Chunky Monkey “Ice Cream” Bon Bons

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Who’s in the mood for a frosty, nutty, chocolatey treat?

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

By merging together two of my favorite recipes—The Kitchn’s One Ingredient Ice Cream and Irvin Lin’s homemade Magic Shell—I came up with this simple, bite-sized confection.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

The steps are easy, but timing is key. You must wait for the “ice cream” to freeze completely (twice!) before proceeding, and then you gotta work fast. Otherwise, you’ll end up with melty brown lumps.

Six Ingredients + Patience = Happy Little Monkeys.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Here’s what to gather to make 24 bite-sized Bon Bons:

  • 3 medium ripe bananas, frozen and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher), finely chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons almonds or walnuts, toasted and finely chopped (Chunky Monkey ice cream typically contains walnuts, but I prefer almonds)
Here’s what you do:
First things first: you gotta make your banana ice cream. Mine isn’t quite one-ingredient—I use two—but it’s drop-dead simple nonetheless, and doesn’t require an ice cream maker. (I have a similar recipe for a 2-minute Strawberry Banana Ice Cream in my upcoming cookbook!)

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Toss the frozen banana chunks and vanilla into a blender or food processor

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and blitz until smooth and creamy.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until solid but scoopable (about 2 hours).

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

(Looking for a great all-purpose spatula? I’m in love with my new GIR spatulas. I’ll post more about ‘em soon.)

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I know you’re itching to complete the recipe, but it’ll take some time for the ice cream to harden. Go for a long, leisurely walk to the park, and avoid opening the freezer every 20 minutes to check on your ice cream. You’ll drive yourself crazy.

Once your ice cream has firmed up, use a small disher to scoop it into teaspoon-sized balls. Place them on a parchment lined tray.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Work quickly—you don’t want your ice cream to melt.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

My littlest disher (yes, as a gadget junkie, I have a whole range of sizes), yielded approximately 24 balls.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Place the tray in the freezer and chill until the scoops are solid. Really solid. If you can stand the wait, I recommend letting them sit overnight in the freezer. Trust me on this.

When you’re ready to finish assembling the bon bons, throw the chocolate, coconut oil, and salt in a heat-proof bowl…

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and place the bowl over a pot of simmering water. (This is what you do if you don’t have a double boiler.)

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir the chocolate mixture constantly until completely melted.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

(Alternatively, if you prefer using a microwave oven, you can just nuke the chocolate mixture in 30 second increments until melted.)

Take the chocolate off the heat and let it cool to room temperature. It should stay liquid for several hours as long as your house is above 70°F. If your house is colder than that, your air conditioning is on too high.

Remove the solid scoops out of the freezer. Stab a skewer into the flat bottom of an ice cream ball, and quickly dip it in the melted chocolate…

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…or just spoon it on.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Before the chocolate shell hardens, sprinkle on the chopped almonds.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Don’t dawdle. The “ice cream” can melt quickly, and the chocolate magic shell hardens fast, so the most efficient way to coat these treats is to get the whole family involved. Give everyone a skewer—you can eat as you make ‘em. Keep the skewers on if you want to enjoy these treats as a Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Pop (just cut off the pointy ends so you don’t stab yourselves)…

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…or you can keep your bon bons in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a couple of months.

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream" Bon Bons by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Now go make your little monkeys happy!


Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013).