S’Mores Campfire Banana Boats (+ Air Fryer and Oven)

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These S’Mores Campfire Banana Boats are sooooo easy to make. Who doesn’t love something creamy and gooey, something sweet and something crunchy all in one bite??? 

Weight Watchers Points included.

close up of a cooked campfire banana boat

This dessert is a crowd pleaser and will be sure to please both kids and adults alike. It has a little something for everyone and is easily customizable to suit everyone’s taste buds. Folks, you can’t go wrong with a dessert that gets everyone crowded around the fire making their own dish just the way they like it. 

You only need 4 simple ingredients for this dessert treat. It’s incredibly quick to make. It’s great for camping trips but can also be made in the oven, so if your camping trip gets rained out, you can still enjoy these Banana Boats. Or you know, make them just because, no camping trip needed 😉 You can make Air Fryer Banana Boats or Oven version too.

Why You’ll Love This

  • Easy dessert for kids to make while camping 
  • Fun way to make memories around the campfire
  • Inexpensive dessert
  • Versatile, flexible dessert, easy to modify

What Is A Banana Boat?

This popular camping dessert is a mix between a classic banana split and the ever popular, camping favorite, the s’more. 

ingredients to make smores campfire banana boats

Ingredient Notes

  • Bananas- grab whatever you have and whatever ripeness you prefer. 
  • mini marshmallows- grab your favorite from the store, you could even use marshmallow fluff if you needed to
  • crushed graham crackers – feel free to substitute it out for teddy grahams if you’re in a pinch
  • chocolate chips- mini chocolate chips, regular chocolate chips, whatever you have on hand. 
  • Tin foil – also called aluminum foil or foil wrap.

Soooo, let’s gather up these ingredients and get to making this amazing camping dessert…

How To Make A Banana Boat

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions in recipe card below.

  1. Slice bananas down the middle still in the peel.
  2. Open the slit and stuff in mini marshmallows. 
  3. Top with a bit of chocolate chips and some crushed graham crackers
  4. Wrap in foil and cook over the grill on a fire until the whole banana is black.
  5. Remove and enjoy, you can top with more graham cracker crumbs if you want.
a banana split with marshmallows ans chocolate added in

How To Make In Oven

  1. Assemble as normal through the wrapping portion of step 4. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350F/180C and cook for 15-20 minutes. 

Make Air Fryer S’mores Banana Boats

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions in recipe card below.

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 F / 200 C.
  2. Slice bananas down the middle still in the peel.
  3. Open the slit and stuff in mini marshmallows. 
  4. Top with a bit of chocolate chips and some crushed graham crackers.
  5. Air Fryer for about 6 minutes until the banana boats are black and the inside is toasted.

Air fryer temperatures will vary depending on the type and model, so use the cook time as a guide only and adjust as needed.

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t overstuff your banana or you’ll have a hard time closing and wrapping it up. 
  • If you’d like, you can add parchment paper in between your food and the aluminum foil to err on the side of caution while cooking your food, to help make sure your food stays safe while it cooks. 
  • Make sure the wrapped banana rests safely in the grill grates over the fire while cooking and that they’re toppings side up
  • If your campfire is starting to die down to only embers, use a stick to spread out some embers and cook your dessert on that. Let the heat from the embers cook it for a few minutes while it’s wrapped up, topping side up. 
  • Always use tongs to remove dessert from fire or embers. If it’s slightly mushy, it’s ready, if it’s firm, it still needs a bit of cooking time. 
  • Be careful when opening the foil as steam may release and dessert may be hot, but foil should cool rather quickly once removed from heat source. 
  • Guys, you can even make these campfire banana boats over your grill in the backyard too. 
a smores banana split that has been cooked on the campfire

Delicious Variations

  • Swap chocolate chips- Use mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate, dark chocolate, etc. 
  • Add sauces- Try caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, nutella, hot fudge, honey, peanut butter, etc.  
  • Add nuts- Add peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc. 
  • Add other fruits- Try cherries, strawberries, blueberries, etc. 
  • Swap out graham crackers– try teddy graham cookies, graham cracker cereal, etc.  

FAQ

How Do You Eat A Banana Boat?

Folks, I totally recommend eating this sweet treat with a spoon. It’s been cooking over a campfire and you don’t want to get super gooey and messy, or possibly burn your fingers. So just be safe and stick to the spoon. 

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 4 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.

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close up of a cooked campfire banana boat
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S’Mores Campfire Banana Boats

A Banana boat is an easy camping treat that only uses 4 ingredients. It’s gooey, sweet and crunchy and is a mix between a s’more and a banana split.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: american, western
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 4 bananas
  • 1 cup of mini marshmallows
  • 2 Tbsp Crushed graham crackers
  • ¼ cup of chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Slice bananas down the middle still in the peel.
  • Open the slit and stuff in mini marshmallows.
  • Top with a bit of chocolate chips and some crushed graham crackers
  • Wrap in foil and cook over the grill on a fire until the whole banana is black.
  • Remove and enjoy, you can top with more graham cracker crumbs if you want!

How To Make In Oven

  • Assemble as normal through the wrapping portion of step 4.
  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C and cook for 15-20 minutes.
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Notes

Don’t overstuff your banana or you’ll have a hard time closing and wrapping it up. 
If you’d like, you can add parchment paper in between your food and the aluminum foil to err on the side of caution while cooking your food, to help make sure your food stays safe while it cooks. 
Make sure the wrapped banana rests safely in the grill grates over the fire while cooking and that they’re toppings side up
If your campfire is starting to die down to only embers, use a stick to spread out some embers and cook your dessert on that. Let the heat from the embers cook it for a few minutes while it’s wrapped up, topping side up. 
Always use tongs to remove dessert from fire or embers. If it’s slightly mushy, it’s ready, if it’s firm, it still needs a bit of cooking time. 
Be careful when opening the foil as steam may release and dessert may be hot, but foil should cool rather quickly once removed from heat source. 
Guys, you can even make these campfire banana boats over your grill in the backyard too. 
There are 4 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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  3. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! This recipe was such a big hit here! My family absolutely loved this and I’ll definitely be making these again soon!

  4. 5 stars
    OMG I can’t believe I never thought of doing this before! I LOVE bananas AND smores so this is perfect! S’Mores Campfire Banana Boats here we come! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. YUM – the perfect camping/backyard firepit dessert! Definitely a crowd pleaser and love that there are no messy bowls to clean after!

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing, these are one of my favourite camp desserts, yours look very yummy 🙂