Healthy Banana Boats - Healthy Runner Recipes

Healthy Banana Boats

Ripe bananas are topped with delicious peanut butter, goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and shredded coconut to make these Healthy Banana Boats. This high-protein, filling snack is perfect for any time of day.

As runners, we love our bananas… Now we can dress them up for a fun dessert or breakfast!

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Banana Boats recipe

Banana Boats


Mention Banana Boats, and you might think of the classic campfire dessert made of bananas, chocolate, and marshmallows cooked over a bonfire. These Healthy Banana Boats are a healthier but still decadent version you can make at home any time of the year.

Healthy Banana Boats: Where Nutrient Density Meets Flavor

RunBuzz recipes never compromise on flavor, but the ingredients must be healthy! Here, peanut butter brings creaminess and complements bananas beautifully, while goji berries and cacao nibs add nutrition, sweetness, and that dark chocolate flavor so many people love alongside bananas and peanuts. 

If you aren’t familiar with all these ingredients, feel free to skip a few. But try making the recipe as is at least once to see what the hype is all about. Hemp hearts are shelled hemp seeds, and while they contain absolutely no psychoactive properties whatsoever, they are loaded with protein and zinc. Unlike many seeds, these are tender and easy to eat and have a pleasant, mildly nutty flavor. They are great sprinkled on acai bowls, stirred into guacamole, added to green smoothies, or baked into homemade granola bars. Or eaten right out of the bag!

Goji berries and cacao nibs are two superfoods that became all the rage recently and are becoming widely available and more affordable. Goji berries are considered beneficial to the eyes, liver, and skin and might protect against cancer, depression, and anxiety. They are very easy to find in Asian grocery stores, where you might find other fun ingredients to add to your Healthy Banana Boats.

Cacao nibs are also thought to help boost mood and mental health by increasing serotonin and dopamine and are thought to lower the risk of heart attacks (perhaps in part due to their high magnesium content).  If you don’t have any, you can chop the darkest chocolate you can find and use that instead.

As for bananas, they are a superstar in the fruit and vegetable world. Loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, they are one of the most commonly eaten fruits by athletes, especially in the morning before a long day of training. These Healthy Banana Boats are one way to make eating bananas a little more fun!

Assembling Your Healthy Banana Boats

The beauty of this Healthy Banana Boat recipe is that you can make different versions of it easily. Don’t feel like eating creamy peanut butter? Use chunky instead.

In the mood for something more decadent than cacao nibs? Dark chocolate chips make a great substitute (although the nutritional breakdown will be different). Out of desiccated coconut? Use coconut flakes. 

Healthy Banana Boats make a great breakfast, but they are also perfect as a snack or dessert. And if you’re craving that hot and toasty fireside snack, you can bake them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, adding the goji berries at the end.

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1 banana, peeled

1 tablespoon peanut butter, smooth or chunky

1 tablespoon goji berries (also known as wolfberries)

1 tablespoon desiccated or shredded coconut, unsweetened

1 teaspoon hemp hearts (also known as shelled hemp seeds)

1 teaspoon cacao nibs, unsweetened


  1. Peel and slice the banana in half lengthwise. You can also cut through it halfway only to keep the toppings contained.
  2. Top the banana with peanut butter and sprinkle over all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minute
  • Category: Dessert


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 287 grams
  • Fat: 15 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 37 grams
  • Fiber: 6 grams
  • Protein: 7 grams