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Banana Quesadilla: A Delicious After-Exercise Snack

20   April 21, 2010   ‹ Older     Newer ›

Banana Quesadilla

Whether you do yoga, walk, spin, bike, run, or swim, you usually get hungry after activity. Many people reach for energy bars such as PowerBar, but with a little creativity, you can do a WHOLE lot better.

I love sweet things so for me a Banana is a great choice. But, what if I am really hungry? I heard about this banana quesadilla on Fit Sugar and I just had to try it.

You use whole grain tortillas that you can find in the refrigerated section of your supermarket. Trader Joe's also makes great ones. You mash the banana and spread peanut butter (or any other nut butter) on your tortilla.

And, THEN, the best part. You heat it up. This renders the banana all mushy and the tastes collide into an orbit of deliciousness. I am serious. You will never eat a PowerBar again if you try this.

Of course, you are going to need a kitchen or access to a microwave (can't shove this in your gym bag - yuck!).

This snack will take you less than 2 minutes to make. If you have a potato masher (see below) the whole process is sped up.

Kids will love making this and it is a great after school snack. They can mix other things into the quesadilla such as raisins or other yummy things to make it their own.


Banana Quesadilla

(serves 2)

2 whole grain tortillas
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter
a few chocolate chips (optional)

Mash banana in bowl with potato masher. Spread peanut butter and banana on tortilla, add chocolate chips, and top with other tortilla. Warm in microwave for 20 seconds (depending on your microwave).

For 1/2 quesadilla = 152 calories, 4.9 g fat, 25.8 g carbohydrates, 4.0 g protein, 3.5 g fiber, 48 mg sodium, 3 Points+


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20 Comments:

That looks really good! I am definitely going to that soon!

Candice on April 21, 2010

What an amazing idea! Trying this tomorrow!

Jessica @ How Sweet on April 21, 2010

what a great idea! I'm going to make this for my kids and me today :)

Lisa Feeley on April 21, 2010

Oh. Yum. We are going to make it this afternoon. Thanks!

Lara on April 21, 2010

This sounds and looks fantastic. Can't wait to try it although might try it with our La Tortilla Factory Low Carb/Low Calorie Tortilla. Great low calorie snack. :-)

Thanks so much for sharing!

bodyhacker on April 21, 2010

As a person who lives gluten-free, this recipe is not for me, but it certainly looks yummy.

I have a few ideas for add-ins to make it even more nutritious. You could substitute coconut cream concentrate for the peanut butter (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com//coconut_cream_concentrate.htm) and sprinkle on pure ground cinnamon for extra flavor and antioxidants. Also, slivered almonds, toasted flax seed, and/or raw, cacao nibs would add a bit of fiber and interest!

Sue Ingebretson on April 21, 2010

Lisa,

It was lunch time, so I decided to try your snack recommendation. In a word, delicious!

I changed it up a little (almond butter and TJ's tortilla) and of course ate the whole thing...230 calories.

This type of snack is the secret to success for dieting...satiety. It has so much fiber and protein in it. I documented the totals at my blog (http://bit.ly/anrpbQ).

Thanks again for all your great information.

Ken Leebow
www.FeedYourHeadDiet.com

Ken Leebow on April 21, 2010

I just tried this! I did the same thing as Ken though, and used almond butter (I have a peanut allergy). What a great idea! Thanks.

- savvy
http://savvybrown.com

savvybrown on April 21, 2010

Wow yum! I love bananas and peanut butter. I usually put it on toast, but wrapping it up in a tortilla makes it easier to have on the go. I will definitely try this for when I take snacks to the library. Mmm and to add chocolate for days I'm craving it.
Thanks for the great idea.

Kylie Wolf on April 21, 2010

Been doing this for years, but usually just roll it up and leave the banana intact. One of my favorite snacks of all time.

Donna on April 21, 2010

Thanks for adding yet another fantastic way to prepare my obsession with peanut butter and banana. I think my kids would love this one too. W/the chocolate chips of course;)

Kelly Lester on April 22, 2010

I made this last night as a dessert and it was sooo good! I used the La Tortilla Factory low carb/low fat tortillas which we bought yesterday for the first time at Costco. I tried the tortilla by itself and thought it kind of a strange flavor and was skeptical they'd get eaten, but after the peanut butter and banana quesadilla I'm thinking these will be perfect. Thanks for the great idea!

stephv on April 26, 2010

I think I just went and got at least one of my housemates addicted to this recipe. :D I changed a few things though; instead of tortillas, i used the mini 100% whole grain bread from Safeway. They're 1/4th the size of a regular piece of bread, way better than having to split a single piece of bread into four's (especially since the sides w/o crust get all yucky and soggy and way too soft). and instead of mushing up the bananas, i just sliced it up, and 4 slices to a bread. I guess it looks more like a pb&b mini sandwich than quesadilla, but oh well. The result is A-MA-ZING! one of my housemates tried a piece last night, and she raved about how great it was all night to me. XD

I love this so much~~~~

Kai on June 28, 2010

I just saw this for the first time recently and have already had it 4 times. Yumborama!

I cut 1 tortilla in 1/2 (12g fiber from La Tortilla Factory) and mash 1/2 banana. I noticed the banana is sweeter mashed rather than sliced and a little goes a long way.

I have this for breakfast at work and I'll be making it a lot.

Lourdes on January 10, 2011

This looks great! I found this recipe just as I was running out of a bunch of ripened bananas, which has left me craving to try it. :) I am re-stocked now, though! I think I'm going to try it with small 6" corn tortillas (that's what I have, low cal and sodium) and heat them on the griddle for a nice toasted outside with a soft and creamy inside. Mmm, I can't wait!

Dawn on June 30, 2012

Superrrr yummy, of course!! I did find it to be a little bit messy though, banana and pb coming out the sides, but still a great snack!

Mal on July 27, 2012

WOW! I just love Snack Girl and i could read al day. the recipies are soo clever and of couse yummy. i can't wait to try them out!!

Sarah on October 21, 2012

this is amazing!!!! my kids would love this!

samantha on March 23, 2013

I am trying this at my collage class tomorrow.

Bridger on July 2, 2013

I did it as a roll-up instead of quesadilla style to reduce carbs. I also used peanut flour stirred with a little water instead of peanut butter for reduced fat. Yum!!!!

Patti on March 1, 2014


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