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Peanut Butter and Banana’s… not just for sandwiches anymore!

I’ll be the first to admit that I love a quick and easy snack.  I’ll also admit that if I don’t have healthy snacks available, I won’t think twice about grabbing my son’s chips or my husbands stash of chocolate

Yes, I usually have fresh fruit in the kitchen or shopped up veggies in the fridge, but sometimes you need something more.  I’d love to splurge on cheesecake or Reese’s all the time, but my stomach usually does not like that!

Earlier this week, someone in one of the Facebook groups I am part of posted a snack idea that I wish I thought of a long time ago!!

Let me introduce you to my new post long run recovery snack!

Frozen Banana’s with Peanut Butter!

I often will grab a banana after my run because they are usually the first thing that I see on my counter when I get home.  But, did you ever stop to wonder why most races offer banana’s as part of their post race food?  Yes, they are a simple food to transport and also to eat.  A banana can also quickly replenish the Carbohydrates, Potassium and Magnesium that you have used up during your run.

Peanut butter, on the other hand, is full of fat, protein, and fiber, and it gives you a slow, sustained release of energy.  While most runners (myself included) enjoy peanut butter as part of our pre-race/run fueling, I also enjoy peanut butter after as it helps my feel fuller faster.  Anyone who has run more than just a handful of miles knows, when you get done with that run, you are RUNGRY (that’s a Runner that’s hungry enough to eat anything that gets near his or her mouth).  After 10-15 miles, I need something quick.

But I also need something healthy.

That is where this snack comes it – and it’s easy enough to make and have waiting in the freezer for you when you get home!

What you need:
1 ripe (but not too ripe) banana
2 TBS PB2 or other powdered Peanut Butter
1 TBS(ish) water

Directions:
Peel banana and slice into chunks
Line baking sheet or plate with parchment paper
Place banana’s on sheet in a low pile. make sure banana’s are close enough together so they will stick together better.
Mix PB2 with water
Pour PB2 mixture over banana’s, making sure to get as much of the pile covered
Place in freezer for a few hours until prozen

I usually just about a Tablespoon + about a tsp of water.  You want the peanut butter mixture to be a little thinner than what you might make a sandwich out of because you want it to get into all the cracks between the banana’s but you don’t want it so thin that it just runs through them

Once frozen, I will wrap in plastic wrap or freezer paper, put into a zip top bag and leave in the freezer for when I need that quick snack after a long run or tough workout!

If you make these or any of the other recipes I post, please comment and let me know!!

Have other ideas for fun, easy snacks to have on hand when the munchie monster shows up, comment below and share!!

 

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