Snacks & Treats
Chocolate-Covered Frozen Bananas
BY GWEN LERON, DELIGHTFUL ADVENTURES
Aug 16, 2018
Sometimes the kids want a treat that’s a little different than popsicles to cool down on a hot summer’s day. This is where this recipe for chocolate covered frozen bananas comes in. It’s a fun snack for them to help with and they’re even more fun (and tasty!) to eat. And they’re so easy to make that you can make them year-round!
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Not only are they delicious, they’re also easy-to-make and only require three simple ingredients that you likely already have.
- 2 ripe bananas
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- 1 ½ teaspoons refined coconut oil (unrefined coconut oil can also be used, see note below)
- 4 wooden frozen treat sticks
- toppings for sprinkling onto each banana (optional, see recipe note below)
- Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper.
- Peel and cut each banana in half.
- Carefully push each wooden stick into the flat side of each banana piece, leaving enough of the stick out to hold onto when eating.
- Place each banana piece onto the parchment-lined baking sheet or plate and freeze for two hours.
- After the two hours have passed and bananas are frozen solid, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together using the double boiler method or the microwave. If using the microwave, do 30-second intervals and stir after each interval has ended. Once melted, stir again.
- Put melted chocolate chips into a tall, thin cup or container so you can easily dip the bananas.
- Remove the frozen bananas from the freezer and dip each one into the melted chocolate. Depending on the size and shape of your cup, you may need to use a spoon to help coat the bananas with the chocolate. After you dip each one, place it back onto the cold baking sheet.
- Sprinkle each banana with toppings, if using.
- After all bananas have been dipped, place them back in the freezer.
- After bananas are fully frozen again, remove from freezer, let sit for a few minutes, and enjoy! (I like to leave them in for at least one hour.)
- Any type of chocolate chips can be used. I prefer to use non-dairy, high quality dark chocolate chips.
- Do not substitute the coconut oil for any other type of oil, only use coconut oil. Coconut oil hardens when cold which makes it perfect for this recipe. Other oils will not harden and the chocolate will not firm up properly.
- I recommend using refined coconut oil because it is flavourless, but if your kids don’t mind a slight coconut flavour in the chocolate coating, feel free to use unrefined.
- For a nutty variation on the chocolate coating, replace the oil with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
- To make your chocolate covered frozen bananas a little fancy, after you dip them in the chocolate, sprinkle a topping over them. You have to move fast if doing this because the chocolate firms up quickly and they won’t stick if the chocolate freezes. Sprinkle with toppings right after dipping each banana in the chocolate; don’t wait until all four have been dipped. Toppings can be crushed peanuts or almonds, shredded coconut or chocolate candies. You can also drizzle them with warm peanut butter or almond butter, or even white chocolate. Experiment with these optional toppings to see what your kids like best!
- Recipe can be doubled or tripled, if needed.
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