Kids Cook Monday Recipe: Banana Boats

A gooey Banana Boat hot from the oven.
A gooey Banana Boat hot from the oven. | Source

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Cooking with Kids

While parents and kids don't always see eye-to-eye on what a "healthy meal" consists of, desserts can really bring a family together. This is especially true if the dessert is quick and easy to make, like a sticky hot Banana Boat.

I learned how to make Banana Boats when I was at Girl Guide summer camp. I hated the camping experience, but fell in love with the recipe and still enjoy making this great recipe. I love how this dessert can be made to each person's preference, because each Banana Boat is made separately. Banana Boats are perfect for making at home or for family bonding while lounging around a campfire.

I've introduced my husband to this gooey treat and we both look forward to teaching our daughter how to make them. Now, you can share it with your family.


Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: One Banana Boat per person

Before You Start

You will need:

  • Tin foil
  • Butter knife

If using an oven, bake at 425 F.

Tips

» This recipe is awesome for using up overripe bananas!

» By using a butter knife to cut the bananas, younger children can be included in the fun!


For more safety information when cooking with children, read Setting Kitchen Rules.

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana per person, (leave the peel on!!)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips


Alternatives

→ Chop up your favourite chocolate bar;

→ Add nuts;

→ Add sprinkles;

→ Substitute the marshmallows with strawberries.


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It all starts here!You can use chocolate chips, but we like to chop up chocolate bars with nuts to give an extra bit of yumminess.
It all starts here!
It all starts here! | Source
You can use chocolate chips, but we like to chop up chocolate bars with nuts to give an extra bit of yumminess.
You can use chocolate chips, but we like to chop up chocolate bars with nuts to give an extra bit of yumminess. | Source
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Bringing It All Together

  1. Cut your banana length-wise, being careful not to cut all the way through. Only go about halfway through the banana.
  2. Spread opening to create a “pocket” in the banana where you will stuff with goodies.
  3. Tear off a large square of tin foil; big enough to wrap loosely around the banana and place banana on the tin foil.
  4. Stuff the banana with marshmallows. You can also stuff marshmallows between the banana and its skin.
  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  6. Close up the tin foil and place in oven.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and place in a bowl.
  9. Open tin foil wrapper and eat with a spoon!
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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Those banana boats look awesome. I have never tried, them...you sold me! Thanks!


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

It's my pleasure to share the joy, Rebecca!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Rosa, you hub was stolen, check out Big Ezine.com I found this exact hub there, even your name was on the article. Everything in it was copied. Sorry to the be bearer of bad news but I hate content thieves. They stole the article yesterday as soon as you published it.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Who knows of a way to keep that from happening?!


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

@ Cardisa - Thank you so much for letting me know! I am contacting BigEzine.com and HubPages right now. Hopefully this will be resolved quickly, especially since the thief actually left my name and copyright notice on it. Sheesh!

@ Rebecca - Not that I know of. It would be awesome if HubPages could disable the ability for people to highlight and copy, though!


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Rev. Akins 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ

My wife introduced these to me a couple of years ago. I LOVE them, and so do the kids. It is great, because, like you said, each one can be made for the person. I am glad you are getting this delicious idea out in the world!


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Very cool, Rev. Akins! Glad to hear from someone else who actually knows what a Banana Boat is! Do you guys have any special ingredients or methods for your recipe??


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

I have never made banana boats.I will make it. Sounds so great! Useful and voted up!


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much! Enjoy!!


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Rev. Akins 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ

We pretty much follow the same recipe you do, except we take a full Hersey bar and use the little parts as the chocolate. My son does not like marshmallows so he has just banana and chocolate. Although I have never had it in the oven, ours have always been cooked in the coals of a campfire.


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hershey's and "hobo style" cooking! YUM! I'm hoping to do some camping this summer and want to try this in a campfire again.

If your son likes strawberries, they are a yummy substitute for marshmallows.


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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

Easy, fun, and delicious! Perfect for kids, or kids-at-heart like me!


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

ABSOLUTELY! :-D Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, Maddie!

And a PS for those who are wondering - I contacted BigEzine.com where this hub had been copied to about the theft. I didn't hear back from them and the article was still up for a whole week. When I went back to check if it had been removed yet, the entire BigEzine.com site is gone!

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