These scrumptious little banana treats are quick and easy and make the perfect snack! The frozen banana tastes like ice cream, while the outer 'magic shell' creates a healthy bon-bon!
I started making these back in 2012, shortly after beginning this blog.
It's one that is great to have on hand in the freezer, especially during these hot months!
What I love about these little treats is how quick they are to make, and, of course, how healthy they are.
They're almost like a healthy bon-bon!
Ingredients and substitutions
Banana - This is what creates the inner 'ice cream' bite!
Nut/seed butter - What's nice here is that you can use whatever suits your taste or allergies. Our favorites are peanut butter, tahini (a surprisingly delicious match with banana!), almond butter, and cashew butter.
Maple syrup - Because of the banana, I often leave this out and just add a drop or two of stevia (or sometimes nothing!).
Vanilla extract - This adds a little somethin' somethin', but can be omitted if you like.
Tiny pinch of sea salt - If your nut or seed butter is salted, there is no need for this.
How to make
First thing is to cut the banana into 1-2 inch chunks. Lay them out on a wax paper-lined plate and freeze until solid. This usually takes about 3-4 hours.
Mix together the remaining ingredients until smooth.
Dip the frozen banana pieces into the mixture, covering all sides. I often dip, freeze, then repeat the process until I use all of the coating.
Freeze again until coating is solid, about 20-ish minutes.
If you want to make these sugar-free, just use a few drops of stevia in place of the maple syrup.
The best banana to use for this is a semi-ripe one. Bananas that are overly ripe will be mushy and won't work as well.
Top the banana treats with a few chocolate chips, cacao nibs, or roasted peanut/almond pieces to add a little texture!
These should be stored in the freezer, otherwise the coating will melt.
Other banana treats
Magic Shell Banana Treats
- 1 large banana
- 2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter
- 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup see Recipe Notes above for a sugar-free option
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- tiny pinch sea salt if nut/seed butter is unsalted
- Cut the banana into 1-2 inch slices.
- Lay the banana slices onto a wax paper-lined plate and freeze until solid, about 3-4 hours.
- Once the banana pieces are frozen, mix together the remaining ingredients to make the coating. Everything should be at room temperature to mix well, otherwise, the coconut oil will clump.
- Dip the banana pieces into the coating until fully covered.
- Freeze the banana for a few minutes, then repeat this process, if desired.
- Once the pieces are covered and the coating is all used up, freeze the banana slices again until the coating is solid.
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!