Ninja CREAMi Coffee Ice Cream

The ultimate coffee treat, this Ninja CREAMi coffee ice cream is rich and sweet. Make it even more decadent with vanilla or chocolate flavored milk.

This recipe for Ninja CREAMi coffee ice cream is low carb and delicious. But if you follow a different way of eating, keep reading for tips to customize the recipe for vegan, dairy-free, and low-fat options.

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Kitchen Gear Needed to Make Ninja CREAMi Coffee Ice Cream

Here’s a list of the kitchen gear you’ll need to make this recipe. Gather everything first, so the recipe goes together quickly.

Coffee ice cream in a Ninja CREAMi pint container

Ingredients & Substitutions for Making Ninja CREAMi Coffee Ice Cream

This is the list of ingredients I used when I made this homemade coffee ice cream with instant coffee. But be sure to check out my suggestions below for recommended substitutions if you don’t have everything on hand or want to use other ingredients.

Instant coffee granules – You could also use instant espresso for a little more of a caffeine kick. Want the coffee flavor without the caffeine? Decaf crystals would work in this recipe, too.

Heavy cream – For heavy cream, you could substitute unsweetened coconut cream, half-n-half, or even fat-free half-n-half.

Raw agave nectar – This sweetener has a syrup-y flavor to it and is perfect for adding depth, creaminess, and richness to recipes.

Instant coffee crystals, vanilla extract, sweetener and milk in a clear bowl with a whisk

Monkfruit sweetener – This is my go-to low carb sweetener, and my preferred brand is Lakanto. This is typically what I use when a recipe calls for sugar. It substitutes 1:1.

Milk – Most Ninja CREAMi ice cream recipes call for one cup of milk in the base recipe. You can use cow’s milk or any plant milk, like oat, cashew, almond, and soy. Be sure to use unsweetened milk though, since the recipe calls for other sweeteners.

Vanilla extract – You can use vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, or vanilla powder, which is what I often use.

Get all your kitchen gear, ingredients, and Ninja CREAMi pint together beforehand, and this recipe will mix up in just a few minutes!

Ninja CREAMi coffee ice cream in a white bowl with three coffee beans on top

Tips for Making Ninja CREAMi Coffee Ice Cream

Can I make it vegan/dairy-free, keto, or low-fat?

Absolutely! If you prefer a Ninja CREAMi dairy-free coffee ice cream, this recipe is easily adapted to a vegan or non-dairy lifestyle. All you have to do is substitute coconut cream for the heavy cream.

This recipe is already low-carb, but if you wanted to make it keto, just leave out the raw agave nectar. You could also substitute another tablespoon or two of the monk fruit sweetener for the agave nectar.

To make it low-fat, substitute fat-free half-n-half for the heavy cream.

Why is the ice cream powdery or crumbly?

I’ve made dozens of pints of ice cream with all kinds of ingredients, and this is what I’ve observed. Generally, I get a crumbly base most often when I use heavy cream in the recipe. But I don’t usually get a crumbly base when I use coconut cream. Coconut cream usually blends up very smooth and creamy.

Another factor in whether your pint is crumbly can be the temperature of your freezer. The colder your pint freezes the more likely the ice cream will be powdery. Setting the pint out on your counter while you prep the machine, get out bowls and toppings, etc. allows it to warm up a bit.

How long does it take the Ninja CREAMi to make ice cream?

If you’re new to using a Ninja CREAMi machine, you’ll love how quickly you can make a pint of ice cream! Gathering all the kitchen gear and ingredients and then mixing up the base takes no more than 10 minutes. Then, you freeze the base for 24 hours.

Once it’s frozen, the ICE CREAM function will blend it all up in about 3 minutes. If you want to add some mix-ins, that takes a few more minutes.

Ninja CREAMi Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Finally, here’s the recipe for Ninja CREAMi coffee ice cream, but keep reading below for some suggestions for toppings and mix-ins!

Ninja CREAMi coffee ice cream in a white bowl with three coffee beans on top

Ninja CREAMi Coffee Ice Cream

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 1 day
Blend Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 8 minutes

The ultimate coffee treat, this Ninja CREAMi coffee ice cream is rich and sweet. Make it even more decadent with vanilla or chocolate flavored milk.


  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp monk fruit sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. To prepare the base, place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until the sweetener and instant coffee are dissolved.
  2. Pour the mixture into the CREAMi pint, making sure it doesn't go over the MAX FILL line, then put the lid on it.
  3. Place the pint in the freezer, making sure it's level. Freeze for 24 hours.
  4. Take the pint from the freezer, remove the lid, and place it in the outer bowl. Install the paddle in the lid and attach lid to the outer bowl.
  5. Plug in the Ninja CREAMi unit and install the bowl on the base.
  6. Press the power button and select LITE ICE CREAM.
  7. When the unit shuts off, remove the bowl from the base and remove the lid.
  8. If the ice cream is crumbly, then reattach the lid and install the bowl on the base again. Select RE-SPIN.
  9. Once the ice cream is at the right consistency, serve immediately.


*See tips below recipe card for ingredient substitutions.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 194Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 50mgSodium 13mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 2g

Nutrition information is an approximation and may vary based on the specific ingredients and amounts used when preparing the recipe.

Toppings & Mix-Ins for Ninja CREAMi Coffee Ice Cream

Here are just a few suggestions for mix-ins and toppings for Ninja CREAMi coffee ice cream.

  • chocolate covered coffee beans
  • mini chocolate, white chocolate, or caramel chips
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate syrup

To add mix-ins, once the ice cream is spun, dig a hole down through the middle of the pint with a spoon. Make sure you reach the bottom of the pint. Fill the whole with your favorite mix-in(s), reattach the lid, and install the pint on the machine. Select MIX-IN. When it’s done processing, remove the lid and enjoy!

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Ninja CREAMi coffee ice cream served in a white bowl with three roasted coffee beans on top

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