When making ice cream an easy way to get a great texture is to use bananas. Not only do they taste great, but they help to create a super creamy texture! While you can use just bananas to make ice cream, I find that the banana flavor can be a little too strong unless you add in some other flavors to lighten it up.
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For this recipe, I combined the bananas with dairy and vanilla. I used milk and flavored coffee creamer. I find that the coffee creamer adds a great flavor while keeping the ice cream nice and creamy.
I like to use sweet cream flavored coffee creamer...because it tastes really good and because that's what we like to use in our coffee so we usually have it in the refrigerator. There are a ton of really great coffee creamer flavors available at the grocery store now so you can really change this recipe up by changing just one ingredient...the flavor of the creamer. It doesn't get any easier than that!
You'll notice that I also opted to use vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract for this recipe. I almost ALWAYS use vanilla bean paste if I have it available instead of vanilla extract. I love the flavor and think it adds so much more to the recipe than just regular vanilla extract. It might just be me, but I can always taste a bit of an alcohol aftertaste when I use vanilla extract. That's not the case with the paste. The paste just tastes like pure vanilla....it's amazing!
I topped my Banana Sweet Cream Ice Cream with more bananas and a little bit of whipped cream...because....why not?!? You don't have to do that but I loved the way that the slices of bananas added extra texture to it. Adjust the nutrition info if you also add the extra bananas and whipped cream.
Tips for making Ninja Creami Banana Sweet Cream Ice Cream
Banana ice cream has bananas in it which are good for you when eaten in moderation. Bananas have a lot of fiber and potassium in them but they also have a lot of sugar in them. When compared to many other ice creams, banana ice cream can be a healthier option.
Usually, if your ice cream comes out dry or crumbly it's due to one of the following reasons:
*Your freezer is too cold. Try to adjust your freezer to be a little warmer or let your ice cream sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes before processing it.
*Your recipe does not have enough fat in it. Try adding in a little bit of a higher fat dairy product to your recipe next time.
*Your recipe may not have enough sugar in it. The less sugar in the recipe, the icier and crumblier the ice cream will be. Regular sugar, honey, or corn syrup can be used to increase the sugar content if desired.
To help resolve this issue, after processing, add 1 tablespoon of dairy and then reprocess.
You can use any type of milk that you would like, even non-dairy milk. However, the higher the fat content of the milk, the creamier and less icy the ice cream will be. Some non-dairy milks will not be as creamy as others.
Vanilla bean paste is made up of vanilla extract and the actual seeds from the vanilla bean pods. The consistency is much thicker than vanilla extract and since the seeds are also in the paste, the flavor can be a bit stronger as well.
It depends. If you are keeping the ice cream in the Ninja pint container with the lid sealed tightly and are freezing it in a cold freezer (between 9 degrees F and -7 degrees F), your ice cream will keep for several weeks, even months. However, if you transfer your ice cream to another container or freeze it in a freezer that is not quite as cold (or that is accessed a lot/door opened and closed often), the lifetime of your ice cream will decrease greatly to just a few days and you will likely end up with freezer-burned ice cream.
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Original and Deluxe Ingredient Measurements
Use the multiplier below to adjust quantities based on the machine that you own. 1X=Original 16 ounce 1.5X=Deluxe 24 ounces
- 1 Tablespoon Milk
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for just a few seconds to combine the ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into a Ninja Creami Pint container and freeze on a level surface for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove the pint from the freezer. Remove the lid.
- After 24 hours, remove the pint from the freezer. Remove the lid.
- Place the Ninja Creami pint into the outer bowl. Place the outer bowl with the pint in it, into the Ninja Creami machine and turn until the outer bowl locks into place. Push the ICE CREAM button. During the ice cream function, the ice cream will mix together and become very creamy.
- Remove pint container from Ninja Creami. If the ice cream is dry and crumbly, add 1 tablespoon of milk and Re-spin once.
- Once the ice cream function has ended, turn the outer bowl and release it from the Ninja Creami machine.
- Your ice cream is ready to eat! Enjoy!
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Optional ingredients are not included in the nutrition information.
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