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Going camping this summer? We’ve got a few great campfire dessert recipes that both adults and kids will be sure to love. The first one comes directly from Alton Brown himself. Although I have not tried this one yet, it is on my to-do list the next time we hit the woods. The second is a kid favorite, hands down; Stuffed Banana Boats. If you love s’mores, then you’ll love these heavenly treats. Every time we make these while camping, the kids just rave about how good they are. Here’s a hint…be ready to make extras!

Campfire Fruit Pouches

Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings

2 – cups gingersnaps, crushed
4 – apricots, pits removed and cut into eight pieces each
4 – plums, pits removed and cut into four pieces each
4 – tablespoons unsalted butter
2 – tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
1 – Pinch salt
4 – teaspoons lime zest
2 – juiced limes
4 – teaspoons brandy (optional)


You can use a grill, campfire, or fire pit for this recipe, but first make sure whichever you use, it’s hot before starting. First, get your foil ready by tearing off 8 squares that measure about 18 inches by 18 inches. You’ll lay these on your prepping area in double layers to make your 4 pouches. This double layer will also help prevent scorching. Now evenly divide the gingersnaps to make your bottom layer, then add your fruit on top, dab a little butter here and there. Take a small bowl and mix your sugar, salt, and lime zest and then sprinkle this over your fruit and gingersnaps. Drizzle with the fruit juice, and add a little brandy for the adults, and seal them up.

You’re now ready to either toss them on the grill, or the fire. Close your lid if grilling, and try to carefully bury them under the coals if using a campfire or fire pit. Let the packets cook for about 10 minutes and then carefully remove them. Use caution because they will be very hot. Carefully open them and watch for hot steam, then serve on a plate, or in a bowl. Pair with vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.

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Stuffed Banana Marshmallow Boats

Total Time: 17 – 20 min
Prep: 2 min
Cook: 15 min
Yield: 4 servings


4 – peeled bananas
1/2 – cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 – cup caramel or butterscotch chips (optional)
1/2 – cup miniature marshmallows


First, get your tinfoil ready by cutting 8 sheets to make 4 double layers, like above. These, however, do not have to be as large. Next, lay a peeled banana on each sheet and slice it down the center. Stuff it full of your favorite chips and marshmallows, and seal them up. The kids love the assembly part so be sure to get them to help with this step. Just like above, you can cook these using a grill or campfire and just follow those same directions. The banana boats might take about 15 minutes to cook using a campfire, depending on the temperature of your coals. Carefully remove the packets from the fire and carefully open them. You can either serve in their own foil packages or serve in a bowl or plate. All you need is a spoon!

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(Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/stone-fruit-pouches-recipe.html)
(Source: http://www.thetaylor-house.com/dessert-on-the-campfire-banana-boats/)