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Who needs camping? Indoor banana boat alternatives March 13, 2012

Growing up, I was obsessed with camping. Not so much the hike-until-you-drop side of things – more the recreating-your-house-in-nature side. My father sadly recalls the day he realized that my sister and I would have had just as much fun in a tent in the backyard as we did in places like Arches.

Today, still growing up, I am mostly just obsessed with trying to create an actual home for myself and actually be (not just pretend to be) a real adult. Plus, a lack of camping gear makes it difficult to march into the great outdoors for a weekend of unshowered fun. But, that doesn’t stop me from craving a little camping food now and again.

And so – I present to you with utmost deliciousness….indoor alternatives to banana boats. (In case you are a camping-deprived person or if your parents insisted you only eat healthy things, a banana boat is a dessert that involves partly peeling a banana, slicing it lengthwise, then filling it up with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Then you wrap the whole thing in tinfoil and put it in the embers of a campfire until it turns into a sticky, melty, delicious mess.)

These options, banana chocolate chip cookies and a banana s’more sandwich, are not so messy. But with all that chocolate and banana and sweetness, they come pretty close to fixing a craving for the real deal.

Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Martha

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 or 2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (preferably bordering on black)
1 cup old-fashioned oats
8 oz chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 375. Blend dry ingredients first and set aside. In an electric mixer, blend sugars and butter. Then, on a lower speed, blend in the egg and vanilla. Then add the banana. Slowly add in the flour mixture until everything is just combined. Stir in the oats, walnuts and chocolate.

Place scooped out cookie dough balls onto a greased cookie sheet (or use parchment or silpat) – the dough will be sticky. Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating the rack position half way through. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 3-5 minutes before letting them cool completely on wire racks.

Banana S’more Sandwich

Yeah, it’s not complicated, but you should still take this idea and run with it. 🙂
Spread some marshmallow fluff on some bread, then put some banana slices and chocolate chips on top. With the sandwich open on both sides, put under the broiler so everything starts to melt. When things are appropriately toasty, you can put the top on the sandwich and munch away.

Yes, both of these are acceptable breakfast foods because they have fruit in them.


3 Responses to “Who needs camping? Indoor banana boat alternatives”

  1. Gerry Says:

    You’re SOOOOOO clever, Ms Krandle! xooxxo

  2. Vespachick Says:

    This is my kind of breakfast fruit–smothered in chocolate and marshmallows.

  3. Two things: First, your pictures are lovely, and second, when were you home making these delicious things without me?!

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