Monday, August 24, 2009

Tasty Tuesday!

Sooooo, remember when I told you that I went to Caputo's and they gave me a free bag of bananas? This week, I was walking out the store, and they again asked me if I wanted some free bananas. Sure, I said innocently. And they then put a case of bananas in my cart.

Do you know how many bananas a case is? Any clue? I do now, as the box they provided lists the weight contained therein. Forty pounds. Forty pounds of bananas. That are already ripe.

Needless to say, we've been doing a lot of banana in the house -- plain bananas, banana smoothies, banana bread, etc. And thanks to Melisa, banana boats!


Raise your hand if you were a Girl Scout and remember making these!

(And boo to Dominick's for not carrying caramels anymore. Seriously, caramels is a normal food product. Why on earth aren't they stocked?)

Banana Boats

Ripe bananas
Mini marshmallows
Chocolate chips

With the peel on, slit the banana lengthwise like you would a baked potato, and then push at the ends to squish it open a little.

Add the caramels at the bottom, then marshmallows, and finally the caramels. (And no, I didn't follow my own advice, which is why I was trying to scrape caramel off the tin foil after cooking them. Learn from my mistakes.)

Wrap the bananas in tin foil, leaving a little room on top where the yummies inside the banana are poking out. Place the wrapped bananas on the grill and let them cook for about five minutes.

Remove from the grill, take off the foil, and use your spoon to scoop out allllll the yumminess.


Thanks for the reminder. Now, any more suggestions on what to do with the remaining bananas?


Troop Scoop August 24, 2009 at 10:17 PM  

Holy COW, that looks GOOD! I was going to post just such a recipe on my cooking blog, but now, I just might link to yours instead! :)

Troop Scoop August 24, 2009 at 10:18 PM  

P.S. We also cut across the banana, so that it's already cut into bites. The caramels will melt better if they are a little smaller, too :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend August 24, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

That looks too good.....Wow

Anonymous August 24, 2009 at 10:55 PM  

Those look good! I have been wanting to do an entire meal on the grill, but always get stuck on dessert - somehow letting the kids melt marshmellows over a gas grill doesn't seem like a great idea to me. I will definitely be trying these!

Unknown August 25, 2009 at 12:42 AM  

oh dang I never had these but they look sooooo good! mmmm my friend is having a 'the death of summer' party and these might be fun to eat.
Thanks for entering in the contest good luck!! (((hugs)))

MadeInCanarias August 25, 2009 at 4:05 AM  

I have never seen something like that! It looks so delicious! :D

jo@blog-diggidy August 25, 2009 at 2:17 PM  

i knew they sounded familiar!! girl scouts!!! lol blast from the past goin on here!! these look great btw...thnx for a great memory, too!!

Claudya Martinez August 25, 2009 at 3:50 PM  

Oh My Goodness! Do I really need to know about these?

Jill August 25, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

MMMMMMMMMMMM! I have never seen or heard of this before it sure does sound yummy. My husband has heard of it and now wants some! YUMMY!

Unknown August 25, 2009 at 7:17 PM  

Isn't this a fun dessert??? Come join me for Crock Pot Wednesday at

septembermom August 25, 2009 at 8:13 PM  

Really fun and yummy dessert. My kids would enjoy it very much. Thanks, Michelle :)

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace August 25, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

Nothing to say but.... Oh my gosh!!! How wonderful!!!

S3XinthePantry August 26, 2009 at 1:42 AM  

My mom used to make this great choco banana pie...but I don't know how to make it! (sorry)

Here's something I found online -it got 100+ good reviews:

Also if you have an ice cream maker you can make banana ice cream just like any other fruit ice cream. only use half as much lemon juice if you typically use lemon juice.


Pat August 26, 2009 at 10:26 AM  

Oh, yummmm...That instantly brought back wonderful memories of Girl Scout Camp in the 1950s!

Maybe you could mash and freeze them...with a splash of lemon juice or pineapple juice to avoid darkening. Two banans per ziploc bag, perfect for a loaf of b-bread or a smoothie.

Debbie August 26, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

Ah yes. We made those with the girl scouts just a few years ago. But, 40 pounds of bananas? Wow.

Nanna August 26, 2009 at 5:43 PM  

rich & yummy!

Angela August 26, 2009 at 7:27 PM  

Okay, the banana boats look seriously awesome. But forty POUNDS of bananas? I don't think I can even envision that in my kitchen!

The best way I know to freeze them for smoothies and bread is peeled, in freezer bags. They'll keep a while that way.

Michelle August 26, 2009 at 8:52 PM  

Troop - Ohhh it was good. My husband had ummm three. Apparently, he liked them. Feel free to link up! And yeah... I was trying to hurry making this and cheated on cutting the caramels, but next time they're definitely getting smaller!

Teresa - And yet so easy. Gotta love that combination, no?

Nichole - Oh there's a ton you can do on the grill for dessert. Have you ever tried grilling fruit?

Laura - That would be perfect for a death of summer party! I love that entire concept!

Ave - You were never a Girl Scout, were you? These were a staple!

jsprik - Absolutely. The memories from making these with my grade school friends alone -- and how seriously we took our jobs -- is worth making these!

Unknown Mami - Ummm hey, if I have to know about them, then yeah, you do, too!

Jill - Go make your husband happy! This is such an easy treat. If you can find the caramels, that is.

Debbie - A totally fun dessert. I love it. I'm almost sad that we're nearly out of bananas (we've eaten a ton, and yes I've given many away).

Kelly - Absolutely. What a great treat for them at the end of summer.

S3XinthePantry - Ooo, I should totally make banana ice cream. Brilliant! I haven't made any ice cream in awhile. Thanks! And allrecipes? Definitely one of my favorite sites.

Pat - We've got many frozen. However... forty pounds of bananas is in the neighborhood of 15 bunches. There's only so much that fits in my freezer!

Debbie - Yeah, I'm still not sure what they were thinking. I found out that they did the same thing to another neighbor earlier this month.

Helen - And yet not overly heavy or hugely nasty in calories. I love those kinds of treats. One and a half caramels, eight mini marshmallows and maybe 10 chocolate chips? I can afford that!

Angela - You're trying to convince me to buy a deep freeze, aren't you? :) Go make a treat for your huband; he'd love it!

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