Kid-Friendly Recipes: Banana Boats

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on July 12, 2011

Just had to pop in quick to mention a recipe I’m sharing over at Frosting for the Cause, a blog dedicated to bloggers sharing stories, recipes and raising money for either the Canadian Cancer Society or the American Cancer Society. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Chocolate Chip Scones with Espresso Glaze. Please stop by and leave a comment or two, it would make my day!

Let me start out by saying that this is one of my all-time favorite recipes from childhood. I remember sitting at the kitchen counter, me on the right side, my two younger sisters lined up to my left. On our plates, a sandwich made of peanut butter and bananas. But this is far from your typical peanut butter and banana sandwich. There is a very specific way that this sandwich has to be crafted. Very. Specific. Trust me, if it’s not done the right way, it just doesn’t count as a banana boat. Hubs and I have had many a conversation about this. Let me tell you, most of the ways he wants to make a banana boat are wrong. Just wrong.

Silly husbands, thinking they know how to make a brilliant sandwich like this. You don’t, just let it go.

What exactly makes this sandwich so groundbreaking? Well, let me tell you. You don’t slice the banana. It’s whole. Wrapped tightly inside peanut-butter covered bread.

Banana Boat

It’s simplicity is it’s brilliance. It’s what makes this sandwich taste infinitely better than just a peanut butter sandwich with sliced bananas in it.

Yes, it does taste better than a peanut butter sandwich with sliced bananas.

Yes it does.


And you will never, ever, ever convince me otherwise.

From my lunch plate growing up, to my son’s lunch plate, and now to yours. My all-time favorite lunch sandwich. Done the right way.

Banan Boat

Banana Boats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 sandwich

Banana Boats

A recipe from my childhood, a banana and peanut butter sandwich with a special twist.


  • 1 slice of bread or pancake
  • 1/2 banana
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey, jam or jelly {optional}


  1. On the slice of bread or pancake, spread a thick layer of peanut butter. Add a thin layer of honey, jam or jelly if desired.
  2. Peel the banana, cut in half, and place in the center of the bread or pancake. Wrap the bread or pancake around the banana.
  3. Serve with fresh fruit and milk to complete the meal.


Have another banana boat or two on hand, ready for after your child devours the first one with amazing speed.

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1 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Maybe this will be the way I actually get my daughter to eat bananas! YUM!

2 Kitchen Belleicious July 13, 2011 at 7:49 am

Fun! What kid wouldn;t love those. G loves his bananas so this is on my list to do for him!

3 Courtney July 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

I have never seen these before, but they are GENIUS! Since my four year old is addicted to peanut butter, I’m always looking for new ways to tweak a pb&j, and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

4 carolinaheartstrings July 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

What a great idea for messy eaters! I love peanut butter and banana period.

5 meena July 14, 2011 at 5:56 am

Great this will be fun kids love to have this sandwich in such awesome way.

6 Little Brick Ranch July 15, 2011 at 10:08 am

Love this! My husband loves bananas, peanut butter, and crepes! I think I will do this with crepes for him!!

Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

7 KB and Whitesnake July 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Looks delish.

We’d love you to share your recipes with us at
Simply Delish Saturday

8 Miz Helen July 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

Hi Allison,
Your son is precious! Love Love your Banana Boats, what an awesome treat. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a great week end!
Miz Helen

9 BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} July 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

What a great idea! I have never had a peanut butter and banana sandwich before. I guess I’ll just have to try it the right way! I am new to your site and I’m excited to see more of your fun ideas. :)

10 Crystal & Co July 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Cute! What a great way to fancy up a banana and a pancake.

11 Frances July 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I am totally gonna have to make these with my kiddos! I am a new follower; I hope you can follow back :)

12 Vanessa July 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

What a fun idea!
Thank you for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week as well!

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