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Happy Easter! Did you have a good one? This year, our celebration included some delicious homemade ice cream. Since it’s always warm in Hawaii, we thought, “why not!?” Besides, what’s better than sundaes on a Sunday? To pump up our cereal, I decided to add some mix-ins. Using the Honey Bunches of Oats Cereals, I created 2 different ice creams that both tasted amazing. Now, this recipe does include at least a 6 hour chill time before you churn so be sure to plan ahead. I got all the supplies I needed – sugar, milk, heavy cream, eggs, vanilla, and Honey Bunches of Oats at Walmart. Right now, you can earn 50 cents using Ibotta for the cereal! I picked up Honey Bunches of Oats Crunchy Honey Roasted and Crispy Almonds for Hubs and I got their Gluten Free Chocolate kind for me. I love when companies make gluten free things, especially when chocolate is involved.
Once you’re ready to get started, you need to make the ice cream base. This takes around 15 minutes and then needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. I usually put my ice cream maker base in the freezer, make the ice cream, and then chill everything all day and overnight. Once you make the ice cream, you’ll need to chill it again for at least 2 hours so when I actually make the ice cream, it’s the afternoon after putting everything in the fridge. For the ice cream, you will need granulated sugar, milk, heavy cream, vanilla, and egg yolks.
The first thing you should do is separate your eggs. I put all my yolks in a bowl and lightly whisked them. Then, I took my milk and heavy cream and heated it over a medium heat. Be sure to stir frequently so you don’t scald the milk. Once the milk is steaming, add the egg yolks, the vanilla, and sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
Once it is completely dissolved, you are going to keep heating until the ice cream base starts to thicken slightly. Again, stir often to make sure you don’t scald your base!
Once it’s thickened up a bit, pour it into an airtight container and stick it in the fridge. Let it chill for at least 6 hours. I like to do it overnight. I also chill the ice cream maker at the same time so then I know everything is nice and cold. Once you’re ready to make the ice cream, follow to directions on your brand of ice cream maker. While the ice cream churns, it’s time to prepare the cereal. This recipe makes 1 pint of ice cream so I used 1/2 cups of 2 different cereals, since I was making 2 different flavors. If you just use 1 kind of cereal, use an entire cup. Or more, it’s really up to you. I put each cereal in a plastic bag and enlisted my kids to help crush up the cereal. They thought this was pretty fun and did a great job of making the cereal into smaller pieces.
Once the ice cream is done churning, I poured half into 2 containers. I stirred in the cereal, covered it, and placed it in the freezer so the ice cream would harden up. You could eat it right away but it will be more like soft-serve. After it’s had time to harden, it should scoop out just like store-bought ice cream. The difference is, it will taste SO MUCH better. Homemade ice cream is a real treat and adding the Honey Bunches of Oats cereal just made it even better!
Creamy Vanilla Homemade Ice Cream
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup milk (I used whole milk)
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 cup of your favorite Honey Bunches of Oats cereal
- Heat your milk and heavy whipping cream in a saucepan until steaming. Be sure to stir often to avoid scalding.
- Add the egg yolks, vanilla extract, and sugar and combine until dissolved completely.
- Continue to heat until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from saucepan, place in an airtight container and chill for at least 6 hours. While this chills, make sure your ice cream maker is in the freezer so you’re ready to make the ice cream.
- Follow your ice cream makers instructions and churn the ice cream base. While it’s churning, take 1 cup of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, place in a plastic bag and crush until it is like cereal confetti.
- When your ice cream is done, place in an airtight container and stir in your cereal. Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours so the ice cream can harden.
So, there’s my twist on homemade ice cream. Since you can earn 50 cents on any Post cereal at Walmart, which will you choose to make your cereal uniquely yours?