Peanut Butter-Banana Quesadilla

There are not too many things scarier than hungry toddlers or hungry people in general, for that matter. I have never come in contact with a pleasant, hungry kid before. Since I’m a parent myself, I know the meltdowns of a “hangry” four year old, all too well. I like to think I am a health conscious person so I take that into account when I create recipes for my family.

bananaIt’s a challenge trying to whip up a fun, healthy meal for kids sometimes. It’s easy to want to just pop open a pack of fruit snacks or a lunchable, but that becomes boring. I guess being in tune with my artistic, culinary side, I’ve had my fair share of experimenting. I’ve tried a variety of different things, putting my own spin on classic, kid favorites and accommodating some picky eaters at the same time. My son, who is 7 years old, will not touch any type of deli meat so making his lunch for school has been a tough road. He went through a phase where all peanut-butterhe wanted to eat was peanut butter sandwiches and apple slices, EVERY. DAY. I started attempting to be creative and update the peanut butter sandwich. I was over that “daily special” and I came up with this recipe, which turned out to be a hit.

A family favorite now a days, the peanut butter and banana quesadilla. Most kids just love peanut butter. It’s a good source of protein and the bananas are producing a fruit serving, wedged between a whole wheat tortilla. BINGO! It’s healthy, fun and delicious and goes great with a cold slush puppie. A recipe that won’t make you feel guilty for serving to your children. If you’re feeling crazy, which I feel often days, I will add mini chocolate chips or marshmallows if I have them on hand. Yeah, it lowers the health benefits some but as they say, “moderation is key”.

Ingredients

• 2 large whole wheat tortillas
• 1/8 cup peanut butter
• 1 banana
• honey; optional

Quick Preparation Method:

-Spread peanut butter on one tortilla.

-Slice bananas and layer over peanut butter in a single layer.

-Drizzle honey over bananas and peanut butter.

-Top with additional tortilla.

– Cut in triangles like you would a pizza.

This makes 6 slices; about 2 servings.

Cooked Preparation Method:

-Heat a large pan on medium/low heat.
-Spray with non-stick cooking spray, I use coconut oil spray, but anything works.

-Spread peanut butter on one side of tortilla.

-Layer sliced banana over peanut butter.

-Drizzle honey over bananas and peanut butter.

-Top with additional tortilla.

-Place in pan and allow to toast about 1 minute on each side.

-Remove from heat and cut into six pieces.

Cooking the tortilla will make the peanut butter melt slightly. Allow it to cool slightly before serving.

My children prefer them cooked but they enjoy them not cooked, as well. Cooking the tortilla adds a toasty, crunch paired with the creamy peanut butter and bananas, it’s such a yummy combination. I even make this
for myself when I’m in a hurry. It’s even suitable for a post workout snack.

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