Peanut Butter and Banana Power Wraps
I am so excited to share this simple and delicious recipe with you today. I've been dying to post it for a while now, but my laptop broke last week and I have been waiting for it's replacement to arrive. (Womp-Womp!)
I was considering getting a new laptop, but decided instead on getting a desktop PC. This way, I will have a larger screen for editing photos and blogging. :)
True to the name of the blog, I am too poor to afford a fancy new iMac. That's okay though, because I found something that I could afford, and I am now in love. It's simple, practical, affordable, and functioning! Woohoo!
After some research, I decided on the Samsung Ativ One 5. (Weird name, cool computer!) I got a great deal on it through Amazon, and I couldn't be happier. I don't know a ton about computers, so Josh helped me choose something that would work for me. I've just started using it, but I think that we're going to live a long and happy life together! It's pretty quick, and it has a glorious picture. Overall, I'd say it's pretty snazzy!
Anyway, on to the recipe! I really think you're going to like this. (At least I hope so!) It's officially my new go-to meal for those days when I just can't be bothered with sitting down for a complete meal.
And that's where the beauty of these wraps comes in: Not only are they fast, but they're portable too! If you make the granola ahead of time, you'll have a tasty meal ready to go in less than five minutes.
Sweet, ripe banana. Hearty, earthy peanut butter. Freshly baked granola. Crunchy, toasted pecans. Tart dried cranberries. Add all of these things together, and you've the perfect combination.
I decided to name this the Peanut Butter and Banana Power Wrap, because it's the perfect power-up at any time of day. Peanut butter, pecans, and oats offer a hefty punch of protein to keep you feeling full and energized for hours.
The various textures of the ingredients work magically together. The peanut butter and banana provide the perfect amount of creaminess, while the granola and pecans add just the right amount of crunch. One thing that I never liked about plain ol' peanut butter sandwiches was that they seemed boring and lacking of any real texture. That's certainly not a problem with these babies!
Peanut Butter and Banana Power Wraps
For the Poor and Vegan Granola*
- 3 Cups Rolled Oats (Generally, it's not recommended to use "Quick Oats" for granola, but that's all I had on hand when I made this recipe, and it turned out to be the perfect texture for these wraps.)
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 1/4 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Pecans, Crushed or Coarsely Chopped
For the Wrap**
Fit & Active Flatbread (Multi-Grain with Flax) (You could use any wrap here, but I really like the size, flavor, and texture of this particular wrap. They're chewy, fluffy, and delicious. I got them at Aldi!)
2-3 Tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter (I recommend using all natural peanut butter wherein the only ingredient is peanuts. Whether you use crunchy or creamy here is up to you, though I prefer the texture of the crunchy stuff in this recipe.)
1 Whole, Ripe Banana (I prefer organic ones.)
1-3 Tablespoons of Poor and Vegan Granola (You can use as much or as little as you prefer. I tend to end up somewhere in the middle; About 2 Tablespoons.)
1/2 Tablespoon Dried Cranberries
*This recipe yields quite a bit of granola. This way you'll be able to make multiple wraps with a single batch. Along with lots of tasty wraps, you could also use the leftovers as a topping for various other foods, including vegan yogurt, "nice cream", fruit, sandwiches, salads, etc. It's also great as a cereal. Just add it to a bowl with almond milk and some sliced fruit, and you've got another quick and delicious snack.
**These ingredients are PER WRAP.
Prepare the Poor and Vegan Granola
- Preheat oven to 300° F.
- In large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In medium bowl, combine maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add wet mixture to dry mixture, and mix thoroughly.
- Pour onto baking sheet (preferably one with a raised edge), and spread evenly.
- Bake for 5-10 minutes, keeping a close eye to avoid burning.
- Carefully remove from oven and gently mix.
- Add pecans and continue baking for 5 minutes, or until light golden brown and slightly crispy.
- Allow granola to cool while preparing wraps. Granola will harden as it cools.
- Store leftovers in airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
Prepare the Wrap
- Place wrap on clean, flat workspace.
- Spread peanut butter (by tablespoon-full) from center to edges of wrap, leaving about 1/4 inch of space on all sides.
- Cut banana into 1/4 inch slices and place, evenly spaced, on top of peanut butter.
- Sprinkle cooled granola over top of peanut butter and banana by tablespoon-full.
- Repeat step 4 with dried cranberries.
Fold the Wrap
If using Fit & Active Flatbread, turn wrap so that longest sides are horizontal, while shortest sides are vertical. If using circular wrap, skip to step 2.
Gently fold both left and right sides toward center of wrap, about 1 inch. Press gently to seal.
Take bottom of wrap, and fold toward top. Once you reach the top, gently scoop ingredients toward center of wrap, carefully pulling wrap under itself.
Roll wrap away from your body to complete the fold. Hopefully you've now managed to fold/wrap everything up without spilling anything. (If so, good for you! I'm terrible at this part. ;)
Using sharp knife, cut wrap in half. (Preferably diagonally. Things just look nicer that way, don't they? :)
Serve it up with a nice, cold glass of almond milk, and you'll be in peanut butter and banana heaven in no time!
What's your go-to snack for morning energy? Leave a comment and share!
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