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:
- Chocolate Chips
- Mini marshmallows
- Peanut butter
- Chopped walnuts or peanuts
- Whipped cream
Here is how I assembled the banana boats:
To assemble and cook the banana boats:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Split the banana lengthwise – opening up the banana to allow room for toppings
- Fill the banana with your favorite ingredients (marshmallows and chocolate chips are the traditional campfire banana boat toppings)
- Wrap each banana individually with heavy duty foil (use a Sharpie marker to label the foil with each person’s name to avoid confusion)
- Bake on a cooking sheet or pan for 15 minutes
- Remove carefully – and top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired
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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