Healthy Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Bars

A healthy frozen treat, these banana ice cream bars are topped with date caramel, sprinkled with walnuts and coated with a crunchy chocolate magic shell. They’re absolutely delicious, vegan, gluten-free and paleo!

Close up of chocolate caramel banana ice cream bar.

Summer is almost here and before we know it, the temps are going to be crazy high and we’re going to be sweating through our clothes as soon as we walk outside. In case you didn’t know, that’s what the summer months are like here in Richmond. It’s lovely… if you have a pool. Sadly we don’t, so we have to find other ways to cool off, like eating copious amounts of  fro yo, ice cream and popsicles.

And last but not least, my chocolate caramel ice cream bars made with banana ice cream.

Chocolate Caramel Banana Ice Cream in a baking dish.

They’re like a Klondike Bar, but made healthier. They’re diary-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo-friendly and 100% calorie free. <— Just kidding about that last part. Gotta keep y’all on your toes. 😉

Chocolate Date Caramel Banana Ice Cream Bars sliced on parchment paper.

If you haven’t tried banana ice cream… you should know that it’s really awesome on its own. I’m a huge fan, but banana ice cream topped with a layer of date caramel, some walnuts and covered in chocolate is just ridiculously good. Seriously, these bars are probably one of the best no-bake treats I’ve ever posted here on EBF!

Chocolate Caramel Banana Ice Cream Bars on parchment paper.

I can’t stop eating them. And it’s cool because they’re made with good-for-you ingredients. Even the crunchy, homemade chocolate “magic shell” is pretty healthy. It’s made with just three simple ingredients — cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut oil.

Chocolate Caramel Banana Ice Cream Bars on parchment paper.

One word of advice, do not skip the date caramel! It takes these ice cream bars over the top.

Chocolate Caramel Banana Ice Cream Bars stacked on a turquoise plate.

Gah! I’m pretty sure these are going to become a summer staple. I hope you get a chance to try them.

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Chocolate Caramel Banana Ice Cream Bars


Description

A healthy frozen treat, these banana ice cream bars are topped with date caramel, sprinkled with walnuts and coated with a crunchy chocolate magic shell. They’re absolutely delicious, vegan, gluten-free and paleo!


Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas, chopped into chunks
  • 7 pitted Medjool dates (soaked in water if needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Line a 9” loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Make banana ice cream by placing banana chunks into a food processor or blender. Process until bananas are smooth and the consistency of ice cream. Do not over process.
  3. Immediately spread banana ice cream into the prepared loaf pan. Place in the freezer while you prep the date caramel using the same food processor you used for the banana ice cream. Add dates and sea salt to the bowl of your processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary. (You may need to soak your dates in water before processing if they seem dry.)
  4. Pull loaf pan with banana ice cream out of the freezer, spread date caramel over the ice cream and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Cover with plastic wrap and place pan back in the freezer for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight if you have the time.
  5. Once bars are frozen (the date caramel may still be sticky, but the ice cream should be pretty solid) remove bars from the loaf pan and quickly cut into 6 bars. Place the bars back into the freezer and start prepping the chocolate coating.
  6. Prepare chocolate by whisking together cocoa powder, maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a small bowl.
  7. Bring bars out of the freezer and work quickly to cover each with the chocolate. Start by spooning a good amount over each bar and then dip them to make sure all the sides get coated evenly. Place the coated bars on a platter lined with parchment paper and place the bars back in the freezer for a few minutes to set-up before serving. If you leave the bars in the freezer for quite a bit before serving, just let them rest out at room temperature for about 2 minutes before enjoying otherwise the ice cream will be too hard to bite through.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 242
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 2g
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    14 comments
    1. Angie Hejl
      January 2, 2017 AT 4:16 pm

      I just made these and they’re seriously amazing & gorgeous. The coconut oil chocolate sauce is absolutely delicious. I’m extra excited because I’m not one to say no to dessert. These are delicious without any added preservatives or ingredients!

    2. Lexi
      May 31, 2016 AT 11:12 pm

      Caramel banana ice cream? GIRLFRIEND. You know the way to my heart. I want the entire batch!

    3. Lori
      May 30, 2016 AT 2:02 pm

      I made these I think the day you posted the recipe. 🙂 So fantastic!! I added a tablespoon of almond butter to the date caramel sauce which was delicious. These yummy little treats will definitely be in my freezer a lot this summer. 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 30, 2016 AT 10:20 pm

        Hi Lori. You just made my night with this comment. Thank you so much for trying the recipe! I love your addition of almond butter to the caramel. Almond butter makes everything better.

    4. Amanda
      May 26, 2016 AT 2:33 pm

      I make banana ice cream all the time, but this is a great way to really step it up! And have some portion control 😉 yum!

    5. Shannon
      May 26, 2016 AT 10:50 am

      These are perfect! I can’t wait to make them!

    6. Christine @ Run Plant Based
      May 25, 2016 AT 9:58 pm

      My goodness, this sounds amazing and I want to make them this weekend. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 26, 2016 AT 9:18 am

        Woo-hoo! You’ll have to let me know what you think.

    7. Jennifer @ Peas and Crayons
      May 25, 2016 AT 5:45 pm

      You had me at date caramel! <3

    8. Lois
      May 25, 2016 AT 12:11 pm

      They sound great cant wait to give them a try. Gets hot here too Brittany. Im in Southern Spain, near North Africa, (I dont have a pool either but I do have the med. phew!!!)

    9. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      May 25, 2016 AT 9:26 am

      Love these. They would not last long in my house.

    10. Andrew
      May 25, 2016 AT 9:15 am

      These all look amazing!

    11. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
      May 25, 2016 AT 7:59 am

      These are basically perfection. I am obsessed with date caramel, but have never tried it with banana. Such a yummy sounding combo! Pinned!

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