So I have messed around in my kitchen and this is what came of it! A banana rolled up in some toasted nuts, cinnamon, almond butter and then frozen for a tasty treat! Here is the scoop…
The Nutty Banana
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup pecans
3 tsp canola oil (divided)
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1/4 cup almond meal
4 Tablespoons of almond butter
2 tsp of Agave
1 tsp vanilla
Sea Salt-a couple turns on the grinder
Take your sliced almonds and pecans and put them on a cookie sheet. Mix around with about 1 tsp of canola oil and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Roast at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. They come out like this-YUM!
Put these toasted nuts into a food processor and give them a good chop. Should look something like this…
Pour these into a mixing bowl and add the almond meal…I have to tell you, I have never bought almond meal so when I went to Trader Joe’s I automatically went looking for it in their baking aisle. Still no luck I asked the nice man working there. He didn’t think they carried it, but went to ask some fellow TJ’s employees…I told him once he knew to come and find me…I would be in the wine section. Gotta stock up while I am there…their wine prices are amazing! A few minutes later he appers with this…and it was in the NUT section…with all of the other NUTS! That makes sense.
In a separate small bowl combine the almond butter, agave, vanilla, salt and the remainder 2 tsp’s of oil. Microwave for about 15 seconds…just to get the almond butter softened up so you are able to mix it all together.
Add this creamy mixture to the nuts and almond meal, and stir until a crumbly mixture forms…something like this…
This is where I used my hands…take some of the mixture and firmly press it around the banana. I did mine on foil…
I gently covered the banana with the foil and popped it into the freezer for about 30 minutes. Slice and serve!
*I saved some of this nut mix and put it in a container in my refrigerator. I love to spread it on a sliced apple or crumble it over fresh or frozen berries. I guess it kind of gives me that yummy granola feel, without the grains!