Grilled S’mores Banana Boats

Grilled S'mores Banana Boats | Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on July 19, 2012 · 5 comments

I calculated that I probably waste about $145 a year in bananas that go bad before I eat them or freeze them…so black, there’s no salvaging them for anything tasty. (Think of all the Oreos I could have bought with that money! Criminal.) 

It seems like if I only buy 2 or 3, they’re gone way too fast, forcing me to go back to the store. But if I buy a whole bundle…well…see above problem ^^^. It’s not that I don’t know of ways to use them, it’s that I’m not diligent in doing so.

It’s the whole banana dilemma that I know has consumed the nation for years.

Along with banana bread and smoothies, here’s another use for them. Perfect for any campers out there, for sure. I jammed mine full of semi-sweet chocolate and butterscotch chips…

Grilled S'mores Banana Boats (before and after) | Very Culinary

…but you could use dark chocolate, white chocolate, coconut, peanuts – whatever floats your banana boat!

And I’m thinking with ingredients like these, those bananas will get used up more quickly.

Grilled S’mores Banana Boats
Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients
• 1 banana
• 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
• 1 tablespoon butterscotch chips
• 2 tablespoons mini marshmallows
• 2 tablespoons crushed cinnamon graham crackers
• aluminum foil

Directions
For the grill: heat grill to medium-high heat. Peel the banana, slice lengthwise, and slightly open to create a pocket. Place on some aluminum foil. Insert marshmallows, chocolate, and butterscotch chips into the banana. Wrap the banana up in the foil and cook on the grill until everything is gooey and melty, about 7 minutes. Unwrap and sprinkle the graham crackers on top. Eat with a spoon.

For a campfire: Keep banana peeled, slice lengthwise twice, and lift up flap of peel. Slice banana and add the chocolate, butterscotch, and marshmallows. Replace peel flap and wrap banana with foil. Let the flames die down a bit before adding the foil packets directly to the fire. Cook 3-5 minutes or until soft and melted. Carefully unwrap and sprinkle the graham crackers on top.

For the oven: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel the banana, slice lengthwise, and slightly open to create a pocket. Place on some aluminum foil. Insert marshmallows, chocolate, and butterscotch chips into the banana. Wrap the banana up in the foil, place directly on the cooking rack and bake for 6-7 minutes.

This would also be fantastic over ice cream!

(slightly adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)

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Stephanie July 24, 2012 at 7:08 am

I’m thinking with ideas like this, there should be NO excuse for bananas to go to waste….

P.S. I have the SAME problem as you. Just a few get used up WAY too quick, but a bunch just sit and rot. Plus, I think my freezer has reached banana capacity.

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Amy July 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

Right? Who needs/eats that much banana bread?

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Joanne July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I am so picky about bananas. I only like them when they’re green, basically. Almost yellow but not quite. As you can imagine….most of them go bad. But from now on, most of them are becoming s’mores boats!

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Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary July 19, 2012 at 6:22 am

I was just getting ready to blog these!! I swear we are mentally connected.

We call these Banana Boats and have been making them for years and years. We usually top them with ice cream straight off the grill. Yum!

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Amy July 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

Ha! Our timing is pretty uncanny. I know we pin a lot of the same things…and clearly share the same taste buds!

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