Last month I heard about a fun way to add some spice to my blogging. Amanda from the blog, Amanda’s Cooking started something really neat called The Secret Recipe Club back in April with 19 participants. Basically, you sign-up to participate and you are assigned a blog to make a recipe from once a month and you are encouraged to make the recipe work for you by i.e. making it gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan…basically whatever you need to do to make the recipe work for you. You don’t reveal whose blog you were assigned until Reveal Day (much like the Secret Santa concept). There are now over 150 participating blogs. How’s that for growth?
I was assigned the most charming blog, Peas in a Blog, which was started by two friends who now live across the world from each other. They started sharing veggie recipes and fitness tips with each other almost daily and decided that they should start a blog together to share their tips with everyone. Carolina is a Columbian living in Florida and Katie is an American living in South Africa. It is so much fun to follow their friendship and tips!
While surfing through their blog I came across a lot of recipes I wanted to try. First I made their Grilled Peach Delight Salad and really enjoyed it. To completely veganize the recipe you can easily sub out the honey for agave (I made it with the honey). The dressing was really tasty and grilling the peaches adds such dimension to them.
The second recipe I made was their “Fried” Ice Cream which wasn’t fried at all! It was a TOTAL WINNER and thus the subject of my first entry for the Secret Recipe Club! I made the dessert for a dinner party I was hosting and no one believed it wasn’t fried. My father-in-law isn’t usually a sweets person and he said he really liked it (he finished the whole bowl!).
I did make a few changes to the recipe since I needed to make it gluten-free and vegan for my family’s needs, but that was easily done by switching out the traditional Corn Flakes for Erewhon’s Organic Gluten Free Corn Flakes and by using So Delicious’s Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean Ice Cream for the ice cream.
1 Small pint of your favorite Ice Cream (They used Dulce de Leche…I used Vanilla Bean)
1 Small box or container of Corn Flakes Cereal (…I used gluten free)
1 TBS Brown Sugar (…I used coconut sugar)
1 TSP Ground Cinnamon
Parchment or Wax Paper
Your favorite topping sauce (Caramel, Hot Fudge, Honey, chocolate shell, whatever you like. I used vegan Hard Chocolate Shell)
Cover a large plate or cookie sheet with some parchment or wax paper. With an ice cream scoop, try to get good circular scoops and place them on top of the paper (I used my hands to reform the balls into nice circles once I had scooped them). Place the plate with scoops in the freezer for at least 10 minutes (I prepped them ahead of time and left them in the freezer for 2-3 hours).
In the meantime, pour the package of corn flakes into zip-lock bag along with the sugar & cinnamon, close the bag. Have fun by crushing the flakes until they’re almost powder form (its up to you the texture you’d like on the scoops…My kids had a blast doing this), mixing them with the sugar & cinnamon. Once you’ve reached your desired texture pour contents onto a plate. Note – this will make A LOT of topping, so you will have more for later…yay!
Take scoops out of the freezer. Place a scoops on the mixture plate and coat, one by one. Serve drizzled with your favorite topping sauce. Add cinnamon sticks or fruits for garnish. Note – I played around with making them different ways by putting the hard shell on some of them before coating them with the corn flakes (you will have to work quickly) and for others I rolled them in the corn flakes and then covered them with the hard shell afterwards. Both were amazing!
How easy was that?! Trust me, these taste like fried ice cream. Delicious, impressive and ready in a flash. You and your dinner (or dessert) guests will love them, guaranteed. Buen provecho!
It was so much fun to participate in the Secret Recipe Club. Get ready to see one of my SRC posts monthly…it’s fun to mix it up.
For a printable version of this recipe click here.
Click here to view Peas in a Blog’s “Fried” Ice Cream post