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  • Makes 50 treats

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.

Frozen Banana Ice Cream Chocolate Treats


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Place cereal in a small bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Place baking sheet in the freezer until treats are frozen. Transfer treats to an airtight container. Store in the freezer.

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Lynnelle7 days ago
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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.

Niki1 month ago
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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

Sherrie1 month ago
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Wonder if it would help to use frozen bananas

Kay2 months ago
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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”

Shallon2 months ago
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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

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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