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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Camping Treat: Banana Boats

We’re back from camping at Big Sur. It was WONDERFUL. Relaxing and fun, with no phones or computers…the perfect weekend! I am now buried in laundry, but it was worth it.

We went with a group of families that have been going on this camping trip for the last 22 years. They have it down to a science, including the cooking. We ate very well! We also learned a new camping “recipe” that was delectably gooey: Banana Boats. We made them at night along with s’mores…although, we did have them for breakfast one morning as well!

Camping Treat: Banana Boats
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 unpeeled banana
  • chocolate chips
  • mini marshmallows
  • heavy duty foil
  1. Lay the banana on its “back” and peel just the top open. Cut out slices of banana every half inch or so, leaving every other piece in the peel. Stuff chocolate chips and mini marshmallows between the pieces.
  2. Close the banana, tightly wrap in heavy duty foil, then throw on the campfire for ~10 minutes. Open and enjoy! (Note – they are very hot when they first come off the fire”¦so be careful!)


  1. Yum, those look so good! I juwst found your blog, and I’m liking it! 🙂

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    Jessica Hansen

    Great idea!

  3. 3

    Love these! We always had them at camp – sometimes I do them in our oven because I like them that much.

  4. 4

    I think that is one happy boy…and in this picture, both the boy and the banana boat look gooey!

  5. That looks delicious! I am going camping soon and can’t wait to try it!!!!

  6. 6

    Those look delicious! I love all your photos! They make you feel like you are right there. Any good recipes for a chicken pot pie. The season is upon us and I haven’t found the perfect one!

  7. 7

    MMmmmmmmm… I am betting this would work well with ripe Plantains this way too…little butter and cheese.

  8. I love banana boats. I ate those on Girl Scout camping trips in California!

  9. 9

    LOVE banana boats!! i’m drueling right now…

  10. I remember having those when I was little. In fact, I remember having them when we were camping in Big Sur. Maybe it’s a Big Sur thing!?

  11. Are you kidding me? I LOVE this idea! Now I just need to find a campfire!

  12. 12

    We made those at camp. Thanks for bringing back the memories!

  13. 13

    this looks so good Jane, we are definitely going to have to make these next time we go camping…

  14. 14

    What a great way to get a serve of chocolate- I mean fruit- in!

  15. 15

    I saw this on another blog. She just copied and pasted on hers like it was her own, pictures and all.

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    Jane Maynard

    thanks, jane – good find. I”ll follow up with them…

  17. Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks!

  18. 18
    Jane Maynard

    thanks so much!

  19. 19
    camper trailer

    What a unique way preparing the food. I really do love banana boat and by preparing it in a more special way I am amazed.

  20. What a great alternative to smores. This is a much healthier snack, and an easy snack to make on a camping trip. Thanks for sharing.

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