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PB and Banana Sandwiches

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich—better known as the PB & J—has been making lunch easy for countless moms and dads over the years. The popular PB and banana variation trades out the jelly for bananas and adds honey for a touch of sweetness, while the grilled PB sandwich, with a layer of decadent chocolate, takes it over the top.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices whole-grain honey-wheat bread
  • About 3/4 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 large bananas
  • 8 tsp. honey

Directions:

Place 4 bread slices on a work surface and spread with the peanut butter, dividing it evenly. Peel and slice the bananas and arrange the slices on top of the peanut butter, dividing them evenly. Drizzle 2 tsp. honey over each banana-topped slice. Top with the remaining bread slices. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve immediately. Makes 4 sandwiches

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Comfort Food, by Rick Rodgers (Oxmoor House, 2009).

Variation: Experiment with different types of bread—raisin bread or even cinnamon-swirl bread are good choices—or try different types of nut butters, such as almond or cashew.