Guiltless Pleasure: How to Make Vanilla Soft Serve in your Ninja Pulse
I’ll be honest, this one has stumped me for a while.
Readers have been asking for a vanilla ice cream recipe for months (maybe even a year?!), and I have left the idea simmering on the back burner for way too long, mostly because I just couldn’t quite piece it together in my head. With no frozen banana to serve as the thickener, how would I deliver you a vanilla ice cream facsimile that you could whip up in your Ninja Blender?
Then it hit me. ICE. It is called ice cream, after all.
Now, y’all know I care about your health, so I tried to make this on the healthier side. You could take it in a completely different direction – so make it what you want. If nothing else, you can use this recipe as an idea, a suggestion. Go crazy with it if you want, or make it healthy like I did and satisfy a sweet tooth with very little guilt.
I made this in the Ninja Pulse, so I can’t vouch for how will it will work in the Ninja Professional Blender just yet. I’ll give that a try at some point as well. If you have the Professional and want to try it out and report back, please do. This recipe calls for ingredients you probably have on hand, so give it a whirl (ha, blender, whirl, get it?).
If you have a Magic Bullet or just a normal old-fashioned blender, this one should work for you as well, though you may need a skosh more liquid to get things moving.
Simple Blender Vanilla Soft Serve
Time Required: Less than 5 minutes
- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage (or, 2% milk, soy, etc. – go with a thick milk, not almond or skim)
- Handful of ice
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 scoop your choice vanilla protein powder (try to use one without artificial sweeteners)
- 2 teaspoons sugar of your choice. I used honey, but you could use anything you please, including just plain old table sugar. If you have a super sweet tooth, you may need to increase the sweetener. Go with what works for you.
- Add all ingredients to the single serve blending container and pulse to combine
- Then, blend until all the ingredients come together in a soft serve. You may have to add more liquid or more ice to get the right consistency
- For firmer ice cream, freeze for 2-4 hours before serving (which is why I have placed it into a plastic container – this bad boy is going straight into the freezer for tonight’s dessert)
This is going to vary a lot depending on what ingredients you use, but I based this off of coconut milk and EAS Advantage Protein Powder (which was the only one in the recipe database I used). This will give you a rough idea!