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College Cuisine: Banana Boats

by Alyssa Miron, food blogger

(Courtesy of tasteofhome.com)

It’s the day I’ve been dreading for years: the day I turned 20.

“But it’s one year closer to being 21!!!”

No, just stop—I’m old. As I was celebrating with my friends Saturday night, I had continuous flash-forwards of the next decade of my life. Graduating college, the real world, having a 9-5 job, getting married, having kids?! Make it stop!

While growing up is a hard realization to some, particularly me, there are some perks. Birthdays give you a reason to make the day all about you. You get presents from friends, packages from relatives and get to be the life of the parties that weekend. But the best part to me, of course, is that calories don’t count on your birthday!! The cake, cookies and delicious food you eat if you go out to dinner are all a treat and shouldn’t be resisted on such a special day. But if you’re going to indulge on something, you might as well make it unique and delicious.

If you’ve never heard of a Banana Boat, I’m not surprised. A ripe banana is the main character of this recipe and the twist is slicing it open just enough to fill the inside with treats of your choice (chocolate chips, butterscotch, peanut butter chips, coconut shavings, anything!) In the summer, they are usually wrapped up in foil and put on the grill as a sweet dessert to a classic American BBQ, but for our convenience, they can be popped into the microwave and are equally as delicious.

Banana Boats!

(serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • A banana
  • Delish treats (chocolate chips, marshmallows, etc.)

Preparation:

  1. Slit the banana lengthwise so one whole side of it shows.
  2. Stuff the banana with any combination of toppings you desire. If you need ideas, just go look at your dining hall’s ice cream topping selection.
  3. If making it on a grill, cover the banana in foil and grill with the cover on until the toppings get melty and gooey. But if using a microwave, place it on wax paper or a paper plate to prevent mess and heat on high for 45-60 seconds.
  4. Let it cool if too hot, and eat with a spoon!
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