What Are Banana Boats

No, we are not talking sunscreen or an actual boat. Banana boats are actually a delicious campfire treat that is simple, fun and healthy. I first experienced banana boats as a camp counselor during training week when the counselor all did a campout. The counselor in charge of the camp out showed us how to make these and we all loved them. Chocolate, marshmallow, and banana are an awesome combination.

How To Make Banana Boats Over A Campfire

Banana boats are a simple, tasty and low-fat dessert you can make right in the campfire. These are so very easy to make and your kids will have a blast making them as much as they will love eating them. The nice thing about banana boats is that there are no dishes, just toss the peel and the foil in the trash and you are done, no sticky mess to clean.


How to Make Banana Boats Over On The Grill

In recipes where you cook directly on the fire by wrapping in foil, I recommend you double wrap the food. This helps to keep items from burning so quickly and cooks them more evenly. It’s also a good safety guard in case one layer of foil rips, there is another beneath it to contain the food. This is great because when you use tongs to grab your food out of the fire, the tongs often rip the foil. I also like to use heavy duty, long leather gloves to grab things on the fire or in the coals.

Be sure to exercise caution with kids around a campfire and teach them proper ways of handling fires and food as it cooks in fires. This website takes no responsibility for accident incurred while making these recipes.

Banana Boats

Banana boats are a simple, tasty and a low-fat dessert you can make right in the campfire.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 116 kcal
Author Barbara Tidwell


  • 1 whole banana
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp mini marshmallows


  1. Peel one section of peel off the banana, preferably on the inside of the curve. Save the peel. I usually leave the peel connected.

  2. Carve out some of the banana. You can toss out the extra banana or eat it.

  3. Place chocolate chips and mini marshmallows into the groove that was carved out.

  4. Cover the filling with the peel and wrap in foil. If the campfire you are working with is very hot, double wrap with the foil. This will help keep it from overcooking. Alternatively, these can be cooked on a grill.

  5. Cook for about 10 minutes turning often. Check. If the chocolate chips and marshmallows are melted, it is ready. Cool slightly, these will be hot.

This post was originally published on Nov 18, 2013. It has been updated with new information and photos for your enjoyment.