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Peanut Butter S’mores

Posted by tspbasil
January 17, 2014
Featured in: Sweet Splurges
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Make these Peanut Butter S'mores over the campfire this summer or use the broiler for a year-round dessert!

If my kitchen equipment had a scorecard, it would probably read something like: Broiler 35 Deanna 2. I don’t often use it but when I do; inevitability, the extra 2.5 seconds I wait to check on my dish is all it takes to turn barely toasted bread/cheese/vegetable into a black charred mess.

But after reading “7 Simple Ways To Become a Better Cook” from the November issue of Cooking Light, I was inspired to revisit the broiler at the suggestion of using fire as an flavor enhancer. One of the fun pyromania food pairings was to broil peanut butter over banana slices as it “goes up like napalm” according to the article.

If I see anything with peanut butter on it, it’s getting my attention. And the scorched PB made me think of the loveliness that a scorched marshmallow brings to a s’more and voilà, this creation came to mind.

Mind you, it took a few trials to get this right (like discovering it’s not in the graham cracker’s best interest be fired upon.) My broiler was never watched so closely.

For this recipe, the final scorecard was Deanna 4 Broiler 2. Victory!

Recipe note: I started watching my broiler very closely around 90 seconds into cooking, as about 10 – 15 seconds later is when the peanut butter started to scorch. Of course, every broiler is different and rack position will make a difference, too.

 Make these Peanut Butter S'mores over the campfire this summer or use the broiler for a year-round dessert!

These Peanut Butter S'mores can be enjoyed year-round using the broiler or as a campfire treat in the summer!
Make these Peanut Butter S'mores over the campfire this summer or use the broiler for a year-round dessert!

Peanut Butter S’mores

Yield

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 4 teaspoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
  • 4 whole grain graham cracker sheets, split in half

Directions

  1. Position rack in oven to highest level and preheat broiler.

  2. On a baking sheet, place four bananas slices close together so they are touching to form a square (positioned so they will fit on a half of a graham cracker sheet.) Repeat until you have four banana squares total. Spread one teaspoon of peanut butter over each of the banana squares and top each with ½ tablespoon of chocolate chips.

  3. Place under the broiler and watch closely until the peanut butter starts to scorch like a marshmallow would (for my broiler, this happens at about 1 minute 45 seconds.) Immediately remove tray from oven.

  4. Using a spatula, carefully slide each banana square onto a half graham cracker sheet. Top each s’more with the other graham cracker half.

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Deanna Segrave-Daly is the author of the SWEET SPLURGES Feature on HealthyAperture -- a monthly column designed for the reader who wants to eat healthfully most of the time but who also enjoys indulging now and then, too. Deanna is a food-loving dietitian who writes, develops recipes and dabbles in food iPhoneography for her blog Teaspoon of Spice. Along with being the {Sweet Splurges} Features Editor at Healthy Aperture, she is also the co-founder of The Recipe ReDux and Blog Brûlée. Her 8-year old daughter and picky eater husband keep her inspired to create appealing, good-for-you family cuisine.
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