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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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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  • Reply
    Tabitha
    June 21, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Do you know calories and serving size? These are very delicious.. And I will like this as a healthy/ naughty snack.. Lol..
    I have made these few times already.. And everyone loved them..

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      Sue
      June 22, 2016 at 8:29 am

      I don’t know the calories offhand, Tabitha, but I think they are a healthy snack, and I’d say about 4 would be a serving size.

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        Stephanie Reedy
        June 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm

        I Think these are something that look very good to snack on. Easy to make and fun to eat.

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      Matt
      August 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Tabitha – the calories are going to be the sum of the calories in a banana, the calories in a cup of the chocolate that you are using, and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. If you are looking for calories per banana slice, then just divide your total by how many slices you came out with per banana.

      Mine came out to:
      Banana – 105 calories
      2 tbsp coconut oil – 240 calories
      ~ 1 cup 62% cacao dark chocolate chunks – 1,120 calories
      Total: 1,465 calories

      If you came out with 20 slices per banana, that makes each slice about 73 calories. That seems high to me! Also, since (by my calculation) about 60% of the calories are coming from fat, I wouldn’t call these a “healthy” snack. Although they are non-dairy and probably healthier than just ice cream! Also, since I’m being thorough, the Trader Joe’s version, Gone Bananas, has 130 calories for 4 slices, or 32.5 calories per slice. They must be using low-fat chocolate!

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        Jessica
        April 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

        I will say that when I’ve made these I have used 2-3 bananas and much less chocolate chunks. you really can stretch out the amount of chocolate per piece.

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    Kathy
    May 16, 2016 at 9:44 am

    These are much better than the Trader Joe ones.

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      Sue
      May 16, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Kathy, I think that’s because we use better chocolate making it ourselves than any mass produced product does.

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    Lisa
    May 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I make these and roll them in organic unsweetened shredded coconut after dipping them in the chocolate.

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      Sue
      May 3, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      I like that!

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      Julie
      July 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Uhh… I was going to make these as-is for a retro Tiki party I’m throwing, but now I think I’ll do the coconut trick, to half of them anyway! Awesome!

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        Sue
        July 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm

        You could put them on popsicle or lollipop sticks, too Julie.

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    Pelican
    April 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    For young children: slice the banana, lay on cookie sheet, poke a chocolate chip in the middle, and freeze. We put four in a small plastic bag and keep in the freezer. Helps with self control, a little bit.

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    Brittany
    April 11, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Hi there! Any advice on how to get added into the “All about “Food” group board? Came across your pin on there and it looks AMAZING!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Hi Brittany — I’m not an admin on that board, so I don’t know. Check with the very first person listed on the board, that will be the owner. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by :)

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    Ashley
    April 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    These were awesome and so simple! My chocolate took a lot longer to melt in the microwave – about a minute stopping every 30 seconds to stir. I cheated and did not freeze the bananas first. Still worked.

    I made two bananas with the chocolate and still had a bunch left over. So I spread it on a silicone sheet and pressed some dried fruit, nuts, and puffed millet in it for an additional chocolatey goodness snack. Had to pop it in the freezer to get it to harden, and then kept the finished goodness in the freezer. Yum.

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      Sue
      April 5, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Glad you had some fun with this Ashley!

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    Mrs. Medeiros
    March 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Any idea how long these will stay fresh in the freezer? Thinking about making a bunch to keep and have on hand for a healthy grab and go snack. Thanks!

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      Sue
      March 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      I think the banana would start to degrade fairly quickly, but that’s just my guess…they’ve never lasted long here, so I don’t know :)

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    Tiffany
    March 14, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Thank you for this.! It is delicious.!

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    ray
    February 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    hi! can you add peanut butter to the chocolate?

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      Sue
      February 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      The best way to add peanut butter is to spread a layer on top of the frozen banana, then refreeze until firm, and then dip! I don’t think the chocolate will harden properly if you try to mix peanut butter into the chocolate coating.

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        Erin J
        March 21, 2016 at 11:42 am

        We make these all the time with peanut butter! What has worked the best for us is to pipe the peanut butter on top of the banana slices with a piping/frosting bag. Then freeze before dipping in the chocolate!

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          Sue
          March 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

          Sounds yummy!

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        mary evans
        March 31, 2016 at 7:17 pm

        you can sprinkle with peanuts!
        I actually use a half banana with a popsicle stik in it, freeze that, then dip in chocolate then peanuts, freeze 2 hrs.

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    Alice lim
    January 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Sue, Is this recipe lastose free if using dark chocolate?

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      Alejandro N.
      October 31, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Yes unless you use milk chocolate.

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    suzi
    December 10, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    i am thinking of adding some crunch when i try to make these myself. gonna sprinkle some brown rice cereal on the frozen nanas before i dip and see…. thanks for sharing such sweet little treats!!

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      Sue
      December 10, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Let me know how it turns out Suzi. I think maybe coating with chopped nuts after the chocolate might be good, too.

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    kisha274
    August 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Could I do this with Cacao nibs??? Maybe a mixture of Cacao nibs, Organic maple syrup and Organic coconut oil?

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      Sue
      August 28, 2015 at 6:57 am

      I’ve never melted cacao nibs before, but if they melt, I’m sure you could use them Kisha.

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    amboire
    June 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

    it might be handy to stick a toothpick in the fruit slices before freezing – would make it easier to coat the fruit and use for nibbling handles when ready. We made this last night using 1/2 chocolate chips and 1/2 peanut butter chips. It made enough to coat the banana slices and a handful of frozen cherries (my hubby *raved* about the cherries).

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    Sue
    April 24, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    OMGGGG , I just made 3 bananas, WOW!!!! Better than ice cream, I have been eating healthly for about a month and I lost about 10 pounds, this is so easy and the best snack, I love, Love them!!! Thank U so very much!!!

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      Sue
      April 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Yay~!!!!!

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    Liz
    April 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I love these! They were so fun to make and a delicious, healthy-isn treat ;)

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    jamie
    February 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    AMAZING! These are SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD! Work fast though because they thaw really fast. I did 6 bananas at a time and had to stop halfway through and refreeze the slices, small batches would be best. I used 60% cocoa and they were perfect

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      Sue
      February 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Wow, 6 bananas? You’re set for a while!

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    Megan
    February 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I was just wondering if it’d be possible to get the nutritional information for these? They look delicious

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      Ivy
      February 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

      The nutritional information all depends on what brands of coconut oil and chips you use.In a nutshell who really cares? They are healthy for you because of the 3 ingredients used. So what I would say is .. make a batch and sit back and enjoy guilt free!

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      Tammy
      April 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      1 cup of dark chocolate chips has over 800 calories
      2 TBS of coconut approx 230 calories
      1 Banana approx 100 calories

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    Mejia Mamma
    January 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Hi there – these are my FAV things to buy at TJ’s…and I’ve made some myself in the past just melting chocolate chips in a zip bag and sort of ‘piping’ a bit onto the banana slices…however I was wondering with your recipe, if maybe I could just use unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with the coconut oil…wonder if it would harden the same way? :-/

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      That’s an interesting thought, Mejia Mamma… I’m not sure what would happen because you’d probably need more coconut oil to blend the cocoa powder in…let me know if you try it!

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      bridget
      July 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      I’ve done it successfully with a mixture of melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. (about equal parts coconut and cocoa powder, to a half part or less of maple syrup)

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        Sue
        July 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm

        Great to know!

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    Sarah
    January 25, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I just made these and they are fantastic!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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      Sue
      January 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Sarah — it’s hard to go wrong with bananas and chocolate, so I can’t take TOO much credit ;)

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    Bella
    January 22, 2015 at 10:24 am

    These look lush! However Coconut oil is a little out of my price range and a tad tricky to find (I live in Peru) . Would they work just fine with regular milk chocolate if I popped them back in the freezer for a while afterwards?

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      Sue
      January 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Absolutely Bella, they’ll be fine made that way, enjoy!!

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