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Caramel Banana and Doughnuts

Use those leftover bananas and road trip doughnuts for this quick 10 minutes camping dessert. Dripping with citrus and caramel, this is one nice change of pace from campfire s’mores. 


I’m a sucker for convenience store snacks. Who isn’t? Really, you’re not? That’s a shame we can’t be friends anymore. Kidding.

I need a sweet, a salty, a crunchy and a healthy snack all for balance. And a Diet Coke, and if we’re leaving at the ass crack of 0’Dark Thirty – you can bet that doughnuts are going to be involved, too. Doughnuts or doughnut holes always made an appearance on road trips to Eastern Washington with my dad. Or fishing. Or hunting. Or any time we had a trip 3 hours or longer. It was fact.


And I miss those road trips – they were always full of memories, and road naps, and Dad-music that I sometimes like and more often than not rolled my eyes at — Read: Craig Quaquico and his mid-90’s techno mood guitaring – but they were always great road trips you can only appreciate as an adult.

Inevitably – we could never get through a WHOLE package of doughnuts – probably for the best – and they would develop that slight crunch on the outside. Stale doughnuts still made me blissfully happy. But once they reach that point that they’re crunchy – we’ve reached that arbitrary line where we can’t eat them and might even have to toss them. Toss a doughnut? Don’t say such blaphemy! Instead – let’s toss some caramelized bananas on top and let ’em soak it all in. Viola!!

This recipe is stupid simple and super classy for camping. I live, breath and devour s’mores while I’m camping just as much as the next camper – but when you’ve gorged yourself through your chocolate bars, bust out your post-hike bananas and coat them in a little sauce, pour on the doughnuts and BAM Alama WHAM!!

Be sure to get your glamp breakfast in this Tomato and Pepper with Egg Skillet and post-hike snack of Trail Mix and Honey Parfaits for your weekend’s camping adventure. No one says that camp food can’t be classy!



Trail Mix and Honey Breakfast Parfaits 


Tomato and Pepper Egg Skillet


Caramel Bananas and Doughnuts

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes

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4 Old Fashion Doughnuts or 16 Doughnut Holes
2-3 Bananas, sliced
¼ cup Sugar
½ tsp Vanilla
1 Orange, zest and Juice
Dash of Salt, optional


Divide doughnuts into four dishes. If using full size doughnuts, crumble into chunks. In a skillet over medium heat, whisk together sugar, vanilla, orange zest, juice and dash of salt (if using) - and bring to a simmer. Allow the mixture to start to caramelize and thicken. Add in sliced bananas and toss to coat. Spoon over crumbled doughnuts and serve immediately.


13 Responses to “Caramel Banana and Doughnuts”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 30, 2013 @ 4:58 am

    Dang, these look awesome! Love it!

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    Tieghan — August 30, 2013 @ 5:06 am

    Camping food week was so fun!! You have some seriously delicious camping trips and this had got to be the all time perfect ending! What a genius was to use those stale bananas. Plus, caramelized bananas? YES!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 30, 2013 @ 5:55 am

    Such a fun series this week, Megan! Your Caramel Banana Doughnuts are wickedly off-the-chain. Wish this week wasn’t so crazy, as I need to share my father’s Camp Style Potatoes recipe. (I promised a chef I would, so I should probably make them this weekend. Summer still has 3 more weeks, right? Sure. I can still post them…they’re great for hunting season, too.) Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous Labor Day weekend, girl!

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    Sandy Coughlin — August 30, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Well if this isn’t the most delicious way to start the holiday weekend, I don’t know what is?! YUM!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 30, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Oh my word…my jeans are no longer going to fit!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 30, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    At first I read it as ‘leftover donuts’ and I was like… who is she kidding, when are there leftover donuts? lol 😉

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 30, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I’ve never seen camping food look so darn scrumptious! I need to go with YOU! Amazing breakfast ideas even if you’re not sleeping on the ground, haha. Have a great weekend, Megan!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — August 30, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    You make me want to go camping!!! 🙂 Oh my goodness, I would seriously brave the bugs if I could eat like this. Those bananas look heavenly!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 30, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    What?!! This is crazy!! Camping or not, I need this!

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    Sheila — August 31, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    Megan, what can I say….drool. xxxxSheila
    Pssst cant wait to see you in October!!!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — September 1, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best!

    • Megan replied: — September 5th, 2013 @ 7:00 am

      I think so too. Espcially when it’s bananas and doughnut drizzled with caramel haha

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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 7, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Oh wow that looks like a spoonful of heaven! I love donuts 🙂

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