Trader Joes Gone Bananas- Copy Cat Recipe

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I belong to a produce co-op. Every couple of weeks we get a delivery of produce. It is pretty awesome. Well last week, the produce guy (that’s his official title) dropped of a complimentary BOX of bananas for everybody. I’m pretty sure the reason he gave us the bananas is because they were already at their peak of ripeness and no grocery store wants bananas that will be brown before you can say .69/pound.

trader joes gone bananas

So this is a good problem to have, right? A LOT of bananas with a very little time to eat them. It’s a great problem to have when one of your family’s favorite snacks is Trader Joes Gone Bananas.  I like them because they feel like a total treat, but have something healthy hidden in there.

trader joes gone bananas

We have a Trader Joe’s about 30 minutes away from our house. So I don’t go there super often. But when I do, I buy 10 boxes of Gone Bananas (and  lots of macaroni and cheese and bacon.) I get strange looks from the cashiers a lot. Oh well.

I’ve been meaning to try making the Gone Bananas at home because we can go through those boxes lickity quickity.

This was the perfect opportunity.

I sliced up them bananas and tried a couple different methods for making and dipping them.

I tried freezing the bananas first. I tried dipping the unfrozen bananas and freezing after dipping. I tried tempering my chocolate and I also tried adding a little coconut oil, so I didn’t have to temper the chocolate.

Here are my results:

Freezing the bananas first made my chocolate cool off very  quickly. And it left a rather thick layer of chocolate (not necessarily a bad thing.) Using the unfrozen bananas gave me a thinner layer of chocolate and I was able to get a lot more bananas done before having to reheat the chocolate (which was nice.)

trader joes gone bananas

Adding a bit of coconut oil made it easier because I didn’t have to temper the chocolate, but there was a distinct coconut flavor. I don’t mind it, but I know some people don’t like it.

So in conclusion: This isn’t rocket science. You might find you need a little more chocolate depending on the size of bananas. Or you have too much chocolate. It’s okay! You can use coconut oil, or you can temper. You can freeze the bananas first, or not.

Just keep this idea in mind, when you need a snack that is a little healthy and a little indulgent. They just sit in the freezer waiting until you’re desperate for a little treat.

trader joes gone bananas

Trader Joes Gone Bananas- Copy Cat Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 3 cups frozen bananas


  • 4 bananas- just ripe
  • about 2 cups chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (optional)


  1. Place chocolate in a microwave safe mixing bowl. Microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring between each set, until chocolate is melted. Be careful not to scorch the chocolate.
  2. Mix in coconut oil until well combined. (If not using coconut oil, then you will need to temper the chocolate.)
  3. Cut bananas into 3/4" slices. Using a fork dip, each banana in the chocolate until well coated. Let the excess drip off and place on a sil pat or parchment covered baking sheet.
  4. When all the bananas are dipped, put the pan in the freezer until they are frozen. Remove from pan and place in a airtight container. Keep in the freezer until ready to eat..

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  1. Melanie Randall says

    I think I may stick with buying them from Trader Joe’s. I have one much closer than 30 minutes!

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