Messy Eats

12 Jul

Throughout our first years of life, most of us are messy eaters.  Take yours truly, for example:

Green birthday cake frosting really does make for great puckering-picture-material, doesn’t it?

But once we develop greater hand-eye coordination, and learn how to use a spoon, fork, and knife without flipping the bowl of Spaghettios over our heads, eating becomes a much less difficult task.  And yet there’s an exception to every rule.

There will always be foods that are messy for even the most hygienic gourmand, like sloppy joes (unless they somehow became un-sloppy, in which case their name would have to be changed).  There really isn’t a clean way to eat them.  But just because something’s difficult to eat doesn’t make it inedible!  One simply must find an alternative consumption strategy, such as attacking it from the side.  Which is how you might need to approach these…

Glazed Cinnamon Sugar Banana Roll-Ups 

  • 2 10-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons Stevia (or sugar)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to taste
  • Pam butter cooking spray
  • 5 toothpicks
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together.  In another bowl, thoroughly mash banana.  Add mashed banana to cinnamon sugar and mix well.
  3. Lay out tortillas on flat surface, with one slightly overlapping the other.  It should look similar to a venn diagram.
  4. Spread banana mixture evenly across tortillas.  Spray some butter cooking spray on top of banana mixture.
  5. Carefully roll up tortillas, starting at the tortilla whose end is partially overlapped by the other.  This part will be messy!
  6. Place 5 toothpicks at even distance intervals across roll-up.  Carefully cut between toothpicks to make 5 roll-ups.
  7. Place roll-ups on greased baking sheet and bake for about 7 minutes.


  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon (1-1/2 teaspoons) milk
  • Ziploc bag
  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk.
  2. Pour glaze into Ziploc bag.
  3. Cut small tip from bag and glaze roll-ups.

Mmmmmm, messiness.


One Response to “Messy Eats”

  1. freshman5k July 13, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Yum! It’s like easy cinnamon rolls!

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