Jorge's career has journeyed through organic chemistry and other arts. Occasionally, his research spreads to the kitchen.
No, this is not a mistake. This article does belong in the section of food and cooking.
Capitalizing on the success of the chocolate spread (see https://hubpages.com/food/A-Delicious-and-Nutritive-Chocolate-Spread-that-You-Can-Make-in-10-Minutes), I launched a new almond-chocolate-based breakfast plate, or dessert, or snack, or protein ball, or healthy brownies, or anything you want to turn it into. Considering the versatility and polyonymousness of the product I ended-up dubbing it by its accidental appearance. After all, coprophagia was, and is, pretty common in the animal kingdom—ask some dogs. I considered prudent though, to avoid any confusion with the steamy daily material, to source its origin from an extinct, unjudgeable species.
Anyways, here is the recipe of those super-healthy and addictive T-Rex droppings.
Two ripe bananas
One cup of almond butter
Two cups of one-minute oats
Two full spoons of cacao powder
One-half cup of Cranberries
This is it. You read it well—no sugar added. The only sugars are coming from the naturally occurring fructose and sucrose in bananas and cranberries.
You will also need a mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, parchment paper, a cookie baking sheet, an oven and some muscle.
Peel the bananas and mash them in the bowl with the wooden spoon, add the almond butter and mix it with the bananas. You will notice that the texture of the mix is denser and stiffer than the individual components. This is the result of the fat-loving proteins in the almond butter denaturing under the action of the bananas' water-loving sugars. Cool, eh?
Add the chocolate and the cranberries, mix, and add the oats. Mix it all well. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Scoop the mix into the parchment paper-covered baking sheet. You might be skilled enough to produce geometrically round, brownie or cookie-like structures. I am not. Thereupon, I get droppings...
Bake for ten minutes in one of the upper racks of the oven.
Store them in a closed container at room temperature for up to two days or in the fridge for a longer period.
In addition to the nutrition information shown in the table, the droppings come packed with calcium, potassium, iron, selenium, and magnesium.
Cacao and almond butter contain antioxidants and minerals; including copious amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin E, and phytochemicals that control blood pressure, lower low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or "bad cholesterol" concentration in blood, reduce arterial plaque and promote general health.
Almond butter provides additional cardiovascular benefits because of its fibre and "good" fat content which is made up principally of unsaturated fatty acids. These fats provide energy to help you go on with your day unhungry while improving your blood cholesterol levels to combat cardiovascular disease.
Cacao needs no preamble; everyone—including the ancient Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs, who called it the food of the Gods—knows chocolate makes you happy (or happier if you are already happy). Chemicals in the cacao are responsible for boosting your mood. What a better prelude to your stress-loaded workday than a scoop of cheer-filled spread at breakfast. It is also said that chocolate makes your skin glow, reduces the chance of skin cancer, improves your metabolism, prevents tooth cavities, improves brain function, and thins your blood. And, yes, you are right, it is also an aphrodisiac. So, there you go, the droppings can be consumed at any time of the day or the night.
Oats require not much vindication, they are already on the breakfast table of many. As it is well known, they are loaded with mineral and vitamins, but they also contain unique fibres, such as soluble beta-glucans.
In times, when COVID-19 and winter are keeping us home longer, not to mention other perils, I hope this recipe brings you a healthy snack and laugh.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 04, 2020:
Your recipe sounds delicious. I love the name that you chose!