THE SECRET RECIPE CLUB – Deep “Un-Fried” Ice Cream

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

Zip-Lock Bag

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


Filed under Dessert, Frozen Treats, Gluten Free, Ice Cream, Kid Friendly, Quick, Recipes, Secret Recipe Club, Vegan, Vegetarian

37 responses to “THE SECRET RECIPE CLUB – Deep “Un-Fried” Ice Cream

  1. Oh drool. I used to love fried ice cream and haven’t even considered it since being gluten and dairy free. But I could do this!

  2. I have never had fried ice cream. Love the crunch factor! 🙂 Great pick this month.

  3. This looks amazing! I cannot WAIT to try it! I never thought ice cream could get me so excited at 9am, but it has : D

  4. Totally great choice! You rock my world and the fact you veganized it too! Way to go. I really want to make this this next week! Thanks!

  5. I love the crunch of fried ice cream but not all the fat, this is a great idea! Welcome to the SRC

  6. I love fried ice-cream! This looks absolutely delicious!

  7. Jo

    What a great idea! I love fried ice cream, but who really wants to mess with that at home? This is perfect, I will have to try it myself soon!

  8. I love unfried ice cream. We serve ours on top of cinnamon roll waffles! YUM!

    Great SRC post!

  9. In a word … yum! I really, really want one of these right now!

  10. I used to love to order “fried” ice cream at a fancy (or what we thought was fancy at the time) restaurant when we were growing up. Great SRC post.

  11. Delicious looking and I’m going to give this recipe a try. Welcome to the SRC.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

  12. I know a certain man that would go gaga for this recipe! It looks awesome! Great SRC post!

  13. Ohh such a great idea for a fried looking ice cream! Nobody will believe it is actually not fried! Lovely post for the SRC!

  14. That seems so easy and I’ve always loved fried ice cream though I haven’t had it for years. Thanks for posting this.

  15. I loved how you showed your substitutions next to the original. What a fantastic recipe.

  16. What a cool idea! I’m super impressed by all the creative recipes I’ve seen on SRC today. This sounds like a party pleaser for sure!

  17. I’m so glad you tried this recipe, it’s one of my favorites. Every time I make it everyone can’t believe its not fried ice cream, tastes just like the real thing & it’s so much healthier. Thanks for picking our blog! 🙂

  18. Glad you liked the recipe! I love that you made it Gluten free and Vegan–we’ll include a link to your version in our recipe, as well.

  19. I could never imagine eating deep-fried ice cream, but this looks and sounds very delicious! I’m really looking forward to making this and feeling like I’m being decadent while enjoying a much healthier-than-deep-fried dessert!

  20. I’ve always wanted to try making deep fried ice cream, but something just stops me. This is a great alternative. Glad to have you as part of the group.

  21. Wow, this looks so yummy. It is still hot here so ice cream always looks good.

  22. Mmmm that looks delish! Glad that you enjoyed your first month being part of the SRC. It is so much fun to find new blogs each month that you may not have found otherwise. Glad to be part of SRC with you. 🙂

  23. Vaughan

    Hi Gretchen,
    First of all, I love your website/blog-really inspiring! I noticed that you used coconut sugar in this delicious looking recipe and was curious about your take on it as an alternative sweetener? Really trying to cut sugar out of my diet and want to make sure I’m using the right alternatives.

    • Coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index than can sugar, so I often substitute with it. One of my favorite sugar substitutes is whole leaf stevia. I am also a big fan of using dates as an alternative sweetener. In general I try to limit my sugar intake, but when I do use a sweetener it is usually dates, stevia, coconut sugar, Somersweet (by Suzanne Somers), or brown rice syrup. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. Thanks for visiting my site and commenting!

  24. Ice cream and ALL its’ goodness. Yours looks incredible and SO inviting!! Wonderful SRC post!

  25. This ice cream looks decadent & fabulous! Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post for September 🙂
    Also: I would love if you added this and any other links to my “Happy Post” today.

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