Just a quick one tonight, guys, because I'm tired and lazy and had a veggie burger for dinner (delicious, but not noteworthy).
I mentioned on Monday that I had an epic snack fail over the weekend. The one that sort of worked out was a fake s'more I made in the toaster oven. I tried it again today, and it actually worked a lot better. Score one more for dumb luck!
Juan Carlos Cruz, the old Calorie Commando from the Food Network (and murder-for-hire suspect in recent months), had a horrible recipe for Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole. I hate low-calorie holiday recipes - if you love sweet potato casserole, but can't indulge in marshmallow-topped sugar-laced yams one day year, what's the friggin' point of being alive? So on principle, I hated his sugar-free and low fat rendition of the old classic. The worst part was that he replaced the marshmallow topping with sliced bananas. Bananas are not, and never will be marshmallows.
Fast forward about seven years, and here I am emulating his awful style. Which just goes to show that raw prejudice will come around and bite you in the assets every time.
Anyway, this lower sugar fake s'mores consists of some vegan graham crackers, a tablespoon of dark chocolate peanut butter, and about a quarter of a medium banana sliced into four rounds. The banana rounds got broiled in my toaster oven for five minutes, until they were soft and the tops a nice golden brown (as shown below). Then they were carefully placed on the chocolate peanut butter/graham cracker bed and topped with another cracker.
This was nice - warm and gooey. Definitely NOT a real s'more, but a nice snack for a lazy afternoon. I think I'd leave off the second cracker half next time, though. An open face Elvis-style (named for the peanut butter and banana, of course) s'more would be just as satisfying.
And in case anyone's interested, the carb count for the s'more as pictured came out to be about 25 grams. A little much for an afternoon snack for me, but a lot less than a real s'more.
Hope everyone is having a smooth time prepping for turkey day tomorrow. Can't wait to see some of the postprandial posts over the weekend detailing all the festivities :)