Mexican “Unfried” 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, 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

5
Freestyle Points
149.5
Calories
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
Freestyle Points: 5
Points: +2
Keywords: easy fried ice cream, fried ice cream, healthy fried ice cream, mexican fried ice cream