you see on social media is Fairlife milk, but rest assured you can use any milk. Our personal favorite and what we usually use is regular plain old whole milk. Nothing fancy in the slightest. That’s the beauty of this machine. It can do WONDERS and make creamy delicious ice cream with any milk. I’ve tested unsweetened almond milk too and the texture was still fantastic! The flavor and texture do differ slightly depending on the milk type you use though. Plant-based milk will have a slightly icer texture, but still very creamy when you use collagen!

Can I Make This Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream Dairy-Free or Vegan?

Changing the protein powder brand and type of milk will drastically change this creamy flavor and texture. I’ve tested using almond milk and a vegan protein powder and the texture did not turn out great. That being said, I didn’t add the collagen powder. I’m going to test it again using collagen and see if that helps. Then it won’t be vegan, unfortunately. But it can be dairy-free! Also when I was nursing and had to go dairy-free the Clean Simple Eats protein powder was fine for me to have and didn’t upset my baby’s tummy. So you will just have to see what you feel comfortable trying if you are dairy-free. Sometimes dairy-free people can have whey protein powder. It depends from person to person. 

The flavor and texture will vary a lot depending on what protein powder and plant-based milk you use. I’ve tried unsweetened almond milk, Clean Simple Eats whey protein powder (code “CLAIRE”), and collagen and the texture was great! I’ve found that you do need to add an extra 2 Tbs. of plant-based milk after the first light ice cream cycle because it does come out pretty powdery. Then just hit respin. I recommend sticking with the recipe as is. Whole milk has a great source of healthy fats and there’s no reason to be scared of it!🙂

What Is Creamsicle Ice Cream?

Creamsicle ice cream, a timeless favorite among dessert enthusiasts, offers a fusion of creamy indulgence and vibrant citrus zing. Inspired by the iconic Creamsicle popsicle, this frozen delight features smooth vanilla ice cream base infused with the refreshing essence of citrus, typically orange but sometimes complemented with hints of lime or lemon. The result is a combination of rich creaminess and tangy fruitiness, creating a flavor profile that’s both nostalgic and irresistibly refreshing. With each spoonful, Creamsicle ice cream delivers a burst of summer vibes, making it a beloved treat for all ages, especially on hot sunny days.

What Kind Of Protein Powder Should I Use For This Ninja Creami Creamsicle Ice Cream?

So what protein powder do I recommend for this Ninja Creami protein creamsicle ice cream recipe? If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know the answer to this question. My tried and true favorite protein brand for years now… Clean Simple Eats. We use vanilla grass-fed whey protein powder to give this protein ice cream an extra protein punch! Clean Simple Eats protein powder is my jaaaaaaam! It’s the best protein powder I’ve ever had and everyone I have try it says the same thing. I’ve given samples of this protein powder to friends and family and they all start using it regularly because they love it so much. So it’s safe to say it’s truly the best. It blends nicely and isn’t grainy or chalky. I use it in all of my baked oatmeal recipes too! If you need some amazing healthy, meal-prepped breakfasts, I highly recommend checking out my Birthday Cake Baked Oatmeal or my S’mores Baked Oatmeal Flavor!!! So. dang. Good.

Ninja Creami Protein Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe

If you’ve been here for a while you know that when I start on the journey of creating a recipe, I like to make sure it is PERFECT before sharing it with you all. Just like when I started my sourdough bread journey. I waited months before I had the perfect recipe and technique to share with you. Now everyone is loving that sourdough bread recipe and I couldn’t be more grateful. Therefore you should know that I recipe-tested this creamsicle ice cream recipe to ensure it was perfect. And needless to say, I’m obsessed!

Ninja Creami Protein Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe Without Pudding Mix

When I first discovered the Ninja Creami I knew I wanted to make a recipe without pudding mix. If you’ve been here a while you know that I’m all about whole food ingredients. I don’t normally like using low-calorie or zero-calorie sweeteners. That’s why when I was seeing all the Ninja Creami protein ice cream recipes with sugar-free pudding mix, I knew I wanted to make a different recipe. People claim that the pudding mix gives the protein ice cream a thicker and smoother texture. Well, I found the perfect ingredient that does the exact same thing but it’s actually a superfood! Collagen is my secret ingredient🤫

Collagen Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream Recipe

This Ninja Creami protein creamsicle ice cream recipe is made without pudding mix and the reason for this is we use unflavored collagen! This is a magic healthy ingredient that adds protein and the perfect smooth and creamy texture. I love using the Clean Simple Eats unflavored collagen powder (code “CLAIRE” for discount). You can use any collagen powder. I also love the Vital Proteins collagen and Garden of Life brand. You may have seen the Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream on Reddit. There are so many options and flavor ideas on there too! But you won’t see anything like my recipe because the secret ingredient of collagen. 

More Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream Recipes

Vanilla Protein Ice Cream

Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

Coffee Protein Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream

I cannot wait for you to give this Protein Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe a try! Please snap a picture and share it with me! Seeing your kitchen creations makes my day and encourages me to keep creating new recipes for you!

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Yield: 2 servings

Creamsicle Ice Cream (Easy + Ninja Creami Recipe)

creamsicle ice cream

This Ninja Creami Protein Creamsicle Ice Cream Recipe is crafted with just 4 wholesome ingredients, each serving boasting over 24 grams of protein! Packed with invigorating Vitamin C, essential Potassium, and bursting with zesty citrus notes, it's a guilt-free delight. Plus, at a mere 1.2 grams of fat per serving, it's the ultimate refreshing pick-me-up for your afternoon or a nutritious kickstart to your day at breakfast.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Add all creamsicle ice cream ingredients to a 24 oz Ninja Creami container (this is for the Ninja Creami Delux 11-in-1 machine Model: NC501) and stir well using a whisk, immersion blender, or electric frother (you could also mix all ingredients in a blender bottle then pour into the Creami container). If you have a Ninja Creami 7-in-1 Model: NC301 just half this recipe.

2. Place in the freezer for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight. I leave mine uncovered to reduce the size of the bulge on top when frozen. You want it as flat on top as possible.

3. When you’re ready to make the Creami, remove the container from the freezer and leave it at room temperature for 10 minutes. If there is a large bulge on top, be sure to scrape it down and flatten with a metal spoon as best you can. Run the outside of the container under hot water for 30-60 seconds. Dry completely. Doing these two steps keeps your machine safe, prevents icyness, and gives the protein ice cream a creamy texture with fewer spins.

4. Place the container inside the Ninja Creami Deluxe machine and run on a full-light ice cream cycle. Once complete the protein ice cream should have a nice thick ice cream texture (if you're using a lower fat milk and it turns out crumbly/powdery, add 2 Tbs. more milk and "respin" 1-2 more times). Eat right away if not adding mix-ins. 

5. Mix-in option: Scrape down the sides of the container and make a hole in the center of the protein ice cream, going down about ¾ of the way. Add in your desired mix-ins such as mini chocolate chips.

6. Place the container back in the machine and run a full mix-in cycle.

7. Serve immediately and enjoy! This makes two servings. See notes for storing leftovers and substitution options.

Notes

Milk type: the macros will vary slightly depending on what milk you use. Fairlife 2% milk will give you the highest protein coming in at 34 grams per serving (there are two servings in this recipe). I’ve tested unsweetened almond milk & the texture still turns out fabulous if that’s the only ingredient you change. The taste will vary slightly depending on the milk type as well.

Leftovers: If you’re using the 24 oz. container and only plan to eat half, you can run a “top” light ice cream cycle. And then do the mix-in cycle for just the “top” as well. Or if you already ran it through the “full” and have leftovers, be sure to flatten the top of your protein ice cream as much as possible and store it in the freezer for later. When you’re ready to eat the leftovers, follow the instructions as listed in the recipe but click “bottom” “light ice cream” cycle and then a bottom “mix-in” cycle. Enjoy!

Protein Powder: I used Clean Simple Eats Simply Vanilla protein powder for this recipe along with their collagen powder (Code "CLAIRE" for discount). Any collagen powder should work perfectly. The protein powder you use will change the texture and flavor of this recipe. I’ve found Clean Simple Eats to make this protein ice cream silky smooth and delicious! If you have success with another brand let me know!

Can I Make This Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream Dairy-Free or Vegan? Change just the milk to a plant-based milk and keep the collagen and it will work. For a vegan option, you can use a plant-based protein drink like Aloha. I haven’t tested this, but let me know if you try it! I’m in the stages of working on a good vegan recipe for you.

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