Unfried Ice Cream Bites

By  Ann Dunaway Teh

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This month’s Recipe Redux is a celebration and what better way than with our Unfried Ice Cream Bites inspired by Lauren Harris-Pincus of Nutrition Starring YOU

Unfried Ice Cream Bites are simple to make and fun to do with the kids.

I know you are dying to know more about these Unfried Ice Cream Bites and see how crazy easy these are to make. But first, a moment to reflect and celebrate that The Recipe Redux is celebrating its 5th Birthday!!! I can’t believe that I’ve been participating in these monthly challenges from the very beginning. So much has changed since then, both for The Recipe Redux and for me. We’ve both come a long way and grown by leaps and bounds. 

For this month’s challenge, we were asked to celebrate one of our fellow Reduxers by making one of her  recipes or using it as inspiration for a recipe of our own. I remembered seeing a picture of Lauren’s Mexican Ice Cream Balls last month and knew right away I wanted to make this recipe!

Mexican Unfried Ice Cream Balls by Lauren of Nutrition Starring You

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lauren at our annual nutrition conference several years ago and of course follow her on social media. She has a wonderful blog full of insightful, practical posts (like  Can I Drink Alcohol and Still Lose Weight?)  and creative recipes. Besides the Mexican Unfried Ice Cream Balls, I loved this recent one too: How To Make Sweet Potato Toast

But back to ice cream. Have you ever tried Fried Ice Cream? I was fascinated the first time I tried it – how did the ice cream stay cold on the inside of the crunchy outer crust? It tasted delicious but was an indulgence I’ve only had a handful of times. Except now that may change since Lauren introduced me to how easy this is to make at home with an “unfried” version. And by using a small ice cream scoop that only holds about 1 1/2 tablespoons of ice cream the portion size is kept in check.

Unfried Ice Cream Bites are simple to make and fun to do with the kids.

To create the outer coating of our ice cream bites, we decided to shake things up and simply crushed some Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. The cereal has a great crunch to it already for a crunchy coating without being fried. Plus, it has great flavor between the real cinnamon in it as well as the sweetness. Again, it’s all about portion control people.

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Unfried Ice Cream Bites are simple to make and fun to do with the kids.

We made our Unfried Ice Cream Bites  at Lesley’s house and since her kids were home from summer camp, they got in on the action. Of course they couldn’t wait to dive into these treats and gobbled one up as soon as they got the clearance from mom  and the photographer (me)!    

Unfried Ice Cream Bites are simple to make and fun to do with the kids.

Unfried Ice Cream Bites are simple to make and fun to do with the kids.
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This is one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make yet will be loved by both adults and children alike. It’s also a great one to get the kids to help make. Two bites are a serving. Adapted from Lauren Pincus’ Mexican Unfried Ice Cream Balls: http://nutritionstarringyou.com/mexican-unfried-ice-cream-balls/.
Servings
12 ice cream bites
Servings
12 ice cream bites
Unfried Ice Cream Bites are simple to make and fun to do with the kids.
Unfried Ice Cream Bites
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This is one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make yet will be loved by both adults and children alike. It’s also a great one to get the kids to help make. Two bites are a serving. Adapted from Lauren Pincus’ Mexican Unfried Ice Cream Balls: http://nutritionstarringyou.com/mexican-unfried-ice-cream-balls/.
Servings
12 ice cream bites
Servings
12 ice cream bites
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
  • Toppings as desired like chocolate syrup
Servings: ice cream bites
Units:
Instructions
  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out vanilla ice cream and place each scoop on pan to form 12 separate small ice cream bites. Each will contain approximately 1 ½ tablespoons of ice cream. Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes to harden.
  2. Meanwhile, put cereal in a re-sealable bag. Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, crush cereal into tiny pieces. Place crushed cereal in a wide bowl.
  3. Once ice cream has hardened and using plastic food prep gloves, take each ice cream scoop and quickly roll into a ball then place in the cereal crumbs, coating well on all sides. Place back on sheet pan. Do this quickly with all of the ice cream balls and place pan back in freezer for another 30 minutes or longer to harden before serving.
  4. These are great served plain as is or drizzle with chocolate syrup or any other fruit-flavored syrup just before serving if desired.
Recipe Notes

Mix It Up: The flavor combinations are endless! Use any flavor of ice cream you desire. You could also use frozen yogurt or light ice cream if preferred. We love the crunchiness and flavor of cinnamon toast crunch, but graham crackers could also work or another crunchy cereal. We think adding crushed nuts would also be a great idea to add a little bit of saltiness, or use tortilla chips like Lauren did in her original recipe

Nutrition Facts
Unfried Ice Cream Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 7%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Lauren Harris-Pincus

    Awwww, I’m so honored that you chose my Unfried Ice Cream Balls to remake for this month’s Recipe Redux!!! I LOVE the Cinnamon Toast Crunch idea too!!

    • Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel

      Hi Lauren,
      Our pleasure! This is Lesley and my kids LOVE them! I also like the fact they are small so it does not feel like a total indulgence. We had tons of fun making them with the kids as well. Of course, they were all in about cooking when they heard there was ice cream involved. My kids do not like to help much in the kitchen (bummer!!).

    • Thanks, Lauren! We do too as a fun twist to your awesome original recipe – thanks for the inspiration!

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