How to Make Fruity Banana Boats for a Healthy Kids Snack Idea

Fruit Banana Boats are a healthy, tasty treat!

Kids can enjoy this easy to make dish for breakfast, an afternoon snack or drizzle it with a little melted chocolate for dessert.

It's the perfect way to use up any extra fruit in the house, too!

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to eat more fruit - or to convince your kids to eat more fruit - these Fruit Banana Boats are for you.

All you need is a banana, frozen fruit of your choice, and peanut butter!

If you don’t have frozen fruit, fresh will do. Just chop it up and add it to the mix.

The prep time for these fruit boats is about 2 minutes, which means they’re a snack you can pull together in no time!

Sometimes, I even make these for breakfast!

I find that the banana and peanut butter help keep the kids full throughout the morning, so they're not trying to grab less healthy snacks.

If I’m craving something sweet but don’t want to indulge in a sugary baked good, sometimes I’ll even drizzle chocolate or caramel syrup over the top of a fruit boat for my sugar hit.

Fruit Boat Variations

What I love about these Fruit Banana Boats is that they are so versatile!

You can literally customise these based on what you’re craving or what you have in the freezer.

For me, that’s usually a banana and some frozen mixed berries.

Other possibilities include a tropical fruit boat with mango and pineapple, peaches, or virtually any other fruits.

You could even use tinned fruit, if you have some in.

If you’re really craving something sweet, you can swap the peanut butter for Nutella or,  as I mentioned, top the fruit boat with some melted chocolate, golden syrup or honey. 

If you’re offering these to a group of kids, you could set up a fruit boat station where everyone can pick and choose their own fruit and toppings.

This is a fun idea for a playdate, children's party or when older kids have friends over.

How to Store Fruit Banana Boats

Unfortunately, fruit boats are not a snack that stores well as the bananas will brown.

If you want to make one in the morning for the afternoon, you could prepare it and store it in the freezer for a few hours, in an airtight container.

Truly, though, since these come together so quickly and easily I’ve never seen much of a need to prep them in advance.

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Fruit Banana Boats Recipe


1 small banana per person or 1 large banana between two
Frozen fruit of your choice (strawberries, raspberries, mangoes, blackberries)
Peanut butter


1. Cut bananas in half and then lengthwise.

2. Gently spread the peanut butter over then arrange the frozen fruit on top.

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