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Frozen Chocolate Monkey Treats

Everyone needs a fun, friendly way for kids to play with food. These rich bites are nutty and yummy. Just coat bananas in chocolate and dip them into peanuts, sprinkles or coconut. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • Optional toppings: Chopped peanuts, toasted sweetened shredded coconut and/or colored jimmies


  • Cut each banana crosswise into 6 pieces (about 1 in. thick). Insert a toothpick into each piece; transfer to a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze until completely firm, about 1 hour.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip banana pieces in chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off. Dip in toppings as desired; return to baking sheet. Freeze at least 30 minutes before serving.
Editor's Note
To toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 treat: 72 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.
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  • shannondobos
    May 7, 2020

    I made these with the kids yesterday to snack on for movie night. We loved them! The only change we'd make is to use milk chocolate next time. These are delicious and so easy.

  • hkarow9713
    Aug 12, 2016

    These are really yummy. I like to use coconut oil instead of shortening. Works great!

  • siden
    Jul 29, 2014

    I didn't let the banana bites freeze until complete firm (as the recipe instructed), and so they started thawing as I was dipping them into the chocolate and were falling off the toothpicks! Next time I make them I'll be sure to let them freeze longer. Apart from my not following instructions, these were fun and easy to make...and yummy!

  • toolbarsco
    Jun 4, 2014

    These are so much fun! We love the frozen chocolate banana bites from Trader Joe's but now we can make our own!