This high protein Ninja Creami ice cream combines the tasty flavor of cinnamon with chunks of low carb snickerdoodle cookies for a dessert that’s less than 2 net carbs and under 100 calories per serving.
If you like cinnamon, you’ll love this snickerdoodle ice cream. It blends keto snickerdoodle cookie chunks with a creamy cinnamon and brown sugar flavored base. Despite tasting like your favorite cookie, it’s only 2 net carbs and less than 100 calories per serving thanks to the Ninja Creami and a few low carb ingredients.
Cinnamon is a critical ingredient in snickerdoole cookies but how much cinnamon to put in the ice cream base took some taste testing and experimentation. At the end of the process I settled on a “middle of the road” amount that compromised between the divergent preferences in our household. However if you prefer a stronger cinnamon flavor, you can increase the amount of cinnamon up to double the amount listed (this is actually my personal preference). And if you prefer a subtle cinnamon flavor, you could decrease it by as much as a half.
One way to figure out right the cinnamon amount is to leave it out until the end and then slowly add cinnamon to taste just before you freeze the base. As you taste test keep in mind that the final strength of the cinnamon flavor will be less strong once it’s prepared as cold ice cream so you’ll want it to taste slightly stronger than you prefer.
Of course, the most critical ingredient is the snickerdoodle cookies themselves. While you can find keto snickerdoodle recipes online, there are a wide variety of pre-made options available that are more convenient. This recipe uses High Key Snickerdoodle cookies which are our favorites because they taste great, are low in carbs, and are even available in some supermarkets like Kroger, Safeway, and Target. Quest, Nunbelievable, and Fat Snax also make snickerdoodle cookies. While not technically about snickerdoodles, you might want to checkout this review of keto chocolate chip cookies from our sister site which compared many of these brands.
You might be surprised that this recipe doesn’t use the Creami mix-in program to mix the cookies and I recommend mixing them by hand instead. I’ve tested this recipe both ways (mixing by hand vs. using the mix-in program) and in our household the hand mixing results were the hands-down winner (pun intended). With the especially soft nature of snickerdoodle cookies, the Creami’s mix-in program pulverizes the cookies into crumbs that make the ice cream grainy instead of the cookie chunks you’d expect. This isn’t the first time I’ve had this experience and as a general rule I now mix most soft ingredients like cookies by hand and save the mix-in program for harder ingredients like nuts, chocolate chips, and hard candy pieces.
Just a few notes on the ingredients:
- Unsweetened almond milk: This recipe uses unsweetened almond milk because it’s low in carbs and saturated fat. It should work with other types of nut and low-carb milks if you prefer those.
- Guar Gum: Guar gum is a common ingredient used in ice creams and frozen desserts to create a creamy texture and reduce ice crystals.
- Ground Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a key ingredient in snickerdoodle cookies and is used to flavor the base of this ice cream. You may want to experiment with increasing or decreasing the amount of cinnamon according to your preference.
- Swerve Brown: This recipe swaps the normal Swerve with the brown sugar version to complement the cinnamon and add additional flavor to the ice cream. If you strongly prefer the taste of standard white sugar snickerdoodle cookies over the brown sugar variant, you can substitute with regular Swerve or other low-carb sweetener.
- Vanilla protein powder: Protein powder gives the ice cream body and I’ve used Quest Vanilla Milkshake protein powder. Note that Quest is a whey/casein blend and you might get different results with a pure whey powder.
- Vanilla Extract: We add a touch of additional vanilla in the form of vanilla extract to balance out the flavor of the ice cream base.
- Keto snickerdoodle cookies: You can find keto snickerdoodle cookies online and occasionally in stores. This recipe uses the High Key Snickerdoodle mini cookies but you can find keto snickerdoodle cookie options from brands like Quest, Nunbelievable, and Fat Snax.
How to make
Step 1: Combine all the dry ingredients together (make sure they are thoroughly combined in order to prevent the guar gum from clumping during mixing) and then pour into a blender with almond milk.
Step 2: Blend the ingredients briefly in a blender.
Step 3: Pour into a Creami pint and place in the freezer.
Step 4: After 24 hours, remove the Creami pint from the freezer and place in the outer bowl.
Step 5: Select the Lite Ice Cream program and examine the results after it completes. If the ice cream is smooth in texture then move on to the next step. If the ice cream is powdery, add a teaspoon of almond milk and select the re-spin program. Repeat this process until smooth.
Step 6: Add snickerdoodle cookies and mix them into the ice cream by hand with a spoon.