Oh, hi there. It’s been a little while. I just returned from a absofabulawesome trip to California and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t a little sad to be back in cold snowy Boston (it was 70 degrees in San Fran and wine country every day we were there). And I haven’t quite come to terms with the fact that I have to go back to work tomorrow. Which means I have to be up at 6:00 a.m., which is going to feel like 3 a.m. to my poor west coast accustomed body. But trust me, I am not complaining because the trip was pretty perfect and well, I’m sure I’ll be writing a blog post or two about it. Especially about my dinner at French Laundry (and the fact that they invited me and Chris into the kitchen after our meal!!!). But for now, I’m going to talk about sandwiches. And peanut butter sandwiches at that.
I actually had quite a few posts planned for when I was away, but then things got super busy at work and I didn’t end up having time to schedule them. So, I decided to just go off and enjoy my vacation and get posting when I returned! Back in college, one of my all-too-ften meals was grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I started thinking about them a couple weeks ago and then started craving them. So simple, but so comforting and perfect for when you want something easy for lunch or dinner. I decided to caramelize the bananas for a little extra kick, but if you’re feeling lazy (like I am nine times out of ten), just slice them up, obvi.
Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Sandwiches (makes 2 sandwiches):
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- 2 bananas
- 2 T butter, melted
- 2 T brown sugar
- 4 slices bread
- 4 T peanut butter
- 1 t honey
I cut the bananas in half and then sliced them lengthwise.
In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter and brown sugar.
Slather it all over the bananas and put the bananas on a grill pan (you could use a regular pan, too) over medium heat.
Cook until the bananas are golden brown and then flip to caramelize the other side, as well. Remove bananas to a plate.
I put my bread slices on the grill for 2 minute per side to get a nice toasty-ness on it, too.
Now, slather the peanut butter on all of the bread slices and layer the banana over the top. Drizzle the honey on top and sandwich together and slice.
And dig in. Maybe even when the bananas are still a little bit warm. And the peanut butter gets all melty. That’s the best.
I’d love to make this every day for lunch to see how long it takes me to get sick of it. I’m pretty sure that would be never. And if I did, I’d just add a little jelly or fluff or something.
Also, while we’re on the topic, it’s all Skippy peanut butter in my house if we’re talking the not 100% natural stuff. Which makes me feel like I should probably just go ahead and try their natural stuff. But when I want peanut butter I want the sugary stuff I grew up on. Is that so bad?
Bananas make this sandwich healthier? And more sugary?
The honey helps, too. I don’t even know why I felt the need to add honey. But I did and I’m glad I did.
When I woke up on the morning we were leaving California, I swore I’d never eat again. Like ever, ever again. Then I realized that was totally unreasonable and that I’d probably just eat vegetables and fruits and drink green juices. But then I started this post and this sandwich looks pretty darn perfect to me. And then Chris brought me home buffalo wings for dinner and I ate them. So, there goes that.
I’m in bed now because I KNOW I have to get to sleep even though my body doesn’t want to. If I had a fresh loaf of bread and bananas in my kitchen right now, I would actually get out of bed to make this again. As it is, I’m considering eating a scoop of peanut butter off a spoon (can you tell I haven’t been to the grocery store since I’ve been back yet?). But I just brushed my teeth and I. need. to. go. to. sleep.
Tomorrow. There’s always time for more food tomorrow.
Do you have a peanut butter brand of choice?