If you’ve only eaten bananas as a standalone piece of fruit or as a quick bread, you’re missing out on the vast potential of this potassium-rich favorite. No longer meant to be enjoyed as just a healthy snack or ice-cream topped dessert, get a little creative this summer and throw a few bananas on the grill for a light treat. Grilling bananas is as simple as searing meats and other easy-to-char fruits such as peaches and pineapples. Here, we split open each peel and stuff sweet goodies inside to turn an ordinary fruit into an extraordinary cookout delicacy. Instead of letting a bunch rot on the kitchen counter, follow these four basic steps to grill this quick dessert in 15 minutes. Just don’t forget the toppings! First, cut each banana lengthwise, opening the slit just wide enough to form a pocket. Then shape a piece of aluminum foil around each of the six bananas to create a boat. Next, fill each banana with your preferred toppings. We suggest mini marshmallows and chocolate or peanut butter chips for a fruit-filled approach to the campfire classic: s’mores. Candies and various nuts also serve as ideal toppers. After stuffing each banana, grill them until heated through and toppings are melted. This Grilled Stuffed Banana recipe offers a fresh, lip-smacking sign that summer has truly arrived!
6 bananas, unpeeled
Toppings: mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, assorted mini candies that melt easily (such as Rolos), chopped toasted pecans, cocktail peanuts
How to Make It
Preheat grill to low (300°F to 350°F). Cut 6 (12-inch) square pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Cut each banana lengthwise along inside curve, cutting to but not through bottom peel. Open slit carefully to form a pocket. Crimp and shape a piece of aluminum foil around each banana, forming a boat.
Fill each banana with toppings of your choice.
Grill bananas, covered with grill lid, until bananas are heated through and candy toppings are melted, 12 to 15 minutes.