Now that it’s getting warmer out, you need start making some Homemade Ice Cream Bars for snack time!
They’re the perfect ice cream dessert recipe to serve after grilling burgers for dinner. Or to give the kids to cool down on a warm summer afternoon.
What’s so fun about making homemade ice cream bars is that you can choose your favorite ice cream, cereal, and topping flavor combinations.
You can even choose the cereal, ice creams, and toppings around any allergies or dietary needs – gluten free, nut free, dairy free, vegan, and so on.
The best thing about making this ice cream bar dessert recipe is that they’re worry free since you made them with ingredients you picked out yourself.
Customizing your homemade ice cream bars
Summer should be a time to relax and enjoy time at the pool, picnics at the park, and trips to the beach.
However, when you or your child is gluten free or has other allergies, being carefree with what you eat isn’t a possibility, no matter what the season.
That’s why I’ve come up with this recipe for these Homemade Ice Cream Bars made with my favorite gluten free cereal. That way kids of all ages can enjoy this traditional summertime treat.
Even better, I made this ice cream dessert recipe even more wholesome by using dried fruit and unsweetened coconut instead of sprinkles.
Also, if you’re dairy free or vegan, you can choose a coconut or soy milk frozen “ice cream” instead of regular ice cream.
This dessert recipe is super flexible, so have fun with it and experiment with all the flavor combinations you can think of!
How to make ice cream bars with or without a pops mold
These easy homemade ice cream bars are so easy to make that even very young children can help a parent or grandparent make them with a little supervision.
(Making this ice cream bar recipe is also a fun activity to make with a parent or babysitter on rainy days when you can’t go out and play!)
The best way to make ice cream bars is in popsicle molds. There are so many available out there and you’ll find that once you purchase a set you like, you’ll make ice pops and ice cream bars all summer long!
Otherwise, the only other trick is having the patience to wait for the ice cream bars to set up in your freezer. To get the bars good and frozen, you’ll have to wait until the next day to enjoy them.
- 2 pints ice cream – your favorite gluten free flavor(s), regular or dairy free
- gluten free cereal – your favorite flavor(s)
- Dried fruit (papaya, cranberries, raisins, etc.) cut into small pieces (optional – for “sprinkles”)
- Unsweetened shredded coconut (optional – for “sprinkles”)
- Ice pop mold or mini-paper cups
- Wooden craft sticks
- Remove the ice cream from the freezer to soften.
- Scoop out the ice cream into a medium bowl and stir until creamy.
- In a small bowl, add enough ice cream for one ice cream pop. Take a handful of gluten-free cereal and as you’re adding it to the bowl, crush it with your hand. Mix cereal and ice cream together and crush any bigger pieces with the back of your spoon.
- Carefully spoon ice cream and cereal mixture into ice pop mold. Repeat until all molds are filled.
- Place lid of ice pop mold on top and place wooden craft sticks in the molds.
- Place any remaining ice cream back in the container.
- Freeze ice cream pops overnight.
- If adding “sprinkles,” soften remaining ice cream inside their original containers by leaving them on the countertop. While the ice cream is melting, place a cookie sheet in the freezer.
- Place the shredded coconut and cut dried fruit on to plates.
- Remove ice cream crunch bars from mold per manufacturer’s instructions. (Usually, you place the mold in warm water. Then you gently remove the bars.)
- Quickly dip the end of the ice cream crunch bar in the melted ice cream. (Dip about 1/3 to 1/2 or so.) Then roll or tap the end of the bar in the “sprinkles.” Then place the ice cream bar on the tray in the freezer. Repeat with the remaining bars.
- To serve, remove the cookie sheet from the freezer and let warm on your countertop until you can easily remove the ice cream crunch bars. Enjoy!
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Serving Size:1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.
Originally published on August 10, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.