Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey Sandwich

I'm a big fan of peanut butter and honey sandwiches (PB&H). Forget about the jelly, it's better with honey. With peanut butter, I prefer the simple sweetness of honey over fruity jams and jellies.

One of my favorite breakfast items is an open-faced peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich, a PBB&H if you will. It's open-faced because I use a thick cinnamon swirl bread from Trader Joe's. It's a hearty wheat bread with a great cinnamon flavor. For breakfast, I usually toast a piece of bread, spread it with creamy peanut butter, slice a banana and drizzle a little bit of honey on top. Two open-face PBB&H sandwiches are very filling and keep me fueled up during long bike rides.

The funny thing is, I refused to eat peanut butter for almost fifteen years. My disdain for peanut butter started during nursery school. My family and I just immigrated to the States and I was literally fresh off the boat. Well, we took a boat from Saigon to Hong Kong, and flew the rest of the way to a small Pennsylvania town, New Cumberland.

Each day after nursery school let out, I would go to a classmate's home, whose mother baby-sat us until my mom finished work. This is were I was first introduced to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I recall it wasn't too bad initially, but I was used to savory banh mi, pho and rice plates.

Unfortunately, every day for the rest of the school year, my classmate's mom would ask her daughter what she wanted for lunch. Her answer was always a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I was a shy 4 year old, who barely spoke English (I'm the kid holding the flag in the picture below). Her mom would ask me what I wanted and I would respond timidly with "uh, same." I didn't know what to say and I knew she didn't know how to make bánh xèo, a Vietnamese sizzling crepe.

1976 July Fourth Parade (I'm in the middle)

PB&J, ugh! It was always PB&J on white bread with the crust cut off. It was a cruel Groundhog Day scenario for a foreign-born, food loving four year old! Over and over for four or five months, it was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. Man, oh man, did I wish my classmate would answer with anything but PB&J! Every blue moon she would ask for something different, but the only thing I can remember eating at her house was PB&J.

On the last day of nursery school, my mom picked me up and asked me what I had for lunch. I answered simply with "peanut butter and jelly." Of course, I had told my mom that I didn't like peanut butter, but I didn't tell her why. Surprised by my response, my mom asked me, "I thought you didn't like peanut butter?" And I answered, "Yes."

Learning for the first time that I didn't like peanut butter, my classmate's mom was horrified. She asked me why I didn't say anything. I shrugged my shoulders and responded with "don't know", thinking to myself, I don't know how to tell you that I hate peanut butter!

From that day onward, I refused to eat anything with peanut butter. Reese's peanut butter cups... no. Peanut sauces... no way. PB&J... hell no! Fifteen years later, I rediscovered peanut butter as a starving college kid at Penn State. At that time, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich suddenly tasted so good!

As you can see, I've had a love-hate relationship with peanut butter. I love it now, and really enjoy PB&H sandwiches, peanut sauces and peanut butter frosted cupcakes. Currently, Trader Joe's organic peanut butter is my preferred brand. I go back and forth between creamy and crunchy. I'm on a creamy kick right now.

So, that's my peanut butter saga. Do you love peanut butter? What's your favorite food with peanut butter? What's your favorite brand?

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing

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20 Comments on “Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey Sandwich”

  1. Cedar said:

    Oh yum! Peanut butter and banana are my favorite sandwiches ever! I do like them with honey as well though.

    When I was a kid I used to also eat peanut butter, honey and strawberries. That is very good too.

  2. patty said:

    I’ve got a love-hate relationship with peanut butter too! I can’t get enough of Reese’s, and those cupcakes look really, really tempting. However, there are times when the sight of a jar of peanut butter makes me want to hurl. Great post though! I’m glad I stumbled upon this blog.

  3. patty said:

    By the way, I just want to add that you’ve got really fantastic photos. This food blog is great!

  4. What a great idea for a sandwich. I love peanut butter, too, and have got 5 extra pounds to prove! :)

  5. maria~ said:

    Hey Chuck! Wonderful post and I must say that I have a love-love relationship with peanut butter! Your sandwich looks great and I must say that my favorite PB partner is a sliced tart Granny Smith apple. You should try it!

  6. Hillary said:

    This brings me back to my childhood! When I was younger I used to eat these ALL the time! They are HEAVEN in sandwich form. Mmmmm!

  7. brilynn said:

    That sandwich is even better if you press it in a sandwich maker! I’m a big fan of PB&H too!

  8. mar said:

    Have you tried a honey and almond butter sandwich?

  9. Chris said:

    Did you know the link to Peanut Butter Frosted Cup Cakes leads to Pot Roast?

  10. Sorina said:

    They look great!

  11. JEP said:

    OMG an I ever drooling right now! Grilled peanut butter & honey sandwich is what I want for my final meal on earth! Unfortunately, I have no TJ’s near (others also rave about the pb) so my favorite is Skippy Natural. I never turn down a peanut butter anything—your sandwich may be my breakfast tomorrow!

  12. Chuck said:

    Cedar, I’ll have to try it with strawberries when they are back in season.

    Patty, thanks for the complements.

    Patricia, that’s true love!

    Maria, I’ll give the granny smith a try soon.

    Brilynn, a pressed PB&H sandwich sounds good!

    Mar, I’ve always eyed the almond butter but have yet to try it. I’m going to pick up a jar on my next shopping trip.

    Chris, scroll down (sorry). We had the cupcakes for dessert with the pot roast.

  13. Sumintra said:

    that’s so funny. I have a similar experience with pb. I used to get pb and j sandwiches all the time for lunch in elementary school, but grew to hate them and refused to eat peanut butter for middle and high school (i guess about 7-8 yrs). My freshman fall in college I was reading a letter from my friend who told me she had just eaten a great peanut butter and banana sandwich. I had never had a pb and b, so I got one for lunch that day and loved it. From then on I became a huge pb and nut butter fan. I eat it every day. Trader Joe’s has the best pb.

  14. My little brother had a friend that would come home from nursery school with him and all she would eat would be peanut butter and honey. it had to be on round bread with no crusts. My mother would have to cut the bread into rounds and spread the bread with honey and then the peanut butter, never the other way around. We were a peanut butter and jelly family at the time, but had the honey and once my brother tried it, he didn’t eat anything else! I’ve remained the peanut butter and jelly person in the famly. The only one, but i do appreciate you of the pbh groupies.

  15. Christine said:

    I liked peanut butter but not with jelly…don’t know why. My mother would always get that Goober jar that had the jelly and peanut butter together in the same jar – I still think t’s still gross. That grape jelly was not cool. I didn’t eat jelly or jam again until college. Anyway, I’ve always liked peanut butter (which we can grind ouselves at our co-op) and banana. Wasn’t something like this supposed to be Elvis’ favorite breakfast?

  16. Kevin said:

    Sounds good! I like bread/toast with nutella and banana slices.

  17. Chuck said:

    Sumintra, I’m glad you discovered your love for peanut butter like I did!

    Mary, round and no crust? That’s one picky girl! LOL.

    Christine, you’re right. Elvis’ thing was a grilled peanut peanut butter and banana sandwich.

    Kevin, right on! I forgot to mention nutella. I have a peanut butter, nutella and banana sandwich every now and then. It’s quite decadent!

  18. 3 of my fav ingredients…yummy! I have all three of them at home now…OK, breakfast tomorrow. :)

  19. Xue said:

    Wow, that’s amazing. Your story almost exactly like mine! As a kid around the same age, I was always used to the savory Chinese food my mom cooked. But after school I always went to my friend’s house (or an after school program/daycare–they served lots of PB&Js there), whose dad watched me since my mom was still at work. I’m a little different in that I really hated PB&J, I couldn’t understand why anyone would eat it for lunch (it was all the rage at school), but I wanted to be cool and fit in with the kids who brought bag lunches, haha. So I always wanted to like it, but never did. When I visited China (right before going to college), I fell in love with the peanut sauce used at a hot pot place, then started exploring peanut butter. I LOVE peanut butter with bananas (I thought I was crazy), but I’ve never tried honey with it.

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