Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tiana's Kitchen~Cat's Eye Coins

"I want to fill myself only with sweet things"
~Momoko Ryugasaki, in Shimotsuma Monogatari/Kamikaze Girls

Sweets dominate in the Lolita Kingdom. Cakes, cookies, macarons, parfaits, ice cream, etc. take over tea parties and show up in prints. This may have been fine and dandy for Momoko, but I am sure that the rest of us need a little more nutrition than Momoko's bento provided:


Cookies, canned fruit, and candy hardly constitutes a healthy meal! Today I am going to show you how to make a nice snack that is sweet but still has nutritional value.

Cat's Eye Coins

1 banana
1 TBS Peanut Butter

1) Slice your banana in half lengthwise

2) Fill the center with peanut butter. It may feel hard to spread because of the slickness of the banana. My advice is to put a big glob of peanut butter on the banana, then start pushing from the top of the glob to spread it out. This way, the base doesn't have to move at all


3) Don't worry if it is not neat, because now you put the banana back together! I like to squish it a little to make sure everything sticks


4) Wrap your banana in cling wrap or wax paper and put it in the freezer to freeze. When you feel like having a snack, take it out, unwrap, and slice into coins



You can also slice them into coins and then re-freeze for later. The frozen texture of the banana is a lot like ice cream, and the peanut butter adds a creamy, rich flavor. Feel free to experiment with other fillings (Nutella, anyone?) and have fun with it!

Banana is full of potassium, but also fairly high in sugar, so I don't recommend this snack more than once a day. Peanut butter is a good source of protein and healthy fats, but fairly high in fat and calories. As a snack or dessert, this is a good balance of treat and nutrition. I am enjoying some as I write this post!

Enjoy, and stay healthy!