Build your own Banana Boats- The Perfect Party Treat (Indoors & Out)

Last weekend, my tween and I joined our Girl Scout troop families for a fabulous night of camping. The fun included hiking, tree climbing, beachcombing and, of course, campfire food. One traditional campfire treat- banana boats – was a HUGE hit. Each girl made their own boat by topping a banana with chocolate chips and marshmallows, wrapping it in foil, and then throwing it on the fire.

The boats were so easy and yummy- I wanted to see if I could bring the magic of outdoor cooking indoors. I added some additional topping options and came up with a crowd pleasing success (as confirmed by my twin 3-year old testers who ate more brussel sprouts and salmon to get a 2nd helping of banana boats). This decadent (and depending on the options – also healthy) treat was fun to assemble and will definitely be on the menu for our next slumber party or playdate visit.

For a party- set out your ingredients in serving bowls for boat assembly. Suggested options:

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Peanut butter
  • Coconut
  • Chopped walnuts or peanuts
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles

Here is how I assembled the banana boats:

To assemble and cook the banana boats:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Split the banana lengthwise – opening up the banana to allow room for toppings
  3. Fill the banana with your favorite ingredients (marshmallows and chocolate chips are the traditional campfire banana boat toppings)
  4. Wrap each banana individually with heavy duty foil (use a Sharpie marker to label the foil with each person’s name to avoid confusion)
  5. Bake on a cooking sheet or pan for 15 minutes
  6. Remove carefully – and top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired
  7. Enjoy!!

My favorite banana boat combination included dark chocolate chips, a few marshmallows, a dollop of peanut butter, coconut & chopped walnuts. It was so gooey, yummy, easy and satisfying.

I hope this inspires you to build your own banana boat party treats. Please share your winning taste combinations below!

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  4 comments for “Build your own Banana Boats- The Perfect Party Treat (Indoors & Out)

  1. May 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Taking a few
    minutes and actual effort to generate a really good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  2. March 12, 2015 at 3:37 am

    So creative! It’s a funny idea and it looks delicious.

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