Looking for a quick and easy sweet treat? These Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas do not disappoint. Made with two base ingredients: banana and melted dark chocolate. Then sprinkled with your favourite toppings. (I’ve used pistachios, almonds, and cacao nibs). They are a no-bake, healthy sweet treat, that’s vegan and gluten-free.
Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas
I wanted to make these chocolate covered frozen bananas for a summer inspired sweet treat. Come summer we’re looking for treats that are light, refreshing and easy to throw together (ideally without turning on the oven). These chocolate covered frozen bananas tick all the boxes.
In fact, this recipe reminds me of a healthy Haagen Dazs ice cream bar. The frozen banana is the ice cream (or nice cream) that offers a smooth and creamy filling, dipped in dark chocolate coating and sprinkled with crunchy nuts. Come to think of it, it’s really Haagen Dazs’ healthy vegan cousin. So you can feel good about indulging, even when that means having two or three! I’m all for a health-conscious alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste.
The recipe itself is simple with simple ingredients. And should take you no longer that 10 minutes to make. Cut bananas in half and secure onto a popsicle stick. And chill in the freezer while you melt your chocolate (I’ve got instructions for how to make a double boiler to melt chocolate below).
Then, dip the bananas into the melted chocolate to cover. Next, sprinkle with crunchy toppings and place bananas in the freezer. You won’t believe something so simple could taste so good.
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How to make a “double boiler” to melt chocolate
The only real finicky part of this recipe is melting your chocolate. You want to do it in a double boiler so as not to burn the chocolate with direct heat.
You can buy a double boiler online or at a kitchen store, or you can make your own. With a small kitchen, I’ve not got the space for “specialty” gadgets with only one purpose. So instead I make my own double boiler with a saucepan and heat proof bowl.
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To make your own double boiler, you’ll need:
- small saucepan
- heatproof glass bowl
Add 2 inches water to a small saucepan and bring to simmer. Place a heatproof glass bowl on top of the pot, making sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the simmering water. Add dark chocolate with a bit of coconut oil to the bowl and stir gently until chocolate is smooth and melted.
See how easy it is to make your own double boiler? Moral of the story is don’t worry when you read “double boiler” in recipes, and you don’t own one. It’s simple to make your own double boiler with a glass bowl and saucepan.
For the toppings
For my chocolate dipped bananas I’ve sprinkled with chopped pistachio, almonds and cacao nibs. I really like the crunchiness it gives to each bite. And I love the combo of nuts and chocolate combined.
However, toppings are always open to interpretation. So feel free to use whatever you have handy in your pantry. These chocolate covered frozen bananas would also be delicious drizzled with peanut butter or almond butter.
And, if you don’t have any of these toppings on hand you can enjoy them plain. The chocolate and frozen banana is already a glorious combo.
A few tips for these Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas:
Apart from my tip on how to make your own double boiler to melt chocolate (see above), there are a few other tips to perfecting these chocolate covered frozen banana. So you can enjoy them to the fullest.
It helps to chill the bananas ahead of time, so they are slightly cold. This way, when you dip the bananas in melted chocolate they will adhere to the banana more quickly. See recipe instructions below for how to do this.
It’s also important to sprinkle each chocolate covered banana right away with your toppings. The chocolate dries quicker than you think. So sprinkle each chocolate covered banana with toppings as you go, instead of waiting until the end.
When melting the chocolate. I always add a bit of coconut oil to chocolate chips. It helps the chocolate become creamy and smooth, which will result in a nice smooth coating.
You also want to be sure that no water/steam gets into the melted chocolate as it will make it chunky. This is why I recommend adding only 2 inches of water to the saucepan to simmer. So that you have better control over the steam.
Before eating these Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas, take them out of the freezer and let them thaw slightly. I find the sweet spot is 15 minutes. They are still nice and frozen, but softer to bite in to.
Other similar recipes you might like:
If you’re digging these Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas you might also like to try these sweet no-bake treats:
- Peanut Butter and Jam Stufed Dates
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Truffles
- Raw Chocolate Tarts with Coconut Yogurt
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used to make my “double boiler,” for melting chocolate
used to make my “double boiler,” for melting dark chocolate
Chocolate used for melting
Used as a topping to sprinkle chocolate covered bananas
So, now you know just how simple it is to make these sweet and delicious Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas I hope you’ll give the recipe a try. They are healthy and light, yet sweet and decadent! A delicious sweet treat for the warm summer months.
And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas
- 3 bananas (150g each)
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp almonds, chopped
- 1 tbsp pistachios, chopped
- 2 tsp cacao nibs
- Line a tray with parchment paper. Cut three bananas in half, and insert popsicle sticks into each half. Place on tray and put bananas in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill.
- Add 2 inches water to a small saucepan and bring to simmer. Place a heatproof glass bowl on top of the pot, making sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the simmering water. Add semi-sweet chocolate chips with a bit of coconut oil to the bowl. Stir gently until chocolate is smooth and melted.
- Dip banana in dark chocolate, rolling to coat entirely. Then sprinkle with toppings (chopped almonds, pistachios or cacao nibs). Continue until you have made all your chocolate dipped bananas. Then, place in the freezer to chill entirely (at least 30 minutes).