Life is full of tough decisions.
saving or spending? buy or rent?
school or work? exercise or sleep in?
superman or batman?
healthy or indulgent? PB & J or PB & banana?
Good news is, I can help with those last 2. Because I have a treat for you that is not only healthy AND indulgent, but it also combines the 2 greatest sandwiches ever created!
I firmly believe that when it comes to nutrition and taste, one should never have to sacrifice either. The trick is simply knowing how to marry both worlds. Being healthy shouldn’t feel like a chore or depriving. It should be fun and exciting!
Enter in some of my absolutely favourite ingredients that help bridge the gap between health and taste. Natural nut butters and coconut oil.
Both are packed full of healthy fats so they are nourishing to your body (better skin, higher metabolism, balanced hormones) but also taste rich and decadent. Almond butter is packed with fat soluble vitamins and minerals like calcium, and coconut oil has incredible antimicrobial properties. So you are doing both your body and taste buds a favour by eating them!
I’m really excited about these treats too because they combine 2 sandwiches that whenever I would eat them, make me feel like a kid again. Peanut butter and jam and peanut butter and banana. Both extremely delicious and soul-satisfying. And that’s why I always want them both! So why not combine them? I opted to use almond butter since its a more nutritious option and since I’m not eating grains I had to find another way to get my fix. Enter these little morsels…
These are adapted from my recipe for frozen tahini banana cups which are another awesome variation on this idea. Check them out if you haven’t yet!
Raw, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Paleo, SCD-Friendly and of course Vegan, these are an easy choice. So make them and save your brain power for debating the more important issues in life.
To be or not to be…Oh screw it, I have treats ;)
Banana, AB & J Cups (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Paleo, SCD)
Feel free to use any nut butter you want, or try sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option!
Ingredients (14 mini cups)
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp liquid sweetener
- pinch salt
- 1 banana, sliced thinly
- ~12 or so raspberries, mashed
Over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the almond butter to it so it softens and mix well. Add your sweetener of choice and the pinch of salt and mix.
Line up your muffin cups. Put a spoonful of the almond butter and coconut oil mixture into the bottom of the cups. Put in the fridge to harden.
Once hard, remove and place one small scoop of mashed raspberries and on top, one thin slice of banana. Try and make this as flat as possible. Put another scoop of the almond butter mixture over top so it covers the banana and spreads all the way to the sides of the cups. Put back in the fridge to harden.
Store in the fridge or freezer and take out only right before you're going to eat them. I liked these ones in the fridge, but if you freeze them the banana takes on an almost ice cream-like texture which is delicious too!
I'm sharing this on Allergy-Free Wednesdays.
Enjoy and I’ll be back tomorrow with a guest post! Have a great Tuesday :)