This is a great snack to make at home, or take to work and make there. These fill you up and satisfy your hunger until dinner time.
Remove Romaine lettuce leaves from bunch. Slice a banana lengthwise, four times. Spread 1/2-1 tsp. of almond butter or your favorite nut butter, down the center of the leaf. Place one length of banana on the leaf, fold up end, fold in sides and fold over top. Delicious! Makes 4. You can share…or not!
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Since I don’t eat many sweets these days, usually just a square of 85% chocolate a day, I get a craving for a proper dessert now and then. I came up with this idea through experimenting with an uncooked chocolate oat ball that didn’t hold together as planned, and well, it evolved into a little frozen banana “ice cream” pie that is quite nice and fixed my sweet tooth right up!
(In the picture, the small bowl is the crumbs before baking, then the crust and the final dessert.)
I actually ate this for breakfast this morning, as I had to be sure my experiment was a success before I posted the recipe. Some one has to make these kinds of sacrifices! Bananas, oats, cocoa….pretty nutritious!
I started with 3/4 cup of old fashioned oats, 2 Tbs natural cocoa, 2 Tbs real maple syrup (I think raw honey would work too) and 1/4 cup of raw almond butter. Mix this together with a fork. It should be sticky enough to hold together in a ball, but crumble easily.
Divide among four ramekins. Press into layer that covers the bottom. Bake at 375 for ten minutes. Remove and cool.
While crust is baking, peel three bananas and place in food processor. Add 3 Tbs chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond, soy, hemp or coconut milk. If you don’t have the vanilla milk, add 1/2 tsp of real vanilla flavor to the mix. Process until smooth.
Place banana mixture in freezer for thirty minutes while crust cools. Remove from freezer, stir and divide banana among the four ramekins with crust. Freeze until firm. Sprinkle with cocoa powder before serving. I froze mine overnight and had to let it set for 30 minutes before eating. If you make ahead, just pull out of the freezer when you sit down to dinner and they should be perfect by the end of the meal.
The weather outside is frightful! The wind is gusting up to 60 miles an hour today, a high of 27 and wind chill of 4 along with snow flurries, makes me want to stay inside with something warm and cozy to eat! Oatmeal, as a child, meant plain ole oatmeal with lots of brown sugar piled on top, but this healthier version takes out the brown sugar and adds some healthy ingredients to the mix. I think you’ll like this one for sure! (oh, and please excuse the chipped bowl.)