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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Grilled Tortillas with Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Bananas

One of my guilty pleasures is a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich, along the lines of a vegetarian Elvis-style sandwich. I adore peanut butter, love bananas and the combination of the two is nearly perfect. At times I may add a drizzle of honey or if I'm feeling really decadent, I'll add my other most guilty pleasure to the sandwich - Fluff or Marshmallow Cream. I can eat this on soft whole wheat, on toast, without the bread or in this latest offering, on a wholewheat tortilla, lightly grilled with light canola oil butter and sprinkled with luscious oozing dark bitter chocolate. I'm drooling as I write this! Don't be too alarmed though at the thought of something fattening or unhealthy. A good quality peanut butter, in moderation, is full of protein and necessary fat. Fluff, while pure sugar, is non-fat and a good source of a quick burst of energy. I like to take a peanut butter and fluff sandwich with me when I bike. Bananas are high in potassium, helping to lower diabetes and keep leg cramps at bay. Dark chocolate, in 68% or higher cocoa ratios is good for the heart - there's less sugar, little milk product and higher antioxidants. Whole wheat tortillas and bread should and could be higher in fiber. Hey, I'm not advocating cheap Skippy with a Hershey bar on wonder bread here!

For tonight's dessert, we wanted a little something but it was too cold for ice cream, light low-fat ice cream mind you. So, having seen versions of this and eaten a few as well, I decided to make one for dessert to share. We had one whole wheat flour tortilla in the refrigerator, some very ripe bananas, a bar of Scharfenberger Dark Chocolate, Simply Jif Peanut butter and Land O'Lakes Canola Oil Light Butter Spread. The recipe is easy - spread some peanut butter onto the tortilla, add banana slices on top, sprinkle with one square of chopped dark chocolate (or use chocolate chips); fold the tortilla in half and grill on a lightly buttered grill pan or griddle for a few minutes on each side until the tortilla is lightly browned and the peanut butter and chocolate start to ooze. Enjoy! (But only once in a while. It may be dark chocolate, fruit, lighter peanut butter and butter on a whole wheat non-fat tortilla, but it's still decadent!)

1 comment:

  1. YUM - I'm going to try this. With dark chocolate and Earth Balance, it's vegan-friendly. And it's much less work than a dessert creêpe.


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