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You may associate a Banana Boat with the s’mores version that’s filled with marshmallows and chocolate. But, our version is a healthy, quick snack that the kids can make for themselves. Great for after school or when you have the mid-afternoon munchies.
It began many, many years ago. About 35 in fact. My mom used to make these for me as a kid, sans the chocolate chips. She was a better mom than me, I guess.
But, here I am three decades later making “The Banana Boat” (with some little sailors, aka chocolate chips) for my kids after school quite often.
To be honest, this is a go-to snack for me when I have the 2 p.m. munchies, too. It’s satiating and sweet, but healthier than a cookie or chips.
Can this even qualify as a recipe? I think so. Hope you give it a try!
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- 1 banana
- 1–2 tablespoons peanut butter (sub: almond or sun butter)
- Optional: 1-2 tablespoon chocolate chips
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- Hollow out the “canoe” by cutting out a “V” shape along the inside of the banana curve. Remove the top sliver.
- Use a butter knife to spread peanut butter inside the “boat”.
- Top with a few chocolate chips (aka “sailors”). Or, if your kids will bear it, you can add raisins. Mine don’t. They are spoiled now.
- Bonus: My mom used to pop the banana top back on. Or you can eat it by itself.