Got a Sweet Tooth? Try This Banana and Almond Butter Quesadilla
Got a Sweet Tooth? Try This Banana and Almond Butter Quesadilla

Remember when you were a kid and Mom made the best after-school snacks? Get your Star Wars figurines and My Little Ponies ready to play at the table — this Banana and Almond Butter Quesadilla recipe is about to take your taste buds on a trip down memory lane. It makes for a healthy snack or an easy healthy dessert that’s perfect for when you’re craving something sweet, and it’s reminiscent of your favorite childhood flavors.

Nothing says “after-school pick-me-up snack” like a banana. Mom was smart to add that yellow fellow to your lunch box or dessert plate. Bananas are the most consumed fresh fruit in the United States, and they’re a good choice, too, given that they are a good source of potassium, and have about 3 g of fiber in a medium banana.

But the secret to this grown-up version of a classic sweet treat is the cinnamon. It takes this from a basic recipe to an exquisite dessert quesadilla. All you need is half a teaspoon to amplify the flavor profile of this dish and turn it from average to amazing.

And of course, there’s the eternal debate between peanut butter and almond butter. Peanut butter has been a staple in Mom-made lunches for generations, but as of late, almond butter has enjoyed the spotlight. Nutritionally, both peanut butter and almond butter are pretty similar. Almond butter packs in 9.5 g of healthy unsaturated fats in one tablespoon, compared to peanut butter’s 8 g. Almond butter has slightly less protein (2.4 g versus 3.8 g), and for calories, there’s less than a 10-calorie difference between the two. To each their own, but we love how the almond butter plays into this recipe.

And to really solidify this as your new favorite dessert or snack, we’ll let you in on a little secret: It’s healthy enough to fit into a clean-eating diet. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you’re training for an obstacle course race, this dish will fuel you up without weighing you down. Mom will be so proud.

Banana and Almond Butter Quesadilla

T-Minus 30 Recipes -- Banana and Almond Butter Quesadilla
0 from 0 votes
Print

Banana and Almond Butter Quesadilla

Course Dessert
Keyword Banana and Almond Butter Quesadilla
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 6-inch whole wheat tortilla cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp. smooth almond butter all-natural
  • ½ large banana thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Spread half of tortilla with almond butter.

  2. Top with banana, cinnamon, and second tortilla half; cook in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until tortilla is golden brown. 

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Banana and Almond Butter Quesadilla
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 221mg10%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Openfit Blocks:
1 Fruit & Vegetable
2 Fats
1 Other Carbohydrate

Photography by Anguel Dimov, AB Creative

Gia Mora

About

Gia Mora is an actor, singer, and writer. Her critically acclaimed one-woman musical comedy Einstein’s Girl has played to sold-out houses on both coasts. She loves discussing politics, sharing eco-chic lifestyle hacks, and snuggling her two adopted kitties.