Peanut Butter Banana Basil Rainbow Chard Wrap

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Bowl of Peanut Butter Banana Basil Rainbow Chard Wraps

So here’s the thing. I went to our local farmers market last weekend – the first time it’s been warm enough to go – and scored some totally awesome finds. Awesome for Wichita, that is.

You see, I used to live in Portland, Oregon, where farmers markets took up entire college campuses and housed hundreds of vendors, 5 of which sold nothing but strawberries. I had choices people, I had options. I was in produce heaven.

Rainbow chard leaf and spoonful of chunky peanut butter

In Kansas, we’re in the heart of the Midwest where farming is supposed to be our gig, but for some reason farmers markets aren’t as abundant. It’s typically more of a picked-over tomato and homemade knickknack type of scene. To score some amazing looking carrots or fresh herbs or gorgeous heaps of kale is rare. Our markets simply don’t compare to coastal contenders.

But, but, at the recommendation of local friends I went to a market on the west side of town that boasted some of the freshest and biggest variety of produce I’ve ever seen in Kansas. I was so pleasantly surprised that I swiped up nearly $20 worth of organic goods and I’ve dedicated two entire recipes to my finds!

The first of which being this hippie-looking breakfast roll-up I’ve been digging that was originally inspired by my lovely friend Aubrey.

Peanut butter and banana on a rainbow chard leaf

While on my cleanse, gluten was out of the picture, so I turned to green alternatives instead. At the market I scored some amazingly gorgeous rainbow swiss chard from the sweetest mother and daughter – along with a handful of kale – and immediately went home to make a hearty yet clean breakfast roll-up.

The concept is simple. Simply rinse and dry a large leaf of rainbow chard, carve the vein down a bit if it’s too thick (or remove it altogether), slather on a nut butter – I went with salty natural peanut butter – top it with other additions, such as flax, basil and a banana, and roll the whole thing up!

I call it breakfast, my co-workers call it “that weird thing I was eating.” I’m convinced they’re the ones missing out.

Rolling peanut butter and banana in a rainbow chard leaf for a simple snack

You know I’ve loved the flavors of peanut butter and basil for a while now, and this wrap takes it to a whole new level. The rainbow chard is slightly sweet and crisp, the peanut butter-banana meld together like a dream, the flax adds a bit of earthiness and the basil gives it a distinct almost minty flavor.

I could eat this wrap over a stack of pancakes all day long. Don’t get me wrong, pancakes are great. But sometimes a girl just needs her greens.

Super simple snack of our Rainbow Chard Wrap recipe

Peanut Butter Banana Basil Rainbow Chard Wrap

Rainbow chard topped with peanut butter, banana, flaxseed, and basil and rolled up into a portable breakfast, lunch, or snack wrap. So green, so good.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Fresh basil, banana, and peanut butter on a chard leaf
4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 (wrap)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

  • 1 large rainbow swiss chard leaf (rinsed and dried)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp natural salted peanut butter (crunchy is best)
  • 1 medium (perfectly ripe) banana
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 handful basil

Instructions

  • Flatten your rainbow chard and, with a knife, shave the stem down so it’s easier to roll up. Alternatively, cut out the bottom portion that tends to be more rigid.
  • Starting at the bottom about 1/4 of the way up (see photos) smear on peanut butter, add flaxseed, banana and basil and roll the whole thing up like a regular wrap, tucking the sides in as you near the top. If your banana isn’t ripe/sweet enough, add a drizzle of honey or agave to sweeten.
  • Secure with a tooth pick and cut in half. Or, simply grasp in your hands and enjoy immediately! I ate half at breakfast and carried the other half in a baggy for a snack later on. It was just as delicious a few hours later.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Recipe inspired by italktofood

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 wrap Calories: 293 Carbohydrates: 36 g Protein: 9.3 g Fat: 15 g Saturated Fat: 2.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.5 g Monounsaturated Fat: 6.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 181 mg Potassium: 818 mg Fiber: 8 g Sugar: 16 g Vitamin A: 3090 IU Vitamin C: 25 mg Calcium: 65 mg Iron: 2 mg

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  1. Julia says

    This looked so awful I had to try it… now it’s my new favorite breakfast!!!!!!!! The basil complimented the banana and nut butter perfectly. The Swiss chard was fun and much more satisfying than a tortilla. Reminded me of something you’d see on chopped :)

  2. Julia says

    I had to try this because I was sure there this was going to be disgusting… but I was so wrong! You can barely taste the greens used to wrap the peanut butter and banana. Pleasently surpirsed by this one :)

  3. Mavis Jones says

    didn’t have any chard but had some collard greens that i’m try to use up. enjoyed it. would have never thought of putting the combination together.

  4. ewa says

    I just had that. Used sweetheart cabbage because that’s what I found in the supermarket and forgot the basil. WHERE has this thing been my whole life? This is breakfast from now on. If your obviously superior culinary creativity comes up with other ways of filling the wrap, please share. Please.

  5. EandTripleT says

    This is such a great recipe! I am very happy I found this blog. My boyfriend and I started one, EandTripleT, a little while back ago just for fun….and now I am seeing so many new opportunities.

    Love this!

      • EandTripleT says

        Thanks Dana! I appreciate that. Would you be willing to mention us in one of your posts? We would definitely do the same – although, we don’t get as much traction as you guys do (Yet :)).

        Erika

  6. Becca Clark-Hargreaves says

    Hey, I just found your blog and was pretty excited when I discovered that you live in Wichita. I grew up in Gardner, Ks, also spending a great deal of time in Topeka where my dad lives. I moved to Seattle last September for my freshman year of college, but am spending this summer in Manhattan, living with my sister. Anyway, your blog is great and I look forward to digging through the archives.

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So cool! Many readers are surprised to find out we’re in Wichita. it’s always a pleasant surprise to hear from fellow mid-westerners. Good luck in Seattle! Great city – we kind of love it there.

  7. Kris says

    So I had to come back and tell you that I tried and I loved it. And the peanut butter-basil combo?! Why was I not a believer before? :)

    • Richelle Smith says

      Oh my! I was scrolling through ideas on Pinterest for rainbow chard and came across this. When I saw the picture of a banana in the leaf I was thinking what is that?! After clicking on it and seeing it was yours, I knew it had to be a winner. Then reading the ingredients and seeing basil I was even more blown away by this combo lol. This will be my breakfast tomorrow morning. Can’t wait to try!!

  8. Kris says

    I am so intrigued by this, Dana. I’m all about eating veggies (especially the green ones) at any time of day and I make savoury green wraps regularly, but I have never thought to do a sweet version. I’m totally going to give this a try. P.S. I haven’t commented before (not sure why!), but I adore your blog!

  9. Michelle @ Michelle's tiny kitchen says

    This is life-changing. My go-to breakfast on busy mornings is whole wheat toast with peanut butter, flax, a banana and walnuts. LOVE the idea of starting the day with greens instead of bread. I would never have thought of this, it’s pure genius. Thank you!

  10. Alexis @ Hummusapien says

    This is SO gorgeous. Love the simplicity, the healthfulness, the ingredients, everything!

  11. Abby says

    This confuses my peanut butter lovin brain. And banana lovin brain. And greens lovin brain. And spaghetti (basil) lovin brain.

    I need to try it!

  12. Sarah C. says

    Love that your coworkers call it “that weird thing you’re eating”! That has so happened to me a million times….

  13. Erica@ Abbie and Erica's Adventures says

    I’m intrigued! I saw your pb and basil post the other day and was thinking it was crazy, now I’m thinking ill actually try this combo out.

  14. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says

    Nothing can go wrong with it involves PB. I’m literally dying to try this combo :D

  15. Olga says

    What an interesting combination, theoretically in my mind should be a perfect one.. I just need to taste it. Thanks for the idea! Also I need to taste/test banana/basil pairing. I just discovered your both sites and love it. Awesome pictures too!

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Clara, it’s the one at 21st and Ridge! Go check it out. Runs through October, every Saturday from 7-noon. Great produce and lovely people!

      • Natasha says

        Omg! I attended kstate ( recent grad) my biggest complain was the lack of fresh produce! You would think being surrounded by farmland it would be in abundance. Anyways love this recipe and your creativity! You are a rock star

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      nope! the rainbow chard I got was actually not bitter at all – it was sweet even!