Homemade Peanut Butter Magic Shell

When it comes to ice cream, it doesn’t get much more fun than adding a “magic shell” topping and watching it harden before your eyes!

bowl of chocolate ice cream with homemade peanut butter magic cell on top

Not surprisingly, one of the main ingredients in Smucker’s Magic Shell topping is coconut oil! Because of its high saturated fat content*, coconut oil solidifies almost instantly when chilled, making for an incredibly fun, crispy ice cream topping.

What is surprising, are the rest of the ingredients listed on the Magic Shell bottle, which include high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated soybean oil, just to name a few. Why complicate things, when just a few all-natural ingredients will do the trick?

Luckily, making our own peanut butter magic shell isn’t complicated at all.

pouring peanut butter magic cell over a bowl of chocolate ice cream

With just two ingredients, you can enjoy a healthier sundae in no time!

*Note: Remember, not all saturated fats are created equal. The saturated fat in coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, or MCTs, which are easily digested and immediately burned by your liver for energy — like carbohydrates, but without theinsulin spike. MCTs actually boost your metabolism and help your body use fat for energy, as opposed to storing it, so it can actually help you become leaner. [source]

Peanut Butter Magic Shell
serves 2

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter (preferably organic)
1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened

Directions:

Whisk together the coconut oil and peanut butter until thoroughly combined.

If the coconut oil is softened, rather than melted, it will emulsify better into the peanut butter… but either way, it will work.

small bowl of peanut butter magic shell with a small wisk Drizzle over a dish of chocolate banana soft serve, or other ice cream of choice, and watch it harden before your eyes!

breaking peanut butter magic shell on top of chocolate ice cream with a spoon

If you prefer, you could also swirl the peanut butter shell into a double-batch of banana soft serve–> which creates peanut butter “ribbons” throughout, reminiscent of Moose Tracks ice cream! (A big favorite in our house.)

mixing peanut butter magic shell into a bowl of chocolate ice creamLet it set in the freezer, then scoop to serve!

Other Magic Shell variations:

  • For a peanut-free shell: Use almond butter instead of peanut butter + 1/4 teaspoon vanilla + pinch of sea salt
  • For a chocolate-flavored shell: Add a Tablespoon of cocoa powder + 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • For a nut-free shell: Mix 1 Tablespoon coconut oil + 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder + 1/4 teaspoon honey

*If you don’t care for the taste of coconut, I’ve heard that expeller-pressed coconut oil has less of a “coconutty” taste than the less refined versions. You can also use grass-fed butter, instead of coconut oil, if you prefer!

5 from 2 votes
Healthy Peanut Butter Magic Shell
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
An ice cream topping that turns into a crispy shell!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut oil, dessert, peanut butter
Servings: 2
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter (preferably organic)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil , softened
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Whisk together the coconut oil and peanut butter until thoroughly combined. If the coconut oil is softened, rather than melted, it will emulsify better into the peanut butter, but either way, it will work.
  3. Drizzle over a dish of chocolate banana soft serve, or other ice cream of choice, and watch it harden before your eyes!
Recipe Notes

Other Magic Shell variations: -For a peanut-free shell: Use almond butter instead of peanut butter + 1/4 teaspoon vanilla + pinch of sea salt -For a chocolate-flavored shell: Add a Tablespoon of cocoa powder + 1/4 teaspoon honey -For a nut-free shell: Mix 1 Tablespoon coconut oil + 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder + 1/4 teaspoon honey

Per Serving: Calories: 154, Fat: 15g, Carbohydrates: 3g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 4g

Enjoy!

Reader Feedback: Are you a fan of magic shell, or chocolate “dipped” ice cream cones? What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

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Comments

Alyssa

This looks amazing, what a great idea!

Karine

Whaouuu! At the moment, I don’t know why, have a huge need of peanut and almond butter and a good treat with my dark chocolate… So now I know what will be my dessert tonight after my green smoothie! Thank you for this brilliant idea Megan!

    Megan

    Peanut butter and almond butter are both AMAZING with dark chocolate!! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheryl

Yum! Can’t wait to make this tonight. Also, if you want a coconut oil without the coconutty taste, I’ve found that refined vs. unrefined seems to make the difference. The refined oil does not taste or smell like coconut, but the unrefined does (even expeller pressed unrefined) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Megan

    Thanks for the tip, Cheryl! I happen to love the taste of coconut, but I know many people don’t want that flavor interfering with their desserts!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

LizAshlee

Wow, I had to comment first on the photos and then I am going back to read..it looks that delicious!! Hope you had a great weekend!

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

Umm what?!!! Peanut butter shell topping and chocolate ice cream (banana soft serve) You are amazing! I love this!

Sydney

I just made this . . . and it is AMAZING! I didn’t have any banana ice cream made, but I did have a Weight Watchers Chocolate Ice Cream Bar. I took that and scraped it off the stick into a bowl and whipped-up the peanut butter magic shell . . voila! YUMMY. Thank you for this wonderful treat. Now I can catch some ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

Leianna Eads

So creative! Love it

All That I'm Eating

This is such a good idea! It looks like so much fun.

Holly

THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this!!!! My boys are going to think I am the BEST MOM ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! I can hardly wait to try it!!

Kelly

Yum! Just like a reese’s shell! Thank youuuu

Erin W.

This is GENIUS! I can’t wait to try this…

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