Grilled Stuffed Banana Boats Recipe

chocolate stuffed banana boats
chocolate stuffed banana boats - Kate Shungu/Mashed

Looking for a fun, easy dessert recipe? This grilled stuffed banana boats recipe from recipe developer and blogger Kate Shungu is the perfect dessert for a summer night. All you need to make this recipe are bananas, peanut butter, chocolate, and a grill or campfire.

"I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter," Shungu says. "They both complement bananas really well, so making a peanut butter chocolate banana boat is the perfect way to enjoy all three together." If you're craving something beyond chocolate and peanut butter, this recipe is endlessly customizable, so feel free to use whatever other toppings strike your fancy.

This recipe is written for banana boats prepared on a grill, but these grilled treats are also an excellent dessert to make on a camping trip. "These can also be made over a campfire," Shungu says. "Just place them in a hot location, but not directly in the flame."

Read more: The Best Summer Desserts You'll Want To Make Right Now

Gather Your Ingredients For These Grilled Stuffed Banana Boats

chocolate banana boats ingredients
chocolate banana boats ingredients - Kate Shungu/Mashed

To make these grilled stuffed banana boats, you'll need 6 ripe bananas. "The bananas should be ripe with a few brown spots," Shungu advises. "They get soft on the grill, so they don't need to be super ripe." Additionally, be sure to have ½ cup chocolate chips, ¼ cup peanut butter, ½ cup roughly chopped mini peanut butter cups, and ¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts.

Start The Grill And Prep The Bananas

slicing banana peel
slicing banana peel - Kate Shungu/Mashed

Preheat your grill to medium heat and cut out 6 pieces of aluminum foil measuring 12x12 inches. Now, slice the bananas vertically: Make a ¼ inch-deep cut to expose the banana, and gently split the peel so you have room for the stuffing.

Stuff And Wrap The Bananas

Bananas stuffed with chocolate chips
Bananas stuffed with chocolate chips - Kate Shungu/Mashed

Divide the chocolate chips evenly among the banana slits, stuffing them inside the peel. Next, place each banana on a piece of aluminum foil. Wrap each one closed, making sure to leave some room at the top to keep the foil from touching the chocolate chips.

Grill And Top The Bananas

Foil-wrapped bananas on grill
Foil-wrapped bananas on grill - Kate Shungu/Mashed

Place the foil-wrapped bananas on the grill and let them cook for 5-8 minutes, or until the bananas are soft and have taken on some brown spots, and the chocolate chips have melted.

Remove the bananas from the grill and open up the foil packets. Drizzle the bananas with peanut butter (microwaved for 10-12 seconds if needed for a drizzly consistency), then top them with the chopped peanuts and peanut butter cups.

Serve The Banana Boats

Banana boat in foil
Banana boat in foil - Kate Shungu/Mashed

Once you've drizzled and topped the bananas, they are ready to eat! "These are a great cookout dessert," Shungu says. "You can easily add these to the grill while it's still hot from cooking an entrée, and then they'll be ready for dessert." Be sure to only make as many boats as you'll need to serve, as these are best hot off the grill rather than enjoyed as leftovers.

Grilled Stuffed Banana Boats

chocolate peanut butter Banana Boat
chocolate peanut butter Banana Boat - Kate Shungu/Mashed

Prep Time: 10mCook Time: 5mYield: 6 servingsIngredients

  • 6 ripe bananas

  • ½ cup chocolate chips

  • ¼ cup peanut butter

  • ½ cup mini peanut butter cups, roughly chopped

  • ¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts

Directions

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Cut out 6 12x12-inch pieces of aluminum foil.

  2. Slice the bananas vertically, making a ¼ inch-deep slit through the peel to expose the banana. Split the peel open gently so you have room for the stuffing.

  3. Divide the chocolate chips among the bananas, stuffing the slits with the chocolate.

  4. Place each banana on a piece of foil. Wrap closed, leaving room at the top of the foil so it doesn't touch the chocolate chips.

  5. Place the foil packets on the grill for 5-8 minutes, or until the bananas are soft and have taken on some brown spots and the chocolate chips have melted.

  6. If using a thicker peanut butter, microwave it for 10-12 seconds, or until it can be drizzled easily.

  7. Remove the bananas from the foil. Drizzle them with the peanut butter and top them with the peanuts and peanut butter cups. Serve warm.

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