So, I’m just going to put it out there. I use this homemade magic shell recipe just about every day.
While some people in the more dogmatic dietary circles may consider that a character flaw, I call it living life to the fullest. Because seriously, who doesn’t want to eat homemade magic shell every day?
And no, that doesn’t mean I’m a total dessert monster who eats all the chocolate, twinkles, and ice cream all the time. It means I enjoy rich, satisfying, health-promoting treats (like homemade magic shell made with coconut oil) that make my body feel good. YAY.
Not only does this homemade magic shell recipe come packed with a good dose of healthy (and energizing!) fats, it’s also packed with antioxidants thanks to the raw cacao powder. In other words, it’s a double-win.
Homemade Magic Shell: The Discovery
This homemade magic shell recipe takes me strait back to my grandma’s kitchen. Having a more health-concious mother meant magic shell was reserved for holidays at my grandparent’s house where all “rules” were off. And if I was lucky, I got to pour the magical liquid goodness myself, meaning my dessert ending up being more magic shell than ice cream.
My grown-up homemade magic shell recipe happened by accident. It was a warm, summer day (one of those days where the coconut oil is liquid at room temperature), and I had planned to use coconut oil to make a dark chocolate dip for some strawberries I had preserved in the freezer. Due to my impatient personality, my strawberries were half-frozen when I started eating them, and much to my surprise – the chocolate hardened instantaneously. Right then, homemade magic shell was born.
Homemade Magic Shell: The Ingredients
The main component of homemade magic shell is coconut oil. Because coconut oil is a nourishing, healthful saturated fat made up of beneficial medium chain fatty acids, it will harden quickly when in comes in contact with frozen foods. (Read more on the amazing benefits of coconut oil here!)
Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing cocoa beans. Because it is unheated and unprocessed, raw cacao powder is packed with antioxidants, fiber and important minerals like magnesium. You can use cocoa powder for this recipe as well, which is cacao powder that has been roasted. Roasting gives the cocoa a mild and smooth flavor, however, it will contain less nutrients due to the high-heat processing.
Raw, unfiltered honey is a natural sweetener that contains vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients. While this ingredient is optional, natural raw honey is great when you want to add a bit of sweetness to things.
Vanilla extract gives the homemade magic shell a richer, deeper flavor. Make sure to get a pure vanilla extract that does not contain sugar or additives. I personally use bourbon vanilla extract, which almost makes the chocolate completely irresistible. Use at your own risk.
- Heat the coconut oil on the stove or in a glass bowl in the microwave. Once the coconut oil is liquid and warm, add the raw honey (optional) and vanilla extract and stir.
- Once combined, add the cacao powder and gently "fold" the cacao powder into the coconut oil until well combined.
- Let the mixture slightly cool before adding homemade magic shell on top of frozen fruit, ice cream, or using as a dip.
My favorite uses!
- Pour coconut milk on top of frozen berries, then add homemade magic shell on top. This is also know as my Chocolate Covered Berries and Cream Bowl.
- Cut a banana into round slices about 1/2 inch thick, and put in the freezer. Once chilled, spread almond butter in between two banana pieces to create a “sandwich” and return to the freezer. Dip frozen banana sandwiches in homemade magic shell and store in the freezer.
- Drizzle homemade magic shell on top of frozen treats like ice cream or homemade ice cream cake.
- Make chocolate-dipped frozen fruit pops by cutting kiwi, pineapple, or bananas into small round slices. Then, mount the fruit on a stick and put into the freezer. Once frozen, dip fruit in your homemade magic shell and return to the freezer for a sweet, summer treat.
What other creative ways have you found to use this homemade magic shell recipe? Come back and let me know below!