Like a lot of people at this time of year, I’m looking for ways to shed a few pounds after a sinfully delicious holiday. My choice this year is to cut down on processed sugar and white starches. I’ve replaced one meal with a smoothie as well- be it lunch or breakfast.
Here’s a delicious, filling, high protein one that makes a good snack or morning meal.
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3-4 ice cubes
2 dates, pitted
1 tbsp sugar free all natural peanut butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 package of frozen puff pastry
4 ripe bananas
1/2 cup Dulce de Leche
1 tsp rum (optional)
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
1/4 cup sugar
Thaw puff pastry, roll out, and cut into 2″ squares. Bake according to package instructions. Let cool completely.
Cut bananas into slices or quarters. Place in a saucepan with Dulce de Leche and rum. Heat until boiling, and let boil 3 minutes.
Whip cream until almost stiff. Add sugar and continue whipping.
To assemble Napoleons, pull one puff pastry square in half. Layer warm bananas, whipped cream, and pastry top. Top with more whipped cream and drizzle caramel sauce over top.
Hint: Puff pastry makes a wonderful topping for a meat pie. I often use if when I’m making leftover chicken or turkey pot pie…