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!
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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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    January 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Omg….These were so easy to make and great to eat!

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      January 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them Gerrie!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    January 12, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Clearly I have not explored TJ’s well enough!

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      January 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

      It’s a wonderland…

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    The Food Hunter
    January 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

    what a great idea and such a nice snack

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    December 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Made these today. YUMMY. We also used clementines. These were great as well.the kids loved them. For those not wanting to use coconut oil, thinking real butter might work.

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      December 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Thanks for the feedback Kim, I’ve got another post coming up in January using other fruit, stay tuned!

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    Sue's Akorn Shop
    November 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Yum, yum, yum!

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    September 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Sounds really yummy. Does it work without the coconut oil? The majority of my family dislikes coconut.

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      September 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

      You have two choices, you can use refined coconut oil, which has a very muted coconut flavor, or you can use plain chocolate. The plain chocolate will take a little longer to harden, but you can just pop them back in the freezer to take care of that. It shouldn’t be a problem at all.

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    August 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    OMG THESE ARE AMAZING!! My new fav evening treat! I just made them today for the first time and used 2 kinds of dark chocolate- one bar of 73% organic dark chocolate from Trader Joes (in a purple wrapper- SO good) and a few squares of a 85% dark chocolate bar also from TJs. The bananas I used were nicely ripened (yellow with some brown spots), which I think added to the flavor. They turned out so creamy and smooth..melt-in-your-mouth!
    It was extremely hard not to eat them all! :)

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      August 23, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Wow Virginia, can I use you for advertising copy? Thanks for stopping by :)

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    August 3, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I love this idea done in slices! Easy to snack on and add to yogurt or ice cream!! :)

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 30, 2014 at 6:41 am

    it is perfect! Everything about this is perfect. Bananas and chocolate are the best together. Great great job

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    July 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Oh, yes please! I’m putting these on my to do list!

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    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?

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    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).

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    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.

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      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 :)

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    July 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    “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.

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    July 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!

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

    I need a stash of these in my freezer stat!

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    July 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    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 :)

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      July 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm

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

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    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!

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    July 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

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

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      July 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

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

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    July 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Easy peasy and tasty!

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