If you were a girl scout you may have made this at a camp out when you were a young girl. Not being a girl scout I missed out on this wonderful, easy dessert until I stumbled across the idea on the Internet a couple of years ago. It’s the perfect ending to a BBQ and the best part is that everyone gets to assemble their own! I love getting everyone involved and the adults love this as much as the kids do.
You probably have everything in your pantry to make this right now. Think dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, any kind of chopped nuts, dried fruit, flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut, caramels, marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs or a little granola. Yum!
It’s not the prettiest dish but no one will mind because the flavor is amazing! The banana gets all gooey with the melted chocolate and the crunch from the nuts are a nice contrast to the warm soft banana. It’s perfect as is but, if you want to take this to the next level you can add a dollop of lowfat honey Greek yogurt or a scoop of low fat vanilla bean ice cream. Oh so good! Minus the chocolate this might even show up on my breakfast table with a little peanut butter and granola. Why didn’t I think of that before?
Stuffed Banana Boats
- Fresh bananas – ripe but still firm – at least one per person – but some will come back for seconds! Oh, yes they will.
- an assortment of fillings – you don’t need all of them – these are just suggestions – set them out in little bowls with spoons
- chocolate chips
- white chocolate chips
- peanut butter chips
- chopped nuts
- dried fruit - chopped
- blueberries, raspberries or chopped strawberries
- shredded coconut
- flax seeds
- chia seeds
- cacao nibs
- graham cracker crumbs
- nut butter or nutella
- aluminum foil
- Preheat grill to medium heat.
- With a sharp knife cut open the banana without going all the way through to the bottom.
- Leaving the skin on gently pry open the banana slit and stuff it with a couple tablespoons of your favorite fillings.
- Take a piece of aluminum foil and scrunch it up around the banana to hold the banana up right.
- Place the stuffed bananas on the grill, close the lid and let cook for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate gets all melty.
- Give everyone a spoon and dig in!
Note that the banana skin will turn black from the heat.
Options- heat oven to 350 and place banana boats on a baking sheet – bake until chocolate is melty. Skip the foil and place the stuffed banana on a plate and microwave on high for 30-60 seconds – timing varies depending on how powerful your microwave is.
Finally, yesterday I had a day spent in the kitchen. Five pounds of chicken breasts were cooked on the stove top in some chicken broth and then shredded. It will be frozen in 4 ounce portions and used in a variety of recipes. Ground beef and chopped onions were browned together and will be frozen in 1 pound portions for recipes like chili and soup. Chicken and onion/potato foil packs were assembled early in the day and then tossed in the oven an hour before dinner. Chicken was prepped for making an Indian dish but I ran out of steam so that goes on todays “to do” list. We are well stocked with food options!
The bar stool at my kitchen island comes in handy for sitting while I prep food – allowing me to stay off my foot but still get some work done. Yesterday I did a modified weight resistance work out, meaning it was all done sitting down. It felt great and I actually felt like I had a work out and burned some calories. My foot feels a little better today – that’s progress.
Add Your Thoughts
What would you put in your banana boat?
Were you a girl scout, boy scout or a member of 4H?
I was in 4H for a short time and loved the cooking!