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Gourmet Banana Peanut Butter Sandwich

Who said that the peanut butter sandwich had to be 1) boring 2) just for kids and 3) the same every time? Sometimes reinventing a classic is just what you need to get out of a rut.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 419.4kcal
Author: Anjali Shah



  • Spread the peanut & almond butter mixture on both slices of bread, and top one half with sliced bananas
  • Add chopped walnuts on top of the banana slices along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.
  • 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 griddle pan if you don't have a panini press)
  • Once the top has browned and is slightly crispy, remove from panini press and let cool for 1-2 min.
  • Cut sandwich in half and enjoy!


Note: This recipe has only 3g added sugar, the rest of the sugar is natural (from the bananas and bread!)
Top tips for making this gourmet peanut butter sandwich
  • Use ripe bananas - they will be much sweeter, and choose an organic peanut butter with no added sugar.
  • If you don't have a panini press, you can grill these in a pan on the stove top.
  • For best results, enjoy this sandwich fresh off the panini press, while it's still hot!
  • To make this gluten free, just use your favorite gluten-free bread!
  • To make this even more fun for kids, use cookie cutters to cut a peanut butter sandwich into tiny sandwiches in fun shapes: hearts, stars, dinosaurs have all been a big hit with my kids. Or you could do a seasonal theme: pumpkins for Halloween, Christmas trees for Christmas, snowmen for winter!
For variations on this peanut butter sandwich:
  • Use different fresh fruit: diced strawberries, apples, pear, mangoes or peaches, all work well. Whole pomegranate seeds, or sliced figs are more adventurous options to try instead of the banana in this recipe
  • Change up the spices! I used cinnamon in this recipe, but nutmeg, all spice, pumpkin pie spice, or even a pinch of cloves or cardamom would all work well. For a more "adult" flavor, try a pinch of cayenne or chili powder!
  • Make it into a quesadilla! Replace the sprouted wheat bread with whole wheat tortillas and grill it on a griddle.
  • Replace the peanut/almond butter with sunbutter!
  • Try almonds, peanuts or cashews as whole crushed nuts instead of the walnuts. You could also whip up a custom blend of "peanut butter" using a mix of nut butters, seeds, granola or even coconut flakes!
  • For a more decadent feel, try using these pancakes as the "bread" in this recipe!


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 419.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.1g | Protein: 16.9g | Fat: 18.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Sodium: 307.9mg | Potassium: 561.2mg | Fiber: 9.4g | Sugar: 14.5g