This past weekend Pete and I went camping at Albert Sleeper State park; it’s in “the thumb” of Michigan. I have yet to get used to the whole hand mapping thing that all Michiganders do, I’m usually hundreds of miles off when I try to point out a location. Maybe someone should get me one of these:
We were way up, almost at the tip of the thumb – maybe, if you zoom in, you can see “Caseville,” that’s where we were. We had a wonderful time running on trails, hanging out at the beach, and of course making tons of great food over the fire. We had s’mores, like always, but this year we went all out and made these delicious banana boats.
If you didn’t know already, this Saturday, August 10th is national s’mores day. I’m sure it would be perfectly acceptable to make both s’mores and banana boats – I like to think the bananas make them healthy. And they’re totally customizable! We made ours pretty classic: peanut butter, chocolate and marshmallows. Here are a few banana boat ideas I dreamt up that are a little less classic:
- Strawberry jam, white chocolate and pecans
- caramel sauce, marshmallows and wafer cookie pieces
- chocolate, cherries and whipped cream on top
- honey, dark chocolate and granola
- Peanut butter, M&M’s and pecans
- Nutella, raspberry jam and marshmallows
You can really go crazy with this one, but my one word of advice: the gooier the better.
I also think someone should have a banana boat party, with a table full of bananas and tons of filling options. Then everyone can make their own and sit around a fire while making a big gooy mess. Please invite me.
Campfire Banana Boats
- Bananas – I prefer when they aren’t so ripe, they seem to hold up better, but you can use whatever you’ve got.
- Fillings – get creative!
- tin foil
- a camp fire – not roaring, embers are great for banana boats
(pretty simple this week, guys)
Slice open your banana, and stuff the sides with all kinds of goodies.
Let them “bake” for ~5 minutes. Obviously nothing is actually baking here, so the time is really up to you. But if you use things like caramel, or marshmallows you’ll want to be sure to avoid any burning sugar.
Take the tin foil boats out of the fire and allow them to cool for a minute or two, then pop open and dig in.