You will need
- Chopping boards
- Coloured pens or pencils
- Pens or pencils
- Access to a campfire or barbecue
- Cooking tongs
- Fire bucket
- Tin foil
- A selection of fillings (see instructions for suggestions)
Before you begin
- Check for any allergies or dietary requirements in the group in advance. Avoid any ingredients that are unsuitable when getting your fillings. Some flavour combinations that we enjoy include:
- Raspberries, orange and blueberry
- Strawberry, raspberry and yoghurt (add yoghurt after cooking)
- Almond, raisin and blueberry
- Honey, candied ginger and orange juice
- Blueberry, coconut and peanut butter
- Chocolate, pomegranate seed and pistachio
- On a clean, flat surface, set out your chosen ingredients in bowls. Put two spoons with each ingredient. Set out the bananas on boards with a knife.
Run the activity
- Everyone should stand by a banana. Making sure their banana is lying down so it can’t roll, each person should use their knife to carefully slice their banana lengthways, starting from just above the base and finishing just below the tip. Everyone should keep the skin on their banana.
- Next, everyone should cut a few horizontal slits on the top side of their banana. Space these evenly and don’t slice all the way through. The cuts let the banana expand as it cooks.
- The person leading the activity should give out tin foil. Each person will need an A4-sized sheet of foil. The bananas should be placed in the centre of the foil, with the sliced side facing up.
- Everyone should now take turns to fill their banana with ingredients of their choosing from the bowls. Each person should use the spoons provided to add their fillings to the open cuts in the banana.
- Everyone can now wrap their banana in the foil tightly. Make sure there are no gaps. Scrunch the ends of the foil at the top to seal.
- Everyone can now place their bananas onto a campfire or barbecue to cook. This should be done carefully with cooking tongs. Make sure that this stage is closely supervised. Once everyone’s bananas are on, they should be left to cook for between ten and fifteen minutes.
- When the bananas are ready, they should be carefully removed from the heat. This should be done with cooking tongs and should be closely supervised. Leave them to cool for a short while, open the foil where it was scrunched and dive in!
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A filled banana can make a tasty, healthy snack. They’re quick to make, combine different food groups and can be sweet or savoury. Is there anything else that you could fill and cook in this way, other than a banana? What other ingredients could you use for fillings in the future?
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.
- Fires and stoves
Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.
Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.