Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream – The Best Chocolate Coconut Flavor

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How about a MOUNDS BAR Ninja Creami protein ice cream flavor? This chocolate-coconut swirl is INCREDIBLE and worth the time it takes to swirl flavors. This post will teach you how!

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If you’re anything like me, you are ready for delicious foods like ice cream to finally get some some nutrition innovation to become easier to enjoy on a regular basis without derailing your health goals. The Ninja Creami machines have made that dream come true!

These machines may be trendy right now, and perhaps you’re getting sick of hearing about them. However, they completely live up to the hype if you can find good recipes for it.

And you’re in luck! I’ve done lots of recipe testing and am presenting to you the BEST chocolate coconut flavor in the Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream world!

But if you love Mounds Bars as much as I do, your mind is about to be blown. If you’d rather skip the chocolate, try out this high-protein Ninja Creami coconut ice cream recipe instead.

Ingredients for Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream

This looks like a lot of ingredients, but remember we are actually making two flavors that we are going to swirl together. And it’s going to be 100% worth it. Trust me.

You will need:

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Allulose
  • Skim Milk
  • Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Extract
  • Vanilla Bean Paste (If you don’t have this, vanilla extract is okay to use, too)
  • Black Cocoa Powder
  • Vanilla flavored whey protein – Use what you have on hand, but I am using Legion which has a great ingredient profile and nice flavor.
  • Chocolate whey protein – Use the best-tasting chocolate protein powder you can find. I can only vouch for a whey protein in this recipe. If you use a powder that has casein, it will be very thick so I’d cut it back to 1 scoop’s worth. This recipe has not been tested with any dairy-free proteins. If you try it, let me know how it goes in the comments!

You also need a Ninja Creami machine and an immersion blender.

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Instructions:

For the Vanilla Coconut Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream

  1. Make the vanilla coconut flavor. Take one of your Ninja Creami pint cups and add 100 grams reduced fat cottage cheese. This is just under a 1/2 cup if you do not have a scale.
  2. Add your vanilla protein powder. Use 1.5 scoops, or 50 grams.
  3. Add in your sweetener & flavorings. Add 1/2 a teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract) and 1/4 teaspoon Coconut Extract. I’m using McCormick and it is an excellent flavor. Then add 2 tablespoons of allulose for a little extra sweetness. See the FAQ block below for more info on allulose.
  4. Add 1 cup of the unsweetened coconut milk.
  5. Grab your immersion blender and blend it together right in the Creami cup. If you don’t have an immersion blender, use a small whisk or a drink frother. A big blender might add too much air when blending, causing it not to freeze properly.
  6. The final step for this flavor is to pour half of it into a little jar or Tupperware container to put in the fridge. To make our flavor swirl, we need to freeze half at a time, and then pour half of the second flavor on top and let it freeze completely. Put this Ninja Creami pint cup with half of your ice cream mixture into the freezer to set.
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For the Chocolate Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream Flavor

Next we will make the dark chocolate flavor.

  1. Add 100 grams of cottage cheese to the Ninja Creami pint.
  2. Add 50 grams of chocolate whey protein powder.
  3. Add your sweetener & flavoring ingredients: 2 tablespoons allulose, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste and 12 grams (1.5 tbsp) black cocoa powder (can also use regular cocoa powder, but black cocoa gives more depth and less bitterness. I use Anthony’s Black Cocoa).
  4. Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of Fairlife Skim Milk. Fairlife is a great choice because it has more protein (which not only adds more protein to the recipe, but it makes for a creamier Creami) and less calories than regular skim milk. However, you can use regular skim milk, too.
  5. Blend, then pour half into a little jar to stick in the fridge. Put the pint cup with half of the mixture in the freezer.
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To Make the Coconut Chocolate Swirl

Now you need to let these bottom layers freeze for a few hours. Once they’re frozen enough not to mix together, you will take the jar of the chocolate mixture and pour it on top of the vanilla coconut layer. Take the vanilla coconut jar from the fridge and pour it on top of the frozen chocolate layer. Let these pints freeze for a full 24 hours.

Here is what the pints look like when they’re frozen.

ninja creami protein ice cream frozen

Keeping the White Layer White

The flavors stay mostly separate as long as you have enough protein in the recipe and allow it to freeze a full 24 hours.

I have noticed that the pint with the vanilla layer on the bottom tends to stay “whiter” than the pint that has the vanilla layer on top. If keeping colors separate is important to you, then I would mix the coconut first, divide it across both pints and freeze. The next day, make the chocolate and pour it on top.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT add extra liquid at the respin! This will make the ice cream too soft. It will be fine without extra liquid–trust the process.

Spin Your Ice Cream

After you have let the pint freeze a full 24 hours, you can spin it with your Creami machine on the Lite Ice Cream setting.

When it is done spinning, take off the lid and check the texture. You will likely need a second spin, but it’s possible one is enough. If you would like to spin again, put it back in the machine and hit “Re-Spin.”

IMPORTANT: Do NOT add extra liquid at the respin! This tip is often given by people to improve texture, but it’s not necessary. The respin will make the ice cream come together without adding extra liquid. All the extra liquid will do is make the ice cream soft.

If the ice cream gets too soft, the flavors will no longer stay separate, and you will just end up with a gray blend. A delicious gray blend, but…not what we are going for.

For best results, do the respin without any added liquid to keep this ice cream firm and scoopable.

Mix-In Ideas

ninja creami protein ice cream cone and dish

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes 2 full pint cups. For one pint cup:

  • Calories: 337
  • Protein: 51 grams
  • Fat: 7 grams
  • Carbs: 39 grams (the vast majority is from the allulose, which is not metabolized by the body. If you subtract the allulose and fiber carbs, you get only 12.5 net carbs)
  • Fiber: 2.5 grams

Yes, those are the nutrition facts FOR AN ENTIRE PINT OF ICE CREAM. Do you see now why I say the Ninja Creami is worth the hype? This can’t be beat, not even by commercial brands like Halo Top. And if you needed more convincing, this recipe tastes 10x better than anything Halo Top has put out. That’s why this machine is one of the best healthy treat investments I’ve ever made.

I spin up a Ninja Creami protein ice cream every day for my husband and I to split, but there’s no shame in eating the whole pint yourself. I’d be lying if I said I never did that…

Recipe Notes

You need a Ninja Creami Machine for this recipe. I’m sorry, but other ice cream makers just won’t work (I have tried. There’s a reason I caved to the trend).

Also, I know some people really struggle with cottage cheese. You cannot taste it at all! But if you’re too nervous about it, substitute Greek yogurt instead.

Other Creami Flavors

Want these flavors without the work of layers? Check out my Almond Joy Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream recipe.

Want another other fun flavor swirl? Try my chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream!

For some other fun protein ice creams, try my Peanut Butter flavor and my Cookies and Cream! Or for you coffee lovers out there, the High Protein Coffee Ice Cream.

You may also love lemon ice cream, cinnamon ice cream, or raspberry protein ice cream.

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This basic vanilla protein Ninja Creami recipe is great for sundaes or as a starting point for any flavor creation you want to drum up!

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FAQ

What is allulose?

Allulose is a naturally occurring sugar molecule. It occurs in things like figs, wheat, & maple syrup. It’s only about 70% as sweet as sugar, so if you were to do a 1:1 replacement, expect it to be less sweet. However, what’s nice about it is the taste is pretty similar to sugar and it doesn’t have an aftertaste like other natural sugar-free sweeteners. It’s also practically calorie free (only .4 cals per gram) and doesn’t spike blood sugar because the body isn’t able to metabolize it.

Why is my Ninja Creami ice cream not smooth?

There are so many things that can impact the texture of your Ninja Creami recipe. But first things first, if you haven’t tried doing a respin (or two, or sometimes even three) do that. Sometimes it just needs a few spins to get to the right texture. But if it starts getting too soft with the respins and still isn’t smooth, then you will need to adjust your recipe. Make sure you are using the cottage cheese in this recipe, or substitute it for Greek yogurt, but don’t let it out completely. It serves as a binder which makes this ice cream silky and smooth.

Can you freeze a protein shake to make ice cream?

You can, but…it doesn’t taste that good on its own. I really suggest trying the recipe as I have laid out here. The freezer dulls flavors and sweetness, so a protein shake all by itself is bland and icy. By adding just a few more ingredients, you can really make some incredible protein ice cream.

Need to Troubleshoot?

If you’re having issues with your Ninja Creami machine, check out my Ninja Creami Troubleshooting Guide.

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The Best Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream- Chocolate & Coconut Swirl

This ice cream recipe for the Ninja Creami makes a delicious swirl ice cream based on a Mounds candy bar.
Prep Time10 minutes
Freezing Time1 day
Total Time1 day 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream
Servings: 2 pints
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Holly Lee

Equipment

Ingredients

Vanilla Coconut Protein Ice Cream

  • 100 grams Reduced Fat Cottage Cheese about 1/2 cup
  • 50 grams Vanilla Whey Protein 1.5 scoops
  • 24 grams Allulose 2 tbsps
  • 1/4 tsp Coconut Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Chocolate Creami Protein Ice Cream

  • 100 grams Reduced Fat Cottage Cheese
  • 50 grams Chocolate Whey Protein
  • 24 grams Allulose
  • 12 grams Black Cocoa Powder 1.5 tbsp– regular cocoa powder okay
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or extract
  • 1/2 cup Fairlife Skim Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water

Instructions

For the Vanilla Coconut Protein Ice Cream

  • Take one of your Ninja Creami pint cups and add cottage cheese, vanilla whey protein powder, allulose, vanilla bean paste, and 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (more if needed to reach the fill line). Blend with an immersion blender.
  • Pour half of your mixture into a small container to keep in the fridge. Put the pint cup with the remaining half of the mixture into the freezer to set.

For the Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

  • Take a second Ninja Creami pint cup and add cottage cheese, chocolate whey protein powder, allulose, cocoa powder, vanilla bean paste, skim milk, and water. Blend with an immersion blender.
  • Pour half of the mixture into another small container to refrigerate. Put the Ninja Creami pint cup with the remaining chocolate mixture into the freezer. Leave to set for about 2-4 hours.

To Make the Chocolate Coconut Swirl

  • After the bottom layer in each of the pint cups has set for 2-4 hours, it's time to add the top layer. Remove your chocolate base layer from the freezer. From the refrigerator, grab your container of vanilla coconut. Pour the liquid vanilla coconut on top of the frozen chocolate layer. Put the pint cup back in the freezer.
  • Repeat that process, this time grabbing the frozen vanilla coconut pint and pouring the liquid chocolate mixture from the fridge on top. Put in the freezer to set.
  • Allow both pints to set for 24 hours.
  • When you want to eat your ice cream, spin one time on Lite Ice Cream setting, then do one Re-Spin cycle by hitting the re-spin button. Do not add any liquid at the respin!
  • Enjoy your delicious Mounds bar inspired Creami creation!

Video

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Notes

The pint with the white layer on the bottom tends to stay the most vibrant after being spun. Read the post for tips on how to adjust the instructions so the white layer is on the bottom for both pints.
This recipe has only been tested with the ingredients listed here, including using whey protein powder. Swaps can change the texture and results of your Creami, so I cannot vouch for any plant-based protein powders, casein, egg, or bone broth protein powders. For best results, use the ingredients I listed here. Feel free to experiment, but understand results may vary.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3mg

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The chocolate coconut is a great combination. Ive made this multiple times now and it tastes delicious everytime.

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