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This is a dive on my normal quick and easy breakfast of slathering a thin rice cake with a nut butter and adding a fruit spread and strawberries or dried fruit to the top. Of course, I have issues with certain textures, so I’m picky on the fruit portion. But that reminds me, always go by the Rules of Recipes: every recipe can be modified to your liking and needs. Experimentation is how we get new things!
This is not my recipe. As such, when I saw the ingredients, I was at a loss. Hemp Hearts? Huh? I had done my research on Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds. This was a whole new thing for me. But it turns out, these things are good for you, too. If you want to see more research that I gathered on chia seeds (used in this recipe as a good, optional ingredient) you can check out this blog article.
Hemp Hearts are basically Hemp Seeds. They have a nutty flavor so they work well in recipes like this. I’ll be adding an entire research article on them later, for now, just know that I would definitely recommend keeping it in this recipe if you have access to it. I mean, who doesn’t like adding good fats (omega 3 & 6) as well as a bunch of vitamins and minerals to a recipe whenever possible? If you don’t have it, it can be left off. No biggie if you ask me.
But, I’ve raised three kids and taken care of many more. What’s weird about kids, is… for one thing, They’ll probably love helping make these. Also, they have no idea if it’s good for them (whispers, “Don’t tell them it is!”). Last, I know that a lot of kids like larger rituals with their life. By having them sit down and eat this treat out of the peel, it makes it a little special ritual for them, ya know? My kids would’ve loved doing this when they were children. Heck, they may even love doing it now…
Banana Boat Break
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
- hemp hearts
- A sliced strawberry or two optional
- dried cranberries finely chopped (optional)
- coconut flakes optional
- chia seeds optional
- Slice the banana in half with the peel on and then you can kind of pop it out of the peel a little by peeling it back slightly. Spread almond butter on each side and top with raw cacao nibs and hemp hearts. Feel free to add other toppings of your choice or some of the options listed. Eat the banana out of the boat with a fork or spoon! Don’t forget to hold your nose up like a snob… lol… okay, maybe I went too far on that.
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