Ice Cream Granola Truffles #LaborDay #SundaySupper

9.01.2013

Ice Cream Granola Truffles

It’s time for those last truckloads of fresh summer fruit. Did you enjoy the berries, peaches, corn on the husk, and other goodies the sunny season brought you? In my opinion you can never have too many summer fruit recipes;  you just can’t. For this or that reason, they’re all good, all worth filing, the same way you don’t need another pair of boots or set of white bowls, yet you buy them anyway. And we can argue extensively about those bowls. So, may I tempt you with a peach blackberry brown betty or some caramelized apricots and blueberries with brown sugar ice cream? Well then, how about your favorite ice cream, made into small truffles all covered in crunchy granola? That way you can have ice cream for breakfast - certainly you can argue that it has wholesome granola surrounding it, and we all know that's breakfast territory.
And you're invited to the sunday supper Labor Day party too, hosted by of Crazy Foodie Stuntman. You're welcome.

Ice Cream Granola Truffles

Ice Cream Granola Truffles

There were two days, both the first of the month, when you could count on the city being quiet, deserted with all shops closed – all pre big supermarket chains, malls, shopping centers and eating brunch out became the norm – and they were the first day of the year and may 1st, our labor day here. Nowadays, double pay has a lot of food places opened, trying to allure us, workers also, to spend our day outside, celebrating. Well, in my case it all depends on the weather, sunny I want to go out, not sunny I want to be in my kitchen baking. 
Too bad I don’t get to make that choice tomorrow, but go to work like on any other regular, non-holiday Monday. But I can make the choice to have ice cream for breakfast. All covered in granola, have your ice cream and eat it too, early in the day.

Ice Cream Granola Truffles


This can be labeled a non-recipe recipe, which is a complicated way of saying it's just an idea, or that I just had small amounts of different ice creams in my freezer, felt self-conscious about my non-stop ice cream eating patterns of the last few days, was about to make some granola for a friend, and started playing around with both ingredients. And bingo, ice cream granola truffles are born, never to leave my freezer again. Do you really have to ask why? I'll tell you then. First of all, no more leftover couple-of-tablespoons of ice cream; second, if you have a batch ready in the freezer you have instant dessert on a whim; third, they're freaking awesome, awesome, awesome. 


Ice Cream Granola Truffles

Ice Cream Granola Truffles



ICE CREAM GRANOLA TRUFFLES

I find that the best granola for these truffles is made with the smallest oats you can find, finely shredded coconut and no additives (like nuts or dried fruits). It’s the best way to get the granola to adhere well to the ice cream balls.
This works with creamy ice creams, not sorbets. The granola freezes very well, so you can have a batch in the freezer at all times.

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

2 cups creamy ice cream, any flavor, I used blackberry cheesecake and brown sugar ice cream
1 cup plain granola **

Directions

Scoop portions of ice cream, I use a melon baller, and quickly form them into little balls with your palms. Put them on parchment paper or aluminum foil, or a baking tray and freeze the plain truffles again for 3 or 4 hours, or until they are solid hard. You can keep them frozen for weeks before coating them with the granola, but make sure you put them inside a covered container, separated in rows with parchment paper.
Put the cold granola on a plate, wooden board or shallow bowl, and roll the ice cream ball in it, making sure they are well coated. You might need to adhere it with your hands.
Eat immediately.


** follow the granola recipe here, using only oats, coconut, honey and oil. You can add a spice if you like, but I find they overpower the flavor of the ice cream.

Ice Cream Granola Truffles


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33 comments:

  1. Thank you, indeed, dear Paula for granting permission to imbibe in ice cream for breakfast! Very smart of you to assemble these gems with your top of the line blackberry cheesecake and brown sugar delights =)

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  2. Thank you for participating this week! This is a very creative use of granola. Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. I love non-recipe recipes!!! And these would be great to have parked in the freezer for company :)

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  4. interesting,,, i love to have that right now.

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  5. This is the perfect idea - ice cream truffles and using granola. Perfect breakfast food, I absolutely agree ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

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  6. These are an awesome idea, Paula! Perfect for Labor Day!

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  7. Brilliant Paula. Simple, tasty, and such a great little treat when you want just a bite and not a whole bowl of ice cream.

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  8. A batch in the freezer at all times! They probably wouldn't last too long! What a scrumptious treat!

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  9. How smart of you to make a Summer friendly truffle!

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  10. What a neat idea. I have a lot of ice cream in the house...looks like I know what I'll be making!

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  11. What a great idea! Such a delicious and tidy way to serve ice cream, Paula. I love your combination of flavors as well.

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  12. You had me at ice-cream for breakfast! Ice cream granola truffles are an inspired idea!

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  13. Paula - you are so incredibly creative! You do wonderful things that no one would ever think of! And it is brilliant to consider these breakfast treats. Amazing. Happy breakfasting! ~ David

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  14. I LOVE this idea, and they are so pretty... and feel far less guilty to eat than out of the carton with a big spoon, like I tend to when the craving hits!!! :-)

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  15. This are so cute, looks refreshing and good

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  16. Your granola truffles are so pretty! And I have to admit that I've already clicked on that caramelized fruit recipe. It looks amazing too!

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  17. It just shows - sometimes the best "recipes" require very little - simply delicious!
    Mary x

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  18. I am totally on board with the addition of granola making ice cream perfectly acceptable for breakfast!

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  19. You know what they say right...guilt is the mother of invention?! :) At any rate, these sound wonderful!

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  20. Paula, these look like the perfect little treats to enjoy on Labor Day weekend (or any other day of the week or month) - fun idea, Paula!

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  21. These look delicious! And the brown sugar ice cream looks out of this world.

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  22. This is such a great idea, Paula! I almost always have lots of random granola on hand, so I need to give these a try!

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  23. These are so cute Paula! Granola with ice cream? I won't feel so guilty eating 20 of these. ;) Very creative!

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  24. Hi Paula! I love what you did here! So simple yet I don't think anyone I know has ever done this before. This is one of those things you question yourself, "why didn't I think of that?" And I love granola in my yogurts and parfaits so I know I will love these cute little truffles!

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  25. Ice cream for breakfast....you are a genius :)

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  26. I can't believe that I almost missed this genius recipe! Yum! I'm a huge fan of granola with ice cream. In Summer, I can be found sprinkling bowls of vanilla ice cream and melted dulce de leche with any granola that I happen to have in the cupboard. So good! The truffle idea is perfect for gatherings though. I can imagine sticking a little popsicle stick into each of these to hand them out as ice cream granola pops :) Thanks lovely!!

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  27. Occasionally I will crave ice-cream (rarely, actually). But this is something I could find myself craving more often. Fabulous fun bites for a hot summer day!

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  28. These are so awesome! And the granola totally makes them breakfast food.

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  29. What a great non recipe! I wouldn't mind have some ice cream truffles sitting in my freezer whenever the craving strikes!

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  30. I love this. So simple! A great twist on traditional bon bons.

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  31. This is a great idea! I love how easy they are and they look delicious! These would be great in the summer.

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  32. What a super idea! I think I will eat those for my 2nd breakfast since there is granola in them :-))

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