Frozen Banana Treat with Chocolate (Better Than Ice Cream!)

These delicious cocoa-infused frozen banana ice cream treats get rolled in crunchy Grape-Nuts cereal to keep the ice cream from melting all over your fingers. Kashi 7 Whole Grain Nuggets cereal is another good coating option.

Looking for more ways to harness the awesome power of frozen bananas? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Nice Cream, a step-by-step tutorial for making simple plant-based ice cream.


  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened plant milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1½ cups Grape-Nuts cereal


  • In a food processor combine the first five ingredients (through bananas). Cover and process until well combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add oats; mix well.
  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Place cereal in a small bowl.
  • Using the large end of a melon baller or a small spoon, scoop up a small chocolate ball and drop it into cereal. Roll ball with a spoon or your fingers to cover completely with cereal. Gently place the ball on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chocolate mixture and cereal.
  • Place baking sheet in the freezer until treats are frozen. Transfer treats to an airtight container. Store in the freezer.

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(5 from 22 votes)

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Jean Strickland

I added 1/3 c. peanut butter and left out the vanilla and used milk for mine. With the addition of the peanut butter, I found I needed 3 cups of oats. I rolled in crushed Vector cereal. I think I will be making these again. The dough does get thicker if allowed to set for awhile before rolling into balls


These are not good. Grape nuts are not granola. I threw them all away. It calls for far too much cocoa and vanilla. Don't waste your expensive ingredients.

Carrie H

These hit just right! I'll be putting them into our regular rotation.


FOK - could you please change recipe to show you need 2 FROZEN bananas. Clearly many don’t understand what you assumed.

Debbie Huffert



I used sweetened shredded coconut instead of maple syrup, and a mixer instead of a food processor, less mess! I also added frozen raspberries for extra punch and prettiness, smooshed around the top. It's good for a healthy snack and looks quite pretty with the berries!


Yummy, but like others I ended up with a soupy batter that wouldn’t hold shape. I added about 1/3 c peanut butter and then came to the comments to see if runny batter was a common issue. After letting the batter sit for a bit the oats absorbed some moisture and it was easier to work with. The peanut butter was a welcome addition, but I would have skipped the plant milk if I’d read the comments first. Still a delicious, kid approved snack.


Just tried these for the first time. I used under-ripe bananas (so still firm) and they rolled well (using a small ice cream scoop). Was not soupy. I rolled them in coconut. Not sure how long they take to freeze though.


I wish I would have read the comments. This was horribly soup & would not form balls even after it set for awhile. I added almost a whole extra cup of oats. It was a pain to work with even then. I spread what was left after making some balls on the baking sheet and sprinkled with the cereal. Did they test this? This is my first FOK recipe to try.


I have not tried making these yet but I am planning on making these soon. I read a comment about another suggestion beside using grape nuts so I wanted to suggesest Ezekiel cereal. I am going to try using this cereal instead.


Just let the mixture send for a while and it will thicken and be easier to handle


Exact same, just came to the comments to see if I'd done something wrong! :D


After reading the comments, I skipped the plant milk completely. No problems rolling into balls. Delicious. Perhaps skipping the milk made it dark chocolaty, like how we love.

Karen S

I enjoyed these very much. Great texture, etc., I did however, use some shredded coconut on the outside instead of grape nuts as I am gluten free. I tried some chopped almonds as well. I would be interested in any other thoughts for exterior of these vs. the grape nuts?


Very very good :) I used peanut butter instead of maple syrup, and just mashed everything together because I don’t have a food processor. Didn’t turn out soupy at all and were very easy to roll! I also put a hazelnut in the center of every ball and now they remind me of baby Ferrero Rocher balls

Kristen C

If you're getting soupy... the recipe should say FROZEN bananas! The frozen bananas will make it thick like ice cream, while fresh ripe bananas will give you soup. Hope that helps!


Thank you for the tip. I would have been the very one to make soup.


Hasn’t Grape-nuts cereal been sprayed with glyphosate?


These are soooo good!


These are sooooo good!

Cindi M

I made these last night, and they are really good! Easy to make (a little sticky on the fingers), and just the right amount of sweet, chocolate, and crunch when I tried a couple today after freezing them. The only alteration I made was to mix in an additional 1/2 cup of oats.


if the recipe belongs to an Esselstyn, we know its good. Got some ripe bananas, giving this a try tonight.


the recipe was good but it was not sticking together so I decided to tweak the recipe. I added some coconut, flour, marshmallows and a little more maple syrup. the bars were good but would have been better if they were balls.


Very soupy. So I added some shredded coconut, more oats and some almond butter and almond flour...


I haven't made these treats yet but I wonder if the differences between the experiences of reviewers are a result of using different types of oats i.e. instant vs traditional vs thicker whole grain which I plan to use.

Maggie I

Just made these for the 2nd time- by adding the wet mixture to the oats , mixing really well, and letting it soak in for just a few minutes, I found it easy to scoop into balls w 2 spoons. I used organic granola with a dash or two of cinnamon ipo grape nuts These taste like rich frozen truffles .


Gosh, go with your gut instincts here! I used half the milk & half the cocoa. I also used honey, only because I didn’t have maple. And it was still really runny, so I added another banana. After adding the oats, it was ~just~ thick enough to form into large balls. I didn’t even try to roll them in the cereal grains. I haven’t tasted it yet but I’m sure it’ll be delicious. Just needs some tweaking. Maybe freezing the bananas first could help it thicken?


Really delicious mix, but like many many other's have stated very soppy, does not bind together. I just processed an extra cup and a half of oats to powder form and mixed in small amounts at a time until I got the consistency to be able to hold together. I also swapped out maple syrup to treacle. I made ball's with 2 spoon's was just so hard with my hand.


I found this recipe fine. Five ingredients mixed in a food processor, oats added then formed into balls and rolled in cereal. Couldn't be easier. I noted a few people had problems with it being too runny, I used treacle so maybe that helped. Good recipe for using up overripe bananas.


Delicious and easy! Put your own twist on it. Put dough in refrigerator for about ten minutes before forming into balls. Makes it so much easier to roll. I also rolled a few into some shredded coconut.


I clearly did something wrong. After combining the first 5 ingredients in the food processor and adding the oats, the mixture was soupy. I let it sit for a bit in the fridge hoping the oats might absorb enough. It was not to be. No way it would hold a shape. Bummer, I really wanted to try these.

Cynthia Gutierrez

I doubled the recipe to get 24. I substituted peanut butter for the milk and like another reviewer pointed out they were still to sticky to roll, so I put them in mini muffin cups and topped with roasted hazelnuts which I chopped in the food processor and it helped to get all the sticky dough out of the container.


These little gems are very tasty. My husband liked them as well. Next time I may omit the Grape Nuts. I may also store them in the fridge. They are quit hard straight from the freezer. My recipe made 25 balls. Very yummy!


Really tasty recipe and good way to use over ripe bananas. Skip the milk and I used 2 t of honey and no syrup. Had no problem being too sticky or runny. Will make these again.


I lined mini cupcake pan with liners, put finely chopped pecans in the bottom of the liner, then spooned the chocolate/rolled oats mixture on top. Then sprinkled a small amount of the chopped pecans on top. Even with the rolled oats, there is no way I could have rolled these into balls; but the lined mini cupake pan worked great; and I loved the taste!


This recipe turned out great. It turns liquidy in the food processor, but once you add the oats to the mixture, it will thicken. I added 1/3 cup of ground pecans, which helped to thicken it even more. I used a 1-inch ice cream scoop and made about 24 of the dessert balls. They are tasty. I will make this again.


I just read the comments from the others and yes its liquid but when you mix it with the oats it's absolutely fine! You can form bowls with the help of two small spoons, so no hands at all, but as soon as you put them in the tray with cereals and get covered around is completely easy to touch them. Taste wise I really enjoy them, but I have added a pinch of salt and some crushed salted peanuts. I recommend this recipe


Wonder if it would help to use frozen bananas


The directions really need to be updated and clarified: mixing all of the ingredients together makes it so liquidy it’s impossible to roll it into balls as stated. I figure that’s why the oats were added, but even after letting it sit in the fridge for a couple hours was no better than before. As for the taste, it’s in no way better than ice cream, but it’s certainly a “frozen chocolate banana treat”


As I suspected, I followed the directions to a T through the adding the oats step. Liquidy like soup! I am going to let it sit to let the oats soak up the liquid, then it will probably be pretty good, But there is no going straight from adding all that liquid to the oats and then rolling into balls.

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Ann Crile Esselstyn, M.Ed.

Ann Crile Esselstyn developed the recipes for the New York Times best seller Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and is co-author of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. A mother of four, Ann is currently focused on counseling heart patients to prepare and enjoy plant-based, oil-free foods. 
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