Banana Spring Rolls

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Oh, how I love spring rolls in any and every form. I also love dessert in any and every form. So these? Ummm, yes, please!

These little suckers are fried but only lightly and if your oil is nice and hot they won’t absorb as much oil. I have also read that adding vinegar to hot oil helps to prevent excess from being absorbed when fried- although I have no idea how you would add vinegar to hot oil without ending up with an exploding mess on your hands. If anyone has tried this, let me know!

Aside from the fried aspect, these little treats make a nice dessert option as they are not too sweet and are packed with protein for added satiety. Not to mention the sesame seeds add a little extra punch of nutrition as well- loaded with trace minerals from copper to manganese (which play important roles in everything from bone and muscle health, to cardiac function, red blood cell formation and hormone production) they are also a source of fiber, niacin and oleic acid.

Niacin is a b-complex vitamin, otherwise known as vitamin B3. It has shown serious promise when it comes to a healthy heart by reducing triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. Had a heart attack? Niacin may help prevent a second one. It has also shown promise as a preventative fro Alzheimer’s, cataracts, osteoarthritis and diabetes.

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Oleic acid (omega-9) also offers benefits for those with diabetes- it improves fasting glucose, insulin sensitivity and blood circulation. Plus, combine sesame seeds (a seed) and peanuts (a legume) and you get a match made in complete protein heaven! Let’s talk about those peanuts for a second, peanuts definitely do not deserve the bad rap they seem to have gotten- read all about that in this article from Harvard. Minerals, fiber, protein and awesome flavor? While they are still a little calorie dense and not quite healthy, all in all not bad for a dessert, huh? Especially one that comes together so easily and tastes oh so good with 2-ingredient banana or coconut ice cream.

They are also super easy to make with only 5 ingredients:

Banana Spring Rolls
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Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Rice Paper- the refrigerated kind
  • 2 tsp Sesame Seeds, toasted
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Peanuts, chopped and toasted
  • 2 Dates, finely chopped
  • 2 Very Ripe Bananas
Instructions
  1. Slice and lightly mash bananas and dates. Add sesame seeds and peanuts. Mix well.
  2. Take a sheet of rice paper (leave the rest covered in a damp paper towel to prevent them from drying out) and lay it in front of you with one corner towards you (it should be in the shape of a diamond in front of you).
  3. Spoon about 2 tsp of banana mixture onto the bottom corner, about 1 inch from the bottom of the corner. Fold the corner up and over the mixture, then fold the corner (with the mixture) up once more.
  4. Fold the sides of the rice paper in, like an envelope. Finish rolling the stuffed corner up.
  5. Seal the edges with a splash of water.
  6. Repeat until you are out of filling.
  7. Heat oil to 350F. When it is nice and hot, place the spring rolls into the oil (if you have a lot, do this in 2-3 batches). Allow them to cook for about 1-2 minutes, flipping them with tongs to allow them to brown evenly.
  8. When they are golden brown all over, remove them from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain. Serve immediately with ice cream!

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