The secret to whipping up the best-ever frozen bananas is to freeze the bananas both before and after dunking them in your chocolate of choice. Doing so ensures the bananas are completely frozen and gives the chocolate a solid surface to grab onto. It also firms up the chocolate much more quickly, so make sure you have those toppings ready. And speaking of toppings…A few of my favorites include: sprinkles, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, toffee chips, crushed candies …but don't stop there! A drizzle of melted peanut butter or chopped bacon would be welcome complements to this frozen treat.
8 ice-pop sticks, lollipop sticks or sturdy straws
Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
Peel the bananas and then slice them in half widthwise. Carefully insert an ice-pop stick into the bottom of each banana, then place on the prepared baking sheet. Freeze the bananas for 1 hour.
Melt the chocolate chips with the vegetable oil in a deep metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl of chocolate and set it aside.
Remove the bananas from the freezer. Dip a banana in the chocolate, smoothing it over the entirety of the banana with a spoon. Immediately sprinkle the banana with the assorted sprinkles, crushed candy or pretzel pieces, then return it to the baking sheet. Repeat the dipping and decorating process with the remaining bananas. Return them to the freezer for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate is firm. Serve immediately or store the bananas in an airtight container in the freezer.