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Frozen Chocolate Banana

A frozen chocolate banana makes the perfect treat! Made with just one banana, chocolate and sprinkles for fun. So easy to make and the perfect cure for a sweet craving.

a person holding two frozen chocolate bananas with sprinkles in one hand.

When you've got a craving for "a little something sweet", frozen chocolate bananas will surely satisfy. These snack-sized frozen treats are made with just one banana and melted chocolate. To add a little festive flair, consider topping your frozen chocolate covered bananas with colorful sprinkles, toasted coconut, or even crushed cookies.

The first time I had a frozen chocolate banana was with my daughter on Balboa Island in California. If you're a fan of the television show, Arrested Development, you might remember that the family in the show runs a frozen banana stand in Newport Beach, similar to the real-life store in Balboa which claims to have invented the frozen banana dessert. On a recent trip to California, we had to visit and the bananas were definitely worth the hype. So simple but so incredibly delicious, these treats were the perfect way to cool off.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Frozen bananas are quick and easy to make.
  • They satisfy a sweet craving and are a healthier dessert option.
  • This frozen chocolate banana recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you want to make more than one.
  • They're so good!!
a girl holding a frozen chocolate bananas dipped in sprinkles.

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • 1 ripe but firm banana
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • vegetable oil
  • lollipop sticks, sturdy plastic straws, skewers, chopsticks, or wooden popsicle sticks
  • candy sprinkles, optional

You can see in the photos that I used wooden spoons and sturdy plastic straws in this recipe.

How To Make This Recipe

  • Peel and cut the banana in half. Slide a popsicle stick, or straw, etc. into each banana half.
  • Place each half of the banana on a baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes.
two bananas on a piece of wax paper with a wooden spoon stuck in each end.
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave (see directions below).
chocolate chips in a bowl next to a bowl of melted chocolate
  • Dip each half of the banana in melted chocolate. If you're using a bowl that isn't deep enough to dip the banana into, use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over each half of the banana.
a banana over a white bowl with a spoon of melted chocolate being drizzled over the top.
  • Sprinkle with toppings.
  • Freeze again until firm.
adding sprinkles to a chocolate covered banana.

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to use perfectly yellow bananas for this recipe. If the banana is too ripe, it will be harder to work with.
  • Insert the popsicle stick before you freeze the bananas. Adding the stick after the banana is frozen will cause the banana to split.
  • Freeze the banana before and after you dip in the melted chocolate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Melt Chocolate In A Microwave?

Add the chocolate and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for about 20 seconds.
Stir and let the chocolate sit for about 5 minutes, the chocolate will continue to melt.
Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

How Do You Store A Frozen Chocolate Banana?

Keep the banana frozen until ready to enjoy. Store in an airtight container or wrap frozen banana in plastic wrap. Frozen bananas will last up to a week in the freezer.

Are There Any Other 1 Banana Recipes?

There sure are! Try any of these wonderful recipes:
Banana Cream Pie
Banana Upside Down Cake
Bananas Foster
Banana Bread
Tropical Smoothie

Recipe Variations

  • You can leave the chocolate bare or sprinkle with candy sprinkles, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, granola, or crushed cookies.
  • Use white candy melts instead of chocolate or different colored candy melts to enjoy for a holiday.
a close up of a frozen banana with a bite taken out.

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two halves of a chocolate covered banana on popsicle sticks.

Frozen Chocolate Banana

Prep Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: banana, chocolate
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 285kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (use a ripe but firm banana for best results)
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (slightly less than 2/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles, granola, chopped nuts (optional)
  • 2 popsicle sticks, chopsticks, or sturdy plastic straws

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
  • Cut the banana in half and insert a popsicle stick, sturdy plastic straw or chopstick in each half. Place them on the baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, heat the chocolate and oil for 20 seconds (depending on microwave strength). Most of the chocolate chips should be melted. If not, heat for a few seconds longer.
  • Stir and let sit for 5 minutes for the remaining chocolate to melt.
  • Roll each banana half in the melted chocolate, then quickly sprinkle with the topping (if using).
  • Place the banana back on the baking sheet and freeze until the chocolate sets, about 20 minutes. Serve or freeze in an airtight container for up to a week.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Be sure to use perfectly yellow bananas for this recipe. If the banana is too ripe, it will be harder to work with.
  • Insert the popsicle stick before you freeze the bananas. Adding the stick after the banana is frozen will cause the banana to split.
  • Freeze the banana before and after you dip in the melted chocolate.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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