Chocolate Nut Butter and Banana Sandwich

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If you asked me to eat or look at a banana sandwich even a few weeks ago, I would’ve went, “OMFG are you kidding me? That’s disgusting to put bananas in a sandwich”. Until I saw the pictures on My New Roots with such a delicious looking banana sandwich and nut butter that my mouth watered.

Me? Mouth watering over a banana sandwich? Are you kidding me? Have I gone mad?

So, this has been on my list of things to make, because I LOVE the way it looks. I know that 99.999% of the time, if food LOOKS good, it also tastes good.

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I had trouble finding good whole grain bread for a while, but I happened to stumble across THE LAST packet of whole grain bread. Oh yeah, I snatched it like a little kid snatching candy!

So anyway, I had a lot of trouble making nut butters in the past because nut butter and high powered Vitamix blenders don’t seem to match, mainly because I think these nuts needs to be constantly chopped with a knife, and Vitamix only has one blade at the bottom. So, I took out that Ninja blender I had in storage, and it worked very perfectly. That shows that even though you may have a great blender, you always need a food processor or one that works similar as well!

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Luckily I had a big range of nuts I could try, so I made this with hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and pecans. WOOOOW mix blended nuts really do taste wonderful! Hey, I think I also know how to make almond flour now, just stop blending before the nuts release their oils! (Almond flour, here I come!)

The amount you make out of this is about a small jar. But because you don’t just gulp spoonfuls like I used to love doing (shh, don’t tell anyone), they should last a little while.

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Chocolate Nut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Chocolate Nut Butter
1/2 cup roasted walnuts
1/2 cup roasted walnuts
1/2 cup roasted almonds
1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon date paste

Sandwich
4 slices whole grain bread
1 banana
Chocolate nut butter

To make the Nut Butter: If your nuts are raw, preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).

Lay the nuts out on a single flat layer in an oven tray and roast for about 12-15 minutes until they become slightly golden. You may want to keep a close eye on it and taste one to see if it’s ready. Though while nuts are in the oven, they will not be very crunchy.

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Put all the roasted nuts in a food processor (don’t use blenders like Vitamix for this, as it won’t work as well – However, Ninja blenders will work). Turn it on and let it process. At first, the nuts will be powdery and flaky. Keep processing until it starts to release the oils and stick together. Process for another 2-3 minutes until the mixture is very wet and much like the consistency of a nut butter.

Add the cacao powder and date paste (you’ll need to blend a bag of pitted dates until it forms a paste, if you blend whole dates, they may end up in chunks).
Blend until the mixture is once again smooth and runny and spoon it into a jar.

To make the Sandwich: Put two slices of whole grain bread in the toaster oven and toast both sides until it’s golden (don’t burn though).

Peel the banana and chop half of it into coins.

Once the bread is ready, spread a layer of nut butter on the each toasted bread, then fill the middle with banana coins, and then put them together. You may like to cut in the middle so you end up with smaller pieces.

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Chocolate Nut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Serves: 2
 

Ingredients
Chocolate Nut Butter
  • ½ cup roasted walnuts
  • ½ cup roasted walnuts
  • ½ cup roasted almonds
  • ½ cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon date paste
Sandwich
  • 4 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 banana
  • Chocolate nut butter

Instructions
  1. To make the Nut Butter: If your nuts are raw, preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Lay the nuts out on a single flat layer in an oven tray and roast for about 12-15 minutes until they become slightly golden. You may want to keep a close eye on it and taste one to see if it’s ready. Though while nuts are in the oven, they will not be very crunchy.
  3. Put all the roasted nuts in a food processor (don’t use blenders like Vitamix for this, as it won’t work as well – However, Ninja blenders will work). Turn it on and let it process. At first, the nuts will be powdery and flaky. Keep processing until it starts to release the oils and stick together. Process for another 2-3 minutes until the mixture is very wet and much like the consistency of a nut butter.
  4. Add the cacao powder and date paste (you’ll need to blend a bag of pitted dates until it forms a paste, if you blend whole dates, they may end up in chunks).
  5. Blend until the mixture is once again smooth and runny and spoon it into a jar.
  6. To make the Sandwich: Put two slices of whole grain bread in the toaster oven and toast both sides until it’s golden (don’t burn though).
  7. Peel the banana and chop half of it into coins.
  8. Once the bread is ready, spread a layer of nut butter on the each toasted bread, then fill the middle with banana coins, and then put them together. You may like to cut in the middle so you end up with smaller pieces.

 

2 comments

  1. Candied Nuts

    Philippine pili nuts from the Bicol region in the Philippines is a great Filipino or Philippines food orsnack. Pili nuts are very healthy and nutritious indeed, being a source of energy, potassium and iron.They also have protein, dietary fiber / fibre, and calcium as well as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  I know they have no cholesterol, no trans fat, and the unsalted ones have no sodium. What is great about the pili nut snack or treat is that they are so crisp, rich, and delicious.

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