One of Tink's many, many birthday food requests was a fried banana sandwich. She calls them Elvis sandwiches and she absolutely loves them. We all do! Of course, I add my own little touches and healthy it up as much as possible. :) These sandwiches are also a great alternative to banana bread when I need to use up the overripe bananas we seem to constantly have. In this heat, bananas last two days at most on our counter. I usually stick them in the fridge, which keeps them from ripening for almost two weeks, but the kids still won't eat them because the skins turn black. I have come to enjoy my bananas cold better than room temperature!
You will need (for one sandwich):
1 overripe banana
2 slices of whole wheat bread
Smart Balance spread (or butter)
Preheat your frying pan to medium heat. Grease with pan spray or butter.
Spread peanut butter onto both slices of bread. I like Smart Balance's natural peanut butter.
Drizzle honey on one side of peanut butter laced bread. Slice the banana and place the slices on the other peanut butter slathered bread.
Put the two slices together, banana and honey meeting in the middle. Spread the Smart Balance spread onto the outside of the sandwich. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Heat in the frying pan until a beautiful golden brown.
Tink likes to have her sandwich cut in half. (It's all I can do to not write "sanch" because that's what the girls have always called sandwiches. Sanches! Goose started it. Her favorite lunch as a toddler was a "cheesh sanch.")
So delicious!! My mouth is watering and I glanced over at the bananas on the counter. The stinkin' things are under ripe for once. Of course! :)
We've been on a cold sanch kick this week for dinner because the heat index has been in the 100's. The weatherman said that this is the hottest weather in recorded history here in Florida. I didn't even want to turn on the burner to boil the eggs for egg salad sanches last night! But I would turn on the burner for these fried banana sanches!! I think I've decided on tomorrow night's dinner!
All great flavors! Bananas, peanut butter, honey, cinnamon. Absolutely wonderful! Add the touch of sugar and the nutty whole wheat and you come pretty close to the perfect sanch. At least according to Elvis and Tink!