S’mores have been the camper’s decadent dessert for as long as I can remember. But there is another ooey gooey treat lurking in that summertime twilight… the banana boat. No, I’m not talking about the suntan lotion or the yellow inflatable pulled behind speedboats (though both have their undisputed summertime value). I’m referring to bananas grilled over a fire with chocolate, marshmallows and other delicious bits and pieces all melty and oozing with deliciousness.
All you need is a few ripe bananas, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, caramel bits, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, crumbled heath or snickers bars, peanut butter, bite sized candies, graham crackers and any other kitchen sink type of candy you can dream up. Slice down the middle to open up the banana, fill ‘er up with goodies and wrap in non-stick aluminum foil. Toss on a grill, on the edge of a campfire or in a 400°F oven for about 10 minutes and voila! Dessert is served. You can either scoop the goodness from the banana peel with more graham crackers or vanilla wafers or use a spoon. What this dessert lacks in visual charm is made up by simply enjoying it all with kids and adults alike. Either way, this messy dessert will charm the the kid in all of us.
Campfire Banana Boats
Start to finish: 30 minutes
Hands on time: 20 minutes
- Nonstick aluminum foil
- 4 bananas
- Chocolate chips
- Caramel bits
- Butterscotch chips
- Peanut butter chips
- Mini marshmallows
- Graham crackers, Vanilla Wafers or ginger snaps
- Optional: bite sized candies, nut butter, chopped candy bars, jam, honey, etc.
Using a sharp knife, make a cut down the curved length of each banana, taking care not to cut through the peel on the bottom. Open the banana up as you would a baked potato, pushing the ends together to make a wide well.
Stuff the banana with chips and harder, larger chunks of candy first (this helps it to stay open) and then top with marshmallows.
Place the stuffed banana on a sheet of nonstick foil and bring the corners up, crimping the sides to create a packet. Repeat with the remaining bananas. Let everyone make their own!
Carefully place the packets around the edge of a bonfire, on a grill or in a 400°F oven for about 10 minutes (it may take a few more minutes in the oven) or until the banana, chocolate and marshmallows are soft and gooey. Remove from heat and carefully open the packages as steam may escape and will be hot.
Scoop the dessert from the peel with graham crackers, vanilla wafers or ginger snaps or just use a spoon.
*Make-ahead: Packets can assembled and wrapped a few hours before being cooked, kept at room temperature.