Grilled Banana Boats

 Your grill doesn’t just have to be for burgers; don’t be afraid to get creative with unique recipes! One of my favorite childhood memories is eating banana boats cooked over the fire on family camping trips. One of favorite adult memories is discovering that I could do the exact same thing quicker and easier on my grill.

Never heard of a banana boat? That’s ok, they’re simple and easy to make. The banana acts as a “boat” for peanut butter or chocolate or whatever tasty toppings you can come up with.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Ripe bananas, one for each person (or 2, they’re just that good)
  • Filling: peanut butter, Nutella, marshmallows, Biscoff spread, etc.
  • Toppings: chocolate chips, pecans, peanut butter chips, you get the picture
  • Aluminum foil

Now for the assembly:

  1. Get your grill heating while you craft your banana boats; they won’t take long at all.
  2. Cut each banana lengthwise following the curve, making sure not to cut all the way through (leave the flap of banana peel attached, you’ll need it later).
  3. Cut out about a third of the banana, creating a hollow space for your fillings. Feel free to eat this part, no banana should go to waste!
  4. Now stuff it! To overflowing! Smear the banana with your choice of filling, then place your toppings inside. I’m a chocolate lover, so my favorite is Nutella with chocolate chips. The rest of my family usually does peanut butter, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless!
  5. Replace the strip of banana peel back over the fillings and wrap foil tightly around the banana. If your fillings poke out the edges of the peel that’s perfect, just make sure everything’s securely inside the foil wrapping.
  6. Grill your banana boat over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the banana softens to your liking. (You can also bake it 15 to 20 minutes, in the event of cookout-ruining weather).
  7. Unwrap your banana boat, grab a spoon, embrace the messiness, and enjoy! The banana and toppings will be gooey and delicious, the perfect dessert for any occasion.