Satisfy your sweet tooth with this healthy treat: Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas! Perfect for kids and adults, fun to make and plenty of ways to make them your own with your favorite toppings. Vegan friendly using frozen bananas and your favorite chocolate.
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If you love bananas and need a fun recipe the whole family will love, you must make these Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas. It’s a simple recipe (literally as simple as three ingredients!) that is healthy and absolutely delicious. It’s the perfect treat on a hot summer day.
Now, I am not going to tell you frozen bananas on a stick tastes like an ice cream bar, because that would be lying. BUT frozen bananas do have a nice creamy texture to them and give off that ice cream vibe, if you know what I mean.
2 Main Ingredients + Toppings
To make chocolate covered banana pops you really just need bananas and your favorite quality dark chocolate. The toppings are totally optional, but are a fun addition and fun for kids too.
Here’s a breakdown of what we used here…
- bananas – Use ripe bananas for a sweeter flavor, or slightly underripe for a more neutral flavor. Don’t use super spotty bananas as they’ll be too soft. Also, go with medium sized bananas if you can – that way you can get two banana pops from one banana.
- chocolate – I used dark chocolate chips. You can choose your favorite (milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate is fine too), I just always recommend a quality brand.
- coconut oil – creates a silky smooth melted chocolate
- favorite nut butter – peanut butter is always a good idea but feel free to use your favorite. I love cashew butter and almond butter here as well. You can also omit the nut butter!
- freeze dried strawberries
- crushed peanuts
- flaked sea salt
- chocolate candies
- parchment paper or wax paper
- sheet pan
- popsicle sticks
How to Make Chocolate Covered Banana Pops
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to make these frozen chocolate banana pops. Make sure you have your baking sheet lined and popsicle sticks out and ready to go before beginning. The toppings and chocolate you won’t need for several hours later, but you can put them in small bowls to prepare them for later if you’d like. When you’re ready to begin the process, make sure you have placed your nut butter in a deep enough jar for dipping.
Scroll down to the recipe card for the ingredient amounts and full instruction steps.
Step 1 – Prepare Bananas & Freeze
Peel the bananas, slice in half and place a popsicle stick in the end of each banana (the cut end), making sure to go just to the middle of the banana. Place the bananas on the lined sheet pan and freeze for at least 4 hours. You can freeze them up to 48 hours in advance.
Step 2 – Melt Chocolate
Melt the chocolate using your preferred method. You can use a double broiler, melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals on half power, or on the stovetop on the lowest heat setting. Whichever method you choose, just be careful not to burn the chocolate.
Step 3 – Dip
Dip banana into nut butter (if using) and then cover with melted chocolate. You can cover with melted chocolate by spooning the chocolate over the banana, or put the melted chocolate into a deep enough jar that will cover the banana once you’ve dipped it in. The only caveat with the dipping method is that you have to work very quickly, as dipping the frozen banana into warm chocolate will change the temperature of the chocolate and harden it fairly fast.
Step 4 – Add Toppings
After you’ve dipped the chocolate, quickly add your choice of toppings and place back on the sheet pan.
NOTE: You will also have to quickly add the toppings since the cold banana will harden the chocolate within seconds. This is where having a little assembly line with kids and friends helps!
How Long Do Frozen Bananas Last?
The frozen bananas, uncovered, are best used within 48 hours time. Once you have covered them in chocolate and stored them in an airtight container, they’re best enjoyed within 5-7 days,
- Once the bananas are fully frozen and you’re ready to dip, move quickly between covering chocolate and adding the toppings.
- If you don’t care about a super clean presentation, try spooning the chocolate over the cold banana (letting the excess chocolate drip back into the melted bowl of chocolate). It’s a little messier but you don’t have to worry about the chocolate changing temperature if you’re not working fast enough while using the dipping method.
- You don’t have to wait long to enjoy these – once the chocolate has set, just dig in!
Other Ways to Make
Make banana coins (1″ round slices), freeze and dip for little chocolate banana bites. Perfect for popping!
Make mini pops by taking frozen banana chunks, covering them with peanut butter and dipping in melted chocolate.
Other Topping Ideas
- Coconut flakes
- Toffee bits
- Crushed pistachios
- Sliced almonds
- Graham crackers & mini marshmallows (smore’s style!)
- Drizzle with white chocolate for a sweet and zebra-like topping
Store the fully coated chocolate covered bananas in a freezer safe container and enjoy within 1 week.
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Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas
Need fun and easy healthy cool treat? Enter: Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas! These kid friendly frozen banana pops are the perfect no bake dessert for all ages. Cover frozen bananas in melted chocolate and add your favorite toppings. The possibilities are endless! Vegan and paleo friendly recipe.
- Prep Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Freezer
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- 3 medium-large bananas, cut in half (see notes)
- 1 cup quality dark chocolate chips
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup favorite favorite nut butter (optional)
- crushed peanuts
- hemp hearts
- flaked sea salt
- Prepare bananas: Line a medium rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set out 6 popsicle sticks. Peel bananas and place popsicle stick in center of cut end; place on baking sheet, cover with foil (or another wrap) and freeze for at least 4 hours, up to 48 hours in advance.
- Melt chocolate: Add chocolate chips to microwave safe bowl and melt on half power in 30-second intervals. Once the chips are partially melted, stir in coconut oil and continue melting in microwave until chocolate is smooth. You can also use a double boiler, or the stovetop on the lowest heat setting. Transfer melted chocolate into a bowl or glass jar, if dipping.
- Dip: Take frozen bananas out of freezer and prepare for dipping. First cover banana with nut butter if using, then move onto chocolate. You can cover with melted chocolate by spooning the chocolate over the banana, or dip the melted chocolate into the jar – just move very quickly if you do this method.
- Add Toppings: After you’ve dipped the chocolate, quickly add your choice of toppings and place back on the sheet pan.
- Enjoy! You don’t have to wait to enjoy these. You can keep the bananas out while the chocolate coating sets and enjoy right away.
STORING – Frozen chocolate covered bananas will last in fridge for several days. Store in airtight container and best enjoyed within one week.
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