This cannoli gelato recipe can be made in your Ninja Creami

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Creami Cannoli Gelato

You will enjoy this rich and cheesy Ricotta Gelato with Dark chocolate, salty Pistachios, and sweet Maraschino cherries.  This Creami Cannoli Gelato is a delicious twist on a classic Italian/Sicilian delicacy.

Since the 70’s people have been looking for the deep and hidden meaning for Clemenza’s famous line in the Godfather movie: ‘Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli’. Clemenza had it right- Cannoli’s are delicious- and no logical person would ever leave them behind.  (No deep psychological mind-bending necessary).  

Our love for Homemade Cannoli’s has also inspired the ChaRIZZmas Cannoli Martini, and the alcohol-infused Unholy Cannoli

Where did the Cannoli come from?  

Chances are, Cannoli’s were he influence of the Arabs who ruled Sicily, around the tenth century. They were the first to introduce sugar, and almonds to the Sicilian people, opening the door for wonderful culinary creations.

The first cannoli may have been created for a sultan in the Caltanissetta region. Others say a convent of nuns from the same region created the Cannoli.  Wherever it started, it traveled to the United States by the late 19th century, where it became an American favorite.

What are the Best Italian cursing expressions?

Do you know the most interesting Italian Cuss-worthy expressions to accompany your gourmet desserts?  In service of our smart and ever-learning ‘Cuss’tomers, we are sharing some of our favorites:

What is Rompicoglioni? – Ball breaker

Rompicoglioni is someone that bothers, or annoys you.

What is Faccia di culo? – Assface

Faccia di culo literally means your face looks like it, but in Italian, it is not as bad as it sounds. It actually means you have a lot of nerve and are very direct.

What does Non dire cazzate  mean?–  Don’t talk BS!

Cazzate, minchiate, puttanate, stronzate are all good terms for BS!

What does Porca puttana mean? – Bloody hell, Dammit

When you are truly pissed, you can yell Porca puttana. which literally translates to “pig sl*t”.  How perfect is that?

What is Bacha ma culo? – Kiss my Ass

With such an amazing dessert- your guests may Pass on the Sass– and instead, say Grazie! (thank you)

Creami Cannoli Gelato


Creami Cannoli Gelato

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Freeze Time: 1 day 

Total Time: 1 day 15 minutes

Yield: 8

Calories: 210kcal

Milk Mixture

  • 2 cups Whole milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • ¾ Ricotta
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Egg Mixture

  • 5 Egg Yolks
  • ¾ Sugar

Mix-ins for Later

  • 2 Tbsp Pistachios Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp High Quality Dark Chocolate Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Maraschino cherries Chopped- with juice pressed out

Heat the Milks

  • Heat the Whole milk, Heavy cream, Ricotta, Salt, Cinnamon and Vanilla on low heat and continue to stir until the mixture begins to bubble at the edges. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat, and set aside. (If you have a thermometer, you want the temperature to reach approximately 180 degrees F)

Prepare the Egg mixture

Final Mix

  • Return the milk mixture to low heat, and str in the egg yolk/sugar mixture. Again, DO NOT BOIL. Keep stirring until blended, and then remove from heat.
  • Let the Gelato cool for 15 minutes
  • Pour the Gelato into 2 Ninja Creami Pints, and freeze for at least 24 hours

Ninja Creami Magic

  • Remove a pint from the freezer, and remove the lid
  • Place the pint in the Ninja outer bowl with the paddle lid
  • Turn the Ninja Creami ice cream maker on, and place the bowl in the locked-in upright position. Push the Gelato button
  • Wait for the machine to finish its blending process, and remove the outer bowl and pint from the machine
  • Add the chopped Pistachios, Chocolate and maraschino cherries to the pint- return the pint to the outer bowl with the paddle lid- and put back into the machine in the locked-in upright position. Press the mix-in button
  • Wait for the Ninja machine to complete the mixing and remove the bowl and pint from the machine
  • Serve immediately and enjoy

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 708IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Ninja Creami Ice Cream FAQ’s

What the FAQ?

What is a Ninja Creami?  

The Ninja Creami transforms frozen solid bases into decadent frozen desserts, at the touch of a button.  From healthy to decadent, the Creami can create frozen treats that are delicious and healthful.  The Creami has pre-programmed settings for ice cream, sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurt, milkshake, smoothie bowl, slushy, Italian ice, frozen drinks, and ‘Creamiccino’.  The Creami works differently from a conventional maker, but quickly spins a frozen pint of ingredients into a mostly smooth ice cream, even with tricky, low-fat bases.

Why would I want to make Creami Ice Cream or Sorbet?

The Ninja Creami is fast and fun.  Get creative with textures, and flavors,  Make decadent flavor combinations, low-calorie, high protein desserts, or treats to accommodate special diets- Keto, Low-sugar, Lactose-free, or Vegan.

With the Creami, you simply pour your liquid base and ingredients in the Creami pint, and freeze it for 24 hours.  Once your mixture is frozen, you pop the lid off of the containers and drop them into the Ninja Creami.

Whether you’re a seasoned frozen dessert connoisseur or a rookie confection maker, this magical machine can revolutionize your dessert experience.

Why will I love Ninja Creami  Ice cream and Sorbet recipes?

  • Fast.  Create your culinary canvas in minutes- and freeze.  24 hours later the Ninja Creami grinds and smooths your ingredients into a specialty confection.
  • Fun.  There are so many options to create a dessert that is perfect for you and your family and friends
  • Variety. The Ninja Creami offers a wide range of dessert options, allowing you to experiment and create various frozen desserts like ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and more, specific to your taste and preferences.   Great for the perfect summer treat, but a delicious classic all year long.
  • Minimal ingredients. Most recipes require just a handful of ingredients, (with many you will have on hand)
  • Diet friendly. You can use this ice cream machine to make Keto, Lactose-free, low-calorie, protein, and even vegan ice creams.  Pure joy
  • Small servings. Each batch of ice cream makes just one pint, making it so fun to experiment with your favorite flavors- and varieties of frozen desserts- and just enough to share.
  • Customizable settings. Each button on the machine is specific depending on what you’d like to make- lite ice cream, smoothie bowls, or another other sweet treat.

What is the Ninja Creami process?

  1.  Add fresh ingredients to the Ninja Creami pint- Typically a base, fruit or savory flavor, other add-ins
  2. Freeze Ninja Pints and their contents
  3. Turn the Ninja Creami machine on.  Place the Ninja pint into the Ninja Creami’s machine outer bowl with the paddle lid, and position in the machine.  Press the appropriate button, and wait for your machine to do its magic.

What are typical bases for Ninja Creami ice cream?

Typical Creami Ice creams may use egg yolks, cream and sugar.   Other variations use a variety of milks, heavy whipping cream, and occasionally cream cheese, and even goat cheese.

For low-calorie ice creams, almond milk, cashew milk, or low-fat yogurt is often used in conjunction with sugar-free pudding powder.  Low calorie sweeteners include Stevia, Monk fruit, Swerve, Allulose.  Guar gum is sometimes used as a thickener, or way to avoid heavy creams.

Vegan Creami ice cream often feature non-dairy milks like almond or cashew.  They may also use Tofu, Cashew or Coconut butters, soaked nuts, even sweet potatoes and/or dates

Lactose-free milks or protein shakes are often used in Creami desserts for those with milk allergies

Some Creami desserts start with a Protein shake – Fairlife, B-Fit and Core Power shakes are popular options.

What are typical bases for Ninja Creami Sorbet?

Sorbet is typically simple syrup and pureed fruit.  Sorbets can include herbs, and alcohol

Can you use frozen fruit in a Ninja Creami?

If using frozen fruit, Dice or mince in a food processor.   Hard frozen fruit can damage your Ninja machine.  Fresh fruit can to add too much liquid to your recipe.

Can I add Fudge or Caramel to my Ninja Creami ice cream?

Fudge and Caramel, Nut butters, and Hazelnut spread do not mix well in the Ninja Creami.  These should be added after the dessert is blended.

How does the Ninja Creami work?

The Ninja Creami uses a different method of preparing cool and creamy treats.  The Creami uses technology that was previously only available in an expensive machine called the Pacojet.  The Creami  has an attached blade, which spins as it slowly moves into the frozen block of liquid.  The blade drills into the ice, shaving off pieces and whipping them together until the mixture forms a creamy dessert.

Why is my Creami ice cream crumbly?

Ice cream becomes crumbly for a variety of reasons, including not enough fat content, too much water content, or improper freezing.  Add 1/8 cup of milk, cream, or almond milk to your pint, and put the pint back into your Ninja on the re-spin cycle.  This re-spin cycle can be great friend to you!

The more time your ice cream is in the freezer- the more you will want to freshen it up, and add a small quantity of Almond milk- and re-spin.

Gelato Creami Tips

  • Do not fill the pints past the fill line- you could damage your machine
  • Always freeze Ninja pints level
  • Taste the Gelato mix before freezing to be sure you have the flavor/ sweetness you are looking for
  • Make sure you freeze your ingredients for at least 24 hours
  • If your gelato is a little crumbly, add a slight amount of milk and re-spin
  • Re-spin your Cannoli Gelato with a little milk if you have been storing in the freezer for a while

Cussing Creami’s

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