Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Banana Boats Recipe

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Banana Boat in blue plate

My darlings.

When is the last time you had a banana boat?

Was it in Girl Guides or Boy Scouts while singing around the campfire on your first camp out away from Mom and Dad?

Perhaps it was many years ago as a teenager around a firepit that had more than hot chocolate involved, if you get what I mean.

For me, I swear the last time I indulged in a banana boat was in Girl Guides. Girl Guides opened my eyes to oh-so-many things but there are only a few that have stuck with me to this date.

1) Never, EVER sleep in the clothes you wore that day when camping in a tent. You will freeze your little 10 year old tush off all night and be a very sad Girl Guide in the morning. Always change into something else to sleep in. I learned this the cold way.

2) Iced tea can be drank as a hot drink. My view of the world tilted when I learned this. Hot. Iced. Tea. The words spoken together are inherently wrong, but the drink is oh-so right.

3) Banana boats rock my socks. (as long as they are clean, dry socks that you are wearing to bed that night)

 Ingredients needed in making Banana Boats Recipe

I am ashamed that this is the first year I have made banana boats for my children. I have, to my credit, passed on my knowledge of always changing into clean clothes to sleep in while camping, so I am one out of three.

I am not introducing them to hot iced tea. Ever.

Banana boats are the simplest of camping desserts;  ripe bananas that are sliced end to end – but not all the way through the peel – and then filled with marshmallows and chocolate chips. One of my readers suggested on my Facebook Page that I try Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.

All of you who know me well by now just rolled your eyes, because you know that I would make anything with Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in it.

Challenge accepted!

You need five things for this recipe:

  • ripe bananas
  • Reese’s Mini peanut butter cups
  • marshmallows
  • tin foil
  • a nice fire

Slice the banana end to end without cutting all the way through to the other side.

Place as many Reese’s PB cups and chopped up marshmallows as you can possibly cram inside the banana.

Wrap the banana in tin foil.

The fire below is about what you are wanting to cook banana boat, nice coals with very little flame.

nice coals with very little flame

Place your banana boat on the firepit grill.

Heat for 7-8 minutes.

Aluminum wrapped banana boat placed on the firepit grill

When your banana boat is done, everything inside is going to have melted into this amazing gooey, sticky, chocolate marshmallow bliss.

With peanut butter.

Hold me.

spoon with melted chocolate and marshmallow from banana boat

You are gonna scoop out that banana boat until nothing is left but that peel, savouring each bite like it’s your last.

Then you’re gonna look around for someone else’s banana boat.

So thank you to the reader who suggested this combo, it is absolutely to die for! Yet another reason why you guys are seriously the best readers ever. Who else would suggest my deepest, darkest temptation baked into a banana boat? This is the best banana boat recipe ever!

What do you add to your banana boats? Anything out of the ordinary?

Thanks for stopping in everyone!



Close up of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Banana Boat in blue plate

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  1. Rambling Tart says

    Oh my gosh, I haven’t had banana boats in YEARS!!! How I loved them as a little girl. 🙂 I’m definitely going to make these again on our next camping trip. 🙂

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Rambling Tart  Such a great food from our childhoods and a lovely one to pass on to our own kids!

  2. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Sheri the possibilities are endless!! We are making then tonight again but don’t know what Flavor……

  3. Sheri Wilhauk Schatschneider says

    We made these last week while we were camping too but instead we put in marshmallows, chic chips with graham crackers. My daughter had so much fun making them! We’ll definitely have to try the Reese cups though….my hubby is a Reese lover!!!

  4. A Girl Needs a Name says

    Why have I never thought of this?!??  LOVE banana boats!

    I found out this summer that smores made with thin banana slices instead of marshmallow (so chocolate and banana on a graham cracker) are also very delicious.  Now I am thinking that broken up graham crackers + chocolate in a banana boat would also be very yummy.

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      A Girl Needs a Name I know!! I’ve heard of the s’mores banana boats which sound amazing, but why haven’t I thought of this? It was TO DIE FOR.

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