After a little Google search, I started with Sweet & Saucy's basic directions for baking bananas in their peel. She did hers with cinnamon, which I love, but I wanted to see how this powdered peanut butter, PB2, would work. The idea with this stuff is all the fun of peanut butter without the calories. I like it for putting into oatmeal or other things that I want to taste of peanut butter without actually needing it to be...buttery.
First, I took a banana and surgically opened it up, cutting it almost like an 'I', with one long slit and two smaller cuts at the end so I could actually get in there and cut the banana in half, like so:
Ignore the slightly sad look of the banana. I recently learned that not being able to refrigerate bananas is a myth, and that they will be perfectly fine for much longer, the peel will just not look quite as attractive. I guess the evil banana empire doesn't want us to know about this?
To my banana, I added:
- 1 tablespoon of PB2 powdered peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon of Brummel and Brown spread
- a sprinkling of Splenda
I closed up the banana and wrapped it up in a little pouch of tinfoil. I set that directly onto the rack in my little countertop oven (an OSTER 6058-000-000 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel), set to 400 F.
Jenny's banana took about ten minutes, but I left mine for more like 15-20. I think this is because the chilled banana started out colder, so logically it would take them longer to warm up. Basically, you just want it to be warm and soft.
I put some strawberry jam on top as a finishing touch:
Nostalgic school lunch flavors made my pre-run snack a little more fun. This could easily be tweaked with other flavors as well. A little chocolate, perhaps? I'll be trying a few different combinations in the future. Also, this would be a great camping dessert to set over the fire, for anyone having a moment of insanity and not making s'mores. Or perhaps you could stuff the banana with marshmallows and chocolate, with a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs on top. Ooh, maybe I need to go camping...(maybe not)