I LOVE this idea, from Intern Caralee. For almost all of us, our days are so crazy, we barely have time to eat, much less prepare the food to eat! One of the best ways to combat this crazy meal time is to plan and prep food ahead of time. These breakfast, (or anytime!) fruit quesadillas sound delicious, fun and easy.
It’s always a bonus if you can eat them with your hands and not have to wash a utensil, ha!
Most of us don’t have the time to make a hearty breakfast every morning, much less taking the time to sit down, eat in peace and enjoy it! Quesadillas to the rescue! I often spend time in my kitchen on Saturdays and Sundays preparing for the week ahead. These quesadillas are an easy fix to a busy week for the entire family. Prepare a few of them on Sunday evening, store them in a covered container in the fridge and you’ve got breakfast (dessert or even a snack) for several days!
WHAT MAKES THEM HEALTHIER?
I prepared two similar recipes, both of which contain some health food heavy hitters! I combined peanut butter, fruit, cinnamon and either dark chocolate or honey into a hand-held breakfast/snack/dessert that will fuel your body for hours.
Cancer fighting phytochemicals and fiber can be found in the banana and apple, peanut butter provides healthy fats as well as protein, honey provides natural sweetness and the dark chocolate, while slight, provides additional vitamins, minerals and a little extra caffeine (and I do mean little) to get your day started.
In addition, I used a tortilla that does not contain any hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (Ole Xtreme Wellness High Fiber) and I did not add any butter or sugar. If you would like a more decadent quesadilla or need a few extra calories, then feel free to cook the apples in a little bit of butter, add a little oil to your pan to cook the quesadillas or dust the outside of the tortillas with a little cinnamon sugar blend prior to heating in your pan.
If eating these quesadillas as a meal, I would recommend adding a boiled egg (as these can be prepared in advance and be eaten on the go as well). Peanut butter provides 7g of protein per serving. Adding an egg will provide an additional 7g of protein, meeting the recommended protein goal of 15-20g at meals.
- Peanut Butter, Apple & Honey Quesadilla, or Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Quesadilla
- 1 - 8 inch tortilla
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- ½ large apple (or ½ large banana)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp honey (or 10 dark chocolate chips, if using banana)
- Spread peanut butter to within ½ inch of all edges of the tortilla.
- Slice apple and cook in pan sprayed with non-stick spray until apple is soft. Place apple slices on ½ of the tortilla OR slice banana and place slices on ½ of the tortilla.
- Sprinkle apples or banana with cinnamon.
- Drizzle apples with honey or top bananas with chocolate chips.
- Fold quesadilla in ½ and cook in a pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray until golden brown (flipping to cook on both sides).
- Remove quesadilla from pan and slice into 3 or 4 triangles with a pizza cutter.