Hi everyone! I hope you are all in good spirit. Today is the middle of the week and probably the only day left to stock up on food good for at least two to three days if you live in the East Coast. According to the forecast, we are going to experience yet another snow storm beginning tonight until Thursday. I’m guessing most schools will not be opened. I hope you are ready for it.
Anyway, I am soo excited about this recipe. Oh, my goodness! You have no idea! As I was browsing through the “International food” aisle at a grocery store, I found this item/product called, Tahini. It’s simply ground Sesame seeds and its own oil in it (others add and use olive oil). It’s organic and would be excellent for the recipe I planned on making again. So, I bought it. I didn’t think much of it until I was at the doctor’s office waiting for my turn to be called. The light bulb just went off! “I found it! I found it! oh, my goodness! I found it”. Now, you’re probably saying so what if you found tahini? Well, it’s not that exactly. I finally found a substitute for peanut butter! My children can finally eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich using tahini. I don’t have to cook three different meals for dinner tonight. I can make the recipe I planned to make again (I wasn’t happy with the photos last time) with the sauce I adapted from Curls and Carrots!!! I can finally finish my post. How cool is that? It’s way too cool for me. If you have children with peanut allergies, you will understand why, especially if their choices are limited to meat and few fruits and vegetables. Little J and A are not allergic to Sesame seeds! Hurray! I found it!
To make this sandwich, you will need a ripe banana ( the one with a few brown spots on the peel) and a cup of melted bittersweet chocolate chips to make this delectable sandwich. You can microwave the chocolate chips for about 20 seconds (stopping and stirring between 10 seconds interval) so you don’t scorch it. Of course, you can also make it with strawberries or both. A strawberry- banana melt. It would be so delicious! I’m going to make it with both strawberry and banana and post it here next time. You will also need a skillet to grill the sandwich. Grilling both sides of the sandwich made it more flavorful and addicting. The banana tasted like it was fried and the added crunch when you take a bite was refreshing and the oozing melted chocolates made it really divine. Little J and A were in heaven. I heard “oohs” and “mm” and little J adamantly refused to share. 🙂
There’s a trick to this sandwich, an awesome trick that makes this sandwich unique compared to the usual banana sandwich with peanut butter. But before you start, line a tray or cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Cut the banana in an angle then dip one slice at a time in melted chocolates. You can use a fork to lift the banana. Place them in the tray or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or until the melted chocolates hardened and no chocolate remain on the parchment paper when you lift them. You don’t have to do this extra step, but it was how this sandwich was done. If you want the easy way, you can just cut the banana and put them in between the sandwich and drizzle it with chocolate fudge or syrup. But believe me, you would want to make it this way. You slather both slices of bread with tahini; put some of the chocolate coated banana slices on top then put the other slice bread with tahini side down and grill it. That’s when the magic happens. Before scrolling down, look at the above photo. Now, scroll down.
See the magic? The chocolates melted while grilling (of course because of the heat) and dripped to the side a bit. Looking at the photo above, it’s calling me “eat me, eat me!” This delectable sandwich is great for children and adult alike. I hope this sandwich makes it on your “favorite snack” list because it certainly made it on mine.
For instructions on how to grill the sandwich click here.
That’s all for now. I’ll leave you drooling on the sandwich. :))
Food for thought:
Did you know banana is an herb plant? Yes! And it’s the largest in the world. Banana plants are part of the lily family. They have large, green leaves, and each plant’s top has a terminal inflorescence with purple bracts that open daily to form a bunch, or hand, of banana fruit.
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