Magnum Ice Cream Magic Shell Bowl

If you love Magnum ice cream bars, then you will love this Magnum Ice Cream Magic Shell Bowl. The satisfying crunch of biting through the hard chocolate shell, revealing a creamy, sweet, and smooth filling is hard to beat. With the hot summer days ahead, this is an easy and healthier alternative to one of my favorite desserts. I love Magnum ice cream and believe anything can be enjoyed in moderation, so if you want to treat yourself, please go ahead and enjoy. But, if you’re looking for an alternative treat that is dairy-free and completely plant based, this is the recipe for you!

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Healthier Magic Shell Bowl

If you love Magnum Ice Cream bars, but you're looking for an alternative treat that is dairy-free and completely plant based, this is the recipe for you!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Servings 1 large


  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tablespoons nut milk, such as almond milk plus more as needed
  • dash of pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • cup chocolate chips (I used vegan, semi-sweet)
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • crushed nuts (optional)


  • In a high-power blender, blend the frozen bananas with the nut milk and vanilla, adding more milk as needed, a small dash at a time, until the desired ice cream-like consistency is reached. Pour the contents of the blender into a bowl. Smooth out the "nice cream."
  • Create a double-boiler by filling a medium pot with 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place a heatproof bowl on top of the pot (be sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the simmering water.) Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to the bowl. Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted. Turn off the heat. You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave as well.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the nice cream. I swirl it around as it makes an even layer.
  • Freeze the bowl of nice cream for 5 to 10 minutes, until the chocolate has solidified. Top with nuts (if using) and crack it open with a spoon. Enjoy!


You can melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave. Feel free to use any chocolate chips you love.
Any milk of choice will work for this recipe  but you might need to increase the quantity if your blender is not very powerful.
I use the tamper on my Vitamix to help the bananas blend or I use my food processor. Add a little milk at a time until you have the right consistency. Don’t add too much milk or the mixture will be too watery or thin. 
This recipe makes one large portion which can definitely be split into two. 
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