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Quick & Healthy Recipes: Banana Coolers

Posted May 26 2010 5:18pm

DSCN0003_thumb[1]This snack (one of my summertime favorites) is so amazingly simple, it doesn’t truly classify as a “recipe”.

However, many people who have seen me “making this” often react with surprise because it is a new concept to them.

One of my favorite things about this snack apart from the fact that it is fun finger food is that it is an empty canvas that allows you to add your own flavor touches.

Additionally, each bite is creamy and cool; reminiscent of banana-flavored soft-serve ice cream.

YIELDS: 1 serving

INGREDIENTS:

1 frozen banana (very ripe, pre-sliced and frozen at least overnight)
Nut or seed butter of choice
Spices (optional; see below for suggestions)
Toppings (optional; see below for suggestions)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Lay out frozen banana slices on plate; let thaw for 2 or 3 minutes.

Top each slice with a dollop of nut or seed butter of choice.  Adjust total amount of nut/seed butter depending on hunger level and caloric need.

Add toppings and/or spices, if so desired.

Enjoy!

OPTIONAL SPICES & TOPPINGS:

  • Cacao/cocoa powder
  • Cacao nibs
  • Chia seeds
  • Chocolate chips (one per banana slice)
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger (for a real kick, add a drop or two of lime juice!)
  • Hemp seeds
  • Maca
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut

NUTRITION INFO (per serving; assuming 1 medium banana + 1 Tablespoon almond butter)

206 calories
1 gram saturated fat
3 milligrams sodium (75 if using salted nut/seed butter)
4 grams fiber
2 grams protein

Excellent source of: Magnesium, manganese, monounsaturated fats, vitamin B6, vitamin C

Good source of: Phosphorus, potassium

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