Halloween holiday food is always my favorite because it’s so spooktacularly fun to decorate!
You just need bananas, chocolate, and a little candy to create your own cute banana characters.
HALLOWEEN BANANIMALS – INGREDIENTS:
(Makes 8 bananimal pops)
- 4 ripe bananas
- 8 popsicle sticks
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
- 3 Tablespoons refined coconut oil
- Green oil-based food or candy coloring
- White jimmies
- 2 pieces chocolate taffy
- 1 piece green taffy
- 1 piece white taffy
- Black or purple licorice laces (I used a black cherry pull-apart licorice that was released for Halloween)
- 2 chocolate sandwich cookies (I used the thinner cookie sandwiches)
- 2 dark chocolate kisses (for the witch’s hat)
- Purple decorating icing fitted with a small round piping tip (I used #4)
- Pink decorating icing fitted with a small round piping tip (I used #3)
- Gold star sprinkles
- Purple sprinkles
- 1 large marshmallow
- Small zip top bag
- Wax paper
*All cutting should be done by an adult.
Step 1. Cut the bananas in half and carefully remove the peels. Gently add a popsicle stick to each half being careful not to push too hard or the bananas will split ☺. Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper, and transfer to your freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Step 2. Once you are ready to decorate, you will need 3 heatproof cups or bowls for melting the chocolate chips (I find that short mason jars work really well for this).
Place ½ cup of the white chocolate chips into two of the jars, and ½ cup of the dark chocolate chips in the third jar.
Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to each jar. Heat the jars in the microwave, in 20-second intervals, stirring in between each interval until smooth and completely melted.
Add a few drops of the green candy coloring to one of the jars of melted white chocolate and stir to combine. Any of the melted chips can be reheated the same way if they harden while decorating.
Step 3. The witch and bat bananimals require just a little prep so that a few of their accessories have plenty of time to dry before putting them all together.
To begin, let’s make the bat wings. Heat 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips, in a heatproof container, in 30-second intervals (at 50% power), in the microwave. Stir in between each interval and repeat until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
Transfer the melted chocolate to a small zip top bag, and cut a tiny corner off.
Pipe 2 sets of bat wings onto a piece of wax paper.
You can create a guide by drawing the shape first onto a piece of computer paper and them putting the drawing underneath the wax paper. Allow the wings to set before carefully removing.
Step 4. Next, we are going to make cute cookie witch’s hats.
They are so simple and would even be wonderful on their own as a spooky snack.
Use the leftover melted chocolate from the bat wings to “glue” a chocolate kiss on top of each chocolate sandwich cookie. Once set, pipe the purple decorating icing around the seam where they meet and add a few star sprinkles to complete them.
Step 5. To make the ghosts, dip 2 of the frozen bananas into the white chocolate. Hold the banana pops stick side down over the chocolate to let the excess drip off in a ghostly pattern (the chocolate shell will set quickly).
Transfer the bananas back to your baking tray in the freezer.
Heat a piece of white taffy, in the microwave, (on a heat proof plate) for about 5-7 seconds or until it becomes pliable. Roll 4 small balls of the taffy into arms for each ghost.
Using more of the white chocolate shell, attach the arms to each banana ghost.
Use a toothpick dipped into a little of the dark chocolate chips to add the eyes to each, and pipe a little of the pink decorating icing, under each eye, for the cheeks. Place them back in the freezer.
Step 6. To make the black cats, dip 2 more of the frozen bananas in the melted dark chocolate.
Allow the excess to drip off (banana side facing down).
Transfer to the freezer while making the ears, tails, and paws. Heat a piece of chocolate taffy, as you did for the ghosts, and form 4 paws, 2 triangle ears, and a tail for each cat pop. To make the tails just roll out a rope like piece of taffy and then gently curl the end in.
Use a little more of the melted chocolate to attach the pieces to your bananas. You can use a toothpick dipped into a combination of the white and dark chocolate to add a face to them.
Pipe on a little pink frosting for cheeks, and add white jimmies to each side for whiskers. Transfer back to the freezer.
Step 7. To make the bats, dip 2 bananas in the melted dark chocolate shell, and transfer back to the freezer. Heat a piece of chocolate taffy, and mold it into 4 triangles for the bat’s ears.
Attach the ears with more of the shell chocolate.
Tear or cut the marshmallow in half, and place it on either side of the bat’s body (but not touching so the marshmallow doesn’t get stuck to the bat).
Dip the end of each wing into the melted chocolate chips (without coconut oil), and attach to the banana using the marshmallows to prop them up as they set.
Use a toothpick dipped into the dark and white chocolate shells to add the faces (don’t forget the fangs ☺). Pipe a little of the pink frosting for cheeks.
Step 8. Time for my favorite, the witches! Dip your last 2 bananas in the green chocolate, and immediately sprinkle the bottom with purple sprinkles. Transfer them back to the freezer.
Heat the green taffy, and roll out 2 arms for each witch, like you did for the ghosts. Prepare the hair by pulling apart the licorice strands (the Halloween type I used was already the perfect length, but you can use kitchen scissors to cut any licorice if it’s too long). Use more of the green chocolate to attach the arms.
Use a toothpick and the white and dark chocolate to add faces. Pipe pink frosting cheeks.
I didn’t attach the hair and hat –when I was ready to eat the bananas I just placed both on top of the witch’s head, but you could attach the hair with a little more chocolate. I find it easier to serve the cookie on the side. Admire, and enjoy!
I’m all about the scary cute creations (and none of that creepy stuff), so these bananimals are definitely my kind of Halloween fun! The bananimals are best enjoyed fresh, but you can also store any extras in airtight containers in the freezer (prolonged freezing may cause some of the chocolate to crack). For more frightfully fabulous, and easy, Halloween treats check out this recipe for delicious pumpkin spice overnight oats.
Jessica Lucius is a food and flatlay stylist with a fondness for baking, making, and all things cute. She’s also the founder and creative force behind her newly established blog, Luxe and the Lady, where she shares fun ways to bring her favorite animals and childhood characters to life with food. When Jessica’s not busy playing with her food, or at the grocery picking out just the right ingredient to turn into eyes and ears, you can find her trail running, working out, reading, recipe testing, and playing with her fluffy baby lionhead bunny, Marshmallow. Follow Jessica on Instagram @luxeandthelady.
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