I was 25 years old when I experienced my first grilled banana boat. I'll never forget the warm summer evening, where my friend Justin Green looked over the backyard fire pit we congregated around and asked, "Elie, you ever had a banana boat?"
With the remnants of s'mores in my mouth and melted marshmallows still sticking to my fingertips, I defeatedly admitted, "What's a banana boat?"
Recognizing the opportunity to blow my mind with such a simple dessert from his childhood camping days, he explained the process at a high level: slit open a banana lengthwise, pile in marshmallows and chocolate chips, seal the banana up in foil while still in its original peel, and throw it on the fire.
I was blown away. The banana's peel was dark and brown, but what remained of the interior was a juicy, caramelized banana topped with gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate. I'll never forget the experience, and it inspired me to see what other desserts I could cook on the grill. The result?
These three super easy, impressive and warm desserts you can cook on the grill in just a couple minutes:
Grilled Banana Boats
Chocolate Churro Quesadillas
Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
Recipes created in partnership with ConAgra Foods