May 3, 2013

Mexican "Unfried" Ice Cream



A skinnier fried ice cream with a sweet crunchy cinnamon topping. Oh-my-word, I can't tell you how good this is!


If you've ever had the Mexican fried ice cream at Chi Chi's, you'll understand this recipe. I always loved the concept of fried ice cream, as a kid I remember ordering it and always found it fascinating that the ice cream didn't melt.


This recipe is a much lighter, healthy version of the original fried version. This isn't fried at all, but it still has that same great taste with the crunchy cinnamon topping, and cold creamy vanilla ice cream (well, actually frozen yogurt) in the center.

This idea came from a fan. She actually made something like this for a party and layered everything in a square pan which is a great idea if you want to serve a crowd, but for portion control, I thought making them in individual servings was better.

To make it light, I bought my favorite fat free vanilla frozen yogurt: Gotta Have Vanilla from Stonyfield; that stuff is sooo good, I actually prefer it over their other brand Oikos. Then I perused the cereal aisle and decided on using crushed Special K as my crust mixed tossed with some cinnamon. If you are gluten free, I would use a gluten free cereal instead. Enjoy your weekend and have a happy Cinco De Mayo!





Mexican "Unfried" Ice Cream
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 ball w /chocolate syrup • Old Points: 3 • Weight Watcher Points+: 4
Calories: 180 • Fat: 0.5 g • Carb: 36 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 6.5 g • Sugar: 23 g
Sodium: 203 mg • Cholest: 0 mg 


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fat free vanilla frozen yogurt (Stonyfield)
  • 2 cups Special K Cereal, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp Hershey's chocolate syrup 
  • cherry for topping (optional)
  • Truwhip for topping (optional)


Directions:


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With an ice cream scooper, scoop out 4 balls of ice cream 1/2 cup in size and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 2 hours, or overnight, until the ice cream is very hard.


Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, combine the crushed cereal and cinnamon. Using rubber gloves, roll the balls of ice cream in the cereal coating, packing them together into a smooth ball.



Return the coated ice cream to the baking sheet and freeze until ready to serve.


To serve, drizzle with chocolate syrup on top with whipped cream and cherry, if desired.

73 comments :

  1. Thank you for giving me our Mother's Day/Cinco de Mayo dessert! And thank you, too, for all your wonderful recipes! No one tells you how hard maintenance is but thanks to you, it's tasty! :)

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  2. Love this! Going to make asap!

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  3. Turkey Hill also has a very good frozen yogurt line, but I don't know if their distribution radius extends into NY. I can only buy it in one store in my area, so I always load up when I go in. The cashiers probably think I'm nuts.

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    1. Turkey Hill has a function on their site that you can see if any stores in your area carry their products: http://www.turkeyhill.com/products/where-to-buy-turkey-hill.aspx

      I've seen their tea in Kroger's in Texas and I know you can buy ice cream and tea at Giant in Virginia.

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    2. Good to know, is it fat free?

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  4. Do you think the cinnamon pecan special k would work well? (i'm obsessed with it)

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  6. What a great alternative!!! Looks beautiful!

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  7. I would also add a bit of honey on top too! The cinnamon/honey combo MAKES fried ice cream!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I could kiss you. This is amazing! I can't wait to try it!!

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  9. this looks awesome! will definitely have to try this =D

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  10. I've made this with fiber cereal brand "cinnamon toast crunch" and it was heat so ill have to try this one too!!!

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  11. love it! i just had my first mexican fried ice cream recently:

    http://theactorsdiet.com/2013/04/25/casa-vega/

    it seems like the "fried" part (the tortilla) was the least tasty!

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  12. Bless your heart for making this!!! I had fried ice cream for the first time a few years ago and was immediately obsessed. One of the best desserts, hands down!

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  13. Just when I started my Paleo diet....:(!

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    1. yeah, which is why I probably couldn't be on a Paleo diet :)

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  14. Can anyone recommend a good gluten free cereal substitution ? We are new to the gf lifestyle and I'm still tryin to figure it all out!

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    1. I'd try a brown rice crispy cereal. Mesa Sunrise might be good as well. Their maple flavor is one of my favorite splurges. I'm not sure any GF cereal would hold up for long in the freezer though. I'd roll and serve right away.

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    2. Chex makes lots of different gf flavors including cinnamon.

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    3. Chex makes lots of different gf flavors including cinnamon.

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  15. Yum!! And it's so cute too :)

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  16. Totally going to try that! Sounds and looks amazing.

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  17. OMG!! I just love you and your recipes :)!!! This made my day Ms Gina!!

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  18. This is Super Duper recipe for my kids, I got to try this..

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  19. This is such a brilliant idea! We took a friend to Chevy's for her birthday one year, and they brought out a sombrero and fried ice cream for her. We were all surprised that the ice cream didn't melt in the frier too! But I didn't like how greasy it felt, so I'd probably like your un-fried version a lot more!

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  20. Great idea Gina!! Today is an ice cream kind of day!!

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  21. I used to order fried ice cream for dinner at every single Mexican restaurant as a teenager. Now that I eat healthier, I need to try a healthy version! Great recipe. I think ill try a coconut ice cream with a grain- free granola topping! Yum!;) Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  22. I just rediscovered fried ice cream at a little Mexican place and forgot how good it was. Thanks for this skinny version!

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  23. Gina, I could kiss you right now!! I can't wait to try these!!! :)

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  24. Yum, can't wait to try this one!!!

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  25. I always thought the fried ice cream sort of tasted like it was rolled in rice krispies. Think I'll try that-wonderful idea and what a nice presentation it makes.

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  26. Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe! I am thinking of taking it to a party and I was wondering if you know how long it lasts outside the freezer? My commute to the party is about 30 minutes and I am not sure if it will last all the way there

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    1. It really needs to stay frozen like any ice cream would, maybe in a cooler packed with ice?

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  27. OMG! YUMMO!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-peek-into-my-paradise-tgif-link-party.html

    Cathy

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  28. I just made this... super easy and super yummy. I agree with the commenter above that a little drizzle of honey gives it a lot! LOVE LOVE LOVE this... Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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    1. This is amazing. I could not believe how much it tastes like fried cream! I did use Edys 1/2 fat vanilla bean ice cream instead of frozen yogurt. I also used Special K with pecans and cinnamon. Will keep these in my freezer often. My family loved it.

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  30. These look amazing, thank you for so many creative recipes Gina! WIth your help, weight watchers is easy and fun! I have to tell you that Oikos is actually made by Dannon, not Stonyfield, but both make delicious yogurt. Having worked for Dannon previously, I find that a lot of people don't know that they make Oikos.

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  31. I just made these today. They were a huge hit with my mom and dad! Another winning WW dessert! Thanks again. :)

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  32. I made these today snd they were really good! I used the chocolate fiber one cereal sd I fidnt have Special K and they were really good..thanks Gina!!

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  33. It's really good made with graham cracker crumbs, too... not sure that that would make this a healthy recipe anymore, but it tastes just like the real thing! I prefer honey to the chocolate syrup... that's always what I got at Chi-Chi's.... miss that restaurant SO much!

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  34. I made this for the weekend that just passed and everyone loved it!!! My 17 year old niece had 2 servings:)

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  35. Silly question here, but did you freeze the yogurt yourself or buy it already frozen? They look amazing and I can't wait to try them!

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    1. She used frozen yogurt. It comes frozen just like ice cream. You find it in the ice cream section.

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  36. Gina! I LOVE FRIED ICE CREAM!! Do you think it will taste just as good with fiber one honey cluster cereal?

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  37. I made these for my Cinco de Mayo dinner, they were a HIT!!!

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  38. I never thought I would eat fried ice cream again! On Cinco de Mayo we made your Salsa Verde Chicken in a taco shell (i cannot find the tostadas but I want them!) followed by this and we felt like we were at an authentic Mexican restaurant! It was sooooo good!

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  39. Hi I'm in the UK and we just don't have this mexican fried ice cream concept,
    This is a tasty recipe but now I have heard about "fried ice cream" i can accept no substitute.
    So can anyone tell me
    a) where to find a Mexican restaurant in the UK where I can try fried ice cream
    or
    b) put up a recipe with techniques to make fried ice cream.
    please

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    1. In Australia we get fried ice-cream at Chinese restaurants - they're usually the one and only dessert on the menu!

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  40. OMG....this just finished this and it was delicious! I too used the cinnamon pecan Special K and it was wonderful! Can't wait to share this with friends....what a treat! Thank you Gina for all your hard work and these wonderful recipes!

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  41. This was AMAZING! Definitely best drizzled with honey...tastes just like the deep-fried-ice-cream @ my local Mexican restaurant (that probably has 1000 calories!). Thank you Thank you!

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  42. I made these tonight and they were delicious! The crunchiness of the cereal really gave it that fried texture I was craving. I will definitely be making these again. It's so great that it satisfies my sweet tooth without he added calories from frying. Thank you again for another great recipe.

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  43. Wow, these looks insanely amazing. Love to eat it. Surely will try.
    Many thanks for sharing.
    Ice Cream Las Vegas

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  44. We use Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds. But before I crush it up I drizzle honey on the cereal and toast it in the oven for a bit. When it cools I crush it up and roll the ice cream in it. My kids LOVE making these!

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  45. Gina,

    Do you have the recipe that your fan made with everything in a pan? I am looking to make this for 15-20 people so I thought the pan would be easier. Do I just layer everything on top of the ice cream?

    Thanks!!

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  47. My husband doesn't really like sweets, and I was looking for some kind of treat to make with his birthday dinner. Once we got past the point of my kids asking if I was serious that they fry ice cream, all of us gave it a big thumbs up. Gina, I do not buy cookbooks because I think they are mostly clutter, but I am definitely buying your cookbook! I can't miss when I make any recipe from your blog!

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  48. I've made this a million times so amazing only I use Special K granola thank you so much for posting this :)

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  49. This is perfect, thanks for inspiration!!!!

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