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Banana Fluffernutter Quesadilla & Healthy Snacking for Back to School!

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bananafluffquesaIt’s Back to School season.. are you ready?

This is the first year I haven’t needed to purchase any BTS stuff, so the excited/dreadful feeling of purchasing new notebooks, picking out pen colors and organizing binders has escaped me this year!  However, I still have three people in my household who are prepping for the return of hallways, homework and homesickness (after three months at home everyday, you’d be homesick too!).

I don’t know about you, but after I would come home from school, I was DYING for a snack before dinner.  I always reached for the most unhealthy things possible: drive-thru meals and an ice cream cone, or a handful of cookies and chips eaten simultaneously (thank goodness I danced, had PE and played Freeze Tag religiously, or else I would have looked like a human Jabba the Hutt). I craved that sweet + saltiness as a little reward after a particularly long day, and especially as fuel for a night of homework.

Now that I’m an adult working full-time, I still have the tendencies to snack after work and before dinner.  Work is long and painful and boring — I want something to spice up my afternoon before diving headfirst into dinner.  Or conversely on days off, I like a little mid-morning snack after walking Mannie and in between baking recipes for this here blog.

I also happen to live in a family of snacking addicts so having healthy, easy snack stuff on hand is a must.  And something sweet + salty, hands-down our favorite combination ever–is a must!  So when I had the chance to work together with Cooking Light and Safeway to create a healthy, easy back-to-school snack recipe, I instantly began brainstorming tasty ideas that we could whip up in minutes and enjoy anytime of the day.

So after picking up Cooking Light’s latest Super Easy Recipe Shortcuts bookazine at Safeway, I began perusing the gorgeous glossy pages for ideas (and hint!: if you use Safeway’s just for U portal, you’ll find a $3 off coupon for the bookazine!  Just save it to your queue and check out — SO easy!  But hurry, it expires 8/30) How good does this Peach Crisp look?!

cookinglightEach recipe is so refined, yet so simple to make — nothing is overly complicated and everything boasts tons of flavor and color.  But I was most inspired by the awesome Spicy Chicken Quesadillas on the cover — quesadillas are totally painless to make which is exactly what I need after a particularly hellish day at work.  And then these Banana Fluffernutter Quesadillas were born!

DSC_2310AThese are healthy, sweet, salty, and toooootally gooey–it tastes like dessert, but could easily double as a quick snack after school or work.  And the best part is that its adaptable to your family’s tastes — don’t like bananas?  Sub sliced strawberries.  Don’t like marshmallows?  Add some chopped cooked turkey bacon for an Elvis-inspired version.

But no matter how you slice it, make this dang quesadilla!!

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Banana Fluffernutter Quesadilla & Healthy Snacking for Back to School!
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Serves: 2
 
This quesadilla is out.of.this.world! Jam-packed with fresh bananas, creamy peanut butter, bits of fluffy marshmallow and pockets of gooey chocolate, all wrapped inside of a hearty wheat tortilla. This makes an excellent after-school snack!
Ingredients
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 large banana, sliced into thin coins
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup miniature marshmallows
  • 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • Honey, for drizzling, if desired
Instructions
  1. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and place on a stove over medium heat.
  2. Spread one Tablespoon of peanut butter evenly onto one tortilla. Place a handful of banana coins onto the right side of the tortilla. Sprinkle that same side with a couple marshmallows and one Tablespoon of the dark chocolate chips.
  3. Carefully transfer the quesadilla to the hot skillet and let it sit open-faced for about 30 seconds-1 minute. Gently flip the empty side of the tortilla to cover the other half, like a half-moon. Cook the quesadilla on each side for about a minute, or until the tortilla is toasty and the filling gets melty. Repeat with the remaining tortilla + ingredients for quesadilla #2.
  4. Transfer the quesadilla to a plate to cut in half. Drizzle with honey, if desired. This two-tortilla recipe makes 2 half-moon quesadillas or four wedges.

DSC_2311AJam-packed with fresh bananas, creamy peanut butter, rich dark chocolate, fluffy marshmallows and folded neatly into a hearty wheat tortilla, these quesadillas are a sweet-and-salty snacker’s dream!  Made in minutes with multiple variations, these are easy to whip up and even easier to eat, reminiscent of the quintessential childhood sandwich, the fluffernutter.  My family and I inhaled these in record time.  It would almost be embarrassing if these quesadillas weren’t so delicious!

If these quesadillas don’t satisfy your snackings, try some of these healthy snacking tips from Cooking Light & Safeway!

1. Create a healthy snack environment.  Stock the refrigerator and pantry with healthy options.  Bag up fresh cut fruit, and choose individual containers of yogurt, fruit purees, and part-skim mozzarella cheese sticks.  Fill snack bags with cut carrots and celery and buy some hummus, mild salsa, light ranch, or peanut butter for dipping.   We eat with our eyes – fresh vibrant fruit and veggies will stand out!  Stock the pantry with popcorn, whole-grain crackers and nuts instead of snack cakes, fried chips, and highly processed foods.  For warmer days, keep popsicles made from fresh fruit in the freezer.

2. Create a snack mix buffet and let your kids make their own personalized varieties.  Mix up the options – whole grain cereal, nuts, animal crackers, low-fat granola, popcorn, dried fruit, pretzels, even a little bit of chocolate.  Let each member of your family mix up a large zip-top bag, then portion out ½ cup servings into smaller snack size bags.  Tote to school, sporting events, even work for the adults!

3. Match your family’s snacks with each activity level.  On hot, sunny days – opt for refreshing snacks that are higher in water content, such as fruit (try frozen grapes!) and yogurt.  When you are out and about in the cold – hiking or biking, or running around – tote along snacks that are more carbohydrate and fiber focused, such as whole grain crackers with peanut butter.

4. Start a family snack rotation, and let them be in charge.  For each day of the week, allow a different member of the family to plan the snack – just make sure mom is the mediator and only gives the go-ahead to healthy snacks.  Try a new fruit or vegetable from the supermarket – or take a weekend trip to the farmer’s market together.  Even better… allow them to pick a recipe to help make, such as granola bars, guacamole, hummus, bean dip, even microwave potato chips.  Offer healthy options that the family can help mom make at home, and they’ll be more excited about diving in!

5. Build a better lunchbox: Mix a lean protein with whole grains and fresh garden goods, then add a sensible treat.  When packing lunches, think of the plate.  Start with fresh fruits and veggies, which should take up half the lunch.  Skewer fruits and veggies on toothpicks and make it fun!  Then, fill a quarter of the lunch with whole-grains such as sandwich bread, pita, or crackers. The remaining quarter should be a lean meat or protein – grill a few extra chicken breasts or pork tenderloins at dinner and thinly slice for tomorrow’s lunch!  Peanut butter and lower sodium deli meats are other great options.  Toss in a chocolate kiss or two – we all need a little something sweet every now and then!

029My family and I really love the first tip.  Sometimes, we’re too lazy or hungry to bother cutting up veggies or whipping up a simple dip.  Having things precut and portioned in advance makes snacking totally brainless–just grab and go!  And of course, it eliminates the temptation of grabbing something equally as fast, but not as healthy, which my muffin top appreciates :)

Now go to Safeway to pick up your copy of Cooking Light’s Super Easy Recipe Shortcuts – and don’t forget to add the $3 off coupon on your just for U portal!

Happy Snacking!!

xo, Hayley

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Comments

  1. Great tips! I really like to prepare healthy snacks if possible, it’s easy to grab a bag of fresh veggies if you’re hungry if they’re already cut up to throw in your mouth.

  2. OMG Hayley! My old roommates used to use these exact ingredients (except there was also nutella) and would use a george foreman grill seal it all between the 2 tortillas, SO addictive! ah! LOOVE this idea!

  3. What great tips! I need to start snacking healthy starting with these quesadilla’s.

  4. So I would eat the whole plate and the person’s next to me and so that would just ruin the whole health thing. These sound so good.

  5. Ugh that time between work and supper is the worst. I snack all the time, doesn’t help I’m right there in the kitchen! What a fabulous treat and I love that it’s on the lighter side!

  6. You have completely intrigued me with a sweet quesadilla. I have only ever eaten savory. This is something I MUST try!

  7. I am glad as an adult I still enjoy the finer things in life, like Fluffernutter Banana Quesadillas

  8. Such a fun and tasty BTS snack! My kiddos would gobble these up!

  9. Great advice, Hayley!

  10. I have to be careful with snacks too – I’m always looking to grab something sweet! :) I’ve been better with dried fruit and nuts, but these sound SO much better! Fluffernutter anything is right up my alley!

  11. I love buying school supplies except I haven’t needed to buy them for so long! I loved back to school shopping when I was a kid!

    Ok, this quesadilla? Genius.

    All of your tips? Wonderful ideas!

  12. My snacks always have to be sweet! I need to make these for Jordan, she’d love them!

  13. kathyfitz says:

    I love fluff and have a container here. Have you ever had real fluff?
    It’s a staple here in MA
    http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/fluffernutter.html

  14. Oh wow, my family would flip over these! I love spreading peanut butter right on each banana bite! And then I just eat straight from the jar once the banana is gone!

  15. These are awesome! I wish my kiddos would eat them but they only like boring quesadillas. Which might not be so bad because then I could just keep them all for myself.

  16. I like all these tips….I need to get better at healthy snacking :) Now all I want is this sweet quesadilla!

  17. Speaking of delicious snacks, I just did an in depth review of Pop chips Sweet Potato! I took a lot of pictures, list pros and cons, and whether or not I would buy these chips again. I sincerely hope this is helpful to you! http://www.americanmomreview.com/2013/08/pop-chips-sweet-potato-review-made-in.html

  18. Sweet quesadillas? These sound awesome! I love all things banana! :)

  19. Yummy recipe!! Thank you for your great tips, I never thought that you can actually make quesadilla as a dessert. Creative, huh.

  20. I love this website! I also love bananas and peanut butter and I can’t wait to try this recipe! :) P.S Were you on your school dance team?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Kathleen! I wasn’t on the dance team in school, but I WAS in dance classes.. both in high school and college :)

  21. We adore dessert quesadillas. I love that you mixed banana with peanut butter and marshmallows! Yummers!!!

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