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Peanut Butter-Banana-Coconut Ice Cream & Homemade Magic Shell!

October 22, 2008

This is the first ice cream I’ve made since I got my Vita-Mix & it was awesome!  Of course, I couldn’t just leave the ice cream alone; I had to make some Magic Shell to top it with.  And there’s not a bit of sugar in any of this!

The recipe is adapted from one of the coolest blogs ever, A Vegan Ice Cream Paradise.  Here is the original version.  Mine is below.  The Magic Shell is from Brownie Points.  I used all virgin coconut oil & this sugar-free chocolate, available at Trader Joe’s.

Peanut Butter-Banana-Coconut Ice Cream

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 15-oz. can coconut milk (I used light, because that’s all that Trader Joe’s had)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt

Blend everything together.  If you are lucky enough to have an ice cream maker, use it.  I just did the blend, freeze, reblend method & it was heavenly.

Magic Shell

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) virgin coconut oil
  • 5 1/4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (150 grams or 1 1/2 bars of chocolate mentioned above)
  • pinch salt

Gently melt everything together over very low heat or in a double boiler.  Store in a squeezy container at room temperature & shake before using.  Refrigerating this stuff will turn it into a hard lump.  A sweet, tasty lump.  If your house is cold (Smels, I’m talking to you here!), you may need to run the bottle under hot water or place it in a pan of warm water to liquefy it once again.

If you’re not familiar with Magic Shell, it hardens on contact with the cold ice cream & is downright amazing.

I’ve mainly been eating pretty boring stuff, like this pasta.  It was just a bunch of sliced zuchini & chopped red & green bell peppers, sauteed in olive oil, then mixed with organic marinara.  I poured it on a heap of whole wheat penne & was content with life.

I’ve mostly been spending time at work, school, or Eth’s house lately, so there hasn’t been a lot of excitement in the kitchen.  Here is a cute picture of Ruben, a.k.a. “Noodle Head”.  He’s so funny.

Now I’m off to try to catch up on some of my GoogleReader blogs.  Yikes!

37 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2008 5:12 pm

    I like the sound of that ice cream, but heck, I’ll just take the Magic Shell on its own!!

  2. October 22, 2008 6:31 pm

    That ice cream sounds so very delicious, and the magic shell: all I can say is, yum!
    I want to give Ruben a big hug.

  3. October 22, 2008 7:04 pm

    The colour composition of your photos is so fabulous! I love it.

  4. October 22, 2008 8:05 pm

    magic shell!!!!!!

    i’m in, where’s the signup? also, can i have a top bunk?


  5. October 22, 2008 11:05 pm

    Yum, homemade ice cream and sugar free! I am deffo going to try this

  6. October 23, 2008 2:02 am

    Ooh, my husband will flip for Magic Shell! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. October 23, 2008 2:09 am

    that ice cream looks ace and so does the pasta – not boring looking at all! :)

  8. October 23, 2008 2:29 am

    Actually the pasta looks best to me, it’s too blooming cold here to think about icecream!

  9. October 23, 2008 4:20 am

    Vita-Mix ice cream! I had some a little while ago for the first time! I loved it!

  10. October 23, 2008 4:32 am

    even though it is finally cold out, i want ice cream. and that pasta does not look boring, it looks delicious!!

  11. October 23, 2008 7:53 am

    Peanut butter and banana ice cream with chocolate on top sounds so incredibly delicious.

  12. Vegannifer permalink
    October 23, 2008 8:44 am

    Awesome ice cream! Glad you’re enjoying your VitaMix!

  13. October 23, 2008 9:37 am

    wow! homemade magic shell! i love it! yum!!

  14. October 23, 2008 9:53 am

    ruben is too cute! awwwww! man, i need an ice cream maker or a vitamix! that would rock so hard! hooray for sugar-free deliciousnesses! mmmmmmmmmmmm!

  15. October 23, 2008 10:08 am

    OMG that ice cream combo sounds PERFECT! And the chocolate on top…amazinggggg

  16. October 23, 2008 11:11 am

    Wow, that is such a great ice cream recipe! And the magic shell topping looks pretty.

  17. October 23, 2008 11:37 am

    Magic Shell!!! That was my favorite treat as a kid! Only my grandmother had it, my parents refused to buy it for me. Your ice cream looks amazing, wish I had a bowl right now. :)

  18. October 23, 2008 11:48 am

    Amazing! I loved Magic Shell. You are a genius.

  19. October 23, 2008 12:38 pm

    That chocolate sauce looks amazing. Magic Shell – my guiltiest pleasure! (Okay, one of my guiltiest pleasures.) Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  20. October 23, 2008 2:17 pm

    I love my vita-mix! Isn’t it great that you can make soup or ice cream with the same appliance? And coconut milk works so well as a base for ice cream. I’ve been experimenting with this lately.

  21. adam permalink
    October 23, 2008 2:43 pm

    looks great, but, isn’t agave nectar sugar? Isn’t there sugar in the chocolate? I know the agave nectar is vegan, but what about the chocolate?

  22. Courtney permalink
    October 23, 2008 3:28 pm

    Yay for the Vita-Mix! If you use frozen bananas and cold ingredients, you might not even have to use the freeze, blend, refreeze etc. method. The Vita-Mix can handle it!


  23. October 23, 2008 4:06 pm

    Hello! Peanut butter and bananas are foods I can live on for quite some time. My favorites! And of course, coconuts (coconut oil, coconut milk, etc.), my ultimate favorite!

    Thanks a lot for this!

    Your Drugstore in a Bottle

  24. October 23, 2008 5:47 pm

    Ricki—The ice cream is just there so that the Magic Shell will harden! :o)

    Vaishali—If you lived closer, I’d say come on over to have some ice cream & pet Ruben!

    Aly—Thank you!

    kittee—Sure! Ice cream slumber party!

    Mandee—Yay, I hope you like it!

    Melisser—Cool, be prepared to buy him some bigger pants!


    catofstripes—I know, I’m way off season-wise. Oops.

    Jenn’s an Ice Cream Maker—I love my Vita-Mix! Now to make something that’s a little healthier with it…

    Virginia—Me too. It hasn’t been that cold here, so what the heck?

    aTxVegn—It’s pretty nice.

    Vegannifer—I only wish I had time to use it more often. I think the neighbors would be pissed if I made smoothies at 7:00 am. That sucker’s loud!


    jessy—Yes he is & yes you do. The Vita-Mix is more expensive, but has healthier uses than an ice cream maker. :o)


    mihl—Thank you!

    Jes—Me too. My mom would buy it every once in awhile, especially the Reese’s one. Holy #%@!

    rach-ums—Thank you, even though I just copied Brownie Points’ idea. :oP It’s so freakin’ good!

    Courtney—Good idea! Maybe I’ll try putting the coconut milk in the ice cube tray next time too. Instant soft-serve!

    CoconutOilGuy—I could live off of them too! You’re welcome. :o)

  25. October 24, 2008 3:07 am

    You’re making me miss summer!!! I ran in the frost & wind this morning, yikes!

  26. October 24, 2008 12:08 pm

    Oh I’ve never heard of magic shell, I neeeed some. Those vita-mix things sound great, everyone except me seems to have one!

  27. October 24, 2008 1:00 pm

    wow. I def need to get a vita mix & the pooche is soooo cute!

  28. October 24, 2008 5:13 pm

    that “boring pasta” looks great to me! And Ruben is a cutie. So funny the pet names we come up with for our dogs!

  29. veganshane permalink
    October 24, 2008 8:02 pm

    Trade you for some pizza?

  30. October 24, 2008 8:42 pm

    the title of this post had me hooked!! i used to buy the magic shell coating stuff from the store but i think the homemade kind is much more impressive and special :)

  31. October 25, 2008 12:11 am

    Peanut butter banana ice cream is definitely something I’ll have to try. And the magic shells look so pretty!

  32. October 26, 2008 7:47 pm

    Mr. Beagle and I eat zucchini pasta pretty much ever week. It may be boring but it’s so stinking good!

  33. October 28, 2008 10:36 am

    Mmm….magic shell!! Simply the best!! Thanks for the recipe :)

  34. November 3, 2008 9:18 pm

    1. thanks for the magic shell recipe. love it!
    2. such a cute doggie!
    3. I always call my boyfriend Noodle Head!

  35. November 4, 2008 11:36 am

    Thanks & you’re welcome, guys!

    Amey—That’s hilarious. Are you somehow dating my dog? Just kidding. :o)

  36. August 10, 2014 2:33 am

    I love ice cream so much.tanx


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