Wednesday, December 11, 2013

GOOEY, DELICIOUS BANANA BOATS

So if you are anything like me this is a very busy and somewhat stressful time of year. I think we are all in overdrive with holiday gift shopping, cooking, social gatherings and family. One of the things I always try to do is to take some time, as I did this morning by going to yoga, to do something for myself which is calming and peaceful. Additionally, I think it is important to treat yourself to something yummy and satisfying. These Banana Boats are a favorite of mine, as well as my husband, who devoured two of them yesterday. They are gooey and oh so delicious, take no time to make and have the added bonus of all that potassium you get from bananas. Enjoy!




Gooey, Delicious Banana Boats







Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 4 bananas
  • 4 tablespoons of crunchy style almond butter  Note: I like the "All Natural, BARNEY ALMOND BUTTER"
  • dark chocolate chunks  Note : The Enjoy Life brand is gluten/soy and dairy free
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped pecans
  • mini marshmallows  Note: Elyon brand is gluten/soy and dairy free ( not all marshmallows are soy free). If you cannot find these in your local market they are available on Amazon.


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the bananas length wise with a "T" across each end so you can peel back the skin neatly. With the back of a spoon mash the banana flesh to create a flat surface.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon of the almond butter on each banana, as prepared above. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks, mini marshmallows and pecans, in that order.
  4. Place each banana individually on a piece of aluminum foil and seal loosely at the top.
  5. Cook in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the marshmallows and chocolate chips begin to melt.

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