Warm and fragrant cinnamon spice pairs perfectly with cool, velvety ice cream and makes an irresistible treat with caramelized granola chunks in this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream.
What is grain milk?
I feel nostalgic when I play with a recipe that uses grain milk. What is grain milk? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like — pretty much the best thing about eating a bowl of sugary granola.
When we were growing up, there weren’t many sweets in our house. So I have some very fond childhood memories of sipping the sweetened milk that was left in the bowl after I finished my cereal.
It was extremely rare for my mother to buy branded sweetened muesli. It was far more likely that she would come back from the store with a huge bag of puffed rice. But we children used the sugar bowl at breakfast with a ruthless, malicious abandon.
I don’t eat cereal that often these days. But that nostalgia is still tough. So if you’ve never enjoyed this treat before, PLEASE do yourself a favor and add it to your wish list. You will not regret it.
grain milk ice cream
A regular vanilla base could be mixed or topped with chunks of granola and still be delicious. But by making grain milk ice cream, the ice cream itself is enhanced with all the wonderful flavors you desire.
Cinnamon and sugar are a classic flavor combination. For as long as I can remember I have loved sprinkling cinnamon sugar on toast. But to be honest, I’m a big fan of this granola.
So please listen to me when I tell you this one is fabulous. Caramelized granola chunks give the ice cream the perfect texture, and all flavors just work.
I was on the verge of hiding this piece in the back of the freezer but graciously decided to share it as my brother was visiting. Well, he and my kids gobbled it all up at once. So share this at your own risk!
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream Recipe
For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola
- milk and cream
- kosher salt
- vanilla extract
- butter and brown sugar
Combine 2 cups of cereal with the milk in a bowl. Let it soak for 30 minutes and then pour it through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the soggy muesli.
Add the cream, sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla to the muesli milk. Whisk to combine. Then pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to your machine’s instructions.
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While the ice cream is stirring, melt the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir. Let the mixture cook for a few minutes until you have a thick, caramel-like sauce.
Add the rest of the granola to the pan and stir well. Transfer the coated granola to a sheet of parchment paper. Quickly separate the pieces with two forks and spread them out on the parchment to cool.
When the ice cream is ready, pour it into a freezer-safe container. Sprinkle the caramelized cinnamon toast pieces over the ice cream while filling the container. Save any remaining pieces for serving.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream
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Caramelized Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Combine 2 cups of cereal with the milk in a bowl. Leave to soak for 30 minutes.
Pour the cereal and milk through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the soggy cereal. Add the cream, sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla to the muesli milk and stir.
Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to your machine’s directions.
Caramelized Cinnamon Toast Crunch
While the ice cream is stirring, combine the butter in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir to melt the sugar and butter. Cook for a few minutes until you have a thick, caramel-like sauce.
Add 1½ cups of granola to the pan and stir well. Transfer the coated granola to a sheet of parchment. Quickly separate the pieces with two forks and spread them out on the parchment to cool.
When the ice cream is ready, pour it into a freezer-safe container. Sprinkle cinnamon toast pieces over the ice cream while filling the container. Save any remaining pieces for serving.
Place in the freezer until ready to serve.
Calories: 481kcal · Carbohydrates: 54G · Protein: 5G · Fat: 29G · Saturated Fatty Acids: 18G · Polyunsaturated fat: 1G · Monounsaturated fatty acids: 7G · trans fats: 0.1G · Cholesterol: 90mg · Sodium: 185mg · Potassium: 182mg · Fiber: 2G · Sugar: 44G · Vitamin A: 1454IU · Vitamin C: 9mg · Calcium: 124mg · Iron: 3mg