This baked almond butter banana is …

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

Almond Butter Banana Boat

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 (paleo peach cobbler and Paleo cherry cobbler 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!

Almond Butter Banana Boat Ingredients

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

Oh, and some foil.

a bunch of unpeeled bananas on a wooden table

How to Make Almond Butter Banana Boats

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.


a peeled banana topped with almond butter sitting in foil

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 wrapped in foil in the oven
baked bananas in a white bowl topped with almond butter

Baked Almond Butter Banana Boat

4.20 — Votes 10 votes
By Cassy
Prep: 3 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
This baked almond butter banana is … Melted, ooey, gooey, paleo goodness that will bring a smile to your face and tummy.


  • 1 Medium-Sized Banana
  • 1 tablespoon Almond Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon 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.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 198
Keyword: baked banana boat, banana boat

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Cassy Joy Garcia, NC

Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.

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  1. 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. 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!!

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

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

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

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

  5. 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. 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!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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. =)

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

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

  11. 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

  12. 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!