So are the kids in bed? It’s totally a school night. I thought I’d help and make them lunch. Well, not really. But you get it. Two slices of bread and this peanut butter and you’re done. Maybe toss an apple in the lunch box. Or some string cheese. Since it’s the first day, you should probably write an embarrassing note on a napkin. I totally would.
Really, who doesn’t love a peanut butter and banana sandwich? It’s only one of the best combinations ever. But here’s the thing. Bananas are always so unripe in the grocery store. Unripe bananas taste like green. They’re so bitter and hard and you have to wait days for them to be edible. Gross. My perfect banana is completely yellow with just a few freckles. So I wait. I wait and the whole time I have a bunch? a group? a cluster? a bundle? whatever, I have a lot of bananas staring at me wanting to be slathered in peanut butter. Waiting for banana perfection is stressful. So I handled it.
To make the best peanut butter ever, all you need is 5 ingredients. I took freeze dried bananas and processed them into a powder. Be careful when you open the processor or blender at this point. I inhaled quite a bit of banana powder. It reminded me of Fun Dip. Delicious homemade banana Fun Dip. You could find a tasteless, chalky, candy stick and stop here, but I added some roasted peanuts and continued to process. Problem solved. Put the banana right in the butter and wait no more. After a short time processing you’re left with a creamy, naturally sweet, banana-y spread. A fun twist to your kids’ lunches this school year. That is, if you want to share. They’ll never know if you keep it to yourself and send them with last night’s leftovers.
Hope you had a happy Labor Day!
Banana Peanut Butter
70g (2.5oz) freeze dried bananas
1lb (16oz) roasted, unsalted peanuts
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Posted on September 3, 2012