Almond Butter Banana Boat Recipe (Whole30 Dessert)

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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This baked almond butter banana is …

Melted, ooey, gooey, paleo goodness that will bring a smile to your face and tummy.

I’m a dessert gal. Dinner really isn’t over until I’ve checked my “dessert” box. My repertoire for healthy/paleo desserts typically involves just fresh fruit with nuts. If I’m feeling extra creative, I’ll whip up a cobbler of some sort (peach and cherry are my favorite).

This Baked Almond Butter Banana is incredibly simple but, I believe, is just as fulfilling as a warm gooey brownie fresh from the oven.  And that's really saying a lot because I also take my brownies VERY seriously around here.

When you’re craving fresh baked goods, all you need is 15 minutes and this healthy baked almond butter banana will hit the spot. I promise.  You won't be left with a sugar hangover or feeling too stuffed to move either.  It's quite literally, the perfect dessert in my book.  You could even jazz it up with a handful of dairy-free chocolate chips if you want!

3 ingredients: banana, almond butter, and cinnamon. That’s it!

Oh, and some foil.

Also, after much recipe testing, we've also found that you can make these little bad boys in a casserole dish just as effectively.  Just layer your bananas, top them with the remaining ingredients, and secure foil over the top of your dish, then bake as directed for another variation of simple and crowd pleasing.

This dessert also makes for GREAT campout food. Prepare the same way identified below and then roast on your fire. You can spoon the melted goodness right from the aluminum foil.

Note: If you’re looking for a 100-calorie treat, split the banana with a friend! Now, if you’re like me, you’re just going go back and make another one. But hey! You have to start somewhere.


baked bananas in a white bowl topped with almond butter

a bunch of unpeeled bananas on a wooden table

This is Gus, my 3 month-old Great Pyrenees puppy, inspecting/puncturing the bananas:

a bunch of unpeeled bananas on a wooden table with a white puppy sniffing them

a peeled banana topped with almond butter sitting in foil

a peeled banana topped with almond butter wrapped in foil in the oven

baked bananas in a white bowl topped with almond butter


Baked Almond Butter Banana Boat

  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 1


  • 1 Medium-Sized Banana
  • 1 Tbl Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Using a butter knife, cut about ½” deep down the length of your banana.

With the back of a spoon, widen the cut to make room for the almond butter.

Spoon the almond butter throughout the opening in the banana.

Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Wrap completely in aluminum foil.

Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

Remove from oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes (or until it’s cool enough to handle).

Unwrap and either eat directly from the foil or move to a plate.


Approximate Nutrition Facts:

Serving size: 1 Banana

Makes 1

206 Calories; 9.5 g Fat; 3.4 g Protein; 14 g Sugar

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  1. paleoinpdx says:

    Awesome! I love banana and almond butter as it is, but baked sounds like it takes this treat whole new level. Thanks for sharing — I’ll be sure to try this!

    1. fedandfit says:

      My pleasure! Hope you love it.

  2. emarie24 says:

    Add some coconut flakes to the top of that too

    1. fedandfit says:

      Mmmm good idea. Thanks!

  3. inherchucks says:

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  4. Hannah Kathleen says:

    I know this is kind of a late response..but this was awesome! I’m doing low FODMAPS for fructose malabsorption to attempt treating digestive distress and persistent cystic acne so this is a perfect desert! innovative! incredibly easy, simple and beautiful to look at, let alone cheap as dirt! this was also a perfect use for homemade almond butter which I was struggling with. :{D haha

  5. Samantha Lieberman says:

    also great in the microwave! 30 sec, no foil needed 🙂

  6. Kristel says:

    This, too, was absolutely divine! I will never miss dessert again after this! YUMMY!

  7. Gina says:

    It was delish!! Even my 8 yr old loved it!!! Thank you for posting this!!!!!! This will be a regular dessert in my home! 🙂

  8. Felicia says:

    In the oven as I type. This is my favorite combination so I’m anxious to see how it will taste baked. Thank you for the idea. =)

    1. Cassy says:

      Awesome! I hope you loved it.

  9. Kat says:

    This was so awesome! I found myself thinking of all the different meals I could make this for myself and the kids. I sprinkled some bacon on top and was in heaven.

    1. Cassy says:

      Bacon …you’re brilliant!

  10. I JUST made this and it’s DELICIOUS!!! This quickly has turned into my go-to dessert. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Kelly says:

      Yay, so glad you enjoyed it!

  11. Alex says:

    Actually I was quite disappointed with this recipe 🙁 It looks and sounds so good. I followed the directions to a tee and when I took the banana out, It was watery and really mushy.. not appealing at all. The texture was not what I was expecting. Maybe there is something that I did wrong but I did not find this to be good at all. If there are any pointers or tips I will definitely try and make this again.


    Still Stuck With A Sweet Tooth 🙁

    1. Kelly says:

      Hi Alex! When you bake the banana it will definitely turn soft and will not be the same consistency. You could try to not bake it as long if you wanted a more firm consistency and just warmed through. Frozen banana chunks are also really delicious with almond butter if you don’t want something warm. Hope the helps!

  12. Sarah says:

    I knew this would taste good, but it was even better than I anticipated! Thanks for posting this!

    1. Kelly says:

      Thanks for trying it Sarah and so glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Kathryn says:

    Silly question…. But do you peel the banana first? I’ve never made baked bananas but this sounds delicious!

    1. Kelly says:

      Hi Kathryn, yes peel the banana first and then wrap it in the foil. Hope you like them!!

  14. Anna-lynne says:

    making this for the second time tonight . super decadent and delicious ! I’m using cashew butter which is my personal fave, thanks for the idea

    1. Kelly says:

      Yay, we love to hear that. Cashew butter sounds dreamy!! Thanks Anna-Lynne!

  15. Wow what a simple and delicious treat! I often want to make desserts but don’t want to put in the effort after a long day at work so this is just perfect for me!

    1. Kelly says:

      Totally agree Nicole! So much easier than baking cookies and then you have them sitting around for a few days. Thanks for trying it and glad you enjoyed it!!

  16. Christine says:

    After I heated it I cut it up and put it in a bowl of unsweetened vanilla milk.
    Awesome thanks!

    1. Kelly says:

      That sounds fabulous Christine! I think I am going to try that 🙂

  17. Ashleigh says:

    Do you think this would work if I put a bunch of peeled and almond-buttered bananas in a baking dish and covered them with foil to bake?

  18. June says:

    It’s so good! I was skeptical at first but it definitely solves my sweets craving. I also drizzled a little teeny bit of honey on top. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Cassy says:

      Glad you liked it, June!

  19. Tessa says:

    Is the foil a necessity? Will it come out just as nicely in a baking dish?

    1. Cassy says:

      You can bake without the foil!

  20. Carolina says:

    Wowzers, just made this and it’s AMAZING, So delicious. An absolute lifesaver while im completing a whole 30. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  21. CToth says:

    This is sooo yummy. In my toaster oven it baked 20 mins and was perfect. I’m excited to try some chopped pecans and other toppings. Thank you

  22. Michelle says:

    So excited to try this! Just put it in the oven! 🙂

  23. jazz says:

    How many carbs are in this if you know?

  24. Lily W. says:

    This recipe is super simple and delicious.

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Wahoo! Thanks for sharing!!

  25. Heidi S. says:

    Thank you for this wonderful idea. I tried the recipe as written and while it was delicious the textures of soft banana with almond butter was a little mushy for me. I played around with the recipe a bit and came up with an air fryer version that both of us found so delicious. I put the cut banana with about 1 tsp of ghee and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon in a metal dish and popped it onto the air fryer for about 10 mins at 375F checking on it now and then. I then added some pecan pieces or nut of choice and added another 2 mins. I couldn’t believe how good it was.

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Amazing! Love that idea. Thank you for sharing this with us, Heidi!

  26. Samantha Cole says:

    Thank you so much! My 7 + 6 year old (6yo picky eater) loved this breakfast.

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Wahoo! That’s so great, Samantha. Thank you for sharing this with us!