Monday, July 23, 2012

Grilled Dessert Banana Boats

If you love the banana-PB-chocolate combo, and are a fan of easy summer desserts that taste like a baked good but take as much effort as cutting up watermelon, then these dessert banana boats are for you.

Yesterday after coming home from a mini weekend trip to Philly, we headed over to Heather & Kevin's house for an afternoon BBQ with some friends from college we hadn't seen in a while. I was tired after being away the night before, but pina coladas by the pool and catching up with one of my best girlfriends were on the agenda, so I was game.

The girls were happy sitting poolside chatting, but the boys played in the water all afternoon. They are still kids at heart, after all.

I had promised to bring dessert, but didn't have time to whip up anything fancy since we had just come back from Philly. So, I brought a bag of bananas & fixings and stuffed these babies onsite after dinner.

This is really more of a method than a recipe. Just slice a banana down the middle and spread it apart so you have a nice deep crevice. Then stuff it with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and walnuts.

Wrap them in foil and toss them on a grill and let them hang out for 15 minutes.

Then relax in a lounge chair and scoop out the gooey insides with a spoon. Ah-mazing.

And no cleanup! Next time I'm trying brown sugar and pecans. 

Grilled Dessert Banana Boats

Serves 6

6 large bananas
5 oz. chocolate chips (half a bag)
5 oz. peanut butter chips (half a bag)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Split each banana down the middle (peel left on) and spread it open so there's a deep crevice. Stuff each banana equally with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and walnuts. Wrap each banana in tin foil and place on a grill on low heat. Grill, covered, for 10 minutes; flip each banana and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until the banana and all fillings are melted and gooey.

Eat straight out of the peel while warm with a spoon.

Note: If you don't have a grill, cook in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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