[2 Minute, 2 Ingredient] Homemade Magic Shell and Nice Cream!
Several years ago I read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen. Around that same time I found blogger and recipe creator, Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food. Between these two resources, I really started to look at the INGREDIENTS in my food, instead of what was on the front label. It has absolutely transformed my eating and the way I look at food!
I try my best to avoid eating foods that have a lot of unknown or dangerous ingredients in them. I try to make things at home with real, whole ingredients in order to eliminate toxic chemicals that make their way in through factory production.
So today I’m going to share one of my favorite easy swaps: MAGIC SHELL! You know, the chocolatey liquid that you pour on top of ice cream and then it becomes hard? Let’s be clear, although I like to eat healthy, this isn’t a HEALTHY FOOD. It’s just a better option than buying the stuff from the store. Here are the benefits of making it at home:
On my health eating journey, of course I want to reduce sugar, increase my vegetables, and all that good stuff. But I also want to leave room for FUN! And this hard shell recipe helps you do just that: you can enjoy a nice treat but feel a little bit better about because you *KNOW* what you’re putting in your body!
I always love to top this homemade magic shell on my homemade NICE cream. That’s “ice cream” made with frozen bananas. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! Let’s dive into the homemade magic shell first and keep scrolling to find out how make NICE CREAM!
Homemade Magic Shell
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I like using dark chocolate)
1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil (I use organic, unrefined from Aldi)
This is SO SUPER SIMPLE! It really does take 2 minutes or less! I save the extra we don’t use in a small mason jar and keep it in the cupboard until we need it next time. It’ll harden in your cupboard and when you make your next batch of ice cream, just heat it up for 15-30 seconds in the microwave and it’s ready to go!
Now, let’s talk about nice cream.
I don’t remember where I originally found out about this…probably Pinterest…and it’s safe to say I was super skeptical about it. But I LOVE it! It honestly doesn’t taste banana-y to me at all. There are a lot of varieties you can make but I pretty much stick to two: chocolate peanut butter and strawberry. My kids also love nice cream and will often choose it over ice cream. It’s a treat you can actually feel pretty good about! Bananas are still a pretty sweet fruit but I personally feel pretty good that there is very, very limited amount of added white sugar in nice cream.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Before you make your nice cream, you want to have frozen bananas. I wait until the bananas are pretty ripe and they are starting to get brown spots on the peel. I peel them and store them in a gallon size plastic seal bag in the freezer. To make the best nice cream, you want the bananas to be frozen for at least 24 hours before making. So you do need to have some forethought in making this! These days, I always freeze bananas that are turning brown and I have a consistent supply of frozen bananas in my freezer!
OKAY, so once you have your frozen bananas, here’s what ya do!
Nice Cream (chocolate peanut butter style!)
1.5 frozen bananas
spoonful of cocoa powder
spoonful of peanut butter
splash of milk (I use 2%)
(I’ve never actually measured anything…it’s really up to you and how chocoately or peanut buttery you’d like it to be! This is for a one person serving. If I’m making nice cream for all 4 of us I’m using 5-6 bananas and doing 2-3 spoonfuls of cocoa powder and peanut butter.)
You don’t need very much milk! I add just a little at the beginning to start blending it up and may add a little bit more if my bananas are really struggling to blend. You don’t want to add too much because then it becomes too smoothie-like. I like to freeze mine a little longer after it’s been blended to get it a little closer to the consistency of ice cream. After another 15-20 minutes in the freezer, I like to top mine with pretzels, peanuts, homemade magic shell, and homemade whipped cream. Another option would be to add peanuts and chocolate chips to the blender and mix it up that way.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter and fruity, let me introduce you to:
Strawberry Nice Cream
1.5 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen strawberries
splash of milk
You make this using the same method as the chocolate/peanut butter kind – just throw it all in the blender and mix up! The homemade magic shell also works well on this and it’s REALLY yummy with some homemade whipped cream!
I hope you enjoy this healthier alternative to ice cream and magic shell! Both of these are so economical and so easy to whip up as long as you have the supplies on hand. There are so many other varieties you can enjoy too – a quick Pinterest search will certainly help you there! Send me a picture with your favorite variety!
love your sweet-tooth lady,