Peanut butter and banana: It’s a combination that some of us know and love, while others may turn up their noses at the mere thought of it. For those of you who have experienced the magic that takes place when sweet, ripe banana and salty-smooth peanut butter collide, get ready to add a few ideas to your recipe arsenal — beyond the basic PB&B on white bread. For the skeptics: Stay with us, as there’s some seriously comforting stuff ahead.
Grilled Banana S’mores (pictured at top)
Where have you been all our lives? This take on the campfire classic features peanut butter and grilled banana slices in place of chocolate — because sometimes even a classic could use a remix. Once the bananas are soft and slightly charred, toast the marshmallows while the grill is still hot. Perfection.
These adorable little pudding cups come together in three layers of sweet and salty goodness: homemade peanut butter pudding, followed by vanilla wafer cookies, then sweet ripe bananas cut into chunks. Repeat the order to your heart’s content.
Food Network Magazine’s impressive semifreddo features a classic graham cracker crust bolstered with ground peanuts and a sweet layer of banana ice cream swirled with gobs of creamy peanut butter. Be warned: Regular scoops of ice cream may not cut it anymore once you’ve tried this cool, sliceable treat.
Switch up your family’s snack or after-dinner routine by serving these adorable no-bake petit fours. Chunks of banana are spread with peanut butter (chocolate-hazelnut spread works nicely as well), then topped with a hearty trail mix.
Is it dessert? Is it a sandwich? We don’t know and we don’t care. Inspired by the King of Rock and Roll’s legendary predilection for peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches, this sweet and savory shortcake creation delivers all of that and then some. Finish it off with a drizzle of caramel sauce and you’ll see what we mean. Elvis would surely approve.
Maybe you’ve already tried bananas in lieu of jelly, but have you had a PB&B grilled on a panini press and finished with a light dusting of powdered sugar? If not, then you’ve just found your new favorite dessert. After they’re heated, the bananas become smooth and creamy, just like fruit preserves. What could be better?