Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dessert From The Grill: Stuffed Bananas!

Today we'll be continuing with the theme of the last few posts - grilling! When the sun is shinning we just can't keep ourselves indoor, even to cook and bake. Stuffed bananas have become one of our favorite easy outdoor treats. The "recipe" is super easy and super tasty. It's especially great for cookouts, camping trips, and is certain to be loved by adults and children alike!

You will need:

1 banana per person
Assorted goodies for stuffing
*We like chopped dark chocolate and toasted sliced almonds. Other tasty options include: peanut butter (or other nut butters), marshmallows, cinnamon sugar, chips (chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, butterscotch, etc.), nuts/seeds, and shredded coconut.

Here's how you make them:

1) Use a sharp pairing knife to slice about halfway through each banana lengthwise, leaving the banana in the peel. Since you will be placing the bananas on the grill once you stuff them, it's best to slice them on the concave side so the cut/stuffed part will face directly up when place on the grill.

2) Stuff the banana with desired goodies. It's nice to set up a little buffet of options and let everyone create their own customized treat.

3) Place the bananas directly on the grates of a warm, but not hot grill. *We typically make these for dessert after we've cooked dinner on the grill, so the coals are still warm, but not blazing hot.

4) Place the lid on the grill and let the bananas cook until the filling is nice and melty (5-10 minutes). Use a spoon to eat the banana and the goodies straight out of the peel!

Warning - the melty chocolate can be a bit messy, but that's part of the joy of this simple dessert!

As usual, I've included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Whatcha Makin' Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Foodie, Friday Favorites, Foodie Friday, Funky Fresh Friday, Sweet Tooth Friday, Sweets for a Saturday, and Nifty Thrifty Sunday.Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!


  1. What a fun and delicious idea, I love this!!

  2. Thanks Lauren they really are a fun treat!

  3. What a great idea! I wonder if I could use the microwave to heat these up?

    ~JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  4. Thanks Jamie! I'm not sure about microwaving - I have been contemplating using my toaster over :). Putting them in the oven or under the broiler might work too. Please let us know how yours turn out if you try any of these alternatives!

  5. Stuffed bananas holds such memories for me. In Puerto Rico we prepare them stuffed with ground beef and some cheddar cheese on top that gets all melty. Yours look really good also.

    Cocina Diary

  6. Maria - Wow, we never thought of using a savory stuffing! We're definetly going to have to give that a try! Thanks for a great idea :)

  7. Thank you for posting! I had these at a friend's house a few years back and completely forgot about them. Now I will make them for my boys for a healthier dessert option!


  8. Saw you at Tuesdays @ the Table. This is so much fun! I know what we're having next time we grill. Thanks!

  9. Yummy! These totally remind me of the banana boats we used to make a girl guide (scout in the US) camp when I was a kid. Soooo tasty!

  10. Liz - Thanks so much for stopping by! Our friends kids loved them, I hope yours do too!

    MM - Thanks and please let us know if you come up with any particularly tasty stuffing ideas!

    Withoutadornment - I (the wimp that I am) lasted 1 camping trip in the girl scouts - the huge backpack combined with freezing rain were too much for me :). Maybe if I had had one of these bananas I would've stuck it out a bit longer!

  11. This looks like a yummy treat.

  12. Hi Ya'll,
    What a great idea! We are going to love this dessert this summer. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

  13. What a great idea! I'll eat anything stuffed with chocolate.

    Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday!

  14. these sound awesome perfect for summer time grill outs come see me at

  15. Thanks Ladies! We hope you have a wonderful weekend - and if the weather is ripe for grilling, these bananas just might be a great way to jazz it up even more :)

  16. What a yummy looking recipe! Since my son and his wife have banana groves here in Mexico I will definitely be sharing this recipe with them.
    I'll be back. I'm your newest follower!
    Ladybug Creek

  17. Karen - We're so happy to have you as a follower! And WOW, your son has banana groves - I would be in heaven, bananas foster, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate, banana sliced smothered in peanut butter...not to mention these stuffed bananas!

  18. Hmm.. This looks so delicious!!
    I just wanted to let you know that I will featured this at tomorrow's linky party!
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!