Frozen chocolate covered bananas are a super delicious sweet treat that’s healthy too! The perfect way to use super ripe bananas, these banana pops are always a hit with kids and adults.
Why We Love Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas
We love these decadent feeling chocolate covered bananas. This frozen treat is perfect for little and big monkeys!
- Quick and easy to make with very little prep to make.
- Great way to use up overripe bananas
- Frozen treat for hot days with no need for an ice cream maker.
- Healthy sweet treat that kids love, and they can help make a chocolate dipped banana with their favorite topping..
- Easy to make custom for all kinds of parties and themes, just change out the sprinkle color or chopped nuts.
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Ingredients You Need For Your Shopping List
- 4 Bananas – The riper, the bananas, the better!
- 12 Ounces Chocolate Chips – semi-sweet, milk or dark chocolate all work.
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil – this helps to thin the chocolate and creates a delicious shell on the outside
- 1/4 Cup Sprinkles – any color, optional for decorating
- 1/4 Cup Peanuts chopped – optional for decorating
How Do I Make Frozen Bananas
Making frozen bananas is simple and just requires a few steps of peeling, slicing and freezing the bananas on sticks.
Start with peeling the bananas. This recipe works especially well with bananas that are more ripe. Slice each banana in half down the middle the short direction.
Then add a popsicle stick to each banana into the cut end to make a handle.
Place the bananas onto a baking sheet covered in wax paper or parchment paper. Then freeze the banana pops for at least three hours.
Place the chocolate in a microwave safe container, a tall glass if you have it. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave, stirring every 30-60 seconds. The chocolate should be smooth in about 2-3 minutes.
Tip – Be very careful that your spoons and any other equipment is completely dry. Any liquid added to the chocolate while melting or dipping can make the chocolate seize and become grainy.
Dip each banana in the chocolate. Allow any excess chocolate to fall back into the jar, then add sprinkles. Place the bananas on parchment paper or wax paper to harden. Popping the entire pan back in the freezer for a few minutes can help the chocolate to harden faster.
Tip- Sometimes When I’m trying to make these quickly, I’ll melt about 3/4 the amount of chocolate and coconut oil. Next put the melted chocolate in a strong zip-top bag or frosting piping bag. Then snip the corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the banana bites instead of dipping the entire banana.
These banana pops can be stored in the freezer up to about a month in a tightly sealed storage container. You can also use zip top freezer bags.
Allow frozen bananas to defrost for a few minutes before taking a bite.
If you are making these treats for a party or special occasion, I like to use popsicle bags like these. I have a set that came with the silicone popsicle mold I used to make my watermelon popsicles. These bags seal closed individually and make passing out treats a little easier. When I run out of bags I am definitely getting more!
What’s The Coconut Oil For?
Did you ever have a chocolate magic shell as a kid? It’s a chocolate drizzle used for ice cream that creates a hard chocolate shell when it touches cold ice cream.
By adding coconut oil to the chocolate we are creating a mixture that is similar to magic shell. The chocolate will harden to a crunchier shell when it touches the cold banana.
This shortcut trick that can make a big difference in the crunchiness of the chocolate.
Add coconut to any dipped treat without the need to temper the chocolate. Tempering chocolate isn’t difficult but does require using a candy thermometer and usually a double boiler.
Some people use shortening in dipped chocolate to help create a smoother consistency but I prefer using coconut oil.
- Swap Out The Nuts– Try adding chopped pecans, pistachios, cashews or walnuts to the outside.
- Color Coordinate– These chocolate covered frozen banana treats can easily be color coordinated for birthday parties, pool parties, school colors, or just to your favorite color.
- Try Other Candies – Add M&Ms, Reeses, or any other chocolate candies you might have in the house.
- Add Cereal– Colorful cereals or even crunchy granola is pretty delicious on this frozen banana recipe!
- Shredded Coconut– Coconut gives these bananas a tropical taste.
- Drizzle Peanut Butter– Warm up a little peanut butter or your favorite nut butter, then drizzle it over the top of the bananas.
Other No Bake Recipes You Will Love
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries– A delicious no bake treat that’s cold, creamy and so delicious
Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats– Topped with chocolate and loaded with peanut butter flavor!
Chocolate Oat Bars– These delicious no bake bars have a creamy layer of chocolate peanut butter in the center. Yum!
Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas
- Popsicle sticks or bamboo skewers (8)
- 4 Bananas The more ripe the bananas, the better!
- 12 Ounces Chocolate Chips semi sweet or milk chocolate
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Sprinkles
- 1/4 Cup Peanuts chopped
- Remove the peel from the bananas and cut them in half the short way. Push a popsicle stick into the cut end of each banana. Place bananas on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, then freeze for three hours.
- When the bananas are done freezing, add the chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave safe cup or bowl.
- Melt the chocolate on half power on your microwave for 2-3 minutes. Stir about every 30-60 seconds to keep the chocolate from scorching until fully melted.
- Pour melted chocolate into a tall glass, like a mason jar
- Dip the bannanas one at a time into the melted chocolate, then remove and immediately sprinkle with nuts or sprinkles.
- Place on parchment paper to cool then serve. Extras can be store in the freezer for up to one month.
- Chocolate can also be melted on the stove using a double boiler. The microwave method is simply easier and faster.
- I recommend wrapping in plastic wrap, placing in a freezer zip-top bag, or storing in an airtight container once the chocolate has fully hardened if storing in the freezer. The entire pan can be placed back in the freezer to help the chocolate harden quicker.
- Frozen bananas will taste best if eaten within a month.
- Wax paper, parchment paper or aluminum foil can be used for this recipe since the bananas are not being cooked.