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One of my favourite childhood summer memories was making (and eating) frozen chocolate bananas as a kid.  We’d skewer bananas on popsicle sticks and dip into melted chocolate, then roll in chopped peanuts before freezing.  I decided to veganize this treat, with assorted toppings.   It was a fun activity for the kids who enjoyed every step!  Frozen banana has a similar taste and texture to ice cream (you can make awesome soft-serve by blending nothing but a frozen banana in a food processor until it’s the consistency of ice cream).

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites
dairy-free chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup per banana)
coconut oil (about 1 tbsp per 1/4 cup of chips)
your favourite toppings: sprinkles, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, etc

Choose bananas that have just ripened so they are not too soft.  Peel bananas and slice into pieces a few centimeters thick.  I sliced on an angle for wider pieces.  Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler on the stove.  Add the coconut oil and stir gently until mixed and chocolate is melted.  Pour the toppings into different bowls.  Line a pan with wax paper.
Pierce the banana slices with a toothpick, dip in the melted chocolate to coat as much of the banana as possible, then dip in the toppings.  Carefully set on the pan.  Repeat for the rest of the bananas.   Freeze until firm.I haven’t used sprinkles in years (have you read the ingredients in grocery store brands?) but I found all-natural vegan “Sprinkelz” by Edward & Sons at Whole Foods and couldn’t resist.  They worked perfectly and tasted just like regular candy sprinkles.

It was the perfect summer treat!