Easy Unfried Ice Cream Balls Recipe

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Fried ice cream balls are a delicious and creative twist on traditional ice cream. They consist of a crispy, crunchy outer layer that encases a creamy scoop of your favorite flavor. A hit in the world of desserts, these tasty treats offer a unique combination of texture and flavor with every bite!

Two ice cream balls on a plate with a fork.

What if you could enjoy the same flavors without the extra calories and fat associated with deep-frying? This is where non-fried ice cream balls come in! As the name implies, these treats are not deep-fried in oil; instead, they are made using a healthier alternative – cereal. The cereal provides an excellent crunchy outer layer that adds texture and flavor to the ice cream.

Non-fried ice cream balls are a much healthier alternative to traditional fried treats. Not only do they have fewer calories, but they also contain less fat than their deep-fried counterparts. Plus, you can enjoy all of the same great taste without worrying about any unhealthy additives!

Plus, making non-fried ice cream balls is a fun activity to do with your family or friends! All you need are some cereal, scoops of ice cream, and a little bit of imagination. With just a few ingredients you can make delicious creations.

Side view of an ice cream ball topped with caramel sauce.

Non-fried ice cream balls are the perfect way to treat yourself without any guilt. Enjoying your favorite flavors in a healthier form has never been easier. So next time you’re in the mood for something sweet, reach for a non-fried ice cream ball instead!

Thanks to their creative twist on a classic treat, non-fried ice cream balls are sure to be a hit with everyone. Whether you’re looking for a healthier alternative or just want to add some fun to your dessert menu, these delicious treats are the perfect way to satisfy your craving for something sweet and delicious. So go ahead – indulge in a non-fried ice cream ball today!

The History of Fried Ice Cream

I have been under the wrong impression for quite some time. I had been led to believe that fried ice cream was a Mexican treat. However, when I started doing a little research for this post, I learned otherwise.

Fried ice cream, as it turns out, may have actually been served for the first time at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It appears that it has gotten tied to Mexican cuisine thanks to Chi-Chi’s restaurant placing it on its menu.

Though Chi-Chi’s is no longer in business, you can create a simple clone at home using only two ingredients. (Or three if you like the extra sweet creamy goodness of dulce de leche.)


Caramel sauce, cinnamon cereal, and a carton of ice cream.
  • 2-3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal crushed
  • 2-3 cups Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream softened
  • Dulce de Leche optional

How To Make (Un) Fried Ice Cream

To make (Un) Fried Ice cream, start by crushing approximately 2 cups of cinnamon toast cereal. You can either place the cereal in a zip-top bag and beat it – a good way to work out some frustration – or place it in a blender and pulse.

Cereal crushed inside of a zip top bag.

It only takes pulsing a few times. Sometimes the little larger pieces of cereal provide the right “crunch.”

Muffin pan covered by plastic wrap.

Pour the cereal into a medium-sized bowl or place on top of some plastic wrap. Using a medium-sized cookie dough scoop, scoop a small ice cream ball and place on top of the cereal. Use your hands to roll the ice cream ball around to get it coated well.

An ice cream ball on top of cinnamon cereal pieces.

Place each coated ice cream ball into the well of a mini muffin pan and freeze for at least 1 hour.

(Un) Fried Ice Cream sitting in muffin pan.

For extra deliciousness, drizzle dulce de Leche on top of the (un)fried ice cream and enjoy!

An ice cream ball topped with caramel sauce on a plate.


Store prepared ice cream balls in an airtight freezer container in the freezer without caramel sauce. They are best eaten within a day or two while the cereal is still crispy.


Get creative and use your favorite flavors of ice cream or frozen yogurt to make ice cream balls. You can even change out the cereal. Here are some dreamy combinations to give you some inspiration:

  • Chocolate ice cream + Reese’s Puffs
  • Vanilla ice cream + Cookie Crisp
  • Strawberry frozen yogurt + Cocoa Puffs
  • Caramel ice cream + Frosted Flakes.

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Plate of ice cream balls topped with caramel sauce.

Un-Fried Ice Cream Balls

Try these delish fried ice cream balls for a twist on the classic dessert! A crispy shell packs in your fave creamy flavor.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 80kcal


  • 2-3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal crushed
  • 2-3 cups Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream softened
  • Dulce de Leche optional


  • Place cereal in a zip top bag and crush to small pieces. Alternatively, place cereal in blender and pulse.
  • Using a medium cookie dough scoop, scoop yogurt or ice cream and place on top of prepared cereal. Roll the ball around until well coated. You may need to press the cereal firmly on the balls to help it adhere. Place in mini-muffin pan well that has been lined with plastic wrap. Repeat until all of the cereal has been used.
  • Freeze balls for at least an hour. When ready to eat, just remove balls, place in bowl, and add dulce de leche if desired.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 21mg | Sugar: 5g
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  1. Thanks, you are taking me back to the days when my boys were young, we went to Chi Chi’s many times. This is easy peasy

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