You know the drill: it's 3 pm and your stomach is growling. You had lunch a few hours ago, and dinner is still a couple of hours away. Your brain screams "WHY MUST YOU BE HUNGRY NOW, BODY?!" then you settle into an infuriating internal conflict of whether you should stuff your face with the first thing you see that relatively resembles food or continue to listen to your tummy grumble in protest.
When this almost daily crisis hits, I like to whip up a healthy snack to tie me over until dinner time. My go-to snack of choice is banana peanut butter slices. They can be made in under 5 minutes and are suuuuper satisfying.
|Open-faced banana peanut butter slices. Also pictured: homemade green smoothie.|
This recipe also works well for breakfast. I often make it as a side dish and pair it with chia pudding and a smoothie.
Adding dark chocolate, cocoa nibs and/or honey could give the recipe a healthier dessert vibe as well. The options are endless; experiment and have fun!
One more little tip: I like to eat this snack in two different ways: open-faced (pictured above) or as a sort of sandwich (pictured below). Do what ya feel, guys.
|Banana peanut butter slices, sandwich style. Also pictured: homemade chia seed pudding and a beet smoothie.|
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
-peanut butter of choice (I used smooth organic peanut butter, but feel free to go for crunchy or even another nut butter such as almond butter entirely)
suggested toppings (all optional)
-peanut butter granola
WHAT TO DO:
1. Using a knife, slice banana in half, cutting length-wise.
2. Spread peanut butter on the inner halves of the banana.
3. Add toppings of your choice. I like adding variations of almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, walnuts, granola, dried fruit, pitted dates, chia seeds, etc. and finishing with a generous sprinkling of flaxseed. Adding a drizzle of manuka honey is also a delicious option if you're feeling sweet-toothy.
What's your go-to snack when the afternoon munchies hit?
Leave your answer in the comments below - snacking inspiration is always welcome here!