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    Quick & Healthy Recipes: Banana Coolers

    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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    4 Comments

    1. Dave Hanson said on May 26th, 2010

      Andy,

      Do you have a good recipe for whole wheat waffles? All of the ones that I’ve found seem to be high is sodium or fat.

      Thanks.

    2. Kiersti said on May 26th, 2010

      You posted this as a quick recommendation via FB awhile back and I have been hooked. This makes for a great and easy snack I keep ready at work. Keep some sliced ‘nanners in the freezer and some almond butter at my desk. A perfect afternoon treat. Thank you so much for the idea!

    3. Andy Bellatti said on May 26th, 2010

      Glad you enjoy it! I love the way it turns a banana (which can sometimes be a fall-back/”same old” snack for some) into a whole new experience!

    4. Ken Leebow said on May 27th, 2010

      Great treat! Thanks.

      Another great treat is the banana, peanut/almond butter, rolled into a whole wheat tortilla (I use the Trader Joe’s) and microwave for 15-seconds. Here’s the specs on that one: http://bit.ly/anrpbQ

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