Strawberry Banana Soft Serve with Homemade Magic Shell

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 16, 2012

Let’s not overcomplicated things on a Monday, shall we?

Bananas + strawberries + chocolate = awesome.  This I’m sure we all know.

Make the bananas and strawberries frozen.   And the chocolate a dark chocolate magic shell.  I think that makes it exponentially more awesome.  And it’s so simple you’ll run to the kitchen to try it out, asap.  Or at least I hope 🙂

Really, make yourself some banana soft serve.  Any kind will do but I am loving a strawberry version right now.  Pour a molten lake of chocolate over top.  And then realize your bowl is way too full and take pictures as it drips off the edge.

Start again…

Take a little less soft serve.  Lightly drizzle some magic shell over top and wait a few seconds for it to harden.

Crack that chocolate shell(I can’t be the only one that loves that noise… Right?)

And enjoy!


Yes, the one that was way too full was fun to clean up 🙂

You may actually want to start by making the magic shell.  It will stay liquid for a while after you make it so melt it all together first and let it sit while you make your soft serve so that it’s not super hot.  Banana soft serve already goes from awesome soft serve to just a frosty smoothie in about 2.7 seconds so don’t help it out by pouring hot chocolate over it.  Did you know banana soft serve is almost equally as awesome after it’s been in the freezer until it hardens up.  Just leave it on the counter for a couple minutes (it softens up way faster than regular ice cream) and dig in!  But don’t forget the magic shell 😉  Enjoy!


Strawberry Banana Soft Serve

Serves 4

  • 2 large bananas, peeled, frozen and cut into 1″ chunks
  • 2 C frozen strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C milk(any kind will do!), plus a little more if needed.

In a food processor add the frozen bananas and frozen strawberries.  Turn on and process until no large pieces remain.  Add the vanilla and the milk and process until the entire mixture comes together in a soft serve like consistency.  Serve immediately, or scoop into a container and place in the freezer immediately.  To serve once it’s been frozen, remove from the freezer and let the soft serve sit on the counter for 2-3 minutes and then easily scoop it into your bowl.


You may need a little more milk, but be careful not to thin it out too much.  I usually use almond milk.

If your strawberries are slightly tart, consider using 1/2 banana more and reducing the strawberries slightly.



Dark Chocolate Magic Shell

  • 1 oz(28g) dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • a few drops of vanilla(optional)

Chop chocolate well and microwave together with the coconut oil in a small bowl, stirring in 15 second intervals until completely smooth.  Set aside and let it cool until ready to use.


You can also make a larger batch and store in the cupboard until ready to use and then gently warm it up and pour it over your ice cream.

Also, try using different extracts for flavored magic shell.  Orange or mint would be awesome!  But don’t forget that some extracts are stronger than others and might be overpowering, especially peppermint!

Adding extract will make the magic shell a little thicker so it wont drizzle as well so don’t add too much vanilla.  This is fine if you use a squeeze bottle but not as nice for just drizzling with a spoon.

I use 72% but use your favorite bar chocolate for eating.

If you want to use chocolate chips, use just under 3 tbsp your favorite chocolate chips, but this magic shell will not be as nice.


The winner of the Slow Cooker giveaway was Kring, who left the challenge to make time for laughter every day.  Please look for an email from me to get your prize!

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1 Kitty August 21, 2016 at 07:24

I can’t get coconut oil 🙁 OR palm oil (I’m UK) The shops here are limited – and the 3 large superstores that are here don’t sell it 🙁 can I use something else? I just want to coat ice lollies (popsicles) then add sprinkles. I have no food processor, so cannot make your full recipe, but I do have ready made home made ice lollies (made with fruit juices),


2 Naomi Kay August 1, 2013 at 21:13

Hello Heidi!

My cousin and I just found your website and love it! I’m gluten intolerant and made the coconut, raisin bread tonight and it’s delicious.
I love the way your food has such pretty presentation, I don’t know which I like better the colour combinations you put together(I’m an Interior Decorator) or the recipies, I would say both.
So thank you for your fun and lovely website and all the time you put into it.
And your daughter is so sweet(I have four daughters of my own) and I have the very same blanket that is wrapped around your daughter in the picture.
Naomi Kay


3 heather July 26, 2012 at 06:39

I lOVE banana soft serve, I am always a little sad when I run out of ripened frozen Bananas in the freezer- like you said they are amazing in smoothies too!

And the pic with the overflowing magic shell is amazing – I am so glad you kept that one, it adds such interest 🙂


4 Nichole July 24, 2012 at 14:49

Can a milk substitute (almond, soy or rice) be used instead of milk?


5 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 24, 2012 at 21:39

Yes! I use almond milk 🙂


6 brighteyedbaker July 20, 2012 at 13:28

I’m in love with magic shell… it’s hands down my favorite ice cream/frozen yogurt topping. I’m sure this is a really delicious combination, and it’s great because it’s healthy and simple too! By the way, I really like the first photo; the chocolate dripping down the cup is great!


7 Dana @ Minimalist Baker July 19, 2012 at 10:18

Lovely photos! And recipe! Bravo, friend : )


8 Emmeline Evards July 19, 2012 at 09:28

This recipe looks amazing! I would love to curl up with a big bowl of this ice cream.


9 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies July 18, 2012 at 15:46

I’m trying to lose weight, so I’ve been making banana soft serve a LOT lately. Need to try it with strawberries! The chocolate shell is veeeerrrry tempting too. 🙂


10 Saree Rentals July 18, 2012 at 11:01

OMG! These look so bright and delicious!


11 Theresa July 17, 2012 at 19:18

Your pictures are beautiful! Love the pink banana softserve, and homemade magic shell, yum!


12 Jen@TheFitHousewife July 17, 2012 at 16:55

Looks delcious! And so healthy 🙂 I love the versatility of coconut oil! My kids will love this chocolate shell.


13 The Café Sucré Farine July 17, 2012 at 13:46

VERY cool recipe – I’ve always loved that magic chocolate but it you check the label, it’s ridiculously high in fat and calories – this sounds wonderful and decently healthy too, thanks! Oh and the ice cream……… YUM!


14 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 17, 2012 at 05:40

The perfect easy summer dessert! Love it.


15 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking July 16, 2012 at 22:10

i would have been more than happy to helped with that over filled cup. I always have room in my belly for some delicious sweet treat, especially when chocolate is involved. yum!


16 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 16, 2012 at 20:51

I get the cherry dip magic shell every single time we go out for ice cream. It’s a childhood treat I can’t resist. It’s one of the few things in life I choose to purposely remain naive on what’s actually in it. This is a great at home “real” version 🙂


17 chinmayie @ love food eat July 16, 2012 at 20:01

Love the idea of magic shell!! Super cool…


18 Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 16, 2012 at 15:37

Gosh darned bananas!@#!$# I bet I’m the internet’s biggest banana hater. It’s sad. You know I’m just jealous that I can’t make stuff like this. 🙂

I love how melty it looks. And no sugar?! Oh my gosh.


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