Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

chocolate covered frozen bananas, copy cat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas on parchment paper

Chocolate covered frozen bananas are a copycat version of Trader Joe’s famous ‘Gone Bananas’. It’s one of the simplest (and healthiest) desserts you’ll ever eat!

chocolate covered frozen banana bites, with bananas

dark chocolate covered frozen banana bites are irresistible

They’re my even better version of Trader Joe’s frozen treats. 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 easily make them yourself?

chocolate covered frozen bananas, copy cat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas on parchment paper

frozen bananas have the texture of ice cream!

Crazy, but true ~ the frozen banana tastes just like ice cream, and the chocolate shell just adds to the delicious illusion. 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. It’s exactly like magic shell chocolate sauce that you pour over ice cream. Same principle.

Dipping frozen bananas into chocolate

what you’ll need

  • bananas ~ I like to use firm bananas, not overly soft and ripe.
  • chocolate, either good quality chips, or bar chocolate, chopped.
  • refined coconut oil ~ this helps the chocolate coating harden to a shell. Look for refined, not virgin, which has a stronger coconut flavor. Nothing against coconut, but I definitely don’t want it interfering with the rich dark chocolate flavor.

making Trader Joe's Gone Bananas

how to store your frozen bananas

You’ll want to keep these frozen at all times: at room temp they’ll turn into little melted blobs. I like to stack them in a freezer safe container with sheets of waxed paper between the layers to prevent sticking. Take them out just when you’re ready to devour them!

how long will they last?

Plan to enjoy them within a week, but probably you’ll eat them all in one go, that’s what happens here.

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glossy chocolate covered frozen bananas

variation ideas for copycat Gone Bananas

  • Top the coated banana slices with crushed nuts, coconut, or sprinkles before the chocolate hardens. You’ll need to sprinkle immediately after dipping as the chocolate starts to set up right away.
  • Spread a dab of peanut butter or almond butter over the frozen bananas before coating them in chocolate.
  • Make full sized dipped bananas; simply slip a popsicle stick into the banana before freezing, then after it has frozen, dip into the chocolate.
  • You can do this with other types of chocolate or baking chips.
chocolate covered frozen bananas, copy cat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas on parchment paper
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Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

Chocolate covered frozen bananas are a copycat version of Trader Joe's Gone Bananas. It's one of the simplest (and healthiest) desserts you'll ever eat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
chilling 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Yield 2 dozen +
Calories 68kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe firm bananas
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips or semi sweet bar chocolate, cut in small pieces
  • 4 Tbsp refined coconut oil Note: this is a solid oil that comes in a jar.

Instructions

  • Slice the banana and place the slices on a tray lined with parchment or waxed paper to prevent sticking. Put the tray in the freezer until the bananas are frozen solid. About 2 hours.
    sliced bananas on a try ready to freeze
  • Meanwhile place the chocolate chips and the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Microwave for 60 seconds and then stir. Continue stirring until the chocolate is melted and the sauce is glossy. If necessary, microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again, until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Don't over heat. Set the chocolate aside to cool.
    ingredients for Magic Shell chocolate ice cream sauce
  • 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 a parchment or waxed paper lined tray (it can be the same one.) Put the coated slices back in the freezer right away to harden.
    Dipping frozen bananas into chocolate
  • Once the bites are hardened you can transfer them to a freezer safe storage container or zip lock freezer bag.
    melted dipping chocolate for sliced bananas
  • Plan to enjoy your banana bites within a week.

Cook’s notes

You will not use all the chocolate, it’s necessary to have extra for ease of dipping. If your chocolate starts to thicken as you dip the bananas, just re-heat briefly in the microwave to thin it down. Be sure to let it cool before continuing.
This recipe was first published in 2014, and has been updated and rephotographed in 2022.

Nutrition

Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Amy
    July 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I was going to resist these, with great difficulty, until Missy suggested adding peanut butter. Curses upon you Missy! Now I have to make these, soon. I think these count as 3 servings of fruits and vegetables; 1 is the banana, 2 is the coconut oil and 3 if you make them with peanut butter. Anyone buying this?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Amen!

  • Reply
    Wendy O'Neal
    July 28, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Who knew they were this easy! I love those little bites of goodness and can’t wait to make up a huge batch (and then hide them from the kids).

  • Reply
    Leslie
    July 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    These look so scrumptious! Do you have a recommendation as to ripeness of the bananas for best flavor? I would guess that very ripe, ready for banana bread bananas would be difficult to work with, as well as not so tasty.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 29, 2014 at 6:25 am

      I used firm bananas, but since you are freezing them first, it doesn’t really matter. I agree, though, that given a choice, those blackened bananas are better for bread 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary
    July 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    5 stars
    “store the slices in a ziploc freezer baggie” hahahahahaha, that is FUNNY, Sue. I’ve yet to have these last longer than the time it takes to freeze solid. You have a million times more self control than I do! These are awesome.

  • Reply
    Kara
    July 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    July 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I need a stash of these in my freezer stat!

  • Reply
    Missy
    July 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    5 stars
    I just made these this afternoon! Thank you for such a simple & kid friendly recipe. P.S. I made a few with a layer of peanut butter under the chocolate as well, I hope they turn out ok 🙂

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      The peanut butter is a great idea, that makes them even more healthy!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Well just yum! I could eat a few, and then a few more – these would be dangerous at our house. Lovely!

  • Reply
    Soni
    July 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Oooh this looks perfectly delicious!Cannot wait to try it for my kids 🙂

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

      It’s a nice snack for kids to make on their own, too!

  • Reply
    [email protected]'s Recipes
    July 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Easy peasy and tasty!

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