Learn how to make Ninja Creami ice cream with cottage cheese, adding protein and creaminess to your dessert!
Ninja Creami cottage cheese ice cream is easy to make, and it’s a rich and creamy frozen treat that packs in protein.
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If you have a Ninja Creami ice cream machine, you already know that one of the best things about it is the ability to make delicious frozen desserts with ingredients you may not normally use in ice creams and sorbets.
And while you can certainly add protein powder to many Ninja Creami recipes, did you know you can use cottage cheese in the Ninja Creami?
This Ninja Creami cottage cheese ice cream is easy to make and tastes great (even if you aren’t a fan of cottage cheese!).
It’s an easy way to get some protein in while satisfying your sweet tooth!
Cottage Cheese Ice Cream in the Ninja Creami
Most Ninja Creami ice cream recipes use some fat to create a nice and creamy final product. To achieve that result, heavy cream is a common ingredient.
I decided to experiment with using cottage cheese to add the fat, as well as some extra protein. I used cultured whole milk cottage cheese with 4% milkfat.
With the type of cottage cheese I used, there are 14 grams of protein in 1/2 cup cottage cheese. So the pint of homemade ice cream I made has 28 g protein!
I have to admit, I am not generally a fan of cottage cheese. I never eat it as-is, but will sometimes add it to casseroles or other dishes.
So I was wondering if I’d even be able to taste the cottage cheese in the ice cream.
If you’re like me, you’ll be glad to know that the ice cream doesn’t have a cottage cheese flavor, in my opinion. It does have a tiny bit of tang, similar to what you might taste in frozen yogurt.
I used some instant pudding mix in the ice cream to help stabilize the ice cream base, and also to provide some flavor and sweetness.
Although you can certainly blend the base beforehand, I found that the Ninja Creami did a good job of making the ice cream smooth, so you don’t feel like you’re just eating frozen curds.
I used a small-curd variety, so if you’re using large curds, you may want to blend it up before freezing.
How to Make Ninja Creami Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
It’s easy to whip up a batch of this ice cream made with cottage cheese!
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Whole milk
- Instant vanilla pudding mix
- Sugar (or alternative sweetener of choice)
- Vanilla extract
- Cottage cheese (I used whole milk cottage cheese)
How to Make it:
Mix milk and pudding. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, combine whole milk and vanilla pudding mix, whisking to combine.
Add in the sugar and vanilla extract and whisk together.
Add cottage cheese and freeze. Next, you’ll whisk in the cottage cheese until it’s incorporated.
Pour the mixture into a Ninja Creami pint, being careful not to exceed the max fill line, and close the lid.
Transfer the pint to a level surface in your freezer and freeze for at least 24 hours.
Spin. Remove the pint from the freezer and take off the lid. Place the pint into the outer bowl apparatus and secure the outer bowl lid.
Place bowl assembly into the Ninja Creami machine. Use the Ice Cream function to process the pint.
The motor base will start running, and it should take a couple of minutes to finish the cycle.
Check consistency. Remove the pint from the machine and check the consistency.
If it seems a little crumbly, you can insert it back into the machine and use the Re-spin function to process it again.
If it’s still crumbly after that, add a little bit of milk (approx. 1 TBSP) and Re-spin once more.
Optional: Mix-in. If you’d like to add a mix-in to your ice cream, you can!
Chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers, or chopped cookies would all be delicious options.
To do this, simply create a well in your ice cream pint that’s about 1/2-inch wide and extends down to the bottom of the pint.
Add your mix-in pieces to the well, then insert the pint back into the machine. Use the Mix-in function to incorporate it in.
Then scoop and serve!
Notes and Adaptations for Making Viral Cottage Cheese Ice Cream:
- I used small-curd cottage cheese with 4% milkfat (whole milk cottage cheese). Your results may vary if you use a different kind. I personally wouldn’t recommend skim milk cottage cheese, as the fat helps with creaminess and achieving the perfect texture.
- With small curd cottage cheese, I didn’t find it necessary to use a food processor or blender before freezing. I haven’t tested large curd cottage cheese.
- I used sugar in mine, but you can use monk fruit sweetener if preferred.
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2 TBSP instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 TBSP sugar (or sweetener of choice, such as monk fruit sweetener)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup small-curd whole milk cottage cheese
- In a small bowl or large liquid measuring cup, combine milk and pudding mix. Whisk to dissolve.
- Add sugar (or sweetener) and vanilla extract, whisking to combine.
- Add cottage cheese and mix to incorporate.
- Transfer mixture to a Ninja Creami pint, being careful to not exceed the max fill line, and close the lid. Place on a level surface in your freezer and freeze for at least 24 hours.
- Remove pint from freezer and take off lid. Place pint into outer bowl apparatus and secure the lid. Place outer bowl into the Ninja Creami machine and use the Ice Cream function to process.
- Remove pint and check texture of ice cream. If it's crumbly, return it to the machine and use the Re-spin function. If it's still crumbly, add 1 TBSP milk and Re-spin again.
- Optional: If adding a mix-in, create a well in the center of the pint that's about 1/2-inch wide and extends to the bottom of the pint. Add your mix-in of choice to the well and place the pint back into the machine. Use the Mix-in function to incorporate.
- I used small-curd cottage cheese with 4% milkfat (whole milk cottage cheese). Your results may vary if you use a different kind. I personally wouldn't recommend skim milk cottage cheese, as the fat helps with creaminess and achieving the perfect texture.
- With small curd cottage cheese, I didn't find it necessary to use a food processor or blender before freezing. I haven't tested large curd cottage cheese.
- I used sugar in mine, but you can use monk fruit sweetener if preferred.
- Be sure to check out our favorite Ninja Creami accessories!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 8g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.
Printable Ninja Creami Recipes
If you’d like some delicious printable Ninja Creami recipes, check out Tried and True: 35 Favorite Ninja Creami Recipes!
It contains some fantastic recipes, all in an easy-to-use printable format that you can download to your device.
Check it out here, or click the image below to learn more!
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