Ninja Creami Orange Sherbert (High Protein, Low Carb)

Enjoy a burst of nostalgic Tang-like flavor in a creamy orange sherbert made healthier with the Ninja Creami that’s only 39 calories per serving.

Who doesn’t love the sweet, tangy taste of orange sherbert? It’s a classic treat that sends us down memory lane, reminding us of our childhood. But the traditional sherbert isn’t exactly a health food. With the Ninja Creami, we’ve managed to recreate that delightful taste with alternatives that won’t derail your diet.

Real sherberts are a mix of dairy (milk and cream) with fruit juice. Thanks to the Ninja Creami we’re able to substitute both with high protein and low carb alternatives. In place of dairy, this recipe uses whey/casein protein powder, and as an alternative to fruit juice the recipe uses a Mango Tangelo flavor of Skittles sugar free drink mix.

Yes, Skittles makes drink mixes! Well not quite. A company based in Chicago has licensed the brand and emulated the flavor of the popular candies into sugar free drink mixes. The Mango Tangelo flavor tastes like a blend of orange and mango and when incorporated into an Creami ice cream recipe it reminds me perfectly of the (likely artificially flavored) Tang-like orange sherberts of my youth. The box also comes with a few other flavors (Strawberry Starfruit, Kiwi Lime, Pineapple Passionfruit) that are worth trying out but this one is my favorite.

Skittles Tropical drink mix is the secret ingredient to this sherbert. Low calorie drinks are a great source of “found” flavors.

Extracts and flavorings are an under-appreciated source of recipe ideas for the Ninja Creami. While they aren’t always the most natural they do add convenience and consistency to your recipes. You can buy extracts for almost any flavor from brands like LorAnn that you’ll find in hobby stores or online (like this sampler pack) but you can also use “found” flavorings by leveraging more common ingredients. Sugar free and low calories drink mixes are a great example.

To get a sherbert flavor and texture this recipe uses approximately half the amount of protein powder than our usual Creami ice cream recipes. In recipe development, I found that using the usual amount had a more ice cream texture and also significantly masked the fruit flavors typical of sherbet. This also made intuitive sense: real sherbet is kind of a halfway point between a sorbet (all fruit juice and no dairy) and ice cream (no fruit juice and all dairy), so half the dairy (in this case protein powder) seems logical.

Ingredients

Just a few notes on the ingredients:

  • Unsweetened almond milk: As typical this recipe uses unsweetened almond milk instead of cow’s milk to keep the carbs and calories low. It can be substituted with another type of low-carb “milk” but I have not tested it.
  • Skittles Mango Tangelo drink mix: This is an officially licensed sugar free drink mix powder that emulates the flavor of Skittles hard candies.
  • Guar Gum: Guar gum is a common thickening agent that helps create a creamy texture in ice creams and sorbets.
  • Xanthan Gum: Xanthan gum is another common ice cream thickener that helps improve the texture and reduces ice crystals. While I typically use just one thickener (primarily guar gum), testing with this recipe showed that it needs both xanthan and guar gums together to produce the right texture. I’ve generally found this to be common in recipes that have lower amounts of protein powder than usual.
  • Swerve confectioners: I use Swerve Confectioners Sweetener. You can use any brand of erythritol-based sweetener but you might need to adjust the amount. Brands like Swerve and Lakanto add additional ingredients so that 1 cup of Swerve (or Lakanto) replaces 1 cup of sugar. However, pure erythritol is less sweet than sugar and it takes 1 1/3 cups of pure-erythritol to replace 1 cup of sugar. Check the substitution guide for your sweetener, and adjust accordingly if it’s pure-erythritol you may need to add about 30% more than listed here.
  • Vanilla protein powder: I use a vanilla protein powder to give body to the ice cream and increase the protein percentage. I typically use Quest Vanilla Milkshake because it works, from a well-known brand, and is commonly available (i.e. you can get it at Target and not just specialized nutrition stores). You may use your favorite vanilla protein powder but note that Quest is a whey/casein blend and you might get different results with a different type of powder.

How to make

Step 1: Combine all the dry ingredients together (Skittles packets, guar gum, xanthan gum, sweetener).

Step 2: Make sure the ingredients are well mixed in order to prevent the gums from clumping together when they make contact with the almond milk in the next step.

Step 3: In a blender combine the almond milk with the dry ingredients from the previous step.

Step 4: Mix briefly for a few seconds to blend the ingredients together. We recommend a blender because the gums mix better with a high shear velocity. However, you don’t want to mix too long.

Step 5: Pour the blended mixture into a Ninja Creami pint container and place in the freezer. Let freeze for at least 24 hours.

Step 6: After freezing, take the lid off the pint container and place in the Ninja Creami outer bowl.

Step 7: Install the Creami paddle into the outer bowl lid, place the lid on the outer bowl and lock into place according to the instructions in the Creami manual. Select the Lite Ice Cream mode, and it will spin for several minutes.

Step 8: When the Cremi stops spinning, take the container out and assess the consistency of the ice cream. If it’s powdery in texture, like shown in the picture for step 7 below, then add 1 teaspoon of almond milk, place the pint back into the Creami and select respin.

Step 9: Repeat the previous step until is is smooth as shown in the photo for step 8 below. Serve and enjoy!

Ninja Creami Orange Sherbert (High Protein, Low Carb)

Enjoy a burst of nostalgic Tang-like flavor in a creamy orange sherbert made healthier with the Ninja Creami.


Servings: 3

Calories: 38.9

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 5 mins

Cuisine: American

Course: Dessert


EQUIPMENT


INGREDIENTS

Ice Cream Base Wet Ingredients

Ice Cream Base Dry Ingredients


INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Combine all the dry ingredients together (Skittles packets, guar gum, xanthan gum, sweetener).

Step 2: Make sure the ingredients are well mixed in order to prevent the gums from clumping together when they make contact with the almond milk in the next step.

Step 3: In a blender combine the almond milk with the dry ingredients from the previous step.

Step 4: Mix briefly for a few seconds to blend the ingredients together. We recommend a blender because the gums mix better with a high shear velocity. However, you don’t want to mix too long.

Step 5: Pour the blended mixture into a Ninja Creami pint container and place in the freezer. Let freeze for at least 24 hours.

Step 6: After freezing, take the lid off the pint container and place in the Ninja Creami outer bowl.

Step 7: Install the Creami paddle into the outer bowl lid, place the lid on the outer bowl and lock into place according to the instructions in the Creami manual. Select the Lite Ice Cream mode, and it will spin for several minutes.

Step 8: When the Creami stops spinning, take the container out and assess the consistency of the ice cream. If it’s powdery in texture, then add 1 teaspoon of almond milk, place the pint back into the Creami and select respin.

Step 9: Repeat the previous step until is is smooth. Serve and enjoy!


NUTRITION

Servings: 3

Calories: 38.9

Fat: 1.1g

Saturated Fat: 0.0g

Cholesterol: 2.4mg

Sodium: 116.6mg

Carbohydrates: 2.3g

Fiber: 0.1g

Sugar: 0.1g

Protein: 4.3g

Erythritol: 4.0g

Net Carbs: 2.2g

Protein Percentage: 44%

Erythritol is included in calories but not in the carbohydrates estimate.


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4 responses to “Ninja Creami Orange Sherbert (High Protein, Low Carb)”

  1. Lori M. Avatar
    Lori M.

    Hi Folks, this looks great for the summer! Any recommendations on how to make this without the drink mix as I do not do aspartame nor food dyes? The closest somewhat clean keto orange flavor thing I can think of is a liquid – Stur Orange Clementine. It is sweetened with stevia and colored with fruit/veg juice. I would guess four 1/2 tsp servings (each meant to flavor 8 ounces of water) might equate to 2 stick/packets meant to flavor 16 ounces of water each. What increase in dry ingredients to offset the loss of 2 packets dry and the addition of 2 teaspoons thin liquid? If you think it’ll work I’ll order some on Amazon since the flavor isn’t in stores near me and I’d have to get 5 of them for about $23. Also this recipe didn’t show up for me on your Ninja Creami page nor the dessert page only on the best Creami page. Thanks!

  2. Kathy Lowe Avatar
    Kathy Lowe

    Would be so helpful and convenient to have the print button on the recipe card. And maybe a link from the top tabs on your website to the I scream webpage. A bit difficult to locate.
    Thanks so much- love your recipes.

    1. Kathy Lowe Avatar
      Kathy Lowe

      Never mind, figured out another way to view it in the kitchen!

      1. Ishan Avatar

        Hi Kathy, you’re not the first to ask for the print button and it’s on the “todo list”. In the meantime, could you share your work around for viewing it in the kitchen so other readers can benefit? Thanks!

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