Ninja Creami Butter Pecan Ice Cream

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Recreate the beloved ice cream shop classic with this easy Ninja Creami Butter Pecan Ice Cream recipe! Easy to make with just 6 simple ingredients, it’s the perfect frozen treat to enjoy all year long!

Suitable for vegetarian and gluten free diets.

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This Ninja Creami butter pecan ice cream is the ideal dessert—four simple ingredients, minimal work, and plenty of butter flavor and pecans. It’s so simple that I have it again 6,000 times in the summer, all year round, especially around Christmas and the New Year.

This creamy and rich Ninja Creami butter pecan ice cream tastes just like you got it from the ice cream shop, just like my decadent Ninja Creami chocolate ice cream recipe. Yeap, homemade ice cream for the win!

Also do check out my collection of over 26 Ninja Creami recipes.

Why Make This Recipe

  • It’s easy to make – Toast the pecans, blend the other ingredients, freeze the mixture overnight, then pop it into the machine to process. Add the pecans at the end, and you are good to go.
  • Super simple – All you need are 5 ingredients to whip up this delicious frozen dessert.
  • Customizable – Making butter pecan ice cream at home means you can experiment and swap out the ingredients to suit your dietary needs and taste preferences.
  • Make ahead – Prep in advance and serve during the Christmas holidays, New Year’s celebrations, and of course all summer long for backyard barbecues, pool parties, 4th of July, and as an afternoon treat on those hot summer days.
  • P.S. If you like this recipe, you will also love my Ninja Creami protein ice cream.
three scoops of the butter pecan ice cream in a white bowl with a spoon and two ice cream cones.

Ingredient Notes

  • Milk – use whole milk for the best creamy results, but feel free to try 2% milk instead, although the results will be less creamy and more icy.
  • Heavy cream – adds delicious silky smooth ice cream base.
  • Cream cheese – use full fat cream cheese for the best results. It helps thicken and stabilize the ice cream.
  • Brown sugar – use brown sugar for both color and flavor. So, so good.
  • Pecans and butter – these add extra crunch. Start with raw pecans since you will be toasting them.
  • Butter – I prefer salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter instead.
the ingredients needed for making butter pecan ice cream in the Ninja Creami machine.

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How To Make Ninja Creami Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

pecans and butter being toasted in a skillet.

Step 1. Toast pecans in a small skillet over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. Add the butter and keep tossing for another minute. Remove from the heat, let cool, and then roughly chop the pecans.

the combined ice cream base ingredients in a Ninja Creami pint container.

Step 2. Combine the ice cream base ingredients in the Ninja Creami pint container using a whisk until well blended. Make sure the cream cheese is well mixed in. Cover and freeze on a level surface in the freezer for 24 hours.

the frozen butter pecan ice cream base ready to be processed.

Step 3. Remove the container from the freezer, take the lid off, and place it in the Ninja Creami machine, as stated in the manufacturer’s instructions

the processed butter pecan ice cream inside a pint container.

Step 4. Select the ice cream setting and let it process.

toasted pecans being added to the processed ice cream base.

Step 5. When done, remove the bowl, form a hole in the middle of the ice cream, and add most of the buttered pecans (leave a few for garnish), making sure to also add the butter.

the completed butter pecan ice cream ready to be served.

Step 6. Place back in the Ninja Creami machine, select the mix-ins function, and process. When done, remove the ice cream, garnish with the remaining pecan pieces, and serve.

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t skip forming the well in the processed ice cream base. This will ensure the ingredients mix evenly. Use a butter knife to make the well in the center.
  • Make sure the ice cream is done perfectly before adding your mix-ins. After the mix-ins are in, you don’t want to process the Ninja Creami ice cream any further as they may get mashed up by the machine’s paddles.
  • Please do let this freeze for a full 24 hours. The ice cream base must be fully frozen to process correctly.
  • If you are impatient like me and don’t enjoy waiting, then it’s a good idea to prep and freeze more than one pint at a time.
  • Is your ice cream not smooth enough? Then use the re-spin function before adding the mix-ins. And if it’s still not the right texture, simply add a splash of cream or milk and re-spin again.
a spoon scooping some of the ice cream out of the pint container.

Delicious Variations

  • Add a little sea salt to the pecans when toasting for that little extra taste boost.
  • Feel free to make candied pecans and add them to the ice cream.
  • You can also add in a swirl of caramel for an extra flavor.
  • Serve your ice cream with extra pecans scattered on top.
  • This is such a great recipe to serve with these pool party food ideas.
top down view of the finished butter pecan ice cream inside the Ninja Creami outer bowl.

FAQs

Why is my Ninja Creami not creamy?

If after you finish processing, the mixture isn’t creamy, it could be the result of either not being frozen enough or being too frozen. Using the re-spin program and if needed, adding a bit of milk or water will usually fix the issue.

Why does the Ninja Creami have to freeze for 24 hours?

If after processing, your mixture isn’t creamy, it could be the result of either not being frozen enough or being too frozen. Using the re-spin program and if needed, adding a bit of milk or water will usually fix the issue.

What Can You Make With A Ninja Creami?

There are so many things you can make with a Ninja Creami. You can make a lot of frozen treats.

Ice Cream – including lite ice cream, gelato, dole whip, sorbet, Italian Ice, and healthier option like frozen yogurt.
Drinks and frozen drinks – including frozen milkshakes, creamiccinos, slushies, smoothies and smoothie bowl.

What Milk Is Best For Ice Cream?

For the best rich decadent flavor, please use whole milk. You can try using 2% milk, although the results will be less creamy and more icy.

a bowl of butter pecan ice cream with a dish of additional pecans behind it.

Storage

  • Prep Ahead – make sure you plan to prep ahead since you’ll need to freeze the ice cream base for at least 24 hours before processing it in the machine.
  • Storage – smooth out the top and freeze in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to a month.
a frozen pint of butter pecan ice cream sitting in front of the Ninja Creami machine.

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Ninja Creami Butter Pecan Ice Cream

It’s so easy to make this ice cream shop classic at home!
Prep Time10 minutes
Freezing and Processing Time1 day 20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 4
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

Ice cream base

  • 1 cup (237ml) whole milk
  • cup (158ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese you may need another tablespoon
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar

Mix-ins

  • cup (85g) toasted chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Toast pecans in a small skillet over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. Add the butter and keep tossing for another minute. Remove from the heat, let cool, and then roughly chop the pecans.
  • Combine the ice cream base ingredients in the Ninja Creami pint container using a whisk until well blended. Make sure the cream cheese is well mixed in.
  • Cover and freeze on a level surface in the freezer for 24 hours.
  • Remove the container from the freezer, take the lid off, and place it in the Ninja Creami machine, as stated in the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Select the ice cream setting and let it process.
  • When done, remove the bowl, form a hole in the middle of the ice cream, and add most of the buttered pecans (leave a few for garnish), making sure to also add the butter. Place back in the Ninja Creami machine, select the mix-ins function, and process.
  • Remove the ice cream, garnish with the remaining pecan pieces, and serve.
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Notes

  • Don’t skip forming the well in the processed ice cream base. This will ensure the ingredients mix evenly. Use a butter knife to make the well in the center.
  • Make sure the ice cream is done perfectly before adding your mix-ins. After the mix-ins are in, you don’t want to process the Ninja Creami ice cream any further as they may get mashed up by the machine’s paddles.
  • Please do let this freeze for a full 24 hours. The ice cream base must be fully frozen to process correctly.
  • If you are impatient like me and don’t enjoy waiting, then it’s a good idea to prep and freeze more than one pint at a time.
  • Is your ice cream not smooth enough? Then use the re-spin function before adding the mix-ins. And if it’s still not the right texture, simply add a splash of cream or milk and re-spin again.
  • Storage – keep frozen in an airtight container for up to a month.

Nutrition

Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 828IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg

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