Thursday, May 2, 2013

Healthy "Fried" Ice Cream

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I thought it was the perfect time to share this healthy version of Fried Ice Cream created by my good friend, Leann.  Fried ice cream is a traditional Mexican dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is quickly deep-fried creating a warm, crispy shell around the still-cold ice cream.  While traditional Mexican fried ice cream is DELICIOUS, it's obviously fried (as it's name implies) and made with full-fat ice cream so it's not the most waist-line friendly of desserts to indulge in.

Leann's "fried" ice cream is not actually fried... so it's a lot healthier and much easier to make!  Even though the fried ice cream is not prepared in the traditional fashion, this recipe still gives you the sugary, crunchy texture of the fried outer coating paired with the soft, cold ice cream middle.  So yummy!!  I couldn't stop at just one...

This would be the perfect dessert to add to your Cinco de Mayo fiesta... or anytime you need a quick, easy dessert!  Gracias mi Amiga!

Healthy "Fried" Ice Cream
recipe courtesy of my dear friend (and amazing cook) Leann

1 tub low-fat vanilla ice cream
3 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter)
3 cups crushed corn flakes (or frosted flakes)
1/3 cup sugar 
1 tsp cinnamon 

Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper. Scoop frozen ice cream out of tub and form into 12 balls; about a half cup ice cream per ball.

Place ice cream balls in the baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hours.

Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl set aside for later. 

In a medium pan melt coconut oil (or butter), toast crushed corn flakes (or frosted flakes) over medium heat.

Stir often to avoid burning! Remove from heat once golden brown. Add cinnamon sugar mixture to toasted flakes until combined.

Remove ice cream balls from freezer, roll in toasted corn flakes mixture until coated; serve immediately or return to baking dish then cover and freeze until ready to serve. 

Serving suggestion: for traditional fried ice cream top with cool whip, honey or chocolate syrup. 

Happy Cinco de Mayo... enjoy your weekend!


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