How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas at Home

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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?

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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.

How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas at Home | Life as MomOnce 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.”

“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!

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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

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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.

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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.

How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas at Home | Life as Mom

Cut each banana in half, cut crosswise through the middle.

How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas at Home | Life as Mom

Insert a stick into the flat end of each banana.

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Place the bananas on the prepared tray and place them in the freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.

How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas at Home | Life as Mom

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.

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Dip each banana into the chocolate to coat.

If you want, sprinkle on toppings.

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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.

How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas at Home | Life as Mom

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.

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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.

After you’ve had fun making these frozen chocolate bananas at home, I’d love for you to come back and leave a starred rating. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Frozen Chocolate Bananas (aka Magic Monkey Bananas)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Magic Monkey Bananas are a fun, whimsical treat that your kids will love to assemble themselves. What's more fun than frozen banana dipped in chocolate and fun toppings?

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, bananas, chocolate, chocolate bananas, chocolate-dipped bananas, frozen bananas, frozen chocolate bananas
Servings: 4
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas peeled
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Optional Toppings
  • colored sprinkles
  • crushed toffee bits
  • chopped or sliced nuts
  • sunflower or sesame seeds
  • granola
  • shredded coconut
  • shaved chocolate or mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Place the toppings on small plates. Place several empty plates nearby.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
Recipe Notes

Note: you can make smaller banana bites, if you prefer. Freeze banana slices on a tray. Use a toothpick to help you dip in the chocolate and toppings.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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Comments

  1. What a fun activity!! I did this with my kids on a whim last summer, and they loved it!

  2. Awwww, I had completely forgotten about those! My mom made them lots and lots when I was a kid.

    I feel the need to make them with my kiddo this week. Thanks for the memory jog!

    🙂

  3. I’ve got three little girls (5, 4, and 1)that will LOVE this! I sent our last banana with hubby to work today but we might have to swing by the market on the way back from Lowes today to grab some more @.19 cents a lbs!! :):)

  4. What a fun project with the kids! I am so going to have to do this! Thanks!

  5. Great idea! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to making these with my lil’ monkeys.

  6. My children loved when we attempted these. I’m thinking they might work in banana rounds (slices) too…smaller to handle. You’re kids are so cute! Chick1’s expression in that top photo is great…’Wow, Mom! You mean now???’

  7. How did you know that we’re going to the library tonight? Ha! I am going to look for this book and pick up some popscicle sticks over lunch today. Thanks!

  8. I love this idea! I will be on the look out for the smallest bananas I can find for my 3yr and 21 month old and the book from the library. Thanks for sharing your experiance we moms often get wrapped up in the unimportant when we need to be wrapped up in the littele things with our kids. I can always use the reminder that these days will not last long.

  9. Aw… sniff, sniff… you called FishBaby “FishChick1”. She’s growing up on us.

  10. I need to work on Yes.

  11. Mmm, bananas and chocolate omnomnomnomnom… yum. I’m surprised they made it to the freezer – don’t think that would happen in my house!

  12. Id’ never thought of actually making chocolate covered bananas. I’ll have to check out the books. Sound cute!

  13. You have such cute kids.Loved the choc covered bananas.We will try that one. As a mother again (48) of 4 adopted kids and waiting on 3 more (find out within this month) I’m always looking for fun stuff to do.Just picked up at Target Family fun Dinnertime mag. you all might want to check out.

  14. What a fun idea!

  15. Your kids must be the luckiest. You are that “cool” mom that all the other kids on the block wish was theirs. Awesome post! I swear, I find a new little treasure of a post EVERY TIME I’m here. Love ya, FishMama!!!!!

  16. Just did this today with my birthday boy (he’s three). We threw in a few strawberries, too. Major yum!

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