This chocolate banana boat recipe is so simple, with just two ingredients and lots of optional extras. It’s a great one to make with kids because they can customize theirs exactly as they want. Banana boats are a fun, alternative dessert at summer BBQs that the whole family can enjoy.
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How to Make Chocolate Banana Boats
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Here is step-by-step guide on how to make this banana boat recipe.
- Preheat the BBQ (if you haven’t already been cooking)
A gas grill should be heated to medium-high (about 400°F). A charcoal grill usually takes about 20 minutes to preheat. The coals should be light grey or white not black. You can test the temperature by holding your hand over the grill. If you need to take your hand away after 5-6 seconds, your grill is low heat, 3-4 it’s medium heat, and 1-2 it’s high heat. If your grill is too cool give it more time to heat up. If it’s too hot, scatter the coals a little.
- Gather the ingredients
Gather all the ingredients together that you will be using. Chop the chocolate or use sugar-free chocolate chips.
- Slice the bananas
Using a knife, carefully cut the bananas lengthwise. Be careful not to cut all the way through, leave the peel completely intact at the back. It’s safest to do this on a chopping board so you don’t cut your hand accidentally, but I found it was easier to judge the distance when I was holding it.
- Stuff the banana
Gently pull the banana open and stuff the chocolate into the gap. Wrap them in foil and place them on the BBQ. Don’t add the toppings yet, just have them ready.
- Cook the banana boats
Cook the banana boats for 5 minutes on each side then check to see if they’re done. They’re ready when the chocolate is melted, the peel is black, and the banana is gooey inside. You can pull back a little bit of the foil to check if they’re done.
- Add toppings
These are some of my favorite topping ideas but if you have any other great ideas please let me know in the comments below. My ideas are peanut butter (the best combo with bananas!), chopped walnuts, freeze-dried raspberries, sliced almonds, and… more chocolate (is there ever enough?). Top tip: banana boats are most easily eaten with a spoon.
The most important health benefit that comes from banana boats for women with PCOS is a psychological one. If you go to a BBQ as an event, there are usually a lot of sugary, processed desserts. It really sucks to say no to everything and be the only one without something sweet at the end of a meal. Banana boats are fun to make as a group so you can enjoy a healthy(ish) dessert with your friends and family.
Bananas are relatively low in calories with an average banana containing just over 100 cal. An uncooked banana is a good source of antioxidants and nutrients. It’s likely that a lot of these are destroyed when the banana is cooked though. The healthiest thing would be to skip dessert altogether, but if you really feel like you’re missing out these are a great option!
Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.
Notes on Toppings
I love using freeze-dried raspberries because they are low in sugar and have the most lovely texture. They’re really light and crunchy so they are a perfect complement to the chocolatey gooiness of banana boats.
Peanut butter and banana is a classic flavor combination. The advantage of using peanut butter is that it contains fat which can help slow the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. Crunchy peanut butter adds a pleasant difference in textures.
Almonds and Walnuts
Almonds lower androgen (male hormone) levels in women with PCOS. They’re also a good alternative if you have a peanut allergy. Walnuts improve insulin sensitivity which is a plus because bananas contain naturally occurring sugar.
Adding more chocolate gives a different texture so you have the melty, gooey chocolate/banana and then some crunch on the top. Be careful that the brand of chocolate you’re using doesn’t have high levels of sugar.
Alternative Cooking Methods for Banana Boats
- Banana boats can be cooked directly on the fire. Prepare the bananas with the chocolate and foil exactly as you would for the BBQ, then place them directly onto the embers of the fire. It’s better not to put them into the flames because they’re not as hot. Don’t leave them on the embers for too long though, or the foil will burn away and you’ll be left with nothing but a hot mess!
- You can also bake banana boats in the oven. Simply preheat the oven to 400F/200C and place the prepared bananas on a baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes turning halfway though. They’re ready when the chocolate has melted and the banana is gooey.
Chocolate banana boats are the perfect way to round out a meal on the BBQ. Here are some of my favorite BBQ recipes:
I have more BBQ recipes on the way! Hope you have fun making this recipe with your friends and family. Please let me know what your favorite toppings are. I’d love hear!
Chocolate Banana Boats on the BBQ
- Chopping board
- Sharp knife
- 5 bananas
- 3.5 oz /100g 85% dark chocolate
- sliced almonds
- peanut butter
- freeze-dried raspberries
- walnut pieces
- more 85% dark chocolate
- Preheat the BBQ to medium heat. A gas grill should be heated to medium-high (about 400°F). A charcoal grill usually takes about 20 minutes to preheat. The coals should be light grey or white, not black. You can test the temperature by holding your hand over the grill. If you need to take your hand away after 5-6 seconds, your grill is low heat, 3-4 it's medium heat, and 1-2 it's high heat. If your grill is too cool give it more time to heat up. If it's too hot, scatter the coals a little.
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Slice the bananas lengthwise being careful not to slice through the peel at the back.
- Stuff the bananas with the chopped chocolate and wrap them in aluminium foil.
- Place the bananas on the grill for 5 minutes then turn and cook for another 5 minutes. They're ready when the peel has turned black, the chocolate is melted, and the banana is gooey.
- Choose your favorite topping to sprinkle over and enjoy!
Disclaimer: Cooking with fire is dangerous. Please take all necessary precautions. BBQ safety information can be found here.