Air Fryer Banana Boats

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So easy to make and absolutely delicious, these Air Fryer Banana Boats can even be made in your oven, on the grill, or over a campfire. They’re vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

white dish with indoor banana boat topped with vegan whipped cream and chocolate chips.

This is one of the easiest and most versatile desserts you could ever want to make. There are only 3 main ingredients with lots of room for variations for toppings and cooking methods.

If you’re looking for more easy dessert recipes that are usually made outdoors, try my Indoor Vegan S’mores for another special treat. They can be made in 5 minutes in your oven or microwave!

two stuffed banana boats in silver tray with white dish full of chocolate chips

What are banana boats?

The best description I have heard for banana boats is that they are a cross between smores and a banana split. They probably originated as a camping dessert where folks, looking for something easy to make, simply wrapped bananas in foil with chocolate and peanut butter and cooked them over the fire.

Cooking methods

Though they used to be made only over a campfire, there are lots of cooking options available for making this delicious banana dessert at home in the comfort of your own kitchen.

  • Air fryer- My personal favorite method that requires no foil and is ready in 6 minutes.
  • Oven- Wrap the boats in parchment paper and foil and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
  • Grill- Line foil with parchment paper and crimp over the parchment paper. Cook for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Campfire- After wrapping well in parchment paper and foil, then cook over embers for about 10 minutes.
  • Microwave- I haven’t personally tried it yet, but 2-3 minutes on low should likely do it.
white oval dishes with banana boats topped with vegan whipped cream and chocolate chips

How to make banana boats

Since I like to make these in my air fryer, that’s the method we’re using for this recipe. Check out the other cooking methods listed if you want to try something different.

Begin with preferably overly ripe bananas for the best flavor. The ones with a few brown spots here and there work perfectly.

over ripe bananas on cutting board with white dish of chocolate chips and jar of peanut butter

Leave the peels on and cut each banana length-wise from one end to the other, leaving about 1/2″ uncut at both ends. Only cut about 1/2″ deep so as not to go all the way through the banana.

Pinch or squeeze each of the ends a little to make them into boats and fluff up the flesh inside just a little bit.

two bananas sliced open on cutting board with spoon of peanut butter beside

Now they are ready to load, so start with approximately a tablespoon of peanut butter or other nut butter such as almond butter, and spread it from one end to the other.

Next, sprinkle with non-dairy chocolate chips and walnuts or pecans. This is where you can get creative and add some of the other topping ideas I’ve listed below as well.

Place on a piece of parchment paper to keep your air fryer clean. If you skip this part, it will get really messy unnecessarily. Believe me, you’ll want the parchment paper.

banana boats with peanut butter and chocolate chips in an air fryer

Set the air fryer to 400°F for 6 minutes and allow it to cook. Once it’s finished, remove the basket and allow them to cool before adding extra toppings like my Vegan Whipped Cream. I’ve included a list of other great topping ideas below.

white oval dish with stuffed banana boat and silver spoon

Topping ideas

These can be eaten completely as-is or add some of these delicious topping ideas.

*The inspiration for this recipe came from a TikTok video someone sent me from LovelyDelites.

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Air Fryer Banana Boats

So easy to make and absolutely delicious, these Air Fryer Banana Boats can even be made in your oven, on the grill, or over a campfire.
Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Since I like to make these in my air fryer, that’s the method we’re using for this recipe. I've listed other cooking methods below.
  • Begin with preferably an overly ripe banana for the best flavor. The ones with a few brown spots here and there work perfectly.
  • Leave the peel on and cut the banana length-wise from one end to the other, leaving about 1/2″ uncut at both ends. Only cut about 1/2″ deep so as not to go all the way through the banana.
  • Pinch or squeeze each of the ends a little to make it into a boat and fluff up the flesh inside just a little bit. Press down to flatten the bottom enough to keep it from falling over.
  • Now it's ready to load, so start with approximately a tablespoon of peanut butter or other nut butter such as almond butter, and spread it from one end to the other.
  • Next, sprinkle with non-dairy chocolate chips and walnuts or pecans. This is where you can get creative and add some of the other topping ideas I’ve listed below as well.
  • Place on a piece of parchment paper to keep your air fryer clean. If you skip this part, it will get really messy unnecessarily. Believe me, you’ll want the parchment paper.
  • Set the air fryer to 400°F for 6 minutes and allow it to cook. Once it’s finished, remove the basket and allow it to cool before adding extra toppings. I’ve included a list of other great topping ideas below.

Video

Notes

Other cooking methods:
  • Oven- Wrap the boats in parchment paper and foil and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
  • Grill- Line foil with parchment paper and crimp over the parchment paper. Cook for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Campfire- After wrapping well in parchment paper and foil, then cook over embers for about 10 minutes.
  • Microwave- I haven’t personally tried it yet, but 2-3 minutes on low should likely do it.
Topping ideas:

Nutrition

Serving: 1banana | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 22g

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