Frozen chocolate dipped bananas are as easy to make as they are to eat! Take ripe sweet bananas coat them in melted chocolate and add your favorite toppings. Allow them to freeze and set for a tasty frozen treat both kids and adults love!
Fun and healthy treats like fruit and yogurt popsicles or apple nachos are a nice change from anything that is loaded with sugar, dyes, and preservatives like the freezies and popsicles our kids seem to live on throughout the summer.
Frozen chocolate covered bananas are one of the ones my kids have been asking me to make a lot lately and who am I to argue?!
A thin layer of hardened chocolate cracks when you bite into it exposing the sweet banana popsicle that’s almost as creamy as ice cream!
They’re so easy to make using fresh bananas and microwaved chocolate. All you need to do is stick them, dip them, then roll them in your favorite toppings!
They’re great for pool days, play dates, and all our summer parties. Truth be told, I never need an excuse to make them because they’re absolutely crave-worthy. The fact that they’re healthy is a bonus 🙂
Why you’ll love Frozen Chocolate Dipped Bananas
Super Easy – Even the kids can make their own and then have fun choosing different toppings.
Healthy – Especially if you use dark chocolate! Banana is full of potassium and vitamins and using ripe bananas provides natural sweetness rather than including added sugar.
Taste-Texture Combo – Cold, creamy banana and frozen chocolate that melts in your mouth is only enhanced by whatever tasty toppings you add.
Make Ahead – Chocolate dipped bananas are a frozen treat, so you are basically obligated to make it ahead of time!
Equipment you’ll need
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.
- Bananas – You want them ripe so they’re sweet enough, but not overly ripe so that they’re mushy.
- Popsicle Sticks – You’ll need 12 in total but it’s always a good idea to have some extras handy in case one breaks.
- High Quality Dark Chocolate – Ghirardelli is my favorite to use. I find dark chocolate has the best contrast to the sweet banana, but if you’re not a fan, you can definitely use milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate if you prefer.
- Optional Toppings – Chopped pecans, walnuts, peanuts, sprinkles, toasted coconut, mini chocolate chips, melted candy melt drizzles, flaked sea salt, etc.
How to make Frozen Chocolate Dipped Bananas
This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Step One: Peel the bananas, cut them in half, and stick a popsicle stick into each cut end. Push it most of the way through, leaving enough room for holding. If it’s not in far enough, the weight of the banana may topple over.
- Step Two: Microwave the chocolate chips for 20-second intervals, stirring between each, just until melted and smooth. I like to then pour it into a tall thin glass so that it’s easier to dip the banana.
- Step Three: Dip each banana into the melted chocolate. Swirl it around to make sure it’s completely coated and then allow the excess to drip off. Sprinkle any toppings while the chocolate is still melted.
- Step Four: Once each one has been dipped lay it onto the prepared baking sheet and move on to the next one. Freeze them for at least 4 hours.
What to serve with Frozen Chocolate Dipped Bananas
Frozen chocolate banana can only be made better when it’s stuck in a bowl of ice cream!
You could also serve it with a variety of tasty sauces for dipping.
Tips & Suggestions 🍌
- Although the microwave is the easiest way to go, melting chocolate over a double boiler is the best way to avoid burning your chocolate, as it melts slowly and evenly.
- If using bars of chocolate, chop them up into little bits for quicker melting.
- For extra flavor, add a few drops of flavored extract. Almond, vanilla, mint, orange, whatever you’d like!
- Waiting too long to dip the bananas can cause your chocolate to harden. If this happens, microwave it for 10 seconds and stir it.
- Dip the entire banana or just half way up. It’s up to you how you want to display yours.
- For something a little different, you can cut the bananas into medallions and dip them with a fork. These little bite size frozen treats are another way to frozen chocolate covered bananas.
How to store Frozen Chocolate Dipped Bananas
How to store leftovers
These are best enjoyed once they’ve had a chance to freeze. Any that you won’t be eating right away, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container and store them in the freezer.
Bring them out to room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving them, that way they’re not rock solid when you bite into them.
Should I add oil to my chocolate?
You can, but you don’t have to. A bit of oil, whether canola, vegetable, or coconut oil can help the chocolate smoother and thins it out which gives it a polished look once it sets.
Can I use previously frozen bananas?
I don’t freeze mine ahead of time, but you can certainly try.
If you do use frozen bananas, keep them frozen, do not thaw them! I find that once thawed, they have a mushy texture to them.
Using frozen bananas will also cause the chocolate to set faster, so you’ll need to be prepared to move quickly!
What if I don’t have a tall glass for dipping?
No problem! Keep the chocolate in the same microwavable bowl and hold the banana overtop. Then, use a spoon to scoop up the chocolate and pour it over the banana, rotating as you go.
Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas
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Originally published July 30, 2014
Last week was my dad’s birthday. I went to my parents house after work and made Zucchini Boat Turkey Tacos, Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting (coming soon), and these chocolate covered bananas. It was a busy night.
My dad likes simple things but these are four of his favorite flavors (bananas, coconut, pecans, and dark chocolate) so I put them all together into one dessert. Last year I made him this Skinny Pineapple Coconut Cake, in case you were wondering.
I’m allergic to bananas, so I didn’t eat any, but everyone else liked them. I love that they’re on a stick and easy to serve. I think they’d be a crowd pleaser at a party.