Whenever you cover something in chocolate, I think this instantly makes it better.
Doesn’t really matter what it is. You can be confident that nine times out of ten, it’s going to be pretty delicious.
I still remember when I first tried cheesecake dipped in chocolate at the Renaissance Festival in Kansas City for the first time. The idea that someone would coat an entire slice of cheesecake in rich cocoa goodness seemed like madness to my young mind.
Biting into that semi-frozen delicacy was a life-altering experience. It was then that I began to discover how many different things you could dip into chocolate.
And there were lots.
Anything from fruit to cookies, pound cake to pretzels, I was automatically sold.
I feel like the snack game has seriously evolved since I was a kid. As a child, my snacks were mostly comprised of fruity chews and gummies, slices of apple with peanut butter and raisins, or bags of popcorn straight out of the microwave.
Now, snacktime is becoming an art and it’s not just because people have more time on their hands.
If anything, I feel like people have less free time available to them. But the snack recipes out there have vastly improved nonetheless.
What’s up with that? I kind of feel a little ripped off…
At least now I can make my own snacks, so I can take advantage of everything available to me throughout the wide Pinterest-y world of recipes, from almond and flax seed energy bites to coconut-covered bliss balls to hearty date bars.
This particular chocolate-enrobed recipe is one that is so ridiculously simple to prepare, it’s almost funny. It’s made with only three ingredients, and barely any active prep time is required to pull it all together.
You might think that such a simple recipe wouldn’t be satisfying, but I can tell you it definitely is.
I love these frozen banana bites because they are something I could eat at any time of day. Whether it’s in between breakfast and lunch when I’m feeling particularly hungry, or in the middle of the night when I want to reach for something sweet.
Thankfully, these bites provide the sweet fix you want, but in a healthy bite-sized package that’s perfect if you want to control your portions and don’t want to have something as sugary or dense as banana bread or cake.
The best part is that you can make this recipe in a big batch ahead of time, and you’ll have snacks throughout the week. All you have to do is store them in an airtight container.
I like to make little baggies with a handful of slices in each. Then my husband can easily grab one on his way to work to store in the freezer.
Not sure what kind of chocolate to use? I’ve included some tips at the end of this article, so keep reading!
Happy snacking, my friends. I hope you’re excited to never let your snack craving go unsatisfied again.Print
Get your chocolate fix with homemade frozen chocolate banana bites. With only three ingredients, this is the easiest snack you’ll ever make.
- 3–4 medium-sized ripe bananas
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Slice bananas into 1/2-inch pieces. Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper or waxed paper to prevent sticking. Arrange banana slices flat on baking sheet without touching, and freeze for at least 30 minutes.
- Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted. Or, melt on the stove in a double boiler.
- Stir in the coconut oil.
- Place one banana slice on a fork and dip into the chocolate. I like to keep the slice on the fork and submerge it, then lift it out to let any excess chocolate drain through the fork tongs.
- You can also use a spoon to coat the banana on a tray if that works best for you. Just be sure to chill and then flip to coat the other side of the slices if you use the tray method.
- Place coated slice back on the prepared baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining slices. Place baking sheet back in the freezer for another 30 minutes.
- Transfer to a freezer-safe storage container and store for up to 3 weeks.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Freezer
- Cuisine: Frozen Desserts
Keywords: chocolate covered banana, frozen chocolate banana, banana bites
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Slice Fruit and Measure Remaining Ingredients
Peel bananas and slice into 1/2-inch-thick pieces.
Measure out the other ingredients as listed on the ingredients list.
Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. This will prevent the slices from sticking to the baking sheet. You could also use a nonstick silicone pan liner for this.
Step 2 – Freeze
Place the banana slices on the prepared baking sheet in single layer with some space in between each. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
If you are not ready to coat the bananas at this point, place the banana slices in a freezer safe plastic zip-top bag. Store for up to a few weeks, and finish the recipe another day.
Step 3 – Coat with Chocolate
Add the chocolate to a microwavable-safe bowl and microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until smooth and fully melted.
You can also choose to melt the chocolate using a double-boiler if you prefer.
Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the coconut oil until combined.
Place a banana slice on a fork and dip it into the chocolate. Keep the slice on the fork and submerge it, then lift it out to let excess chocolate drain through.
You can also use a spoon to coat the fruit if that works best for you.
Step 4 – Freeze and Store
After you coat each slice, place it back on the prepared baking sheet.
When you’ve finished coating all of the fruit, place the tray back in the freezer for another 30 minutes.
These can be stored in an airtight container or resealable bag for up to 3 weeks.
What Kind of Chocolate Chips Should I Use?
For this recipe, we keep things pretty simple by saying that “chocolate chips” are required. That means you can make these frozen banana bites any way you would like to.
You can use milk, dark, white, or even dairy-free chocolate chips to coat these frozen slices. If you want to shake things up for the week, try doubling the recipe and coating them with two different kinds.
Try sprinkling some chopped nuts onto the chocolate before they harden for an extra tasty treat.
For more easy snack ideas, here are some of my favorites to munch on:
- Baked Apple Chips
- Spicy Buffalo Pretzels
- Mango Strawberry Fruit Rolls
- Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Popcorn
- Homemade Graham Crackers
What’s your favorite way to enjoy frozen bananas? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to come back to rate the recipe to let us know how much you enjoyed it.
Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on January 12, 2015. Last updated: June 7, 2022 at 12:09 pm.
Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Meghan Yager
Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.