The recipe that will make you say, "Grilled Cheese Who?"

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For many years, I believed that a plain peanut butter and banana sandwich was the best thing ever invented. But that all changed during one creative hour in my kitchen…

Ladies and Gentlemen, without further ado, I present to you the Sandwich of Dreams– layers of gooey peanut butter goodness, sweet, ripe banana, and plump, pillow-y raisins snuggled up inside a warm bread blanket and grilled to perfection.

Katie’s Sandwich of Dreams

Two slices of whole wheat bread
1 ripe banana
3-4 tablespoons of peanut butter, or another nut butter
Cooking spray
chocolate chips (optional)

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Spread some peanut butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place banana slices and raisins onto the peanut buttered side of one slice, top with the other slice and press together firmly. Grill the sandwich until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side.

There you have it– a healthy, delicious meal.

If you want to be really decadent, dip the sandwich slices in soymilk as you eat them :o)

… and to be even MORE decadent, substitute chocolate chips for the raisins. I’ve never tried this, but I don’t see how it could produce a sandwich that is anything less than spectacular!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. maybepigscanfly says:

    This sandwich sure does sound dreamy. I don’t know what it is about the combination of nut butter and banana, but it is simply amazing. And the addition of raisins, yum! Have you tried almond butter? I used to eat peanut butter almost everyday but know I just can’t get enough almond butter.

    I bet you would love the Peanut Butter Banana Tortillas with Molassa Sauce from EDBV. It’s very similar to your creation here.

    Haha, and I love the suggestion to dip it in soymilk!

  2. VeggieGirl says:

    mmm, that’s a Sandwich of Dreams indeed!! it’s funny how people only associate SAVORY-style ingredients grilled sandwiches – this post is perfect for proving otherwise!! mmm, I’d love to dip the sandwich in hempmilk – now THAT’S dreamy :0D

  3. Ruby Red Vegan says:

    grilled cheese who?

    oh wow, i don’t think i can even put in words how excited i am about this sandwich!!! all i can say is YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM! poo, why do you tantalize me when i have zero slices of bread in my possession?

  4. Rural Vegan says:

    I will admit it – I’ve never had a peanut butter/banana sammich. If I had peanut butter in the house I think I would try your dream sandwich though!

  5. Theresa says:

    I love toasted peanut butter sandwiches. Even PB & J, which seems so perfect, is made even better when cooked in a frying pan. Though PB&B&R sounds pretty darn good, too.

  6. Amy says:

    That does sound delicious! Do you use natural peanut butter? I’m really afraid of the regular Jiffy-type peanut butter I’ve been eating all my life — with all the talk about hydrogenated oils, I threw all of mine away! Hahaha. Just curious.

  7. Pink Theory says:

    ah, that sounds yummy. i often have a slice of bread with peanut butter and sliced bananas with agave drizzled on top for breakfast. i will have to try the raisins too!

  8. The Southern Fried Vegan says:

    Where have you been living? There’s LOADS of us. Email me sarah dot reed at gmail dot com.

    There’s a meetup/unchristmas party going on next weekend.

  9. aTxVegn says:

    I thought the last line would read “dip the sandwich in chocolate”! It sounds delicious.

  10. selina says:

    mmmm… sounds heavenly!

  11. Denise says:

    I made this for breakfast this morning, but without the raisins, ’cause I didn’t have any. Mmmm.

  12. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Never thought of grilling a pb sandwich!! Brilliant! I think I would skip the raisins and add some vegan notella…..

  13. Tavolini says:

    a girl after Elvis’s own heart :) Wasn’t his favorite sandwich grilled pb and bananna? sounds excellent!

  14. Liz² says:

    “I thought the last line would read “dip the sandwich in chocolate”! It sounds delicious.”

    haha, me too Atxvegan! 😀

    that sammy looks so good! banana <33333 ^_^

  15. Ashasarala says:

    This’ll surely bring ya back to happier, more innocent times. :)

  16. Vegyogini says:

    Oh, my yum! I’ve been known to eat banana sandwiches, actually. Just mash up an over-ripe banana and spread in on bread by itself. I got the idea from an episode of “Gilmore Girls.” 😉

  17. LK says:

    Yum! We had this for lunch today (but no raisins). We used cashew butter instead – delicious! We enjoy having a nut butter sandwich with sliced or shredded carrots, so of course we had to have carrots on the side :)

    We liked using up a ripe banana and then having it heated made it taste like dessert! For an even more sweet treat, you could add chocolate chips instead of raisins, and then heat it up!

    – LK

  18. Simple and Divine says:

    Ok twin, you are officially the cutest thing ever! Your passion is SO contagious!! Love this <33

    WAIT — Aren’t you going to show us what you bought at WF??? It’s totally a tradition that I just made up 😉 Since we all LOOOOVE WF (UNITED!) we should post our items and see how all of our stores differ! (wohh nerrrdy mcnerd over here!)

    Anyways, I was trying to figure out how the heck you’d ride your bike while carrying groceries?!?! or was this just a short trip? I need to remember to buy hempmilk but I love my unsweetened almond milk so much, I can’t imagine how anything could be better!! (So funny, I’m totally NOT a creature of habit and I loooove trying and doing new and exciting things! (Except for my breakfasts, tehe)). What about it is so sublime??

    I hope you had a great day!

  19. jd says:

    Oooo! You totally had me at “peanut butter goodnes!”

    I can’t wait to meet this Sandwich of Dreams that you so lovingly speak of. In fact, I’ll probably dream of him tonight…


  20. Mihl says:

    I never had a peanut butter banana sandwich. Now you’ve made me curious.
    And this makes such a nice sweet snack.

  21. arimcg says:

    This has my name written ALL OVER it. With the chocolate. I can’t understand why anyone would want to leave it out.

  22. oh my goshh that sounds foodgasmic. the BEST sandwich i ever had though was a grilled peanut butter, banana, chocolate syrup, and marshmallow fluff sandwich. it was to die for :)

    i’ll have to make another one of those up soon…

    ciao bella :)

  23. Lorin says:

    This looks soooo goood! My favorite breakfast meal in middle school and the beginning of high school was toasted peanut butter banana sandwhich! I love how you always find variations in your meals! I am definately going to have to try this tommorow after my basketball practice (with the chocolate chips)!
    (Have you ever tried a grilled PB&J? It’s good!)

  24. Lisa says:

    Have you heard of Peanut Butter & Co? I’m sure you have! They have a sandwich called “The Elvis” that is very similar to this but without the raisins and with honey! I love grilling my pb&j! So warm and delicious!