Triple Berry Banana Boats
These banana boats are full of fresh fruit and a bit of caramel and marshmallows for fun. They are so easy to make, even your kids can get in on the action. Serve cold or baked for a yummy after school snack or dessert.
Recipe created by Christine Pittman in partnership with Produce for Kids.
If you want your kiddos to get more fruit in their diet, while also allowing them to indulge in a sweet treat, you simply have to try these Triple Berry Banana Boats! Bursting with fresh fruit, a touch of caramel, and a sprinkle of marshmallows, these banana boats are the perfect treat for kids and adults alike.Trust me when I tell you, this recipe is a delicious and fun way to enjoy a cold or baked snack or dessert.
With just a handful of ingredients and a short prep and cook time, you’ll have these delectable banana boats ready to enjoy in no time. Even your little ones can join in on the action, making this a fantastic activity for the whole family.
I highly recommend trying them baked because the result is a heavenly combination of warm, caramelized bananas, juicy berries, and delightful marshmallow goodness. These Triple Berry Banana Boats are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you craving more.
You won’t believe how tasty these treats are. And, you will be shocked at how healthy they are to boot.
Delicious with a Dose of Health – Triple Berry Banana Boats
The ingredients in these Triple Berry Banana Boats are not only delicious but also offer a range of health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the star ingredients: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
- Bananas are a fantastic source of essential nutrients. They are rich in potassium, which is vital for maintaining healthy blood pressure and heart function. Additionally, bananas provide a good amount of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps keep you feeling satisfied. They are also packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that supports immune function and helps protect cells from damage.
- Strawberries, with their vibrant red color, are not only a sweet and tangy addition to these banana boats but also a nutritional powerhouse. They are loaded with antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, which promotes skin health and boosts the immune system. Strawberries also contain fiber and are a good source of manganese, which plays a role in energy production and supports bone health.
- Blueberries are often hailed as a superfood due to their impressive health benefits. They are packed with antioxidants that help combat inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. Blueberries are also a great source of dietary fiber and vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting and bone health.
- Lastly, blackberries add a burst of juicy sweetness to these banana boats. Like other berries, blackberries are rich in antioxidants that contribute to overall health. They are high in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, and contain vitamins C and K. Blackberries are also known for their potential anti-inflammatory properties.
By incorporating these nutritious fruits into your Triple Berry Banana Boats, you’re not only treating yourself to a delightful dessert but also providing your body with a range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that contribute to your overall well-being.
FAQs About Our Triple Berry Banana Boats
Can I use different fruits in these Triple Berry Banana Boats?
Absolutely! While the recipe suggests bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, feel free to get creative and use other fruits that you enjoy. Raspberries, raspberries, or even sliced peaches can be delicious alternatives or additions.
Can I make these banana boats without baking them?
Yes! The recipe provides instructions for both cold and baked options. If you prefer a refreshing treat, you can enjoy the banana boats without baking them. Simply assemble the ingredients, wrap the bananas in foil, and serve them chilled. The caramel, fruit, and marshmallow combination will still be delightful.
Can I make these Triple Berry Banana Boats ahead of time?
While it’s best to enjoy the banana boats immediately after baking or assembling, you can prepare them partially in advance. You can slice the strawberries, wash the blueberries and blackberries, and have all the ingredients ready to assemble. However, it’s recommended to bake them just before serving for the best texture and flavor.
Can I make these banana boats gluten-free?
The recipe is labeled as gluten-free, meaning it doesn’t contain any ingredients with gluten. However, always double-check the labels of the specific caramel dip and marshmallows you use to ensure they are gluten-free.
Are these Triple Berry Banana Boats suitable for kids to make?
Absolutely! These banana boats are not only delicious but also make for a fun and interactive snack that kids will love. They can join in the process of assembling the boats and enjoy the sweet combination of fruits and marshmallows. Just make sure to supervise younger children when using the oven.
Can I customize the toppings in these banana boats?
Absolutely! Feel free to get creative with the toppings. You can add a sprinkle of crushed nuts, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, or even a dollop of whipped cream to enhance the flavors and textures. Personalize the banana boats to suit your taste preferences and enjoy the culinary adventure!
Let’s make these Triple Berry Banana Boats!
Triple Berry Banana Boats
- 4 large bananas
- 4 tablespoons caramel dip
- 4 strawberries sliced
- 32 mini marshmallows
- 24 blueberries
- 8 blackberries
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Lay each banana curve side down on 12-inch piece of aluminum foil. Wrap foil around each banana, leaving tops exposed. Arrange bananas in single layer in 13×9-inch baking dish.
- Cut banana peel lengthwise about ½-inch deep, leaving ½ inch at both ends. Drizzle with caramel dip. Arrange strawberry, marshmallows, blueberries, blackberries on top. Repeat with remaining bananas.
- Bake 10-15 minutes, or until bananas begin to blacken and marshmallows melt.