Assembling these delicious banana boat s’mores is a cinch. Start assembling the bananas when dinner is cooking. Or, set out your ingredients for all to see. Each family member or guest can put together their own dessert creation. 15 minutes in the coals and their work of art is ready! (many fire pits in our national parks have grills on them). If you prefer, you can also wrap the stuffed bananas in foil and place them just off center of any glowing coals — just turn them once so they cook evenly all the way through. By the time we are finished eating dinner, dessert is ready.
Campfire Banana Boat Chocolate Caramel S’mores
YIELD. Serves 4
· 4 ripe bananas. (depending upon how many you wish)
· 12 marshmallows (3 to 4 per banana), or a handful of mini marshmallows
· 12 squares dark chocolate (3 to 4 squares per banana)
· 1/4 cup caramel chips
· 8 graham crackers (2 per banana), crumbled
Other ideas: dried fruit, nuts, granola, crumbled cookies, hot fudge, etc.
1. Cut a slit in the each banana, and open the skin up slightly. Scoop out a few small chunks of banana (and eat!).
2. Stuff 3 to 4 marshmallows in the scooped out sections of the banana, then tuck a square of chocolate beside each marshmallow. Sprinkle a few caramel chips over top.
3. Close the skin of the banana as much as you can, and place the bananas directly on a campfire grill. Alternatively, wrap the bananas tightly in foil and place directly on coals. (Be extra careful when pulling them out of the coals and opening.)
4. The banana skins will blacken as the bananas cook. Grill until the chocolate and caramel melt, and the marshmallows begin to look squidgy, 5 to 7 minutes.
5. Using metal tongs, carefully transfer bananas on plates. The bananas might release some water, if they do, use a paper towel to wipe off.
6. Sprinkle the crushed graham crackers over top, and serve with a spoon for scooping.
Bananas cooked directly over the grill will have a slightly smokey flavor. When wrapped in foil, they have less smokey flavor and will take a few more minutes to cook.
You may have noticed a couple of beginner camping posts here at The Kitchn, and in the second one, I talk about how I pack my food while camping. I usually put together a little box of treats, like the one pictured above, and I can get quite a few desserts out of it. Plus it keeps everything in one place, which is very handy while camping.