Mexican “Unfried” Ice Cream

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Fried Ice Cream, a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is typically quickly deep-fried, creating a crispy shell around a cold scoop of ice cream. This lighter version isn’t fried, but oh-my-word, it’s delicious!

Fried Ice Cream, a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is typically quickly deep-fried, creating a crispy shell around a cold scoop of ice cream. This lighter version isn't fried, but 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 have 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 easier to make, and much lighter than the restaurant dish. That’s because it’s not fried at all, but it still has that same great taste.

Variations and Tips:

Make it gluten-free: The topping is made with crushed Special K as the crust tossed with some cinnamon. If you are gluten free, I would use a gluten-free cereal instead.

Make it dairy-free: swap the ice cream for your favorite dairy-free ice cream.

Fried Ice Cream, a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is typically quickly deep-fried, creating a crispy shell around a cold scoop of ice cream. This lighter version isn't fried, but oh-my-word, I can't tell you how good this is!
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Mexican "Unfried" Ice Cream

149.5 Cals 7.5 Protein 30 Carbs 2.5 Fats
Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: Mexican
Fried Ice Cream, a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is typically quickly deep-fried, creating a crispy shell around a cold scoop of ice cream. This lighter version isn't fried, but oh-my-word, I can't tell you how good this is!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups low calorie dairy or dairy-free ice cream, Halo Top or Enlightened
  • 2 cups Special K Cereal, crushed (or gf cereal)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp Hershey's chocolate syrup
  • cherry for topping, optional
  • Truwhip for topping, optional

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

To make it gluten-free: The topping is made with crushed Special K as the crust tossed with some cinnamon. If you are gluten free, I would use a gluten-free cereal instead.
To make it dairy-free: swap the ice cream for your favorite dairy-free ice cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball, Calories: 149.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 7.5g, Fat: 2.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 248mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 11.5g
WW Points Plus: 2
Keywords: easy fried ice cream, fried ice cream, healthy fried ice cream, mexican fried ice cream

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73 comments

  1. I made these For A Father Day Treat for FLORIDA Golfers, Wonderful recipe,Definitely easy,I Just wanted toTry A Different Cereal,Chose Churros cereals, I also Toasted in oven with cinnamon,What’s Wonderful about You can Change up Cereal an Ice Cream, I chose A vanilla Gelato,Will Definitely Make for many in Future an Will use My imagination an keep it fun an interesting ❤️👍👌

  2. I made this last week for a Cinco de Mayo dinner. It was easy to do. Everyone was so surprised and impressed. I did stray and use a different flavor of frozen yogurt, as I knew my guests would prefer it over vanilla.
    Thanks, Gina!

  3. Cinnamon Toast Crunch works really well for this recipe! I’ve made it several times and it tastes just like the real thing.

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!