My adventures in raw and vegan dessert and the occasional savory recipe creation!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream
I was an odd child when it came to certain types of foods. Cereal was one of them. I never wanted to eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast usually opting for a nutri-grain bar or toaster streudel. But there was one exception...Cinnamon Toast Crunch! I would beg my Mom to buy it for me in the grocery store. There was something about the cinnamon and sugar combination that I just loved! She didn't always give in and buy it because afterall, it isn't the healthiest thing, but when she did it was a treat! It reminded me of the cinnamon toast that she also made for me when I was little, which was always so comforting and had the same cinnamon sugar goodness. I have to admit I hadn't eaten Cinnamon Toast Crunch in probably 15 years...that is until this week. I acquired a bag of "natural" cinnamon toast crunch, which I wasn't even aware was available, but it is sold at the health food store where I work in the deli. I was skeptical at first when I looked at the bag of what was supposedly a healthier knock off of the cereal, but when I tasted it, I was brought back to childhood. The crunch, the sweet cinnamon sugar flavor, I hadn't realized I had missed it until now.
I suppose I could have just eaten it, but being the type to experiment with food in odd ways, I was wondering how it would taste in ice cream. I was making ice cream that night, and a Cinnamon Toast Crunch one was sounding rather delicious!
If you think about it, the ice cream is a vehicle just like the milk right? And how else could I justify eating a sugary cereal other than in a dessert? It was wonderful!
The cool creamy ice cream flavored like the cereal and with chunks of crunchy cinnamon sugar cereal goodness! It got a little soggy after sitting a few days, but it was still good, and just reminded me of eating the cereal with milk, and garnished it with a few more from the bag.
Cereal in ice cream may sound wierd, but it was one of the most delicious experiments I have tasted! If you like something a little different, try it out for yourself!
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream
Makes 5 cups
1 cup lite coconut milk, chilled
2 cups organic full fat coconut milk, chilled
1 cup cinnamon toast crunch cereal
3/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 Tbsp cassia cinnamon
2 cups crushed cinnamon toast crunch cereal
more cereal for garnish, if desired
Combine all ingredients, (except for 2 cups of crushed cinnamon toast crunch) in a blender and process until well blended. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to package directions (mine takes about an hour, and is still a little soupy like the consistency of a malt, but firms up in the freezer later). Once processed, stir in 2 cups crushed cinnamon toast crunch and pour into freezable container with a lid, and place in the freezer for at least a few hours, or overnight to firm up for best results. Best if eaten the next day, but still wonderful after a few, the cereal just won't be as crisp. Garnish with additional cereal if desired.