Ninja Creami Cherry Ice Cream Recipe (Dairy-free & Vegan)

2 cups
15 min

Today I have whole food plant-based cherry ice cream with ripe, sweet fresh cherries for you, but you can use frozen cherries instead.

Ninja Creami Cherry Ice Cream with chocolate chips

If you are a new Ninja Creami user be sure to read my Step by Step Instructions for making and spinning your first pint.

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How Do I Prepare The Ingredients?

We’ll start with about a cup of the dairy-free milk in our Creami pint. This gives us room to add more cherries later if we’d like.

Add a cup of cherries and about a tablespoon of maple syrup, and mash the cherries to release some of their flavor and juices. If you use frozen fruit, I recommend blending.

You can also add a teaspoon of vanilla here and if you’d like, a couple more cherries to fill to the max fill line.

The goal is to create a cherry vanilla ice cream, but this is where you can really get creative. Use a different extract like almond to make your own creation.

Once your mixture is prepared, pop the lid on, label it so you know what’s inside, and place it in a flat spot in your freezer for 24 hours.

What Do I Do Once The Mixture Is Frozen?

Once your mixture is frozen, it’s time for the fun part – spinning the ice cream! Start by placing your frozen pint in the Ninja Creami machine.

If you have the original or deluxe model, you will put the pint into the outer bowl, put the blade in the outer lid and close it.

If your pint isn’t perfectly flat, gently scrape the surface until it is with a spoon. Don’t worry – this is a perfect opportunity for a little taste test too.

Next, we’re going to choose our setting. For this recipe, I recommend using the light ice cream setting. After you’ve selected your setting, it’s time to start the spinning process.

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My Ice Cream Looks A Little Powdery. What Should I Do?

If your ice cream looks powdery in the middle after the first spin, don’t worry! Sometimes, it might just need a little extra love.

In this case, you can add a small amount (a teaspoon or two) of non-dairy milk and choose the respin option on the button panel of your Ninja Creami.

This will help make your ice cream even creamier. However, be sure to taste test first – if your ice cream needs more sweetness, add a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or date syrup instead of more milk.

Ninja Creami Cherry Ice Cream Recipe (Dairy-free & Vegan)
Recipe details
  • 2  cups
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups pitted Cherries
  • 1 tablespoon Maple syrup, or sweetener of choice to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Optional Mix-in
  • 1/4 cup Vegan chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar
Make the Mixture
Add 1 cup of milk, vanilla, and 1 tablespoons maple syrup to a Ninja Creami pint and whisk together well.
Put the cherries in and mash them with a potato masher to break them up some. Taste and add extra sweetener if the cherries weren't extra sweet.
Make sure they are underneath the liquid, and add more milk or mashed cherries to meet the fill line if needed.
Freeze the mixture for 24 hours in a flat place in the freezer.
Spin Your Ice Cream
If your freezer is extra cold let the pint sit out for 10 – 15 minutes or run the outside under warm water to soften.
Scrap top flat with a spoon if you have a hump or volcano.
Spin on light ice cream
If crumbly, add 1 tablespoon liquid and spin on respin
Make a tunnel and add in chocolate and use the mix in button.
You may need to mix the ice cream a little more to distribute the chocolate evenly.
Kathy Hester
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