M&M’s® Crispy Cookie Dough Baked Banana Boats

Cookie dough lovers unite because this recipe for M&M’s® Crispy Cookie Dough Baked Banana Boats, sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, is a cookie dough lover’s dream! As always, all opinions and writings are my own. Thank you to my sponsors who allow me to continue producing free recipes! #CrispyComeback #CollectiveBias

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Good morning! And happy Monday! This past weekend my family and I might have given a new meaning to “cabin fever.” The snow these past few weeks has been CRAZY. A couple weeks ago, we were at the turn of the season, thinking our chances of snow days were long gone. Boy if we only knew what was coming… In the past four weeks we haven’t been to school for more than 3 out of the 5 days.

I am always up for a snow day, and I’m never one to complain about snow days.  I’m just here to tell you that snow days are just as real as cabin fever, folks. And on Saturday night we had reached our limit.

Let’s just put it this way – my brother was offering to shovel the driveway, and my mom was offering to help. That’s when I knew I needed to take matter into my own hands. It was time for some excitement!

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Surprisingly, as long as we had been inside, we hadn’t watched any movies, so of course we all agreed on a family movie night. And… Any excuse we come across to make a yummy treat, we take it. So obviously we had to have something sweet and delicious to go along with our movie night.

Brownies took too long. Cookies weren’t exciting enough. Ice Cream was too cold. And then… we thought of THESE Baked Banana Boats. Ding, ding.. we have a winner!

A banana is sliced down the middle and stuffed to the max with chocolate chip cookie dough, M&M’s® Crispy, and marshmallows, topped with scoops of ice cream, swirls of whipped cream, and sweet cherries.

It. was. glorious. The textures. The flavors. Everything. Perfection.

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On top of that, these are actually really easy to make. They are even easier if you a cheat a little buy pre-made cookie dough from the store.

To make these banana boats, you…

Slice the banana down the middle, open it up, and fill it with goodies (cookie dough, marshmallows, M&M’s® Crispy). Wrap the banana in tin foil. Baked it for about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with ice cream, whipped cream, MORE M&M’s® Crispy, and/or a sweet cherry. BAM. The banana split of your dreams, created.
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Trust me when I say that the M&M’s® Crispy are a much better fit for these banana boats than just adding more chocolate chips. The extra chocolatey crunch from the M&M’s® Crispy adds both a little extra chocolate punch and some crunch all in one.

This was my first interaction with M&M’s® Crispy and I don’t know whether I should feel upset because I never knew about these, or be jumping for joy because I can now get them whenever I want.

Including big bags of the M&M’s® Crispy when we make these banana boats again. Or the single serving pouches for whenever I need an afternoon pick-me-up. (If you can’t find the larger bags, you can also grab a few of the 180 calorie/serving individual snack size bags at most checkouts.)

Thank goodness M&M’s® Crispy are Back! Did you see the adorable ad? They’ve got this creamy milk chocolate coating and a crazy delicious rice crispy center. Sooo yummy!

As a food blogger, people tend to think that I am constantly cranking out yummy food like a machine. I am the first one to say that, I am not a baking machine… I love eating out at restaurants or running by CVS for packaged treat… and you betcha these are what I’m going to be getting from now on. So much yumminess for only 180 calories!

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Plus they’ve got cereal in them, so they’re pretty much a breakfast food right?

Want to know something even more amazing? Right now there is a coupon available for M&M’s® Crispy at CVS. Click here to get your coupon!

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These Banana Boats are the perfect treat for any occasion. My family can’t get enough of them!

If you give these banana boats a try, please let us know! Leave a comment or tag your picture #layersofhappinessblog on Instagram! When we see everyone enjoying out recipes it always makes our day. Enjoy!

M&M’s® Crispy Cookie Dough Baked Banana Boats

Ingredients:

For the cookie dough (or use about 1/2 cup pre-made cookie dough):

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons beaten egg (crack the egg, beat it, and use 2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

For the Banana Boats:

  • 3 Bananas, peeled and halved
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup M&M’s® Crispy, roughly chopped

Toppings:

  • Ice cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cherries

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9-inch pie plate. Set aside.

Make the cookie dough:

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir the butter and sugars together until creamed. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt until just combined. Do NOT overmix. Fold in chocolate chips.

To make banana boats:

  • Place sliced bananas (center facing up) in prepared pie plate. Top each banana with 2-3 Tablespoons cookie dough, 1 Tablespoon marshmallows, 1 Tablespoon M&M’s® Crispy.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes until the banana are soft, cookie dough and marshmallows are golden brown. It is okay if the cookie dough isn’t fully cooked.
  • Remove from oven, top with desired toppings. Serve immediately. Enjoy!