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Cooking with Coach Levi: Toasted Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

While peanut butter and jelly is everyone’s favorite sandwich, there are quite a few other peanut butter combinations out there. My favorite would have to be the peanut butter and banana sandwich. But most peanut butter banana sandwiches are missing a critical step…

toasted pb banana sandwich

You have to toast the banana! A warm banana on warm bread, plus melting peanut butter, is great. So let’s put an end to warm bread and peanut butter plus cold, raw bananas!

You will need:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 or 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter

And then follow these instructions:

1. Grab two slices of bread.

bread peanut butter banana

Take your two slices of 100% whole wheat bread and lay them out side by side. One will be for the banana, one for the peanut butter.

2. Slice the banana.

sliced banana on bread

Slice the banana into little circles (like you are putting it in a bowl of cereal.) Then spread the slices out on one slice of bread. Cover the entire slice of bread, using half-slices of banana to fill in the gaps.

3. Toast everything.

toasting peanut butter banana sandwich

Put the bread and banana in the toaster oven. (Be careful when putting the banana slice in; you have to support the weight of the banana or the bread will flop over.)

Toast as desired, or until bread is golden brown. (Afterwards, remove bread from toaster.)

4. Spread peanut butter.

toasted peanut butter banana

Spread peanut butter over the plain piece of toast.

5. Put it all together.

toasted peanut butter banana sandwich

Put the peanut butter slice on top of banana slice. Cut in half and serve.

Mmm mmm, it’s all warm and gooey! Now isn’t that the best peanut butter and banana sandwich?

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7 Comments
  1. I LOVE Peanut Butter & Banana sandwiches!! They are my absolute favorite post-workout snack, thanks for recognizing how great they are! I’ve never thought to toast my banana, but it’s a great idea. 1 Question: how would you recommend accomplishing this if you don’t have a flat toaster oven? (Just the type of toaster you drop your bread into…) Food for thought!

  2. @Ryan

    Thanks for stopping by! I know what you mean about the toaster vs toaster oven situation. I pondered it before but couldn’t come up with a good solution…

    1) There’s the Elvis Presley method where you mash a banana onto the bread and cook the sandwich in a frying pan (kind of like grilled cheese.)

    2) You could cook the entire banana separately, perhaps on a stovetop burner, and then slice it up for the sandwich. Maybe wrap it in foil like a baked potato.

    3) Microwave the banana slices until they get real soft, and then apply to the toasted bread.

    That last one is probably the most feasible, but without the toaster oven it is quite a bit of extra work!

  3. Thanks, Levi! I am getting hungry just thinking about it…. 🙂

  4. Something I recently discovered is if you freeze a ripe banana whole and then thaw it in the microwave it turns into a sort of pudding. I like to make some PB&B sandwiches this way:
    1. Put frozen banana into microwave for about 3 minutes.
    2. Toast bread in the meantime
    3. When banana is done. squeeze it out of skin and mash it up to make it into a pudding. Warm up more if it needs it
    4. Spread bread with peanut butter and spread the banana on the other side.
    5. eat

  5. @Houston

    Interesting, I’ve never thought of that!

  6. Hi,
    I have a question. Is it ok to spread peanut butter before putting the slice in the oven? Would that not heat the peanut butter, and taste better?/

  7. @ybin

    The toasted bread is hot enough to melt the peanut butter. If you toast the peanut butter, it will probably melt everywhere and make a mess. It also interferes with toasting that side of the bread (and that’s already an issue with the bananas so we don’t want to make it worse.) So it’s not something I suggest.

    Maybe it will work with certain peanut butters, and certain taste preferences, but you’re on your own there!

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