Check out our recipe for Ninja Creami Creamy Blueberry Sorbet!
This recipe is a combination of sorbet, Italian Ice, and lite ice cream. It’s sorbet because it’s made with fruit. It’s Italian Ice because it has a lemonade base and it’s ice cream because of the added cream cheese and milk that make it a little creamy. The texture is not as smooth as ice cream but it’s also not as icy as Italian Ice.
I only added a small number of blueberries to the recipe but the color and flavor that they added to the sorbet are amazing! A few blueberries went a long way!!
If you would like, you can add more blueberries or more cream cheese and milk to change up the texture a little bit. If you add more blueberries, the consistency will be a little more like sorbet and if you add more cream cheese and milk, the consistency will be even creamier and more like ice cream.
Tips for making Ninja Creami Creamy Blueberry Lemon Sorbet
If the sorbet is icy or has a grainy texture, put the pint back into the outer bowl and insert it back into the Ninja Creami machine. Select the RE-SPIN function and re-spin one or two times. Due to the sorbet not having any fat or dairy in it, it may need an extra spin or two to make it creamier.
Yes! You can. After the creamy blueberry lemon sorbet has completed the sorbet process, take the inner bowl out of the Ninja Creami and add whatever mix-ins you would like to the center of the pint of sorbet. If necessary, create a hole or tunnel down the center to make room for the mix-ins. Place the inner bowl with the pint in it, into the Ninja Creami machine and select the mix-ins process.
The thicker and denser the fruit, the creamier the sorbet will be. If the sorbet is made using peaches, pineapples, or bananas, the sorbet will be thick and creamy. If the sorbet is made using less dense fruits like watermelon, raspberries, or grapefruit, the result will be less creamy and icier in texture. For more details, check out this post from Serious Eats.
You sure can! But…you will need to use 2 pint containers instead of one. You always want to make sure that the pint containers are only filled up to the max fill line and not any more than that. In order for the sorbet to turn out creamy, it needs to be mixed by the machine after freezing. If you overfill the pint, the machine is going to have a hard time mixing it and the result will not be as expected.
It depends. If you are keeping the sorbet 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 sorbet will keep for several weeks, even months. However, if you transfer your sorbet 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 sorbet will decrease greatly to just a few days and you will likely end up with freezer-burned sorbet.
Ingredient substitutions and tips for making Ninja Creami Creamy Blueberry Lemon Sorbet:
Directions for making Ninja Creami Creamy Blueberry Lemon Sorbet:
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- 1 Tablespoon Cream Cheese (Room temperature or microwaved for 10-20 seconds.)
- ¼ Cup Milk
- 1½ Cup Lemonade
- ⅓ Cup Blueberries (Fresh or frozen.)
- Mix the softened cream cheese and the milk together in a medium mixing bowl using a whisk. Try to combine the two together as much as possible. There will likely still be some small chunks of cream cheese, but that's ok as long as they are small.
- Add the lemonade and mix together well.
- Pour the mixture into a Ninja Creami pint container, add the blueberries and freeze on a level surface in a cold freezer for a full 24 hours.
- 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 SORBET button. During the SORBET function, the sorbet will mix together and become very creamy. This should take approximately 2 minutes.
- Once the SORBET function has ended, turn the outer bowl and release it from the Ninja Creami machine.
- Your sorbet is ready to eat! Enjoy!
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