Goshen News, Goshen, IN


May 19, 2014

More than a regular s'more for campfire time

It’s more than just a s’more, I tell ya!

Like many of you, my family and I plan to celebrate the exodus of all that cold and snow of this past winter with bonfires, complete with the traditional roasting of marshmallows and s’more devouring.

That combination of creamy melted chocolate, gooey marshmallow and crisp graham crackers is almost impossible not to love. But this year, I think it’s time to take all that we love about this fireside favorite, tweak things and turn that campfire basic into a culinary treasure.

For my take on this summer favorite, we’re still going to use the classic ingredients of chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker to maintain that s’more-like feel, but we’re going to add a few unexpected (and delicious) ingredients: namely bananas, white chocolate chips and nuts.

The recipe is simple enough and doesn’t require much by way of prep since those summer nights are all too precious to waste on extensive prep times.

A single ripe banana, sliced down the center (like you’re making a banana split), should be stuffed with mini marshmallows, white and milk chocolate chips and your choice of nuts. I like to use pecans or peanuts, but feel free to use whatever you like best.

The banana will then be wrapped in aluminum foil and tossed into a slow burning portion of your campfire or bonfire. Wait a few minutes (5 to 10 depending on how hot the fire is getting), pull the aluminum foil container out (please be sure to use tongs or another utensil and remember this will be hot) and allow to cool. Once cool, cut slices of the stuffed banana, place on graham crackers and enjoy!

Besides being a quick and mightily delicious treat, this gem also packs a good bit of nutrition in the banana and nuts. If you’re looking to lighten things up, just go easy on the chocolate and marshmallows and allow the natural sweetness of the banana to take center stage. If you’re looking for more variety than just traditional chocolate, give some caramel or butterscotch chips a try.

More Than Just a S’more

Prep Time: Less than 10 minutes

Cook Time: Dependent upon fire temperature, usually 5 to 10 minutes


*Feel free to adjust measurements and ratios to suite your taste

1 ripe banana

1 Tbsp. milk chocolate chips

1 Tbsp. white chocolate chips

2 Tbsp. mini marshmallows

1 Tbsp. chopped nuts

2 large graham crackers

Yields: 4 single sandwich servings

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