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Making orange sherbet in the Ninja Creami is super easy, creating a refreshing dessert you’ll love.

Learn how to make Ninja Creami orange sherbet with just a handful of ingredients.

overhead view of a Ninja Creami pint filled with orange sherbet, with an ice cream scoop in the pint.

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One of the frozen treats I remember enjoying quite often as a child is orange sherbet.

We would get a quart of the vibrant orange dessert from the grocery store and enjoy it on a hot summer day,

But we all know homemade ice cream is better than store-bought varieties you’d find in grocery stores, so I decided to try making my own version of orange sherbet in the Ninja Creami ice cream maker.

Not only was it easier than I thought, but the result was a delicious frozen treat, much like an orange creamsicle ice cream!

All you need is a few simple ingredients to make this refreshing orange sherbet!

three scoops of Ninja Creami orange sherbet are served in a small glass dessert cup.

Making Orange Creamsicle Sherbet in the Ninja Creami

The great thing about Ninja Creami recipes is that you can create many different varieties pretty easily, freezing the base before using the machine to Creamify it.

It’s a smaller batch than most no-churn ice cream recipes, which is perfect for just one or two people.

Or, if you’re in a larger family, you can easily make multiple pints to meet everyone’s preferences. I almost always have at least 3 different pints in my freezer that we can choose from!

With this orange sherbet recipe, you can add one more option to your repertoire for whenever the craving strikes! This is a great reason to keep extra pint containers on hand.

Sherbet is different from sorbet in that it typically includes some dairy, which gives it a creamy texture along with the fruity flavor. Sorbet is most often dairy free.

I definitely recommend using fresh-squeezed orange juice, because it has a much sweeter flavor than regular store-bought orange juice.

And orange zest gives it even more orange flavor, which pairs perfectly with the creamy vanilla ice cream base.

Related Recipes: Want a lime version? Try my Ninja Creami lime sherbet! Or if you need a dairy-free orange treat, try my Ninja Creami orange sorbet!

close-up view of an ice cream scoop in the top of a Ninja Creami pint of orange creamsicle ice cream.

How to Make Ninja Creami Orange Sherbet

It’s easier than you think to make sherbet at home with just a few basic ingredients!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice (I used cara cara oranges)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Orange zest
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whole Milk
  • Heavy whipping cream

How to Make it:

(Full printable recipe card is available below)

Dissolve the sugar. In a small mixing bowl or large measuring cup, combine fresh-squeezed orange juice and sugar, mixing until the sugar is dissolved.

Then stir in the orange zest.

two photos; one shows a glass measuring cup containing fresh-squeezed orange juice and sugar, stirred by a wooden spoon. The other shows the same measuring cup with orange zest added to the juice.

Create the ice cream base and freeze. Add vanilla extract, whole milk, and heavy cream to the fruit juice mixture. Stir to combine.

Pour the mixture into a Ninja Creami pint, being careful not to exceed the max fill line, and close the lid. Transfer to the freezer and freeze for at least 24 hours.

two photos; one shows milk and heavy cream added to the orange juice mixture in a glass measuring cup. The other shows the mixture transferred to a Ninja Creami pint container.

Spin. Remove the pint of frozen base from the freezer and take off the lid. Place the pint in the outer bowl assembly and lock the lid assembly into place.

Place bowl assembly into the Ninja Creami machine and lock it into place. Press the Ice Cream button and allow the motor base cycle to complete, which should take about 2 minutes.

two photos; one shows the overhead view of the ninja creami pint with frozen orange sherbet base in it; the other shows a woman's finger pointing to the ice cream button on the ninja creami ice cream machine.

Re-spin if needed. Remove the outer bowl from the machine and take off the outer bowl lid to check the texture of the sherbet.

If it’s crumbly after the first time, you can place it back into the machine and use the Re-spin button to process it again.

If it’s still crumbly, add a tablespoon of milk or orange juice to the sherbet and re-spin again. That should do the trick and give it a soft serve texture.

overhead view of homemade Ninja Creami orange sherbet in a pint container. An ice cream scoop is in the pint.

Enjoy the nostalgia of this frozen concoction plain on its own, or as the base of smoothie bowls. It would pair great with fresh fruit, such as berries or bananas.

Notes and Adaptations:

  • If you need a vegan orange creamsicle ice cream, you can try substituting coconut cream for the heavy cream and unsweetened oat milk, coconut milk, or almond milk for the whole milk. I haven’t personally tested these dairy-free options, and the texture will likely be a bit different. But it could be a great way to enjoy dairy free orange sherbet.
  • Feel free to add 1/2 tsp orange extract if you want a more pronounced orange flavor. You can also add orange food coloring if you want a more vibrant color.
a serving of a few scoops of Ninja Creami orange sherbet in a glass dish are in the foreground, with the Ninja Creami pint in the background. A spoon rests next to the dish.

Recommended Equipment:

Yield: 1 pint

Ninja Creami Orange Sherbet

glass dish serving three scoops of Ninja Creami orange sherbet

Making orange sherbet in the Ninja Creami is like creating your own orange creamsicle frozen dessert!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (from approx. 4-6 medium-large oranges)
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest (from zpprox. 2 oranges)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl or large liquid measuring cup, combine orange juice and sugar, mixing until dissolved.
  2. Stir in orange zest.
  3. Add vanilla extract, milk, and whipping cream, mixing to combine.
  4. Pour mixture into a Ninja Creami pint, being careful not to exceed the max fill line on the pint.
  5. Close the lid and transfer to a level surface in your freezer. Freeze for at least 24 hours.
  6. Remove from freezer and take off the lid. Place the pint into the outer bowl apparatus and secure the outer bowl lid. Lock the outer bowl into place in the Ninja Creami machine.
  7. Press the Ice Cream button and let the cycle run, which should take about 2 minutes.
  8. Remove pint from the machine and check the texture. If it's a bit crumbly, return the pint to the machine and use the Re-spin button to spin again. If it's still crumbly after that, add a tablespoon of milk and re-spin again.
  9. Scoop, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • How much sugar you use will depend on the sweetness of your orange juice. Start with 1/4 cup and add more if needed. I used Cara Cara oranges, but any variety you like should work fine. I do recommend fresh-squeezed orange juice for the best flavor.
  • If you need a vegan orange creamsicle ice cream, you can try substituting coconut cream for the heavy cream and unsweetened oat milk, coconut milk, or almond milk for the whole milk. I haven't personally tested these dairy-free options, and the texture will likely be a bit different. But it could be a great way to enjoy dairy free orange sherbet.
  • Feel free to add 1/2 tsp orange extract if you want a more pronounced orange flavor. You can also add orange food coloring if you want a more vibrant color.
  • Be sure to check out our list of Ninja Creami accessories that might be useful for you!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.

Printable Ninja Creami Recipes

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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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