Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas!

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Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas is one of the simplest recipes on the blog, and one of the most outrageously delicious frozen desserts you’ll ever eat ~ these frozen banana slices dipped in dark chocolate are healthy, too!

A pile of chocolate covered frozen bananas on a plate.

A quick little post today — we had a busy weekend and I’m still recovering.   But I think you’ll be glad you stopped by, these dark chocolate covered frozen banana bites are so good.  They’re a copycat version of Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas.  The last time I was at my sister’s she brought out a box and it didn’t even make it all the way around the table before it was emptied.  That’s like throwing down the gauntlet to a food blogger.  Why buy something in frustratingly small boxes when you can make them yourself?

Freezing chocolate covered banana slices on a baking sheet

If you haven’t had the TJ’s Gone Bananas you’re in for a treat.  The frozen banana tastes just like ice cream, and the chocolate shell is rich and crunchy.  Since you’re making them yourself you can use your favorite chocolate.  I like dark, but milk or white works too.  The magic is in the coconut oil, which, when melted with the chocolate, makes a coating that hardens instantly on contact with the cold banana.

TIP: Top the coated banana slices with crushed nuts, coconut, or sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.

A stack of chocolate covered frozen bananas

Copycat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas!

Yield: serves 2


  • 1 banana
  • 1 heaping cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil


  1. Slice the banana and place the slices on a tray. Put the tray in the freezer until the bananas are frozen solid. About an hour.
  2. Meanwhile place the chocolate chips and the coconut oil in a small microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again, until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Put it back in the microwave for another few seconds if necessary. Don't over heat. Set the chocolate aside to cool.
  3. When the bananas are frozen, dip them into the cooled chocolate and coat on all sides. I like set the slices on a fork and then use a spoon to help drizzle the chocolate all over. Let any excess chocolate drip off before setting the slice down on parchment or waxed paper. Put the slices back in the freezer right away.
  4. You can store the slices in a zip lock freezer baggie once the chocolate has hardened.

Make it your own~

  • Spread a dab of peanut butter on the frozen bananas before coating them if you like.
  • Slide a popsicle stick into the sliced bananas BEFORE freezing and dipping them.



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    August 3, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I LOVE these! Thank you for sharing!!!

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      August 4, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Enjoy Cara!

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    Dee H
    July 3, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I made these last night, and they are AMAZING and soooo yummy!!! I stuck a toothpick in each slice (on the side) before freezing, and after dipping, I stuck the toothpick in a piece of styrofoam wrapped in plastic to hold them while they hardened in the freezer. I can’t wait to try this with other frozen goodies like orange slices, scoops of ice cream, frozen berries, and who knows what else. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I can make all I want and not have to pay a small mint for them. ?

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      July 3, 2018 at 8:56 am

      I’m glad you had so much fun with these Dee, and I love your toothpick idea. I’ve done this with ice cream and it works great.

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    June 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks a cup of chocolate is way too much? I used two bananas and still had a bunch left over.

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      June 6, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      I find a little extra makes chocolate dipping so much easier. You can also re-melt the chocolate for future bananas!

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    June 2, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    can white chocolate be used or caramel topping or? thank you

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    February 28, 2018 at 3:41 am

    I love to use strawberry instead of bananas.

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    January 2, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Love these! I decided to try and make the chocolate on the stove today for a mass batch. I doubled the recipe as well. Worked great! I warmed the chocolate and coconut oil on low, then turned it off when it was all melted. I was able to make 5 bananas worth of slices without worrying about the chocolate hardening too soon. I had that happen with the microwave way the first two times I made them. Hopefully these ones will last at least a week between four of us!

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    Misty Hagen
    December 8, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Has anyone used bacon slices on the bannanas before dipping them in chocolate? I would imagine blueberries would also taste devine coated in this chocolate as well.

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      December 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Oh gosh Misty, I like the way you think!

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        January 30, 2018 at 4:37 pm

        When i first seen this fist thing i thought was where’s the peanut butter. Just a smear on top or coat the whole banana then the chocolate.

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          January 30, 2018 at 5:26 pm

          I like the way you think, Rick :)

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    Michelle Torres
    October 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Hi, may I use coconut milk instead of coconut oil?

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      October 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Not really Michelle, but you can leave the coconut oil out entirely, or use any other mild vegetable oil. The purpose is just to help the chocolate melt, but you can’t add anything that contains water to chocolate or it will ‘seize’ up into a solid mass.

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    October 13, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Somebody sent me a pic of themselves eating the Trader Joes version & told me they were addicted so I thought”oh I can make those” I looked up the recipe and found yours. I tried it and they came out awesome! Now I’m addicted too. I did some plain, some with toasted coconut and some with almonds. They were all delish! I did two bananas and doubled the chocolate but I had a lot of chocolate left over. I’ll probably do 1 1/2 times on the chocolate next time.

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      October 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Love the toasted coconut and almonds!

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    September 30, 2017 at 8:47 am

    These are so addictingly delicious! I used 5 bananas thinking I can freeze some for snacks. The kids and I devoured them. Thanks for posting the recipe. It’s a great healthy snack for my family.

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      September 30, 2017 at 8:55 am

      I’m so glad this worked out so well for you and your family Sherri :)

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    Virginia Graves
    September 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I love reading the comments as we all can put in more ideas. this sounds so good. I plan on making them for halloween party for kids. I think they will love them. Thanks for other ideas too. must try them all..

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      September 19, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Virginia, let us know how it works for the kids!

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    August 24, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Should the bananas not be overripe? I have three pretty brown ripe bananas

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      August 24, 2016 at 7:08 am

      You can use them, Carmella, but I think less soft bananas will slice better. The flavor should be good!

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      darlene taylor
      August 4, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      My mom would put a popsicle stick in the whole over-ripe bananas, freeze, coat, freeze. We loved them.

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    Jules @ WolfItDown
    August 17, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    MMMmm! Perfect bite sized treats! I tend to use coconut oil to sort of “temper” the chocolate too, it works a treat :D x

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    Mary Lou Kelp
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    My husband wants me to make the Chocolate Eclair Cake, but for some reason, I can’t pull it up. Can you send it to me? My E-mail address is :

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