Fresh ripe papaya with creamy coconut milk, coconut sugar, rum, and vanilla extract for an irresistible, non-dairy Ninja CREAMi treat.
Initially, I was going to make papaya shake the way my grandma used to make it with Haitian vanilla extract that has a hint of rum. But then I remembered I had my Ninja CREAMi homemade ice cream maker.
I've also been testing out so many recipes. And this is one of my favorites besides my blueberry sorbet and peach frozen yogurt. It also holds nostalgic childhood memories of being at her place and watching her make it for me.
Tropical Tasty Treats
If you are into tropical fruit desserts, try Mango Cookies and Cream No-Churn Ice Cream, a Super easy-to-make no-churn ice cream flavored with fresh, ripe, juicy mangos and vanilla and cream cookie pieces with a hint of floral almond flavor, making this ice cream impossible not to finish.
More Frozen Treats
Here are more ways to cool off:
- Easy Peanut Chocolate Caramel Candy Bar No-Churn Ice Cream
- Frozen Watermelon Lemonade
- Strawberry and Banana Shortcake
Haitian vanilla extract is unique; not only does it use vanilla bean but rum as well. Try Sonaprod’s 100% Haitian Vanilla Essence. We are known for our rum, especially Rhum Barbancourt, founded in 1862.
Remarkable fact: the distillation process of making this special rum is similar to cognac and made with sugarcane juice instead of molasses. It's also the alcohol used in Haitian Cremas, a creamy strong rum drink typically made with coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise.
Indeed, If you are in Miami at the airport watching arrivals from Haiti, almost every person has that famous yellow box!
“Creole” - Born / From the Colonies
Haiti is definitely one of those tropical places with a rich cuisine history. People tend to think Haitian Creole is broken, French.
However, that's not true; French is the base but with cognates of Spanish, Portuguese, Arawakan (Taino- indigenous people of the Caribbean), and West and Central African (Niger-Congo, Central Tano, and Bantu) languages. This is reflected in colonial cuisine as well.
Additionally, there are French cooking methods used in Haitian Cuisine (tomato-based stews, ragout) with African ingredients (yams, okra, pigeon, peas, plantain, thyme, breadfruit, papaya), Portugal's spice trade (clove, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon) and Taino cooking methods (barbecuing - In Haiti you'll find grilled fresh fish, lobster, or conch).
Ingredients and Instructions
Haitian papaya shake," Jus Papay," is usually made with fresh or frozen papaya chunks, ice, evaporated milk, condensed milk or sugar, salt, and Haitian vanilla extract. I used coconut milk and coconut sugar for this recipe to make it low-glycemic and non-dairy.
To also try to imitate the Haitian vanilla extract flavor, I used vanilla and rum extracts in a 1-to-1 ratio. Also, salt enhances the taste of sweetness and fat since frozen foods tend to dull these components.
See the Ninja CREAMi recipe card for quantities.
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- Vanilla and Rum Extract - I used vanilla and rum extract in this recipe to imitate Haitian Vanilla. If you can get some, please do that instead, like Sonaprod's 100% Haitian Vanilla Essence.
- Coconut Sugar - Coconut sugar is a low-glycemic food item that has a slight taste of toasted coconuts. However, if you wish to replace it, you can replace it with regular white table sugar or brown sugar at the same unit amount in the recipe.
Milkshake! When using the Ninja CREAMi, the ice cream usually hardens back up the next day, and you'll have to spin it. But instead of having ice cream again, I added some soy milk and bananas to make a shake. It was so good.
I didn't add more coconut milk because I didn't want to go over the serving size of it; you don't want to have too much of it. And soy milk is what I had on hand, but you can use almond milk instead. Both vanilla and non-sweeten are ok.
Ninja CREAMi - To develop this recipe, I used the Ninja CREAMi, which comes with several options to make cold treats, from ice cream, lite ice cream, sorbets, milkshakes, gelato and smoothie bowls.
I got this cold treat maker since it reminds me of what I used to use in the professional kitchen, using the same method to make several varieties of small canisters of ice cream and sorbet bases for our dessert station at the W Hotel on South Beach. I guess it's just nostalgia for me.
The Ninja CREAMi has at least two plastic canisters with lids to store the cold treats in the freezer.
Prepare beforehand; whatever cold treat base you make with your Ninja CREAMi requires 24 hours of freezing before spinning in the machine.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you followed the ice cream base recipe correctly. Then, it might be what is being done to the "frozen" ice cream base. Instead of churning like regular ice cream. The machine has a blade that rapidly cuts the frozen solid mixture into thin pieces.
And since it's still very cold, some of those loose pieces haven't melted to be "creamy." So it is suggested to re-spin the ice cream. This option is on the machine. Usually, this option solves the problem. The speed of the blade and time being out at room temperature allow the ice crystals to melt.
To test if your ice cream is ready after being spun, if it crumbles when scooping, re-spin it again.
When making ice cream with the Ninja CREAMi, the traditional techniques are separated compared to a conventional ice cream maker.
For example, instead of an ice cream maker that chills the ice cream base while slowly spinning it, called churning, the Ninja CREAMi has you freeze the ice cream base in the freezer first. Then, spin in the machine.
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- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
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