Cereal and Bacon Fried Ice Cream Balls (Breakfast for Dessert!!)
You’ve had breakfast for dinner. But how about for dessert? Cereal and Bacon Fried Ice Cream Balls are the perfect ending to any meal. This post is sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats.
Have you ever had fried ice cream balls? They’re traditionally made by scooping ice cream into a ball, rolling it in crumbs, freezing it again and then popping it briefly into the deep fryer. The coating gets crunchy, but the ice cream doesn’t melt because it’s not in there for long enough.
However, I don’t like deep-frying.
Which is why I was delighted to discover this recipe for “Fried” Ice Cream with Cinnamon Chocolate Sauce on the Honey Bunches of Oats website. You toast the cereal coating in a frying pan. Then roll ice cream balls in it. The coating is already crunchy from the toasting. So no need to deep fry anything.
Ice cream coated in a delicious crunchy layer, accomplished.
I was going to make the website’s recipe for an ice cream ball. But I was worried that my kids wouldn’t like it because it has chili powder in it. I had Honey Bunches of Oats in my pantry. And I was thinking about what I could mix with it for my own take on fried ice cream.
Since Honey Bunches of Oats is a breakfast cereal, I decided to push the breakfast concept further. These are breakfast for dessert ice cream balls!
Cereal and Bacon Fried Ice Cream Balls with Maple Sauce
Instead of deep frying the ice cream balls to get a crispy coating, to make these you crisp the topping first. Then roll ice cream balls in it and serve. No deep frying required.
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal
- 6 slices of cooked bacon (crispy*), chopped
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. grape seed or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Form four 1/2 cup ice cream balls. Put them on a metal pan in the freezer until very firm, at least 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, measure the cereal into a medium bowl. Use your fingers to crush it up quite a bit. Add the bacon and cinnamon. Stir.
- Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the cereal mixture. Toast until browned, 2-3 minutes. Transfer immediately to a large plate so that the cooking process stops. Allow to cool.
- Remove ice cream balls from freezer. Pick one up and let it melt slightly in your hands for a second or two. Roll it in the cereal mixture, picking it and pressing the topping on to help it adhere. Return the ball to the pan. Repeat with remaining balls. Put the pan back into the freezer until balls are firm again, at least 30 minutes. To serve: Put each ball into a dessert bowl and drizzle each one with about 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
*If you buy pre-cooked bacon it usually isn't crisp enough. Put the slices in a single layer on paper towel on a plate and microwave 20 seconds at a time until crisp.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats. All opinions are my own.