Primal Campfire Treats

August 18, 2011


Campfires? Pretty paleo… Marshmallows? Not even primal-ish…

Typical ingredients of store-bought marshmallows:

corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, dextrose, water, gelatin, tetrasodium pyrophosphate (a thickener or emulsifier), artificial flavor, and blue 1 (coloring additives will vary between brands and styles).

As usual, the ingredient list for the made from scratch variety is much less lethal: water, gelatin, sugar, vanilla, salt. But I wasn’t excited about using copious amounts of sugar. So what to do….


Banana boats!

This was actually my first time ever having a banana boat. Traditionally, marshmallows make their way into this treat, too. But with goodies like chocolate, nuts, and coconut, who needs ‘em?


  • Bananas (1 per person)
  • Chocolate (chips are easiest to stuff)
  • Nuts
  • Shredded coconut
  • Rum (optional, for an adult treat)


1. Cut into each banana lengthwise, without cutting through the peel on the other side.

2. Stuff bananas with chocolate. Don’t be shy – cram as much filling as you can fit.

3. Cover chocolate filling with nuts and shredded coconut.

4. Wrap in aluminum foil, making sure to seal it at the top so that they’re easy to open.

5. Place bananas in campfire embers for approximately 10 minutes. Technically, you could also do this in your oven or BBQ, but where’s the fun in that??

6. Open up tin foil, drizzle with rum (optional), and dig in with a spoon!


What’s your favourite campfire treat?

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