Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ooey-Gooey Warm Banana Boats

Last weekend the girls and I tried a fun new kids' snack idea. It was DELICIOUS, so I thought I'd pass it along.

OK, so yes, I understand that most days in July you're going to want snacks and treats that are cool and icy: your ice cream, your Sno-Cones, your Popsicles. But if you and your kids are craving something different, or just want something kid-friendly and fun to make, I've got a delicious little recipe for you. Your kids will love it, you'll love it, and anyone else within tasting range will love it. And if you're concerned about sugar and healthy snacks in general, you can maximize the peanut butter element and go easy on the chocolate chips and marshmallows, or substitute raisins for one or both of the latter. But even if you make it this way, it's still a whole lot healthier than a hot fudge sundae or a Bomb Pop. I mean: banana! That's a fruit, people!

Here's how you do it:

Ooey-Gooey Warm Banana Boats

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Take a ripe banana and, with a sharp knife, make a long slit lengthwise through the peel and into the fruit. (That first step is for adults only, obviously.) Prod the slit open enough to make a trough along the top of the banana for filling with goodies.

Let your kids fill the opening with a tablespoon or so of chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and peanut butter. (Oh my goodness, the possibilities! You could use butterscotch chips, toffee bits, shredded coconut...whatever your heart desires!)

Stuff the banana full, press the filling down well, and close the peel back up as best you can. Wrap the banana tightly with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes. Carefully remove foil and either spoon the melty, gooey banana mixture into bowls, or eat directly out of the peel with a spoon.

For a S'mores-type dessert, serve with graham crackers on the side or crumbled on top. Yum!

1 comment:

Donna said...

For a quicker 'recipe', try grilled bananas. Heat a pan on the stove, put the banana (in peel) in the pan until it's warm and gooey. Takes about 10 minutes tops. You can try putting fillings in, though it might ooze out and burn. Not sure you want your house smelling like burnt chocolate. But, without fillings, this is delicious. My kids ask for it all the time and it's a good way to use up overripe bananas without resorting to banana bread.