Frozen Chocolate Bananas are a fun, whimsical treat that your kids will love to assemble themselves. What’s more fun than dipping bananas in chocolate and adding all kinds of yummy toppings?
Who doesn’t have a fun memory of enjoying a frozen banana on a hot day, wiping melted chocolate off a cheek? The classic combination of banana and chocolate is generations strong and worth passing on to the little ones.
I spent a summer manning the frozen banana cart at Magic Mountain back in the day, so I can attest to how popular this treat has been over the years.
But, do you have to head to the fairgrounds or amusement park to enjoy such a treat? Why no, no, you don’t.
You can make frozen chocolate bananas at home without too much hassle or chocolate splattered around the kitchen.
But first, a fun back story.
Even though I’ve often tried to plan all sorts of fun family activities, the truth is that I often tell my kids, “No.” There are only so many hours in my day. And, truth be told, dishes and laundry often pre-empt the fun stuff. As a younger mom it was hard to grow in this area and redeem the days. As an older mom, it still is.
The days of little ones around have flown right before my eyes. And yet, here we are, still working on making the most of the days with not-so-little-ones in the house.
Once upon a time, the littles (then FishBoy5, FishChick3 and FishChick1) and I were reading No More Cookies! the story of a little girl and her stuffed monkey who try to convince Mom to let them eat more cookies. Instead, Mom lets them make Magic Monkey Bananas, the name she uses for Frozen Chocolate Bananas.
My wheels were already turning about what was in the cupboard when my little guy asked, “Can we make those sometime?”
“Yes. We can. Right now.”
We proceeded to mess around with bananas and chocolate. And had such a great time!
See how cute they were back in 2010?! Needless to say, I got the Super Mom award that day — and every subsequent day we’ve ever made these. Who knew that frozen chocolate bananas could make such a fun memory?
And now you can, too!
Tips for making frozen chocolate bananas at home
Making your own frozen chocolate bananas at home is not difficult. Sure, it takes a little time, and there may be some spilled sprinkles if you involve the kids, but hey! that’s part of the fun, right?
In anticipation of some questions….
- Yes, it’s better to use frozen bananas. This will help the chocolate firm up quickly, resulting in less mess.
- Yes, because of this quickly-firming chocolate, you’ll need to dip quickly into the toppings. If you dawdle, the chocolate may firm up too quickly for the toppings to adhere.
- Yes, you should use a tall, thin vessel for holding the chocolate, like a glass measuring cup or a drinking glass. This helps achieve better coverage on the long, skinny banana.
- Yes, you can make banana bites (chocolate-covered slices) if you prefer something smaller for portion control or something easier for very little kids to eat.
- I found the bamboo sticks at Walmart, but Amazon has them here.
How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas
To make frozen chocolate bananas, you’ll need the following: bananas, chocolate chips, coconut oil, lollipop or popsicle sticks (not pictured), and toppings like sprinkles, toffee bits, chopped nuts, or coconut, if you want them. Plain frozen chocolate bananas are just as good.
Before you call the kids, do a little prep work. You’ll need a cookie sheet that will fit in your freezer, parchment paper, a knife, the lollipop sticks, and bananas.
Line the tray with parchment paper.
Cut each banana in half, cut crosswise through the middle.
Insert a stick into the flat end of each banana.
Place the bananas on the prepared tray and place them in the freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, lay out the toppings on small plates and prepare the chocolate coating. Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish. Heat for 30-second intervals until melted. Stir until smooth. Allow to cool slightly. Transfer the chocolate into a thin drinking glass.
Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate and oil in a double boiler.
Dip each banana into the chocolate to coat.
If you want, sprinkle on toppings.
Use a plate to catch the over-sprinkle so that you can reuse it on other bananas. This also makes it easier to clean up.
Place the dipped and coated banana on the tray. When all have been dipped, return the tray to the freezer until the toppings are set.
Let your kids lick the chocolate bowl and eat up the rest of the sprinkles. (Remember today’s the day to say yes.)
Serve bananas to happy children. Watch the smiles on their faces.
If you prefer, you can make banana bites. Simply, slice the bananas and freeze them until firm. Then using toothpicks to grab the slices, dip them in chocolate and sprinkle with toppings. Freezer until firm.
Frozen Chocolate Bananas and the Banana Bites can both be frozen, for up to a week, in a covered container in the freezer.
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Frozen Chocolate Bananas (aka Magic Monkey Bananas)
- 2 ripe bananas peeled
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- colored sprinkles
- Heath Toffee Bits
- chopped nuts
- sunflower seeds or sesame seeds
- shredded coconut
- mini chocolate chips or shaved chocolate
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut each banana in half across the middle. Place a popsicle or lollipop stick into the flat end of each banana piece. Lay these out on the lined tray and freeze until very firm, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile in a glass measuring cup, combine the chocolate chips and the coconut oil. Place this mixture in the microwave and heat at 30-second intervals, until the chocolate is melted. Stir well to combine. Allow to cool slightly. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate with the oil in a double boiler on the stove.
- Place the toppings on small plates. Place several empty plates nearby.
- Remove the bananas from the freezer. Dip each banana in the chocolate mixture and quickly sprinkle on the toppings. Hold the chocolate-dipped banana over the empty plate and sprinkle. The empty plate will catch any over-sprinkle so that you can reuse it on the next banana. Lay each banana back on the parchment-lined tray once coated.
- Freeze the bananas again until the chocolate and toppings are firm. Serve or store the bananas in a covered container in the freezer, for up to a week.