How to Make Campfire Banana Boats (15 delicious flavor combos)

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here. 

Campfire banana boats are one of the most classic camping desserts out there! This banana boat recipe is so easy to make while you’re camping, and there are so many ways to change them up. It can be a lot of fun for everyone in your camping group to make their own combinations.

Campfire banana boat recipes for an easy camping dessert

After cooking over the campfire, these banana boats will be gooey and delicious. I like to dip graham crackers into the banana and melted chocolate. Yum!

Basic Banana Boat Ingredients

Campfire banana boats are simple.

You’ll need 3 basic ingredients: bananas, chocolate pieces or chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows. That’s it!

Below I share 15 ways to add to or change up the basics to create some really fun flavor combinations.

Campfire banana boats basic ingredients

Camp Kitchen Gear Needed

Banana boats are cooked in foil packets making them so easy to prepare and clean up after. They hardly require any camping kitchen gear!

Here’s what you’ll need:

That’s it!

Sliced banana for campfire banana splits
Adding dark chocolate to the banana boats

How to Make Campfire Banana Boats

Layout 3 pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil. You can also use a piece of parchment paper as the first layer if desired.

Leave the skin on the banana and slice through the banana to the skin on the other side, but not all the way through.

Fill the split with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and any other fillings you want.

Adding peanut butter
Top the banana boats with mini marshmallows

To fold the packets, bring the two longest edges of foil towards each other and roll them together to create a seal. Then, fold in the sides. Repeat the same folding process two more times for a total of three pieces of foil per packet.

Move some hot coals from the fire aside and place the banana boats on top of the coals. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, flipping about halfway through. The banana boats are done when the banana becomes soft and the filling is melted.

Once done, carefully remove from the heat and open the packets. They will be hot!

Top with crushed graham crackers or use whole graham crackers for dipping into the gooey melted banana boats.

Rolled campfire banana boats in foil
Cooked campfire banana boats

Campfire Banana Boats

Campfire banana boats are a classic camping dessert. There are endless ways to customize them to create your own gooey and delicious banana boat creations!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 small to medium-sized bananas*
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips dark, milk, or white chocolate all work
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • graham crackers for dipping

Additional Fillings (optional)

  • fresh strawberries diced
  • peanut butter
  • shredded coconut
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • caramel sauce
  • Nutella
  • crushed hazelnuts
  • sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Layout 3 pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil. You can also use a piece of parchment paper as the first layer if desired.
  • Leave the skin on the banana and slice through the banana to the skin on the other side, but not all the way through.
  • Fill the split with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and any other fillings you want.
  • To fold the packets, bring the two longest edges of foil towards each other and roll them together to create a seal. Then, fold in the sides. Repeat the same folding process two more times for a total of three pieces of foil per packet.
  • Move some hot coals from the fire aside and place the banana boats on top of the coals. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, flipping about halfway through. The banana boats are done when the banana becomes soft and the filling is melted.
  • Once done, carefully remove from the heat and open the packets. They will be hot!
  • Top with crushed graham crackers or use whole graham crackers for dipping into the gooey melted banana boats.

Notes

*You don’t want the bananas to be green, but you don’t want them to be overripe either.
Servings: 2 desserts

15 Banana Boats Flavor Combos

Like I said above, there are so many ways that you can change up these banana boats and create different flavor combinations.

Below are a few ideas to get you started: (add in marshmallows to all these combos if desired)

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly – peanut butter, milk chocolate, strawberry jam
  • Strawberry Chocolate Hazelnut – Nutella, diced toasted hazelnuts, diced fresh strawberries
  • Raspberry White Chocolate – fresh raspberries, white chocolate
  • Strawberry Coconut – milk chocolate, diced fresh strawberries, shredded toasted coconut
  • Toasted Coconut Butterscotch – butterscotch chips, toasted coconut
  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Strawberry – dark chocolate chips, peanut butter, diced fresh strawberries
  • Blueberry Almond Coconut – fresh blueberries, milk chocolate, shredded coconut, sliced almonds
  • White Chocolate Coconut Caramel – white chocolate chips, caramel sauce, shredded coconut,
  • Dark Chocolate Berry – mixed berries, dark chocolate,
  • Milk Chocolate Caramel – milk chocolate, caramel sauce
  • Banana Creme Pie – white chocolate, a dash of nutmeg, chocolate graham crackers for dipping
  • Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel – milk chocolate, peanut butter, top with pretzel pieces
  • Caramel Peanut – milk chocolate, chopped peanuts, caramel sauce
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Cinnamon – a dash of cinnamon, almond butter, dark chocolate
  • Caramel Pecan – chocolate, caramel sauce, chopped pecans
Campfire banana boat recipes

Crunchy Topping Options

Once the banana boats are cooked, they become gooey and soft. I like to dip or top them with a crunchy element to balance out the textures.

Below are some crunchy topping ideas to add after they are cooked:

  • honey graham crackers for dipping
  • chocolate graham crackers for dipping
  • trail mix sprinkled on top
  • granola sprinkled on top
  • crushed Oreos sprinkled on top
  • animal crackers for dipping
  • your favorite cereal sprinkled on top
  • pretzels for dipping
cooked campfire banana boats on a picnic table at camp

Enjoy Your Banana Boats!

I hope you love this easy camping dessert and enjoy making it over the campfire with friends and family.

Share some of your favorite flavor combos in the comments below!

get my free

Camp Cooking Starter Kit

Printable camping recipes, a gear checklist, and a camping meal planner so you can go camping with confidence and good food!

    Similar Posts

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating