Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream is an easy to make dessert with only a few ingredients. Creamy Ice cream coated in Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal and fried to perfection is a delight to serve and eat.

Fried Ice Cream on a plate with toppings.
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Learn how to make delicious Fried Ice Cream in minutes. It is such an easy air fryer recipe and a popular treat with everyone. The kids love when I make this and it’s easy enough to make any day of the week.

It’s one of the Best Ice Cream Desserts. I also have been making Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake  for years.

What is fried ice cream?

Traditional Fried Ice Cream is scooped into balls, rolled in crushed cereal and fried in hot oil. This air fryer version makes it even easier without the oil or mess of frying.

The outside stays crispy and the inside is creamy and delicious. Air Fryer Ice Cream consists of simple ingredients, but it turns out wonderful.

Ingredients

Ingredients for fried ice cream in the air fryer: ice cream, flour, egg whites, cereal, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, cherries.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream 
  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Large Egg Whites 
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal

For the Toppings (optional)

Substitutions

  • Ice Cream Flavors. Substitute other ice cream flavors for the vanilla. Other ideas include strawberry, chocolate and caramel ice cream.

How to make fried ice cream in air fryer

Ice Cream scooped on baking sheet.

Step 1. Scoop the ice cream into balls.  Then place on a baking sheet or muffin tin and freeze for at least 1 hour.  The ice cream balls need to be frozen solid.  

Ice Cream rolled in flour and placed on baking sheet.

Step 2. Roll each of the ice cream balls in flour to coat them.  Then place them back into the freezer for 1 hour.  

Ice cream coated in cereal crumbs.

Step 3. Whisk the egg whites until they are foamy.  Place the crushed cereal in a separate shallow bowl. Dip the scoops of ice cream balls into the egg whites and then roll them in the crushed cereal crumbs. Freeze for 3 more hours after adding the cereal coating.

Ice Cream balls in air fryer basket.

Step 4. Line an air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook each of the coated ice cream balls in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes.  Garnish with the chocolate syrup, whipped cream and cherries. 

Fried Ice Cream on a plate with toppings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make in advance?

These are best served fresh, only air fry the ice cream balls that you are ready to serve and enjoy!    

What can you coat the ice cream instead of Cinnamon Toast Crunch?

You can also use Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes or Rice Krispy Treats. Another idea is to use crushed cookies such as graham crackers, animal crackers and ginger snaps.

Pro Tips

  • Shape the ice cream balls quickly. The warmth from your hand will make the ice cream melt.
  • It’s ok if the ice cream balls aren’t perfect. Once you dip in the crushed cereal, you can continue to shape them. Also, the cereal will hide any imperfections.

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Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream

5 from 3 votes
Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream is an easy to make dessert with only a few ingredients. Creamy Ice cream coated in Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal and fried to perfection is a delight to serve and eat.
Prep Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 18 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 339

Ingredients

  • 1 quart Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal crushed
  • For the Toppings optional:
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Maraschino Cherries

Instructions

  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the ice cream into approximately 8 size balls.  Place them on a baking sheet or muffin tin and freeze for at least 1 hour.  Until the ice cream balls are frozen solid.
  • Place the flour in a large bowl and roll each of the ice cream balls in the flour to coat them.  Then place them back into the freezer for 1 hour.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are foamy.  Place the crushed cereal in a separate shallow bowl.
  • Dip the ice cream balls into the egg whites and then roll them in the crushed cereal to completely cover the ice cream in the crushed cereal.  Then place them back into the muffin tin.
  • Freeze for at least 3 hours until the ice cream balls are frozen hard.
  • Line an air fryer basket with a piece of aluminum.  Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook each of the coated ice cream balls in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes.  Continue this process until all of the ice cream is air fried.
  • Then served topped with the chocolate syrup, whipped cream and cherries.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

These are best served fresh, only air fry the ice cream balls that you are ready to serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 339kcal, Carbohydrates 47g, Protein 7g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0.01g, Cholesterol 52mg, Sodium 203mg, Potassium 291mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 31g, Vitamin A 873IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 157mg, Iron 1mg

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