Quick and Easy Banana & Granola Wraps

by Gena on September 3, 2013

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I often treat long weekends as an opportunity to spend some leisurely time in the kitchen, but this past weekend, I was more interested in working hard and playing hard; cooking was the last thing on my mind. So it was with great delight that I prepared and enjoyed these raw banana and granola wraps yesterday morning. Though hardly a real “recipe,” they were so quick, easy, and tasty that I couldn’t help sharing them with you all.

This isn’t my first experiment with banana wraps. The last time I made them, I wrapped them in collards and spread them with almond butter and agave (yum!). This time, I wanted some texture contrast and crunch, so I used crispy romaine and crunchy granola instead. You could use any granola in this recipe, of course. I used the Living Intentions Superfood Cereal in Cacao Crunch. I love this granola (or raw-nola), which is carried at a health food store near my mom’s. (A few of my DC readers have mentioned that it’s now in the bulk section of some Whole Foods locations, too.) It’s super crunchy, sweet but not too sweet, and full of groovy stuff, including buckwheat sprouts, flax, and cacao butter.

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In place of granola, you could use cacao nibs, trail mix, simple rolled oats, or even cooked quinoa. The idea is simply to use the romaine leaves as a handy little vehicle for the banana and grain/granola of your choice. A drizzle of maple syrup, agave, or nut butter would of course top things off nicely, too. You can enjoy the wraps as a light breakfast or any anytime snack.

What quick eats did you throw together over the weekend? I look forward to hearing what’s been up in your kitchens. I’d write more, but I have a bus to catch this morning. I’ll see you back here very soon.


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Suzanne @ hello, veggy! September 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

Easy and delicious! I eat ‘banana sushi’ all the time; this will be a nice change :)


Abby September 3, 2013 at 9:16 am

Bananas filled with sunflower seed butter are usually my go-to snacks when I wake up in the middle of the night to pee (TMI? Sorry, but it happens every night.) I’ve never wrapped them in lettuce, but I can see how the crunch factor would be a nice addition (and easier to handle than a paper towel, I might add.)

Hope you had a nice weekend! Mine was filled with baseball, books and my normal easy eats. Nothing fancy, but pretty much a relaxing weekend–although as usual, entirely too short.


Christine (The Raw Project) September 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

This looks wonderful, I need to try a banana sushi style snack for work. Thanks!


McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped September 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Super simply and delicious! I thought I was the only one who liked the taste of romaine and bananas… :)


Allie September 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Yum-O! I love how versatile granola is! I actually make & sell my own organic vegan & GF granola.. would you be interested in sampling some?


Mary Brady September 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I have never made a hard effort to go vegan, but I do enjoy many of the foods available to a vegan diet! These sound quite scrumptious!! :)


Randi (laughfrodisiac) September 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Wow! So interesting. I must admit I am wary of trying bananas wrapped in lettuce (or collards)…but I think I might have to. It does look good!


Lulu September 4, 2013 at 8:03 am

This looks divine!! and i love that it can be great breakfast options for 8am classes xD
My go-to option for a weekend meal is a smoothie with everything in it, a banana with almond butter, or any pieces of fruit!

P.S I loved this picture on Instagram by the way!


jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur September 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

I love this idea! I, too am such a fan of the cacao crunch granola. It’s hard to keep enough on hand! The chia ginger flavor is also a favorite of mine, tastes quite like gingersnaps in granola form. Yesterday for breakfast I made a quick meal of buckwheat crispies, grated pears, berries, and coconut butter. Yum!


bitt September 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I love rawnola. I like Living Intentions green one. I can’t remember the real name, only that it’s green.


Carissa September 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

I like the idea of the banana in romaine rather than collards. These would be a welcome change of pace from my normal oatmeal breakfasts.


The Peace Patch September 6, 2013 at 3:34 am

Supercool idea! I want to smother the banana in almond butter first, then roll in granola and wrap…yumza!


Kay September 27, 2013 at 12:02 am

This doesn’t at all seem like a substantial breakfast, where’s the protein and complex carbs? The fat content is also slightly low. Super light and wouldn’t even fill me up for a snack…


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