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Campfire Cookery: Banana Boats

by Zach Hunter

Banana Boats - Campfire Cookery

So you're ready to go camping and just need to pack some food for meals. Sure you can just take a sack full of ramen and s’mores fixings, but you'll soon be tired of just these after a couple of nights if you aren't already bored from previous trips. How about trying something a little different? You don't need anything too crazy to start making some new meals and snacks over the fire. With just a little planning and a couple extra ingredients, you can be well on your way to become a master of the campfire culinary or, at the very least, marginally more prepared to stave off digestive monotony for a little while longer.

In order to start you off with some inspiration, I will be sharing a couple of recipes every month.  I will be putting more emphasis on recipes whose ingredients require little or no refrigeration. I will also be starting with simple recipes and gradually move to those that may require a bit of pre-trip preparation or those that may otherwise just be a bit more complicated.

Now to kick everything off, I present you with a recipe for the sundae-similar deliciousness that is Banana Boats:


  • Knife
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Spoon (or equivalent level of eating utensil)


  • Bananas
  • Mini-Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whipped Topping
  • Other toppings can easily be substituted or added


  • Cut along the length of an unpeeled banana, leaving about half an inch from either end.
  • Split open the cut banana as you would a hot dog bun.
  • Apply toppings to the inside of the banana. There is no cut-and-dry method of doing this, but you may want to keep in mind that the toppings will be melting, so a giant pile of chocolate chips may look good at first, but will just be a gooey puddle after baking.
  • Wrap the banana with toppings in aluminum foil.
  • Bake wrapped banana in embers for about 10 minutes
  • Carefully remove from embers, unwrap and (if you have the goods) enjoy with whipped topping

Like with any foodstuffs, you will want to make sure to protect your edibles from marauding wildlife. Airtight bags and containers can help with this, but you should still beware inquisitive animals. Before creating the video for this post, I lost some of my supplies in a window of about 15 minutes due to a couple of seagulls who decided that chocolate chips might just be a bit tastier than fish.

If you have any ideas or recipes that you would like to see in future posts, please leave a comment. I hope to get at least a recipe or two out every month, but I will be making other posts as well. If you have something that drives you to get you up and out, I would love to hear from you.


Published: 05/02/2012


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