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

4 from 12 votes
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!
Chocolate Caramel Banana Ice Cream Bars on parchment paper.
Servings 6 bars



  • Line a 9” loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prepare chocolate by whisking together cocoa powder, maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a small bowl.
  • 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.



Serving: 1bar Calories: 242kcal Carbohydrates: 41g Protein: 2g Fat: 10g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 30g


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    1. marnie
      September 29, 2022 AT 3:51 pm

      what can i sub for bananas?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 4, 2022 AT 11:47 am

        Hi Marnie – The bananas are a key ingredient in this recipe and I am honestly not sure what the best sub would be because any other fruit wouldn’t result in the same flavor. You could try mangos, they should work but I am not sure of the flavor mixed with the chocolate and caramel. If you do give these a try with another fruit, let me know how it worked out for you! Enjoy!

    2. Molly
      May 26, 2022 AT 10:50 pm

      5 stars
      I’ve had these bookmarked FOREVER (one of the first recipes I ever saw from EBF) but totally forgot about them until I saw them on my Pinterest board the other day. I finally had some extra dates to use up and wow, it was worth the wait! These are such a good warm-weather treat!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 27, 2022 AT 10:32 am

        Yay! I’m so glad these were a success for you Molly. I appreciate you leaving a review, thank you!

    3. Cynthia
      July 11, 2021 AT 1:26 am

      5 stars
      I made these today and they are amazing! I love plain frozen banana ice cream too but you have taken it over the top with this delicious recipe. I am so glad I found your page, you are awesome!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 12, 2021 AT 11:08 am

        Aw this makes me so happy to hear! I’m so glad these ice cream bars were a hit, Cynthia! Thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Angie Hejl
      January 2, 2017 AT 4:16 pm

      5 stars
      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!

    5. 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!

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