For most people, cooking while camping can be time consuming and stressful. If you are bringing kids along, finding food they will eat can be the hardest part of your trip. While everyone will probably enjoy eating smores for one night while camping, it’s not the healthiest dessert you could be cooking over the fire. One great (and basically effortless) dessert you could be making instead are ‘banana boats’.
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All you will need to make banana boats is:
Bananas (one per person)
An assortment of your favorite candies or other additives
Hot coals or hot remnants from your campfire
To make the banana boat, you will need to leave the banana in the peel. You will take the knife and slit the banana from the stem to the bottom of the banana. Be careful that you do not slit through the bottom side of the peel or all the contents will melt out of it. Also, have the slit on the side of the banana that will continue to face upwards even when you are not holding onto it.
Next stuff the banana with any food or candies that you enjoy. This can be anything from peanut butter or nuts, to little marshmallows or broken up pieces of candy bars, like Snickers. While chocolate is always delicious to add, it may be too sweet for some people. This is because the banana will caramelize from the heat, making it extremely sweet all by itself.
When you are finished stuffing your banana to your hearts desire, wrap the banana in tin foil. If you have a lot of people, you may want to mark the wrapped bananas with permanent marker so they don’t get confused with each others.
Next place the wrapped bananas on hot coals or the hot remnants from your campfire. Again be sure to place the banana so that the slit if facing upwards or all the goodies will fall out and melt on the banana peel. Leave the banana on the fire for approximately 15 minutes.
Be careful if eating them directly after removing them from the fire, they will be extremely hot. While they may not be the healthiest dessert (raw fruit would be healthier) they are fun for the whole family to make and experiment with the different additives.