Desserts · Snacks

Banana S’mores

Everyone grew up loving S’mores. Who doesn’t want a delicious, graham cracker sandwich filled with melty chocolate and marshmallows right now? I do! This was probably the first year ever that I didn’t end up making a S’more on the 4th of July. Even though my family has a star-spangled dessert with dinner, like my Fourth of July Berry Trifle, when I go out with my friends later here are always fire pits and marshmallows to roast. This year after dinner, Ty and I came home to an apartment with no power because the air-conditioner blew all of the fuses. I had my hands too full of blackened fuses to think about getting my fingers covered in sticky marshmallow goop. 


Then it really hit me. I haven’t had a S’more in a long, damn time. I needed a S’more, but I don’t have a fire pit or a grill. All of the times that I’ve tried toasting a marshmallow over the stove, the marshmallow cooks too quickly on the outside, and the inside is still cold and chewy. Then, I wondered, what about an oven? It might get the marshmallows toasty on the outside, and it would definitely get them gooey on the inside! I told my friend, Lydia, about my idea and she mentioned Banana Boats to me, a campfire treat where bananas are split open and filled with confections. The thought of a banana S’more suddenly gripped my taste buds and pulled me over to Lydia’s house to make it. 

All of the pictures are taken from Lydia’s house

We started our Banana S’mores by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and laying out a sheet of aluminum foil. Lydia and I each cut a long slit lengthwise through the center of the banana, not cutting through the banana.  Then we used our fingers to open the interior of the banana.

I was hoping that I could make neat layers of chocolate chips and marshmallows to get an even amount of both. But I soon realized that that wouldn’t work. I had overestimated the depth of the interior of the banana, and everything came piling out!
I gave up on my layers idea and started aimlessly throwing chocolate chips and marshmallows on top of my banana. For the final touch, Lydia and I crushed graham crackers and sprinkled them all over the tops of our banana S’mores.
When we were ready to put our parcels in the oven, we pulled the aluminum foil up around the sides of the banana. I left mine open on the top to try and make sure that my marshmallows got browned.
After 12 minutes, we pulled our bananas out of the oven. I crossed my fingers to see if my marshmallows had gotten that beautiful golden crisp…
What do you think? I got a little bit of brown on those marshmallows, but I guess there’s just nothing like a truly roasted marshmallow. Even so, the graham crackers got a little toastier, the chocolate chips were all melted, and I couldn’t wait to dig my fork into this gooey masterpiece
Here’s a picture of mine, halfway through the demolition 🙂

This dessert was awesome! It’s fun, easy, quick, delicious, what more could you want? The bananas tasted excellent with the melted milk chocolate and marshmallows, and the graham crackers gave it all a great crunch. I absolutely loved the extreme change in texture between the smooth, velvety banana and filling, and the crisp graham cracker. This dessert totally kicked my S’more craving’s ass. I was so satisfied with this treat that I actually leaned back in my chair and rubbed my belly, wondering how much longer I would have to wait until I could eat S’more…get it?


Recipe for Banana S’mores 
 
1 banana
1 honey graham cracker (full sheet)
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel banana and place it on an aluminum foil sheet. Make a long slit lengthwise through the center of the banana, not cutting all the way through the fruit. Use your fingers to open the banana so that it can be filled. 
 
Spread 1/2 cup of marshmallows and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips through the center and over top of the banana. Crush the graham crackers with your hands over the banana. Make cracker chunks that are bite-sized. Pull up sides of aluminum foil around the banana, leaving the top open if desired. 
 
Bake for twelve minutes, or when the tops of the marshmallows or golden brown. Remove from the oven and pull aluminum foil back. 
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