Looking for a new camping dessert? How about one Campfire Banana Split! Banana, chocolate, mini marshmallows, whipped cream and cherries!
Sponsored by Endangered species chocolate
One of our favorite (non-s’more) campfire desserts is Banana boats. Cut a banana in half, fill it with chocolate, marshmallows and other goodies, wrap it in foil and place it in the embers of the fire.
The result is a delicious, gooey, chocolatey dessert that you can eat with a spoon! This Banana Split variation takes it a step further by using caramel chocolate and adding whipped cream and cherries.
So if you want to change your bonfire dessert options, try this foil-wrapped Banana Split!
Banana: The ideal banana for making a banana boat is one that is uniformly yellow. Not under-ripened (green sections) or over-ripened (brown spots), just a solid evenly ripened yellow.
Chocolate: We used Endangered Species chocolate bars because we love all the amazing varieties they offer, plus really love their mission to give back to support animal conservation. We used Rich caramel + milk chocolate for this particular recipe (the Fudgy peanut butter bar is another favorite).
Mini marshmallows (optional): Marshmallows aren’t usually part of a banana split, but this just felt right.
Whipped cream: As much as we’d love to have ice cream when camping, it’s just not a practical idea. Even if it is kept in a cooler filled with ice, it still melts slowly. The temperature in a cooler is ALWAYS slightly north of 32 degrees. Therefore, whipped cream is the next best option. Go for the extra creamy stuff for a more ice-like experience.
Cherry: You can pack up a jar of bright red maraschino cherries if you like, but we opted for fresh cherries instead. You only need a few, and fresh cherries are just better for camping snacks.
Tin foil: To “bake” the bananas, wrap them in aluminum foil. The banana skin contains a lot of moisture, so it is difficult to overcook them, but the foil helps to hold it all together.
Parchment paper: We like to use a parchment paper line for most of our foil wrap recipes, but for this particular recipe, it’s kind of optional. The banana peel provides separation from the aluminum foil.
Long-handled pliers: The best way to place and adjust these banana boats on a base of hot embers is with long-handled pliers.
How to make Campfire Banana Split
Preparation of banana
Cut a small notch in the banana peel near the top. Use this cut to peel away a narrow strip of the banana peel.
Use a knife to carefully cut a line down the center of the now exposed banana. You want to cut all the way through the banana, but not through the peel on the back.
Gently squeeze the banana to open the cut line
Stuff the banana
You can now fill your banana with chunks of chocolate and marshmallows. Overfilling is perfectly fine because as the chocolate melts it will fill the crack more evenly.
Once you’ve got your banana filled with all the chocolate you want, it’s time to prepare it for the fire.
Wrapping the banana
As we mentioned above, the parchment paper step is completely optional, but we’ll show you how to do it here.
Cut a square of baking paper and a square of aluminum foil. Wrap the banana in parchment paper, and while still holding it closed with one hand, begin to wrap it with the aluminum foil (which holds it closed).
You don’t need to worry about covering the top stem.
The best way to fry these banana boats is to place them on their backs in a bed of hot coals or coals. The aluminum foil should keep all contents contained, but you’ll probably want to avoid flipping them at any point so the chocolate and marshmallows don’t melt.
The even, uniform heat from the embers will ensure that they cook evenly without developing any intense hot spots.
All they need is a few minutes on the embers (4-6 minutes) and they should be ready to eat.
When they come out of the fire, the bananas need a few minutes to cool. Then you can unwrap them, add a dollop or two of whipped cream and top with a few cherries. That is it!
Grab a spoon and dig in!
- 4 bananas
- 1 Endangered species caramel chocolate bar
- ½ cup mini marshmallows
- 8 cherry, pitted and chopped
- Whipped cream
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Take one banana with the peel still on and cut down the middle (along the concave side). Not all the way through, but until the tip of your knife just cuts the peel on the other side. Pull the peel and banana slightly apart.
Fill with chocolate and mini marshmallows into the center of the banana.
Wrap the banana in foil. Place on the fire or grill until the chocolate is melted and the banana is heated through, approximately 10 minutes.
Unwrap the banana and top with it whipped cream and cherry. Enjoy!
*Nutrition is an estimate based on information from a third party nutrition calculator