These frozen banana sandwiches taste like dessert, but really are the perfect power snack. Now that the temperatures are finally heating up, I am craving all the frozen treats I can get, and these certainly fit the bill. Banana slices smeared with sunflower seed butter, dipped into raw chocolate, and frozen to perfection.
I use sunflower seed butter because I am unfortunately allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Sunflower seed butter is a great alternative for anyone dealing with a nut allergy, and is a great choice even if you’re not. It tastes amazing, just like peanut butter, and is super good for you. Sunflower seeds are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, especially vitamin E. Vitamin E has many anti-inflammatory properties, which is something everyone can benefit from, not to mention the beautiful glowy skin it gives you. They are also high in magnesium, which has many benefits, everything from helping asthma symptoms, to keeping your bones strong, to giving you lots of energy. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids that can actually help lower your cholesterol. They are high in calories, but they sure give you an energy boost with the healthy fats and protein. A handful is all you need to reap all these amazing benefits.
Dealing with food allergies is really hard. I now anyone who has similar allergies would certainly agree. I luckily came into these allergies as an adult. As a child, I was always very allergic, but not to foods. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I suddenly became allergic to many foods, including all nuts. During this time, I was starting to experience many strange symptoms, and looking back, I contribute all of them to Lyme. Lyme disease can stay in your body for years before it really starts to show itself. It waits for any moment of weakness to pounce. Those little buggers are way to smart for my liking. Lyme can certainly cause food allergies and sensitivities, so I am hoping as I continue to recover; I will one day be able to enjoy any nut butter of my choice. Fingers crossed.
The most important thing about dealing with food allergies is to listen to your body. It certainly knows what’s up. If you have any kind of negative reaction to certain foods, do not eat it. It’s just not worth putting your body through an inflammatory tailspin. A reaction can be anything from hives, stomach issues, joint pain, or a more serious reaction like anaphylaxis shock. If your not sure what is causing your symptoms, it would probably be a good idea to illuminate all the foods you suspect might be causing the problem, and add them back into your diet one by one to see how you respond. Of course there are ways to test for true allergies, but a lot of sensitivities are not picked up by traditional blood and scratch tests. It’s pretty fascinating when you stop and really pay attention to how your body feels. Sometimes when you’re on “go” mode, it’s hard to notice the signals your body is clearly sending you. Once you make a change, and notice positive improvement, you realize how good you could have been feeling all along.
Now, back to these banana sandwiches. They are super simple to make, but look impressive! Slice bananas into ¼ inch thick pieces. Take around ½ a teaspoon of sunflower seed butter, sunbutter as I like to call it, or substitute any nut or seed butter of your choice. Just make sure to pick a kind that does not have any added sugars or preservatives. After I make the sandwiches, I like to put them into the freezer to get cold before I dip them into chocolate. The freezer helps them set a bit, so they don’t get messed up when you dip them. While they are setting in the freezer, I made a batch of my raw chocolate. If you just want to make a few of these, you can make half a batch. You can see the full recipe for that here, but basically you just mix 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of cacao powder, and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Take the banana sandwiches out of the freezer and dip half in the chocolate. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and place them back into the freezer to harden. Once they have hardened, they are ready to be gobbled up.
The frozen banana mixed with sunbutter creates such creaminess, and the raw chocolate coats it in a melt in your mouth hard shell. These are a great snack because they will give you a healthy energy boost. They are free of all refined sugars, and the fat and protein from the sunbutter and coconut oil help stabilize your blood sugar. No sugar highs here, just pure energy. Full disclosure, I had to just get one out my freezer. How can I write about these and not eat them. They are too good!
- 2 organic bananas
- ¼ cup sunflower seed butter (or nut or seed butter of choice
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Slice bananas into ¼ inch coins.
- Smear around ½ a teaspoon of sunbutter on a banana coin. Add another on top to create a sandwich.
- Place banana sandwiches onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and place in freezer.
- Make a batch of raw chocolate by mixing the coconut oil, cacao powder and maple syrup together.
- Dip cold banana sandwiches into chocolate.
- Place back onto the parchment lined baking sheet and place back into freezer until frozen.