Kids Cook Monday Recipe: Banana Boats
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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.
- 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.
» 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.
- 1 Banana per person, (leave the peel on!!)
- Mini Marshmallows
- Chocolate Chips
→ Chop up your favourite chocolate bar;
→ Add nuts;
→ Add sprinkles;
→ Substitute the marshmallows with strawberries.
Bringing It All Together
- Cut your banana length-wise, being careful not to cut all the way through. Only go about halfway through the banana.
- Spread opening to create a “pocket” in the banana where you will stuff with goodies.
- Tear off a large square of tin foil; big enough to wrap loosely around the banana and place banana on the tin foil.
- Stuff the banana with marshmallows. You can also stuff marshmallows between the banana and its skin.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Close up the tin foil and place in oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and place in a bowl.
- Open tin foil wrapper and eat with a spoon!
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