As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program I received a sample of Planters Peanut Butter. As a Fitness Professional I’ve advised clients and students to consider peanut butter when making their protein choices. The protein content varies slightly in peanut butter depending on the preparation method, which includes chunky and smooth, reduced fat or sodium, and vitamin and mineral fortified. Two tablespoons, or 32 grams, of peanut butter contains 7 to 8.3 grams of protein. The protein in peanut butter is an incomplete source of protein, meaning it does not contain all nine essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and essential amino acids are those that are not produced by the body and must come from dietary sources. Read more: Livestrong.com
Now disregard all of that because this post is so far on the other side of healthy you’d need to drop breadcrumbs to find your way back. What differentiates Planters Peanut Butter from some of the others that I’ve had, is that it doesn’t have the stick to the roof of your mouth thing going on. When I was a kid I loved that feel, it meant I got to drink more chocolate milk. It’s not so cool as an adult.
I went to Catholic school during my Jr. high years; it wasn’t middle school way back in the day. We had to go to mass every morning and those nuns didn’t play. If you tried to skip out Sister Barbara Ann would find you, and you would be dealt with. Paddling in school was acceptable back then. Our after mass treat was either glazed doughnuts and chocolate milk or PB&J sandwiches and chocolate milk. My sweet tooth hadn’t fully developed and many mornings I grabbed the PB&J sammi. There was nothing unique about grape jelly, and peanut butter on super soft and squishy white bread, but it was so good!!! When my Planters Peanut Butter arrived I knew one of the things I wanted to do was to pay homage to my old favorite.
This sandwich is loosely adapted from one I found at The Cheap Gourmet . Halfway into it I knew it was turning into something wickedly insane. I also knew that I would be the only one eating it. The Mr. doesn’t like peanut butter, Charisse doesn’t like the other ingredients I added, and Gabbi is allergic to nuts. Self sabotage maybe?
I started by making French Toast to use as the base. Mrs. Sweets over here also decided to pipe the peanut butter on to one slice of the toast, and not thinly either. Promise me if you make this you’ll drastically reduce the amount of peanut butter, 1-2 TBS will do. To the other slice I added apricot fruit spread, no sugar added, as if that mattered at this point. Half of a sliced banana, topped with coconut and sprinkled with macadamia nuts. This was one hefty sandwich and it was delicious. It’s also a knife a fork sandwich and there’s no dainty way to eat it. Half of it was my lunch and the other half dinner. I don’t even want to know the amount of calories or fat grams. My boys are going to love this! Milk, coffee or tea is required, along with a couple of napkins.
Gourmet Peanut Butter Sandwich – adapted from The Cheap Gourmet
2 slices of French Toast – your favorite recipe
¼ cup Planters Peanut Butter
½ sliced banana
2 TBS apricot fruit spread
1 TBS coconut
2 tsp chopped macadamia nuts
Spread or pipe peanut butter on one piece of toast and apricot fruit spread on the other. Top with sliced banana, coconut, and macadamia nuts. Carefully put bread slices together and chow down!
It’s peanut butter jelly time!
Messy but marvelous!!