Summer is still in full swing, so bring on all the frozen treats! If you have ever been in a Disney park you will have seen their ice cream stands all over the park. They usually have the option of the OG Mickey bar, a Mickey ice cream sandwich, frozen lemonade or fruit bars and…… chocolate covered frozen bananas. To be honest, I have never had the frozen bananas in the park. Our mom was the original Martha Stewart and made them at home for us. They are literally SO easy to make, and there are just too many other amazing snacks to choose from in the parks. If you are craving a taste of Disney, these are the perfect recipe for you. Quick and simple and (almost) guilt free!
First step is to peel those bananas. With the heat, I find my bananas start to go brown very quickly. I prefer to eat them when they are still almost green. You can use the less ripe ones here too, the key is to make sure they aren’t mushy and they hold their shape. If you have little kids, cut the banana in half (not lengthwise).
Now you are going to insert the Popsicle stick; I had skewers so that’s what I used and they worked great too. Make sure to push them in far enough that it will hold the banana but not so far the they stick out the other end. If you can find straight bananas vs. curved this process is a lot easier. I found my bananas were a little too soft so they started cracking. Easy fix: I just smoothed the cracks over gently with my finger and that worked like a charm. I laid them out on a tray lined with a silicone mat, but you could also use parchment paper. Throw those bad boys into the freezer until they are completely frozen. I would say 3 hrs or overnight works best.
When the bananas are frozen solid, prep the chocolate and the toppings. NOTE: Do this first, before pulling the bananas out from the freezer. Semi-sweet chocolate chips from Costco was my choice for chocolate chips. Then I added 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to 1 cup of chocolate chips. (I think I ended up doing 4 cups of chocolate chips.) I would suggest working in small batches or the chocolate cools too quickly, so I did 2 cups at a time.
Melt the chocolate and the coconut milk in the microwave on 60% power, for 1 min at a time, until the chocolate is all melted. (For my microwave it took about a minute and a half.) Stir after the first minute and then go 30 seconds at a time. If you microwave too long the chocolate will seize on you and turn into a hard lumpy mess (speaking from experience). In Disneyland they use chopped peanuts, but we love to do an assortment of toppings. Get creative and find your favourite combo! Another fun mix-in is adding peanut butter to your chocolate (chocolate, peanut butter and banana, classic combo). If you opt for the peanut butter, add about 1/4 cup per 2 cups of chocolate chips.
When your toppings are all ready to go, take the bananas out of the freezer. For the toppings I suggest having them ready in small bowls for easy sprinkling. I would work in batches of 4-6 bananas depending on how long it takes you and if you have little “helpers”. One mistake I made, I took out the whole tray and the last several started to melt and become mushy which made it too hard to spread the chocolate on. Then I had to refreeze the bananas, and then my chocolate hardened, and I when I went to reheat it seized on me so I had to restart. Learn from my mistakes and do the small batches!
Next, dip the frozen banana into the chocolate, using a spoon or knife to quickly cover the whole thing. The chocolate freezes quickly (as long as the banana is super frozen) so work quickly or the toppings won’t stick. I spread the chocolate and quickly handed it off to my daughter to sprinkle with her choice of toppings. Make sure to sprinkle the topping on all sides! Get the bananas back into the freezer to set. This part only takes 20-30 mins so you can enjoy them that day. This is a great treat to make at home vs. buying in the parks.
Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Recipe
- 10-12 ripe bananas (straight works best)
- 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- Popsicle sticks
- Chopped nuts (or assortment of toppings)
- Chopped nuts (peanuts or a mix; PRO TIP: toast and salt your nuts first)
- Honey roasted peanuts (chopped)
- Skor bits
- Mini M&Ms
- Mini Reese’s chips
- Sprinkles (we love these Mickey-shaped ones by Wilton)
- Shredded coconut
- Bacon crumbles (this one is a bit out there, but I think it would be delicious)
- Peel bananas and insert Popsicle stick
- Freeze until solidly frozen (3 hrs or overnight)
- When bananas are frozen, prep toppings and place into small bowls
- Working in small batches (2 cups at a time) melt chocolate in the microwave on 60% power; keep checking every 30 seconds and stir until all the chips melt
- Dip the frozen banana in the chocolate using a spoon or knife to cover the entire banana
- Working quickly, sprinkle the chocolate with chopped nuts or desired topping before the chocolate hardens
- Refreeze to set for 20 mins and enjoy!
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Have a magical day!
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I love your practical tips! Question: If you use peanut butter, do you still need coconut oil?
No, you should be good!