Who said that peanut butter sandwiches had to be 1) boring 2) just for kids and 3) the same every time? I’m a huge fan of PB&J, probably because I had it almost every day when I was a kid and eating it for lunch has some element of nostalgia for me. And even though I can be a creature of habit a lot of the time, the same three ingredients (which for me are: sprouted wheat bread, almond or peanut butter, and blueberry preserves), can get a tiny bit monotonous. Then I heard about this PB&J sandwich shop in Portland that makes the coolest PB&J sandwiches, and I was inspired to get creative with one of my childhood favorites. So here goes – the peanut butter sandwich: reinvented!
These were the ingredients I used, but you can obviously experiment with your own. My list included: Sprouted wheat bread, walnuts, sliced bananas, cinnamon, a mix of almond and peanut butter, and honey.
Step 1: Spread the peanut & almond butter mixture on both slices of bread, and top one half with sliced bananas
Step 2: Chop 3-4 walnuts, and add on top of the banana slices along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey
Doesn’t that just make you want to take a big bite out of that sandwich? I couldn’t resist taking more than one picture of it.
Step 3: Top with the other slice of bread (that already has peanut/almond butter spread on it), and put into the panini press (or grill in a pan if you don’t have a panini press)
At this time, the nut butters, banana and honey are getting all melty and gooey…
Step 4: Once the top has browned and is slightly crispy, remove from panini press and let cool for 1-2 min.
I love the grill marks!
Step 5: Cut sandwich in half (I always like cutting on the diagonal because I think it looks more fun)
Eat and enjoy!