Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Recipe: Banana, Almond Butter, and Honey Sandwich

I'm being asked more & more frequently what it is that Poor Girl has for breakfast on a regular work day. I realized that though I've posted a couple of my weekend breakfast favorites here - meals that aren't complicated but require a bit more time to make & savor than I have Monday through Friday - they don't really illustrate what I toss into my bag and bring to work for a quick breakfast. Admittedly, my weekday breakfasts aren't always that exciting, which is why I don't really post about them. Usually this most important meal of the day consists of some yogurt with flax seed sprinkled on top and maybe some fruit, or perhaps a nice steaming bowl of apple-cinnamon oatmeal. Quick, easy, no thinking required at all, which I like when I'm not fully awake (I'm not a morning person at all!).

But that can get old, and it certainly isn't as complete a meal as I should be having. The following sandwich isn't exactly the picture of a "complete" breakfast, but it covers a few more nutritional bases than a simple cup of yogurt and is still a relative no-brainer to make. Whole grain bread, almond butter, honey, and a sliced banana are all you need for this one, and even if it’s a little messy and not the prettiest breakfast, it’s still quite tasty. Think Elvis’s favorite sandwich, only without the heart-stopping bacon fat, almond v. peanut butter, and a kiss of honey to add a little something extra.

You can definitely use peanut butter if you prefer, as I’m sure the flavors would work together just fine. I’m personally just not a fan of peanut butter unless there’s chocolate involved. Though I stick to toasting my bread for this sandwich, I suppose it couldn’t hurt to grill it, as long as you can do so in a non-Elvis way with a light cooking spray or the smallest amount of butter possible. Don’t get me wrong, I do like big heavy breakfasts every once in awhile. This is just supposed to be something to get you going for the workday ahead, not give you food coma. Still, you will get full! This may not look like a big deal, but it’s full of fiber & protein, and should keep you going at least until lunchtime. I often have to split it and have each half a couple hours apart because I just can’t eat it all!

Anyway, enough of my babbling. Here’s a quick, easy, tasty breakfast that costs less than a McGriddle and won't raise your cholesterol like the rest of its fast food breakfast sandwich family can.

Banana, Almond Butter, and Honey Sandwich (makes 1 sandwich; average cost per sandwich: $1.10)

  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 T creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 - 1 T honey
  1. Lightly toast the bread.
  2. Cut the banana in half, and then in half again lengthwise.
  3. Spread the almond butter on one slice of bread, and the honey on the second slice.
  4. Arrange the banana slices vertically on either slice of bread, top with the other, slice diagonally (helps to keep the banana in there), and enjoy!
*Note: for extra health benefits, try sprinkling a bit of flaxseed onto your sandwich before assembling. It adds a fun, healthy crunch!


  1. Love this! I'm going to try it, but I'll grind the flaxseed. Have you seen Orowheat's Double Fiber whole wheat bread? It's not bad. I bet this idea could extend to sliced apples, or pears. Yum.

  2. I love this sandwich. I've had it with sliced apple as well as banana. I just started getting your blog by email. Great!!!

  3. This combines some of my favorite breakfast foods! I can't wait to make this tomorrow morning and enjoy it with my cup of tea.

  4. I looked for almond butter and it was super expensive (tiny jar for $10!), so I bought a large jar of apple butter for $3 and I can't wait to try it with this!

  5. If you have a Costco membership, you can buy a big jar of almond butter for $7!

    The sandwich is good too!

  6. I put this in a bowl with no bread, cut the banana into wheels and add a dash of cinnimon and eat with a spoon for a late night snack...

  7. My grandmother made this for me when I was a child...the only exception was she used peanut butter instead of almond butter. She used to mash the banana up and mix the three ingredients together. Then make the sandwich! I loved and still love it and was wondering how healthy it was!

  8. try not using the bread and putting it on a rice cake its sounds bad but its really good!!! and cheap:)

  9. I use peanut butter. But PBHB sandwiches are what I eat before tests--including every morning and at lunch during the bar exam. Enough slow carbs in a good whole grain bread and protein to keep my blood sugar level and my tummy full for 3-4 hours.

  10. That's exactly why I had this for breakfast today! I have an interview that involves taking several tests beforehand, so I want to be focused on that and not my belly! :)

  11. Try sunflower butter...it's delicious! I also like sunflower butter on a plain, unsalted rice cake topped with raisins. mmm



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