Peanut butter banana sandwich

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A peanut butter banana sandwich is the perfect snack for kids, salty, sweet, and a source of energy, fat, protein, carbs and fibre in every bite.

I add a couple of things that make my version even more delicious then I like to toast it so that it's even more melty, and the bananas even more sweet and comforting.

A hand raised above a chopping board holding a halved peanut butter banana sandwich. Next to the wooden chopping board is a ceramic bowl of raspberries and two bananas

Why this recipe works

  • Quick and Easy to make
  • Nutritious
  • Loved by kids
  • The perfect combination of flavours, think banoffee pie

Ingredients you will need

  • bread
  • butter
  • peanut butter
  • banana
  • date
  • cinnamon
All the ingredients laid out on the bench to make the peanut butter banana sandwich

Ingredient Notes and Substitutes

  • Bread: Choose your favourite bread, I like to use a sourdough, oat bread or whole wheat bread. My son has coeliac disease and loves this with gluten free bread.
  • Butter: The butter goes on the outside before you grill the sandwich. You can use a dairy free alternative if this suits you better.
  • Peanut butter: I'm a smooth peanut butter girl but you can use either smooth or crunchy peanut butter. Almond butter also works well. For a nut free version try sunflower butter.
  • Banana: The riper the sweeter the grilled peanut butter sandwich will be.
  • Date: I just use a dried date, but you could use a Medjool date. I find adding the date adds another layer of flavour, it gives adds a hint of almost caramel flavour to the sandwich. You don't have to add the date, but I do reckon it makes this sandwich even better.
  • Cinnamon and this sandwich combination is a match made in heaven.


Step-by-step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my grilled peanut banana sandwich recipe, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Step one: Thinly butter both pieces of bread, then flip these over and spread the other side of both slices of bread with peanut butter

Two slices of buttered bread resting on a wooden chopping board next to a butter knife and a small ramekin of butter.
Two slices of bread, spread with peanut butter resting on a wooden chopping board.

Step two: Use a fork to mash the banana on top of the peanut butter on one piece of the bread. I like my banana mashed, as I like how it goes and sweet when it's cooked like this. You can of course top the banana with banana slices instead.

Two slices of bread resting on a chopping board and spread with peanut butter. One slice has smashed banana on it.

Step three: Sprinkle the mashed banana with the chopped date and cinnamon.

One slice of bread layered with peanut butter, banana and dates and sprinkled with cinnamon resting on a chopping board next to one other slice of bread which is spread with peanut butter.

Step four: Close the sandwich with the other piece of bread (peanut butter against the banana and butter on the outside).

Step five: Grill The Sandwich: This can be done in a skillet on your stove top over medium heat. In a sandwich press/panini press or my personal favourite in a waffle maker (just because it make cute little patterns on the sandwich.

A waffle maker resting on the bench with one toasted peanut butter and banana sandwich

Enjoy!



Top Tips & FAQs

Here is how you can make this peanut butter and banana sandwich perfectly ever time

  • Ripe bananas are key, same as it really is worth trying this sandwich with the addition of chopped dates and cinnamon.
  • Because this sandwich contains peanut butter it might not be the best to send in a lunchbox as your school may have a nut free policy but it's a great snack for after school and for the school holidays.
  • If you want to take this sandwich next level you can whisk some eggs and turn it into French Toast. It is one of my kids favourite 'fancy breakfasts' especially if you drizzle it with a little maple syrup or honey.

What famous person liked Banana and Peanut Butter Sandwiches?

This is a fact you can share with your children, Elvis Presley is known to love Grilled Banana Peanut Butter Sandwiches.

One halved peanut butter banana sandwich resting on a wooden chopping board sitting next to two bananas and a jar of peanut butter


a tower of three squares of grilled sandwich on a plate with a slice of banana.
Two grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches being held up above a chopping board, banana and bowl of raspberries.

Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

My favourite Grilled Peanut Butter Sandwich
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter banana sandwich, grilled peanut butter banana sandwich
Servings: 1 Sandwich
Calories: 424kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 teaspoons butter softened
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ medium banana
  • 1 date chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Thinly butter both pieces of bread, then flip these over and spread the other side of both pieces of the bread with peanut butter
  • Use a fork to mash the banana on top of the peanut butter on one piece of the bread.
  • Sprinkle the mashed banana with the chopped date and cinnamon.
  • Close the sandwich with the other piece of bread (peanut butter against the banana and butter on the outside).
  • Toast the sandwich: This can be done in a fry pan on your stove top, in a sandwich press or a waffle maker.
  • Enjoy

Notes

  • Ripe bananas are key, same as it really is worth trying this sandwich with the addition of chopped dates and cinnamon. 
  • Because this sandwich contains peanut butter it might not be the best to send in a lunchbox as your school may have a nut free policy but it's a great snack for after school and for the school holidays.
  • If you want to take this sandwich next level you can whisk some eggs and turn it into French Toast. It is one of my kids favourite 'fancy breakfasts' especially if you drizzle it with a little maple syrup or honey. 
  • Bread: Choose your favourite bread, I like to use a sourdough, oat bread or whole wheat bread. My son has coeliac disease and loves this with gluten free bread. 
  • Butter: The butter goes on the outside before you grill the sandwich. You can use a dairy free alternative if this suits you better. 
  • Peanut butter: I'm a smooth peanut butter girl but you can use either smooth or crunchy peanut butter. Almond butter also works well. For a nut free version try sunflower butter. 
  • Banana: The riper the sweeter the grilled peanut butter sandwich will be. 
  • Date: I just use a dried date, but you could use a Medjool date. I find adding the date adds another layer of flavour, it gives adds a hint of almost caramel flavour to the sandwich. You don't have to add the date, but I do reckon it makes this sandwich even better. 
  • Cinnamon and this sandwich combination is a match made in heaven. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Sandwich | Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 3mg

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