This recipe is not only exceedingly simple (just pile the nut butter, slices of banana and chia seeds atop a slice of wholewheat toast), it’s also endlessly adaptable. Prefer something gluten-free? Use GF bread or a rice cracker instead. As for the nut spread, choose from creamy cashew to sprouted almond to hearty hazelnut — whatever you fancy! Nuts are generally rich in healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Just be sure to choose nut butters that are free from added sweeteners and preservatives.
Bananas are low on the glycemic index — and if you use slightly unripe bananas, those are an even lower-GI food and are said to keep you fuller for longer. But other fruit, like high in fibre apples and antioxidant-rich berries, are good alternatives too. (When it comes to fruit, should you buy organic? Find out more here.)
As for the topping, get creative! Chia seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids (in fact, they contain more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram!); but you can add even more oomph and flavor with flax seeds, cacao nibs, granola and other healthy toppings. For a sweeter spin, drizzle some coconut butter, honey or agave over your creation. Yep — this could serve as a pretty nutrition-packed dessert, too!