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Chocolate Covered Bananas

Chocolate covered bananas are a real treat! Frozen bananas are dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings from nuts, to shredded coconut to dried fruit. They’re a naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo friendly summertime dessert.

Chocolate covered bananas are frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings including nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut.

Chocolate Covered Bananas

I’m convinced that these chocolate covered bananas are the ultimate sweet, summer treat. In Southern California you can find them often in beach cities and you can certainly find them at Disneyland, where they’re quite famous.

But good news – they’re incredible easy to make at home. And making them at home allows you to customize them to your hearts’ content with *all* the toppings.

You can even make them ahead of time for a delicious, sweet dessert to help you cool down when the temperature starts blazing. Yep, I think this may be my favorite meal prep item yet.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Bananas

Want to see how easy it is to make these delicious bananas? Watch the quick tutorial video below!

The Best Toppings for Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Oh, the options are quite endless. But here are a few of my favorite toppings. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite toppings are.

Chocolate covered bananas are frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings including nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut.

Chocolate covered bananas are frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings including nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut.

Chocolate covered bananas are frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings including nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut.

Tips for Chocolate Bananas

  • Make sure your bananas are frozen. I know that sounds like a simple tip, but you really want your bananas good and frozen – at least 2 hours.
  • Use good quality chocolate. We’ve really only got two ingredients in this dessert – bananas and chocolate. So when it comes to chocolate, make sure you use the good stuff. I love Pascha Chocolate as it’s organic and 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan.
  • You can partially dip. You’re certainly welcome to dip the banana all the way to the popsicle stick, but I find it’s easier and less messy to dip 80% of the way. It’s also helpful to dip in a narrow glass jar (that’s heat safe) rather than a wide bowl as you can just dip straight down and up.
  • Chop all your toppings ahead of time. Once you dip the frozen banana in the chocolate it’s like that old magic shell topping and it will harden quickly. Have your toppings pre-chopped or ready to go so the toppings will stick to the melted chocolate.
  • Sprinkle, don’t roll. I’ve found it’s best to sprinkle the toppings on the dipped banana and quickly turn it, rather than roll it in the toppings which creates a bigger mess. You can see me do this on the video below.
  • Freeze in separated layers. If you plan to freeze these after making them (rather than eat), you can place them in a storage container but make sure to have parchment paper or wax paper between layers. You don’t want them sticking together.

Chocolate covered bananas are frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings including nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut.

Chocolate covered bananas are frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings including nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut.

For more easy, vegan chocolate treats check out my Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Peppermint Truffles, Chocolate Chia Pudding and Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bites.

Chocolate covered bananas are frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings including nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut.
5 from 12 votes

Chocolate Covered Bananas

Prep Time: 2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Chocolate covered bananas are frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings including nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut. Watch the video above to see how easy they are to make!

Ingredients

Chocolate Covered Bananas

  • 3 bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Optional Toppings

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Almond butter or peanut butter
  • Dried fruit

Instructions

  • Peel the bananas, then slice in half and insert a popsicle stick into the cut end.
  • Lay the bananas on a piece of parchment paper or wax paper and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in 20 second increments in the microwave.
  • Dip the frozen banana into the melted chocolate and twirl to remove any excess. Sprinkle on any toppings while the chocolate is still wet, then place on a piece of parchment paper or wax paper and allow the chocolate to fully harden. Enjoy immediately.

Lisa's Tips

  • This recipe was included in my Summer Meal Prep video. Make sure to watch that video for more delicious summer recipes.

Nutrition

Calories: 219.4kcal, Carbohydrates: 26.1g, Protein: 2.5g, Fat: 10.1g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Sodium: 0.4mg, Fiber: 1.2g, Sugar: 19.4g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate bananas, chocolate covered bananas, chocolate dipped bananas
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32 comments on “Chocolate Covered Bananas”

  1. Omggg!!  These are the yummiest treats I’ve made in a long time.  These chocolate bananas, with chocolate strawberries.  A nice treat.  I used some cake sprinkles on the bananas for some fun colour.  Thank you for the recipe

    • Hi Donna- Glad you loved these chocolate covered bananas :) They’re always a fun and delicious treat to have.

  2. These are amazing!! I’m making these stat for my kids. ok for me and hubby too. I know we’ll all love them. Thanks for the easy to follow video too😄

  3. These were a hit for the whole family! For the chocolate, I mixed semisweet and dark chocolate, and they turned out delicious! I used chopped peanuts and cocoa powder for toppings and they tasted great together!

  4. The pictures look fantastic. I’m looking forward to making these when it gets warmer. For the chocolate, are you using dark chocolate, chocolate, bitter sweet or semi sweet?

    I love your videos and tips. Thank you

    • Hi Sophia – For the chocolate, I normally like to use a bittersweet chocolate – but you can use any type you’d like!

  5. This satisfies me when I want ice cream.. They are so easy to make and so many varieties.

  6. It’s Autumn in New York for me right now and these treats saved me from a Haagen Dazs attack…my cravings are seasonally undiscerning. lol.. I’m dieting to lose weight and discovered your videos/blog for meal prep and I feel as though I have stumbled upon a gold mine of excellence in the kitchen. Thank you Lisa!

    • Hi Gina – I’m so glad you discovered Downshiftology as well! I try to make my dessert recipes as healthy as possible, so I hope you enjoy! Let me know which ones end up being your favorite as well ;)

  7. Hi Lisa, These look amazing! How do you get a perfect peanut butter drizzle?

    • Hi Eclair – In the photo, I have actually used almond butter which is a bit more smoother when drizzling :)

  8. Sorry, probably obvious to everyone but me… You eat them frozen right?

  9. Love this idea! Super easy and tasty

  10. I can’t wait to make these! I don’t know why I have never before. Thank you for showing how easy they are to make! I bought some bananas n chocolate today so I am off to make these now…

  11. Such a fun recipe Lisa! I love bananas dipped in chocolate fondu so these would be great! So cute too1

    Rating: 5
  12. Such a fun summer treat! I think I’d love a peanut butter, chocolate, toffee combo. The dried fruit is a great topping idea too!

    Rating: 5
  13. These look fabulous! I don’t think mine would make it back in the freezer – YUM!

    Rating: 5
  14. I love these chocolate covered bananas! I’ll definitely make these with my little girl…she loves ‘cooking’ in the kitchen with me :)

    Rating: 5
  15. This is one of my favourite summer treats. So many different things that you can do with them too. 

    Rating: 5
  16. I have a huge banana lover in the house. My little monkey will love these! He will also have fun making them too! Thanks for the great idea!

    Rating: 5