Mexican "Unfried" Ice Cream

A skinnier fried ice cream with a sweet crunchy cinnamon topping. Oh-my-word, I can’t tell you how good this is!

If you’ve ever had the Mexican fried ice cream at Chi Chi’s, you’ll understand this recipe. I always loved the concept of fried ice cream, as a kid I remember ordering it and always found it fascinating that the ice cream didn’t melt.

This recipe is a much lighter, healthy version of the original fried version. This isn’t fried at all, but it still has that same great taste with the crunchy cinnamon topping, and cold creamy vanilla ice cream (well, actually frozen yogurt) in the center.

This idea came from a fan. She actually made something like this for a party and layered everything in a square pan which is a great idea if you want to serve a crowd, but for portion control, I thought making them in individual servings was better.

To make it light, I bought my favorite fat free vanilla frozen yogurt: Gotta Have Vanilla from Stonyfield; that stuff is sooo good, I actually prefer it over their other brand Oikos. Then I perused the cereal aisle and decided on using crushed Special K as my crust mixed tossed with some cinnamon. If you are gluten free, I would use a gluten free cereal instead. Enjoy your weekend and have a happy Cinco De Mayo!

Mexican “Unfried” Ice Cream
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 ball w /chocolate syrup • Old Points: 3 • Weight Watcher Points+: 4
Calories: 180 • Fat: 0.5 g • Carb: 36 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 6.5 g • Sugar: 23 g
Sodium: 203 mg • Cholest: 0 mg 


  • 2 cups fat free vanilla frozen yogurt (Stonyfield)
  • 2 cups Special K Cereal, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup 
  • cherry for topping (optional)
  • Truwhip for topping (optional)


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With an ice cream scooper, scoop out 4 balls of ice cream 1/2 cup in size and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 2 hours, or overnight, until the ice cream is very hard.

Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, combine the crushed cereal and cinnamon. Using rubber gloves, roll the balls of ice cream in the cereal coating, packing them together into a smooth ball.

Return the coated ice cream to the baking sheet and freeze until ready to serve.

To serve, drizzle with chocolate syrup on top with whipped cream and cherry, if desired.

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