Recipe: Homemade Peanut Butter and Caramelized Banana Panini

Recipe Peanut Butter and Caramelized Banana Panini

If you’re itching for a new way to spice up your homemade peanut butter sandwiches, no need to look any further. Try adding caramelized bananas to a peanut butter panini for a dramatically new taste of excellence. You can thank us later.

Homemade Peanut Butter & Caramelized Banana Panini

Serves 4 – You will need a panini grill and food processor

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted shelled peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, slightly green, not quite ripe, sliced crosswise into 1/4″ slices
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • 8 slices good-quality white bread
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. Place peanuts, honey, and salt in the bowl of a food processor with blade. Nuts will transform from coarse to finely ground then begin to form a paste (scrape the sides of the bowl as needed)
  2. Process until the peanuts resemble a thick, but mostly smooth, and shiny peanut butter, about 4 minutes. Set aside
  3. Place a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, sizzle one tablespoon of butter in the pan for a few seconds, then add bananas
  4. Allow bananas to brown for about 30 seconds without stirring or moving them
  5. Use a heat-proof spatula to turn bananas over, then add brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining tablespoon of butter
  6. Cook about one minute more, until sugar is melted and bananas are caramelized, but still solid. Remove from heat
  7. Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat (375 degrees)
  8. For each sandwich, brush melted butter onto the outer sides of two slices of bread and spread a generous amount of peanut butter on the inner sides
  9. Arrange a single layer of caramelized bananas on one of the slices of bread and close the sandwich with the other slice
  10. Grill 2-3 minutes until the bread is toasted and golden grill marks appear
  11. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Source: Panini Happy

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