Banana boats

My summers in college were filled with working at a camp for kids. I loved it. I also has a love/hate relationship with Tuesdays and Thursdays at camp. Those were the days that we cooked over fire. Yes, build a fire with kids and cook a meal over it for 16 children. Sometimes it was fun, sometimes extremely frustrating. All meals had to have an appetizer, a main dish and a dessert.  Fortunately, not all of the courses had to be cooked over fire.

This was one of my favorite desserts but now I make them in the oven.

Start by preheating your oven to 400F and slitting a banana down the center. Slit the banana about half way through. You don’t want to cut all of the way through the banana:

Scoop about 1/3 of the banana where you slit it:

Now start shoving in fillings, like peanut butter:

Then add some pieces of marshmallow. This is one big marshmallow torn into pieces:

Then add some mini chocolate chips:

Heck, why not top it off with some coconut?

When you’ve added all the ingredients that you want, close up the banana the best you can:

Wrap tightly in aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until everything is soft, melty and delicious.

Let cool a few minutes and eat with a spoon until it looks like this:

Gone! It’s an easy and fairly healthy dessert. Great for kids to help make, too.


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