Anyone else here LOVE peanut butter and banana? I know I’m not alone. Sometimes with the kids I babysit, we play a game called “Would You Rather?” I’ve been asked if I’d rather be stuck in a cage with a live, angry tiger or lick peanut butter off a hobo’s foot. When I was told I could have banana with my peanut butter, I chose the latter. (I hope that doesn’t change your opinion of me, after all, it’s peanut butter and banana we’re talking about here).
Anyway, a few nights ago – let’s just say it was Wednesday night - I had been lying in bed, wondering what I’d eat for breakfast the next morning. (My dad and I are known to plan out our breakfasts the night before. I guess that’s just what real foodies do.) I had already had eggs Wednesday morning, and I knew that I’d have my protein pancakes on Friday after my workout. Peanut butter and banana on toast had come to mind multiple times, but I wanted to spice it up somehow. I thought maybe a quesadilla, but then I started craving Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread, which pairs so perfectly with peanut butter its outrageous. Then, BOOM!, it hit me – a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich on Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread. “Haley, you’ve outdone yourself yet again”, I thought to myself as I closed my eyes, pulled my sheets up, snuggled myself in my bed, and fell asleep.
About 8 hours later, I was cutting into crispy cinnamon-raisin-y bread that held warm, gooey peanut butter and caramelly bananas. I had to stuff some of the peanut butter-banana guts back into the bread as I prepared my first bite, which by the way, was absolutely magnificent. In fact, each bite was more magnificent than the one before, as I carefully sliced off the crust first and then devoured the center (the best part).
Long story short, make this sandwich. I know many people who hate peanut butter, and many who hate bananas, and I’m talking to those people, too. And don’t be afraid of the Ezekiel bread – I am aware of its reputation as “dry”, “crumbly”, “tasting too healthy”. Believe me, you won’t even know this sandwich is healthy. Make. This. Sandwich. It doesn’t even have to be for breakfast. Haven’t you ever had breakfast for dinner? Or lunch? Or dessert? Or a post-dinner-pre-dessert snack if you’re awesome and think you can handle that. No matter when you decide to chow down on this angel, enjoy it.
Makes 1 sandwich
2 slices Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread
1 banana, sliced
2 tbsp. peanut butter (or as much as it takes to coat one side of each slice of bread)
3 tsp. olive oil (or coconut)
1. Heat a large skillet on medium – high heat and coat with 2 tsp. oil.
2. While the skillet is heating, spread the peanut butter on one side of each slice of bread.
3. Lay one slice of bread in the pan and top with banana slices.
4. Lay the other slice of bread on top and cover the skillet, allowing the sandwich to steam for about 2 minutes.
5. Uncover, and flip the sandwich, careful not to let the banana slices fall out or the bread to slip, which can happen.
6. Cover again, for 1 minute, or until the crispy as you like it.
7. Remove from pan and serve immediately.