An easy but unique snack that might even make you love nori, if you don't already, that is. If you love nori and sushi, you will adore these. I mean, just look at them, they're totally winking at you and saying 'Oh hey!'
You'll just need three relatively simple ingredients: nori, banana, and a natural nut butter of your choosing. The nori is the relatively easy part. You can order this online or go to an Asian grocery store OR even a natural health food store - like Whole Foods - they will be near the dried seaweed.
Start by laying out your nori, shiny side down, and split your banana along nature's seams (or not - up to you - if you do want to, just press down on the banana and it will start to separate), and spread about a tablespoon or less of natural nut butter on the nori sheet.
Place bananas in the center or near the edge and roll up the nori.
Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes, this helps the nori soften just a little bit which will help the pieces hold their shape.
Cut slices with a sharp knife in 1" increments.
Enjoy your new and strange snack! Bring it to work for an easy snack or lunch and enjoy it with chopsticks. Eating this may encourage curious glances and strange comments from co-workers. I loved that! Give samples - only - if you feel like sharing. ;)
Are you lucky enough to live in the Portland area? Check out your local co-ops, like People's Food Co-op, Food Front Co-op, and Alberta Grocery Co-op; it's a great way to support the diversity and locality of your ingredients. Considering bananas aren't a local product, try subbing them for freshly grown shredded carrots or thinly sliced apricots this spring or keep this in mind for when apple season rolls around, julienned apple slices would be delicious!
Michelle is a graduate of the Raw Gourmet Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, she has recently relocated to Portland, Oregon, where the produce is crazy fresh abundant and the culture is as thick as the Midwest’s humidity. She loves raw foods and advocates for eating with realism and relish. "Approach each eating experience as an opportunity to nourish your body, eating the best you can, in the moment."