Campfire Banana Boats

These campfire banana boats are quick and easy to make and pair the distinctive flavor of bananas with chocolate, mini marshmallows and graham crackers for that iconic s’mores appeal, along with sliced almonds and chopped strawberries. It’s a delicious campfire recipe or you can even bake it in the oven if you aren’t camping. The combo of fruit, chocolate and more makes this a really tasty dessert option.

A person holding two foil-wrapped campfire banana boats on a plate.

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Campfire banana boats are a wonderful treat. If you like s’mores, you’re going to love these! They’re hot, sweet and full of amazing flavor.

You might also like to try this campfire apple crisp recipe, chocolate Dutch baby with bananas (a German pancake dish!) or one of these Nutella recipes. Cherry blossom cookies are lovely too (but make those ahead, they aren’t really grill-able!) As for other campfire savory dishes, this campfire sausage and peppers foil pack recipe is great.

A person is holding a fork to a plate of campfire banana boats.

Why You’ll Love This

Easy:  Cooking over the campfire isn’t about creating elaborate dishes. These campfire banana boats couldn’t be easier to make and cook.
Delicious: The banana, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham crackers, sliced almonds, and strawberries combine beautifully to make campfire banana something you will crave again and again.
Customizable: Feel free to change the suggested toppings. Anything goes with these and maybe you can have everyone make their own customized banana boat with whatever toppings they want.

Four bananas filled with grahan crackers, chocolate chips, and marshmallows - a delicious twist on the classic Campfire S'mores Banana Boats.

Campfire Banana Boats Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below

Bananas: The star of the dish. As the bananas are filled and wrapped in foil, it doesn’t matter if they are slightly under- or over-ripe.
Chocolate chips: Any kind will work in this recipe, such as semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or even white chocolate chips.
Mini marshmallows: Use chopped up regular size ones if you can’t find mini marshmallows.
Graham crackers: To add flavor and texture. Feel free to sub your favorite cookies broken into pieces.
Sliced almonds: To add crunch. You can sub another kind of nut or, for nut-free banana boats, omit them.
Chopped strawberries: These add color and another flavor, but leave them out or sub another fruit or topping instead if preferred.

Campfire S'mores Banana Boats are a delicious camping dessert made with bananas, strawberries, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate chips.

How to Make This Banana Boat Recipe

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card

Preheat the grill:  Make sure it’s nice and hot before you start cooking.
Prepare the bananas: Cut the skin open along the banana and scoop out a teaspoon or two of the flesh.
Add the toppings: Add whichever toppings you like to each banana boat and then wrap the topped bananas individually in aluminum foil packets.
Cook them: Give them about 8 to 10 minutes on the hot grill and serve hot as they are or with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream on top.

A person is holding a plate with two banana boats on it.

Substitutions and Variations

Gluten-free option:  If you want a gluten-free version, sub gluten-free cookies for the graham crackers. Most marshmallows are gluten-free but check the label if you’re sensitive to gluten, as some do contain small amounts.
Not a banana fan? You can use another type of fruit, such as pitted peaches or nectarines, or cored apples or pears.
Try different toppings: Any of the following toppings would work in this recipe:

  • Peanut butter or almond butter
  • Peanut butter chips or peanut butter cups
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Chopped soft fruits (berries, peaches etc)
  • Caramel sauce or any ice cream syrup
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Shredded coconut
  • Sliced or chopped nuts, such as pistachios, cashews or hazelnuts
  • Nutella
  • Jam or jelly
  • A pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Cereal
  • Trail mix
  • Granola
  • Broken pretzels
Two bananas wrapped in foil on a plate, perfect for camping dessert.

Serving Suggestions

Appetizers:  Pressed Italian picnic sandwiches can be made ahead and are great to snack on while the campfire is warming up for the main dish and desserts. Cut them into small servings though, so they don’t fill you up too much! Or perhaps you want to start your feast with some Bloody Mary deviled eggs or one of these snack mix recipes.
Camping food main dishes: 
Gorgonzola buffalo burgers on pretzel buns are perfect for grilling. And any of these stress-free camping meals would be great. Just make sure you leave room in your belly for the banana boats afterwards!
Other desserts: If anyone doesn’t want a stuffed banana, you might like to have another sweet treat on hand, such as these Lucky Charms Rice Krispies bars.

A person is eating a banana boat camping dessert.

How to Store Grilled Banana Boats

Store:  As these campfire banana splits are delicious served fresh while they’re all hot and gooey, they should be served right away and aren’t really suitable for storing.
Freeze:  This recipe isn’t freezable.

A banana wrapped in foil cooking on a grill, a tasty camping dessert similar to Campfire S'mores Banana Boats.

Top Tips

The grilling temperature: If your grill is really hot, this will make the skin of the banana completely black and make the toppings melt too fast, so a moderate heat is best.
Get creative: Don’t be afraid to try different toppings. Any kind of candy, fruit or nuts should work!
Don’t forget the spoons: This is an ooey-gooey dessert and you are going to need spoons (and napkins!) to enjoy it.
Not all foil is created equal: If you want your potato packets to be delicious, don’t use cheap foil which is going to tear! Instead, use heavy duty aluminum foil (my fave here) that will safely enclose all your ingredients and make this recipe a success.

A person is holding two foil-wrapped campfire banana boats on a beach.

Campfire Banana Boat FAQs

What kind of tin foil is best for making banana boats?

The foil is one of the most important things and it is very important to use good quality foil! If you use foil that’s too thin, you run the risk of it tearing and then all the toppings will leak out and make a mess! So make sure you choose good quality foil for this recipe.

Do you have to make these on a campfire?

If you can’t wait to try making this banana boat recipe but you aren’t grilling anytime soon, you can bake them in the oven instead. Give them 10 to 15 minutes at 300 degrees F, or cook until the chocolate chips have melted.

Three campfire banana boats filled with marshmallows and graham crackers.

Campfire Banana Boats

A person is holding two foil-wrapped campfire banana boats on a plate.

Campfire Banana Boats

5 from 45 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: campfire, foil pack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
Whether camping or firing up the backyard grill, these campfire banana boats are full of marshmallows and chocolate and a tasty dessert
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Ingredients

  • 4 bananas
  • 8 Tablespoons chocolate chips per banana
  • 32 mini marshmallows
  • 4 graham crackers broken into pieces
  • 4 Tablespoons almonds sliced
  • 8 Tablespoons strawberries chopped, fresh

Instructions

  • Preheat the campfire or grill to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil, approximately 12 inches square.
  • Take one banana and make an incision on top to cut the skin open.
  • Press gently on the side of the banana to make the opening bigger.
  • Take a small spoon and scoop some banana off, about 1 or 2 teaspoons.
  • Add your preferred toppings.
  • Once you have filled them all, wrap each one individually in tin foil.
  • Place on the preheated grill and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the banana is nice and soft, then serve right away.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 587mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

Notes

Here are some examples of tasty topping combinations:
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips, 8 mini marshmallows, 1 square Graham crackers broken into pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips, 1 Tablespoon chopped strawberries, 6 mini marshmallows
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips, 2 Tablespoons chopped strawberries, 1 Tablespoon sliced almonds
But do have fun and come up with your own favorite combos if you like!
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

This easy, tasty campfire dessert is easy to make and totally customizable. Banana boats make a change from s’mores (which are also delicious of course). The combination of banana, chocolate chips, marshmallows and whatever other toppings you want to use makes these truly wonderful. Whether you’re camping in the woods or the backyard or simply in the mood for campfire banana boats, this recipe is sure to delight everyone!

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Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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  1. Maddie Thompson wrote:

    5 stars
    It is a family favorite. Excited to make this this spring and summer!!

    Posted 3.14.24 Reply