Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Summer Fun With Kids: Banana Boats Guest Post

Our First Guest Post for Summer Fun With Kids is Erin from Simply Frugal Mom!

 When I was growing up, my family used to camp all the time during the summer. Like any kid (and adult) one of my favorite campfire treats was s'mores. But even more exciting was the nights that we would make Banana Boats. I hadn't introduced my son to this delight yet, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
 The best thing about Banana Boats is the variety of flavors you can make them in. You can fill your banana with pretty much anything you can think of. I decided to make 3 different flavors. S'Mores Banana Boat: Chocolate Chips and Mini-Marshmallows PB&J Banana Boat: Peanut Butter Chips and Jam Tropical Banana Boat: Pineapple and Coconut To start, split your banana down the middle. Be careful not to cut all the way through to the skin on the underside. Press the ends of the banana to create the "boat"
Next fill the boats with your desired ingredients. This is the part the kids love. Photobucket
S'Mores, PB&J, and Tropical Banana Boats. Photobucket
 Wrap each banana in foil. To make over the campfire, place them on the grate over the fire for 5-10 minutes. Since summer hasn't arrived in Seattle yet, I didn't feel like braving the rain outside at our firepit. I made these in the oven at 300 for about 15 minutes. Ooey, gooey deliciousness! Photobucket Photobucket Eat immediately. If you are feeling extra decadent, scoop the contents of your banana boat over a bowl of ice cream! I love the traditional s'more banana boat, but the PB&J was amazing! I might have a new favorite. Have you ever made Banana Boats? I'd love to hear your suggestions for other flavor combinations. Erin’s blog, Simply Frugal Mom is all about helping busy moms save time, save money and save their sanity. You’ll find recipes, crafts, gardening, and other frugal living tips to make your life a little bit easier. You can also connect with Erin on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.


wizkey said...

This is such a great idea!! I'd heard of banana slugs but not banana boats, LOL. I'll have to try this!! -
Teressa Morris

Storytime Fun said...

What a fun idea! I have never heard of these but they sound delicious!

I'll have to try them and figure out how to incorporate them into a storytime about camping so I can share them on my blog. :o)

Hope you are having a wonderful 4th of July with your family!
~K @ Storytime Fun~

Monicas Mom Musings said...

So you just scoop it out banana and all right from the peel? Interesting. I'd be all about the peanut butter. I love peanut butter and banana.

Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom said...

@Storytime Fun: My son loves the Curious George Goes Camping book. Perfect fit...monkeys, bananas, and camping.

@Monicas Mom Musing: Yep, you just scoop it right out of the peel and eat it.

Thanks so much for letting me guest post!


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