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Campfire Banana Boats

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These campfire banana boats are filled with delicious goodies and cooked over an open fire until melted and gooey.
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  1. CAMPFIRE BANANA BOATS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CAMPFIRE BANANA BOATS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Camping holds a special magic for all those who enjoy the adventure. Of course, the food is always a huge part of that fun, and these campfire banana boats are one of the classic desserts to add to your menu. Banana peels are cut open and stuffed with delicious filling and then cooked over the fire pit until they are ooey-gooey and hot. 

Check out our other recipes that you can prepare over an open fire on your next camping trip. Both our campfire dessert pizza and campfire apple crisp are ideal to enjoy outside.

CAMPFIRE BANANA BOATS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

PRO TIP:

We have provided three different ways to enjoy your delicious banana boats. Pick one or try all three!

S’mores

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 6 tablespoons mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons honey graham cereal (or broken pieces of graham crackers)

Strawberry Chocolate

  • 2 bananas
  • 6 tablespoons capped, chopped fresh strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons milk chocolate chips

Reese’s Cup

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 6 tablespoons mini marshmallows
  • 6 tablespoons mini Reese’s cups

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

GRAHAM CRACKERS: You can substitute fun-shaped graham cracker cookies, like teddy grahams for the plain graham crackers or cereal in the campfire s’mores banana boats recipe.

REESE’S CUPS: If you cannot find the tiny Reese peanut butter cups, you can chop up a regular peanut butter cup for each banana boat campfire snack.

FILLING: There are so many ingredients you can stuff into your banana boat campfire dessert. Peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, semisweet chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or rainbow marshmallows are just a few ideas.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CAMPFIRE BANANA BOATS RECIPE

PRO TIP:

You can pre-make the packets a day in advance and bring them to your campsite already prepared.

STEP ONE: Prepare your fire with either wood or charcoal. Let it burn down until ash gray with moderately hot coals but no big open flames. Prepare your grate to go over the fire by spraying it (away from the fire) with nonstick spray.

PRO TIP:

This recipe can also be made on the grill at home. Preheat the grill as usual and cook them as directed.

STEP TWO: Starting at the top of the unpeeled banana, carefully slice from the top of the banana to the bottom. Be careful not to pierce through the bottom layer of the skin. 

STEP THREE: Gently pull the peel slightly open. Pry open the banana flesh. Repeat the steps for the remaining bananas.

For the S’mores

STEP ONE: Press 2 tablespoons of the cracker pieces down the length of the banana. 

STEP TWO: Evenly sprinkle 2 tablespoons of milk chocolate chips over the top of the graham crackers.

STEP THREE: Evenly sprinkle 3 tablespoons of mini marshmallows over the top of the milk chocolate chips.

STEP FOUR: Wrap the banana in aluminum foil and set it aside. Repeat the steps for the 2nd banana.

PRO TIP:

Non-stick Reynolds foil wrap works very well. It keeps the marshmallows from sticking to the tin foil.

For the Strawberry Chocolate

STEP ONE: Evenly sprinkle 2 tablespoons of milk chocolate chips over the banana.

STEP TWO: Evenly sprinkle 3 tablespoons of chopped strawberries over the chocolate chips.

STEP THREE: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of mini marshmallows over the strawberries.

STEP FOUR: Wrap the filled banana in foil and set it aside. Repeat the steps for the 2nd banana.

For the Reese’s Cup

STEP ONE: Evenly sprinkle 3 tablespoons of Reese’s minis over the banana.

STEP TWO: Top the Reese’s with 3 tablespoons of mini marshmallows.

STEP THREE: Wrap the filled banana in a piece of foil and set it aside. Repeat the steps for the 2nd banana.

Cooking Instructions: 

STEP ONE: Once all of the bananas have been filled and wrapped, evenly space the packets around the edge of the grill, not directly over any flame. Let cook for 5 minutes. Make sure to rotate the foil packets every couple of minutes since campfire heat can be quite uneven.

PRO TIP:

If you are cooking these at home on the barbecue, place the packets on the grill, close the lid and cook for 5 minutes.

STEP TWO: Remove the packets and allow them to cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully open the packets and enjoy.

PRO TIP:

Remember anything cooked over the open flame will be hot when removing, cook with care!

HOW TO SERVE

Serve these yummy campfire baked banana boats right off the fire after cooling slightly. Serve with a fork or spoon and scoop up all the yummy, ooey-gooey goodness. These would be delicious after a campfire meal, such as campfire nachos or campfire pizza.

STORAGE

Once the packets have been cooked, they are to be eaten right away.  This banana boat recipe won’t keep as leftovers.

These campfire banana boats are a great way to end your evening under the stars. This delicious treat is decadent and full of melted chocolate and other gooey warm sweetness. Try these perfect treats the next time you are out enjoying nature.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I cook these campfire treats on the barbecue at home?

This easy campfire recipe would be delicious cooked on the barbecue at home for a backyard camping experience.

Can I save the leftovers of this banana boat campfire treat?

We would not recommend keeping leftover banana boats as they are best all melty and warm off the fire.

Can I prep these campfire banana splits ahead of time?

You can prepare these tasty campfire banana boats ahead of time and wrap them in foil. Cook them on the fire once you are ready to enjoy them.

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Campfire Banana Boats

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These campfire banana boats are filled with delicious goodies and cooked over an open fire until melted and gooey.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 banana boats

Ingredients
  

S’mores

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 6 tablespoons mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons honey graham cereal or broken pieces of graham crackers

Strawberry Chocolate

  • 2 bananas
  • 6 tablespoons fresh strawberries capped and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons milk chocolate chips

Reese’s Cup

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 6 tablespoons mini marshmallows
  • 6 tablespoons mini Reese’s cups

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your fire with either wood or charcoal. Let it burn down until ash gray with moderately hot coals but no big open flames. Prepare your grate to go over the fire by spraying it (away from the fire) with nonstick spray.
  • Starting at the top of the unpeeled banana, carefully slice from the top of the banana to the bottom. Be careful not to pierce through the bottom layer of the skin.
  • Gently pull the peel slightly open. Pry open the banana flesh. Repeat the steps for the remaining bananas.

S’mores

  • Press 2 tablespoons of the cracker pieces down the length of the banana.
  • Evenly sprinkle 2 tablespoons of milk chocolate chips over the top of the graham crackers.
  • Evenly sprinkle 3 tablespoons of mini marshmallows over the top of the milk chocolate chips.
  • Wrap the banana in foil and set it aside. Repeat the steps for the 2nd banana.

Strawberry Chocolate

  • Evenly sprinkle 2 tablespoons of milk chocolate chips over the banana.
  • Evenly sprinkle 3 tablespoons of chopped strawberries over the chocolate chips.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of mini marshmallows over the strawberries.
  • Wrap the filled banana in foil and set it aside. Repeat the steps for the 2nd banana.

Reese’s Cup

  • Evenly sprinkle 3 tablespoons of Reese’s minis over the banana.
  • Top the Reese’s with 3 tablespoons of mini marshmallows.
  • Wrap the filled banana in foil and set it aside. Repeat the steps for the 2nd banana.
  • Once all of the bananas have been filled and wrapped, evenly space the packets around the edge of the grill, not directly over any flame. Let cook for 5 minutes. Make sure to rotate the foil packets every couple of minutes since campfire heat can be quite uneven.
  • Remove the packets and allow them to cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully open the packets and enjoy.

Notes

PRO TIP: We have provided three different ways to enjoy your delicious banana boats. Pick one or try all three!
PRO TIP: You can pre-make the packets a day in advance and bring them to your campsite already prepared.
PRO TIP: This recipe can also be made on the grill at home. Preheat the grill as usual and cook them as directed.
PRO TIP: Non-stick Reynolds foil wrap works very well. It keeps the marshmallows from sticking to the tin foil.
PRO TIP: If you are cooking these at home on the barbecue, place the packets on the grill, close the lid and cook for 5 minutes.
PRO TIP: Remember anything cooked over the open flame will be hot when removing, cook with care!

Nutrition

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg
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