In my family bananas are most commonly eaten for breakfast or a quick afternoon snack, but lately I have discovered a new (and now favorite) way to eat a banana later in the day. It is so simple that I wish I would have known to do this years ago! Put a whole banana on the grill or campfire and the end product is a banana that has caramelized into gooey goodness. I am a sucker for s’mores on a campfire, but grilled bananas have become my go-to campfire treat.
Here is how to do it: Take a ripe banana still in the peel. Slice it lengthwise with a knife, going through the peel and into the flesh. Stuff a few chocolate chips and mini marshmallows into the slit. After the meat is off the grill, place the banana on the grate in the grill with the slit side up (so your chocolate doesn’t all melt away). Close the lid and let it sit while you enjoy your meal. Open the lid after 10 to 15 minutes; you’ll probably be surprised to find a black peel on the banana. Don’t panic—that is how it is supposed to look. Put it on a plate and grab a spoon and dig in. Like I said … easy—and yummy!
Another option is to just put the whole banana in the peel (no slit) on the grill for 10 to 15 minutes. Take it off the grill and slice it open to scoop out as a base for a hot banana split, spread onto graham crackers to make a banana s’mores, or just scoop it out plain and enjoy. The consistency is custard-like and the heat brings out the natural sweetness of the banana. It’s absolutely amazing!
More fun banana facts:
-Bananas are a good source of potassium (an electrolyte that can be lost in sweat), so they are great for athletes or for anyone sweating in this summer heat.
-A single banana is called a finger and a cluster of 10 or more is called a hand.
-Bananas are one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant.