Paleo Chocolate Dipped Bananas

What’s more classic than a Chocolate Dipped Banana? You all know how much I love to recreate favorite recipes from childhood, and this dessert is absolutely one of those for me. I think I first had Chocolate Dipped Bananas at Disneyland as a child and introduced them to my own kids when we first took them to the parks. Now we make this nostalgic treat at home to enjoy on hot summer days. It's such an easy recipe and the kids love helping with them.

Zero Refined Sugars!

You can feel great about indulging in one of these on a hot day, or letting your kids have one as an after-dinner treat. These are completely free of refined sugar! We sweeten the chocolate ourselves so we use a natural sweetener, and the rest of the sweetness comes from the ripe bananas.

My sweetener of choice? Maple syrup! It has a lower water content than honey so the chocolate won’t seize up (get gritty and less shiny) like it would if honey was used. My favorite unsweetened chocolate chips are by the brand Pascha. I also love Guittard unsweetened chocolate bars.

If you don’t have unsweetened chocolate chips on hand, you could use any other chocolate chips or chopped chocolate – just leave out the maple syrup.

Children sit on home kitchen counter enjoying chocolate dipped bananas

Little Helpers Make Less Work and More FUN

This recipe is so fun to get the kids involved with. It’s super simple and quick, and the kids can choose their own toppings and decorate to their hearts' content.

Get creative with your chocolate dipped bananas! My kids usually go for the sprinkles, crushed GF graham crackers, and mini chocolate chips. Ryan and I love toasted coconut flakes, a creamy almond butter drizzle, and chopped nuts.

Make sure you're close-by to help with the process though. The chocolate hardens pretty quickly because of the frozen bananas, so the toppings will need to be added pretty quickly after dipping to ensure they stick.

young boy carefully dips frozen bananas into melted chocolate in his home kitchen. A variety of toppings are on separate plates on the counter. Young boy carefully adds his freshly chocolate dipped banana into one of the toppings available gleeful children enjoy their frozen chocolate dipped bananas


Freezing Tips

Make sure you don’t skip the pre-freezing step as it’s crucial. If you don’t pre-freeze the bananas, they will fall off of the sticks, and the chocolate won’t stick to them. Be sure to keep them in the freezer while you prepare your chocolate mixture and toppings. Bananas thaw pretty quickly once out of the freezer! They'll become a bit slimy, which will cause the chocolate to slide right off.

If you don’t have popsicle sticks at home, you could use kebab skewers or lollipop sticks. If you don’t have any of those you could simply freeze the bananas in chunks or slices and dip them into the chocolate using two forks. This method actually makes for an easier time eating them as well. But beware, you may find yourself standing in the freezer popping a few in your mouth at a time while you search for something to make for dinner. Not that I can speak from experience or anything.

Paleo Chocolate Dipped Bananas



Cuisine: American

Category: Dessert

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 5 mins TOTAL TIME: 15 mins


  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate chips, 100% cacao
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 4 ripe bananas, halved



  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Peel the bananas and slice in half, lengthwise. Skewer the bananas with popsicle sticks, stopping halfway up the banana, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the freezer for 2 hours to freeze.
  3. Once the bananas are almost frozen, prepare the chocolate and toppings. Place the chocolate chips, maple syrup, and coconut oil in a heat-proof bowl. Set it over a pot of water to create a double-boiler. Bring the water to a boil and stir the chocolate until almost fully melted. Remove the bowl from the pot and continue stirring until smooth. Pour the chocolate into a narrow cup or mug.
  4. Remove the bananas from the freezer (do not let them thaw). Dip them into the chocolate and place back on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle your preferred toppings on the chocolate. If the chocolate gets thicker throughout the dipping process, place it back over the hot water for 15 seconds to loosen it.
  5. Once the bananas are dipped and topped, place them back in the freezer until the chocolate is set and frozen. Store them in a reusable silicone bag for easy access!

Keywords: paleo, refined sugar free, sugar free, against all grain, gluten free, desserts, frozen bananas, chocolate

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