Just Desserts: Banana Boats Recipe

It’s never a dull moment when you’re camping in the woods. But when it comes to mealtime in the outdoors, one can get bored rather quickly. In the past, we’ve brought you a selection of delicious outdoor recipes ranging in difficulty from DIY foil packets to elaborately grilled meats. In keeping with our mission to make campsite mealtime tasty, we’re turning to one of America’s State Parks Youth Ambassador for Virginia, Zachary Hunter, for his take on a delicious dessert: Banana Boats.

What you’ll need:

  • Knife
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Spoon (or equivalent level of eating utensil)


  • Bananas
  • Mini-Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whipped Topping
  • Other toppings can easily be substituted or added


  1. Cut along the length of an unpeeled banana, leaving about half an inch from either end.
  2. Split open the cut banana as you would a hot dog bun.
  3. Apply toppings to the inside of the banana. There is no cut-and-dry method of doing this, but you may want to keep in mind that the toppings will be melting, so a giant pile of chocolate chips may look good at first, but will just be a gooey puddle after baking.
  4. Wrap the banana with toppings in aluminum foil.
  5. Bake wrapped banana in embers for about 10 minutes
  6. Carefully remove from embers, unwrap and (if you have the goods) enjoy with whipped topping.
Watch Zachary whip it up here!

Zachary will be posting easy, camping recipes every month so be sure to visit America’s State Parks check back here for more.

2 responses to this post.

  1. I’m going camping with my family and a few friends. What are some fun ideas for going camping?


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