Unfried Ice Cream

Guess who's celebrating a birthday today?! Yes... I'm another year older. I'm officially 3 years away 40 {omg - did I just type that?!}. But thankfully, I was blessed with great genes and I look {and perhaps act} younger than I really am - so I'm told. Having a birthday to kick off the month of May is like having a precursor to the festive and delicious celebration of Cinco de Mayo. So to celebrate my birthday and to have a little teaser to the weekend's Mexican inspired festivities, here's an Unfried Ice Cream to share. It's cool, creamy, crunchy, and sweet with a touch of spice... and perfect for any celebration, including birthdays...

After making these the first time, it's become our preferred way to enjoy ice cream at home. The combination of the crunchy coating, hint of cinnamon, creamy ice cream and all the extra deliciousness that comes with whipped cream and our preferred ice cream toppings {we especially like chocolate and caramel}really makes this a special dessert. Another bonus is that these can be easily made in advance and just stored in your freezer for a quick dessert... which may or may not be a good thing lol.

Unfried Ice Cream
recipe adapted from Tidy Mom

3 cups toasted rice or corn chex cereal, finely crushed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
ice cream topping of your choice {caramel, chocolate, berry, etc}

Preheat oven to 350°

Place cereal in a gallon sized storage bag with cinnamon and melted butter. Seal bag and toss everything together to incorporate the cinnamon and butter.

Transfer mixture to a parchment or foil lined baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes in preheated oven or until crunchy; cool completely.

Meanwhile, scoop ice cream into balls and place on a freeze safe baking sheet for 1 hour or until firm.
When cereal has cooled, transfer to a clean gallon sized storage bag. Place a frozen ice cream ball into the storage bag and shake to coat completely. Return coated ice cream balls to the freezer to chill until ready to serve.

To serve, plate and and drizzle with your preferred ice cream topping and garnish with whipped cream.


  1. Happy birthday! Mine is on the 4th, and even though I am turning 28, I still get carded for rated R movies.

  2. Happy birthday, Joelen! =)

  3. Happy birthday to you! And I am SO trying this on the weekend. Mmmmmm!!

  4. Hope your birthday was great! We are trying this tonight!