Grilled Banana Boats

This has got to be the most fun dessert to make ever. It takes all of six minutes, zero prep time, and is as much of an activity as it is dessert. The best part is that you can customize them a million different ways! Young or old, these are a blast to build and eat.

How to Grill Banana Boats, Campfire Dessert | The Rose Table
P.S. How adorable is my banana hammock?!

The idea is simple: take an unpeeled banana and use a sharp knife to cut through the peel and about halfway down the banana lengthwise. Use your thumbs to open up the banana from the cut, kind of like a banana taco. Then stuff the banana full of whatever floats your boat (see what I did there?) such as marshmallows, chocolate, butterscotch chips, chopped nuts, coconut, peanut butter, nutella and/or candy bars. Wrap tightly with foil and toss on the grill for five minutes. Unwrap and enjoy as is or top with ice cream.

How to Grill Banana Boats, Campfire Dessert | The Rose Table

I am the biggest banana fanatic. I buy a bunch of Dole bananas almost every single week of my life. I bake banana bread, I put them in smoothies, I make “nice cream,” I bake them in cakes, I turn them into popsicles, and I eat them morning, noon, and night. If you love bananas as much as I do, you are going to adore this easy dessert recipe!

How to Grill Banana Boats, Campfire Dessert | The Rose Table

My mom told me this idea many years ago when I wanted to go camping with friends. The trip fell through but I never forgot about the banana idea! She used to make her banana boats on a campfire but I tossed mine right on my grill for an instant vacation.

How to Grill Banana Boats, Campfire Dessert | The Rose Table

How to Grill Banana Boats, Campfire Dessert | The Rose Table

Be warned: my friends and I could not even speak while we were eating our banana boats. They’re that good. Rebecca said, “I’m sorry, I can’t talk right now,” to which I replied, “See you in five minutes.” We silently favored every second of this fast and delicious campfire treat!

How to Grill Banana Boats, Campfire Dessert | The Rose Table

Banana Boats
Dole bananas (1 per person)
Assorted toppings such as chocolate bars, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, chopped Reese’s cups, peanut butter, Nutella, marshmallows, chopped nuts, coconut, crumbled cookies, or whatever else strikes your fancy!
Delicious with ice cream!

  1. Cut foil into square. Preheat grill to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a small, sharp knife, cut banana peel (do NOT peel the bananas!) lengthwise to form a boat. Don’t cut all the way through. The idea to create a pocket in which to stuff treats. Use your thumb to open up the banana where you made the cut.
  3. Stuff banana with toppings of choice. I highly suggest chocolate chips, marshmallows, macadamia nuts, and crumbled butter cookies. Yum!
  4. Wrap banana boat in foil. Grill for five minutes. Unwrap and enjoy as is or top with ice cream.

How to Grill Banana Boats, Campfire Dessert | The Rose Table

How to Grill Banana Boats, Campfire Dessert | The Rose Table

Happy boating,

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