banana boats
Banana Boats

Ahhh, do you smell that? Green grass, fresh air, smoky charcoal puffing gently into the air. The season of BBQs is officially upon us.

At your next open grill fest, whip up these Banana Boats and polish off your barbecue on a sweet note.

This no-fuss dessert is pure genius, and is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. I owe this party trick recipe to Bartender Bill from Orson, who taught me how to make this ooey gooey and absurdly easy treat. Amazing what a gal can learn at the bar.

Banana Boats

Bananas (As many as you need. Estimate 1 per person. Once they taste it, no one will want to share.)
Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, sweetened coconut (Or whatever other toppings you fancy.)

1. Choose your bananas. I personally like mine ripened until perfectly spotted. I think they are sweeter this way.
2. Slit the banana lengthwise.
3. Stuff them with any combination of toppings you desire. I am a big fan of dark chocolate and butterscotch.
4. Line your grill with foil, and place the nanas on top.
5. Grill with the cover on until toppings get melty and delicious.
6. Eat with a spoon.

Banana Boats 27 May,2009Stephanie Hua

  • I just posted this on my blog yesterday. GREAT dessert to get kids involved to help make!

  • haha awesome! love your take on it with the marshmallows 🙂 and great call on being able to make them in the oven too. although, i do like smoky flavor you pick up on a grill. this would be a great dessert for camping trips too!

  • Christina J

    I grew up making these on Girl Scout camping trips, though we used chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Wrap each in foil and place in the coals.

  • Christina: mmm, this would be perfection on a camping trip. thanks for the tip! girl scouts…sharp cookies those girls are.

  • Valerie

    I remember making these in girl scouts 40 years ago and the funny think is I just thought of them two days ago and was telling my children about them. Can’t wait to try them…we did choc chips and bananas with foil in the fire. Very delicious :o)

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Stephanie Hua

Stephanie Hua is the creator of Lick My Spoon, a place for all things delicious. So far she has learned that she very much enjoys salted caramel anything, a good soup dumpling is worth a scalded tongue, and there is no room in life for non-fat cheese and crappy chocolate. Also, a barrel of cheese balls never ends well.

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