This chocolate covered banana recipe is the perfect kid food that is easy to make and tastes delicious! It's a great kid activity and with a banana base it's even healthy.
You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this though, it's just as amazing for adults too! Make this with any toppings you love, or even make it as a build your own kind of dessert bar.
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This post was originally published on November 21, 2019.
We love making sweet treats that also have some nutrition built in, and my boys love bananas! We have grown to love using this recipe as a fun dessert bar for parties or just a fun family night!
These frozen banana pops are so easy to keep as a vegan treat. All you need to do is make sure you are using vegan chocolate to drizzle over the top, and that whatever other toppings you add are vegan!
How to Make Chocolate Covered Bananas
These are the easiest healthy treat ever! Dole originally created these as a Dole Icicles recipe as inspiration from the movie Disney’s Frozen 2. They are perfect for a holiday, winter themed party or just an anytime treat. You can even make them at the party as an activity!
Frozen banana pops are just the best treat with the most simple ingredients. They are super versatile with a variety of toppings options too!
- Dairy free chocolate chips
- Cake pop or crafts sticks
- Coconut flakes
- Dried fruit
Step by Step Instructions
- Cut the bananas and put sticks through the bottom.
- Coat with chocolate and toppings of choice.
- Freeze and enjoy!
More Topping Ideas
It's so fun to mix up the toppings each time you make these chocolate covered bananas! Here are some of our favorites:
- Chopped nuts - walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, macadamias
- Dried fruit - coconut, blueberries, cranberries, figs, apricot
- Nut butters - nutella, peanut butter, almond butter, sun butter
- Sprinkles - get festive and make them match holidays with different colors
- Chocolate candies - chocolate chips, cacao nibs
- Crushed cookies - Oreos, Nutter Butters, Thin Mints, Biscoff
- Graham crackers - get the kind without honey to keep them 100% vegan
- Crushed pretzels - find gluten-free if needed
- Cereal - Cap'n Crunch (original, berries, or peanut butter!), Life, or your favorite
- Chopped up candy - see my list of vegan candy for ideas!
- For the sweetest flavor make sure to use bananas that are very ripe, but not overly ripe.
- If you are coating the bananas you'll need 2 cups or chocolate, but only 3 tablespoons if you're just drizzling.
- The easiest way to melt the chocolate is in the microwave, but the stovetop works as well.
- Coconut oil will help to smooth out the chocolate making it easier to work with.
- Use any toppings you like, just chop or crush them into tiny pieces to keep it easy to eat.
How to Make Bite Sized Frozen Bananas
If you don't want to make these as bigger banana popsicles, you can also cut them into slices and make them that way.
- Put the slices on parchment paper in a single layer.
- Drizzle the slices with the chocolate
- Add the toppings
- Freeze as directed in the recipe
- Use a fork or butter knife to help peel them off the paper
Once you have these made up you'll want to keep them on hand for easy treats!
- Allow them to freeze completely on a parchment covered cookie sheet.
- Once frozen, carefully peel them off the parchment, breaking off any chocolate that has pooled on the sides.
- Store them in single layers with pieces of parchment paper in between in an air tight container.
- Freeze for up to 2-3 months.
Bonus Freezer Tips
If you have bananas that are on their way to getting over ripe, it's great to freeze them. This will give you an easy treat any time you need it, so many things you can do!
- If you will be using them in recipes, such as smoothies, cut them into slices and put them in plastic freezer bags.
- You can also layer them between sheets of parchment and store in an air tight container.
- Peeled bananas should keep for 2-3 months, but if you keep the peel on they can last up to 6 months!
Yes! Frozen bananas blend up with a sweet creamy flavor and are such a great frozen treat. I also love their smooth consistency. Kids love them too! They are the perfect nutritious treat that tastes like dessert.
While the recipe here calls for shredded coconut and dried fruit, there are so many ways you can customize them. Any of your favorite toppings will work. See the post for ideas!
The great thing about bananas is that they have a delicious natural sweetness. You don't need much to create them into a treat your kids will love. We love frozen bananas with chocolate, topped with just about anything.
Putting them on a stick and making them banana pops is not only fun, but makes them a lot easier to eat. Here are some other ways we like to enjoy frozen bananas:
- Smoothies (like this vegan banana protein smoothie)
- Milkshakes (like this peanut butter cup milkshake)
- Ice cream
- Bon bon type frozen dessert
-Sweeten frozen pies
- Raw cheesecake
More Vegan Desserts
Keep that sweet tooth satisfied with any of these delicious plant based recipes:
- Peanut Brittle
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chips
- Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
- Caramel Popcorn
- Millionaire Shortbread
- Vegan Trifle
Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas Recipe
Optional Toppings (use more of each if just using one)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped dried fruit
- 2 tablespoons nuts of choice
- 2 tablespoons sprinkles
- 2 tablespoons crushed cookies
- Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment paper. Insert sticks halfway into cut ends of bananas; place on prepared pan.
- Heat chocolate chips (with oil if using) in a small microwave-safe bowl in microwave oven on high 30 seconds or until melted, stirring every 10 seconds. You can also do this on the stove.
- Drizzle bananas with chocolate or dip them in to coat fully, depending on what you prefer. If dipping you can hold them by the stick just be careful it doesn't slip out.
- Sprinkle the bananas with toppings of choice.
- Freeze at least 2 hours before serving.
- Using bananas that are very ripe, but not overly ripe, will give you the sweetest result
- See the post for more topping options
- Nutrition info uses vegan semi sweet chocolate chips and bananas only
Recipe by Veggies Don’t Bite, visit our site for more great plant-based recipes.