Frozen banana pops are a fun and yummy treat the whole family can enjoy. They are simple and can be made with ingredients you likely already have at home. It’s also a great way to use up bananas that are getting ripe faster than they are getting eaten. Make this treat for a family night activity, birthday party, BBQ or when you want to have a snack on hand for the kids that you can feel good about them eating.
Before you start, make sure you have the following supplies:
- wooden popsicle sticks (small or large)
- sheet pan (a 9×13 pan would also work if you are making less)
- non-stick baking mat (or tin foil sprayed with non-stick spray)
First, peel your bananas and cut them in half. Insert a popsicle stick about halfway into the cut end of the banana and stagger the bananas on the pan with the stick towards the middle.
Place in the freezer to 1.5-2 hours. This firms the bananas up to make them easier to dip in the chocolate later. (You can leave them in the freezer for longer if you need to.)
When you are ready to dip the bananas in chocolate, grab a glass bowl or microwave safe measuring cup and measure out about 2 cups of chocolate chips and 1-2 Tbsp of vegetable/canola oil. (The oil thins it out a little bit making it easier for dipping.) Microwave on high for 30-second intervals, stirring the chips around each time. You can also microwave some white chocolate chips to drizzle over the top of the bananas, using the same 30-second intervals and adding a little bit of oil.
Pour your melted chocolate into a tall container, such as a glass or tall measuring cup. Grab one of your bananas and dip it into the chocolate, turning it to make sure it’s completely coated. Lift it out and gently shake the stick back and forth over the cup to remove extra chocolate.
Quickly add your toppings, as the chocolate will harden within about 20 seconds because of the frozen banana. If you are drizzling white chocolate over the top, you don’t need to worry about if the chocolate has hardened.
Put your dipped banana pop back onto the pan and repeat with the other banana pops. You may need to put your chocolate back in the microwave to heat it up again.
When you’re done dipping, place your banana pops back in the freezer until you are ready to eat them. Store them in the freezer for up to a week.
- Better chocolate chips will melt more easily and have a better overall flavor.
- Cut your bananas into thirds if you have smaller children who won’t be able to eat an entire half of a banana.
- If you are making a large number of banana pops, I recommend doing them in batches so your bananas don’t thaw out. If they thaw out too much, the chocolate won’t stick to them.