Heads up! National S’mores Day is August 10th this year. You can not celebrate the day without some delicious marshmallows. Look no further than to Smashmallow! I came across their marshmallows a few months back and fell in love with the delightful flavors that they have available. These are no ordinary marshmallows… these are next-level!
What are SmashMallows?
Smashmallows marshmallows are shaped like cubes and are light and fluffy. They make an excellent snack or are also excellent components in recipes that call for marshmallows. These little bites of bliss will take your taste buds on a trip to happiness and joy! The great thing about these marshmallows is that they are made with organic cane sugar, they are non-GMO, and they are naturally gluten-free. Also, each SmashMallow comes in at 20 calories per piece. 4 pieces are considered a serving so one serving size of this yummilicious treat comes in at only 80 calories.
You all know me! Trying out new foods all the time. This time around I had the chance to try out a plantain for the first time, AKA the “ugly bananas”! I ran into Kroger with my daughter to pick up some ingredients for some homemade popsicles that I will be creating this week. We were checking out the exotic fruits and a big plantain made its way into my shopping basket. I only purchased one. I had no clue what I was going to do with it but I wanted to bring it home anyway. I got home and did a bit of research on plantains. You do not want to eat these things raw. I did discover that these are best prepared cooked because if you bite into a raw one you are going to experience a bitter taste. You will not get sick eating a raw one but you will likely regret the taste in your mouth! I needed to figure out a plan of action with the plantain. I was sent a variety pack of SmashMallows to review. I already have a special recipe post drafted up for National S’mores Day (August 10th) featuring these yummy marshmallows. So I figured I could somehow incorporate the Cinnamon Churro flavor with the plantain. I made a roasted s’mores banana earlier this year and it turned out fantastic! I had the idea to use my plantain with the SmashMallows and roast it all up. I sprinkled some unsweetened coconut on it and a bit of cinnamon and cardamom.
I could not wait to tear into this when it popped out of the oven! I really enjoyed the taste of the plantain combined with the SmashMallows. After roasting the plantain for 13 minutes it had softened and was the perfect texture to eat.
6-8 Cinnamon Churro SmashMallows (or as many as you can cram inside!)
Tablespoon of unsweetened coconut
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Sprinkle of cardamom
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Slice the plantain down the middle but not completely. Leave a little space at top & bottom.
Stuff the plantain with the SmashMallows. I used a teaspoon along the sides to spread it open.
Top with unsweetened coconut, cinnamon, and cardamom.
Place the stuffed plantain onto a baking sheet or pan and wrap it up with foil, leaving an opening at the top.
Roast for 13 minutes (or until the SmashMallows get a golden crust on them).
This sure was a great dessert for my daughter and me to share. Of course, she loved the ooey, gooey toasted marshmallow part the most. I ended up being the one to eat most of the plantain. That was perfectly fine with me. I am really happy that I finally gave the “ugly banana” a whirl. I have seen those plantains around for ages and have always been so curious about them.
Tidbits of information on the plantain:
1 medium cooked plantain contains approximately 230 calories.
1 medium plantain has appx. 4.6 grams of fiber.
Plantains are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium.
Plantains come from several parts of the world: West & Central Africa, the Caribbean Islands, Central America, and coastal parts of South America.
If you are following a paleo diet plantains are ok to eat. They are starchy but considered a good source of carbohydrates.
When the plantain gets brown/black it is at its peak stage of ripeness. This is when it is the most sweet.
I am not a medical professional or certified nutritionist and all posts and recipes are not to be taken as medical advice. Statements here are for informational and entertainment purposes only and not to be taken as medical or dietary advice. My readers assume full responsibility for their actions and should consult with a medical professional if there are any dietary concerns or issues.
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