About This Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich Recipe
Banana and nut butter (whether it be peanut butter or almond butter) sandwiches are a classic snack originated in America, but now a favourite with kids and adults alike all over the world. It’s filling, naturally sweet and also nutritious as the banana is packed with potassium and vitamins which are good for your digestion, heart health and weight loss.
This breadless version uses the banana, cut in half, instead of the bread that would normally be used in a sandwich. The nut butter is spread onto the sliced sides of the banana. I love both versions but this one is great if you’re trying to lower your intake of carbs or have gluten intolerances.
What You Need for This Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich Recipe
- Banana – I prefer to use a ripe banana that is more yellow than green on its skin. You still want it to be firm though and not too bruised.
- Almond Butter – I use a shop bought smooth almond butter (although it’s very simple to make yourself.) Almond Butter is very similar to the more common Peanut Butter and is a blended nut puree that can be both sweetened or unsweetened.
- Honey – Honey is the naturally produced secretion from bees. It can come in many flavours depending on the flowers that the bees feed upon. I like to use a local, natural honey.
- Tahini – Tahini or tahina is a Middle Eastern condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame. It is served by itself or as a major ingredient in hummus, baba ghanoush, and halva.
- Toppings (nuts, seeds & dried fruits) – any selection of your favourite toppings will work here. Nuts and seeds will give you lots of healthy antioxidants and fibre for your diet whilst the dried fruits will give you added sweetness.
- Banana – you really could use any ripe fruit, but I think thickly sliced apple or mango would be particularly good.
- Almond Butter – any nut butter such as peanut butter or cashew butter would be lovely.
- Honey – any natural sweetener such as agave or maple syrup would work well.
- Tahini – there isn’t really a substitution for this, but it could be left out entirely if you want.
- Toppings (nuts, seeds & dried fruits) – any selection of your favourite toppings will work here. You could also use chocolate or honeycomb pieces.
If I wanted to use bread, how should I prepare it?
I would spread the nut butter onto the bread, then lay slices of banana onto that, followed by the topping.
If I use peanut butter, can I omit the tahini and honey?
Yes, peanut butter is usually sweeter than other nut butters and won’t need the extra sweetness.
Can I make the nut butter myself?
Yes, nut butter is really easy to make by blending the nuts with a little coconut oil and honey in a high-speed blender. (I also like to roast the nuts a little first.)
Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich
Nut butter spread and banana have been a popular combination for sandwiches since the 1950s. This Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich is an easy recipe twist on that classic snack. It works well for a healthy breakfast or a light lunch and is great for kids and adults alike.
Yield: 1 serving (2 halves of one banana).
How To Make Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich Step By Step
Cut your banana in half lengthways from root to tip and lay it onto a plate or serving board.
In a bowl, mix your almond butter, tahini and honey until combined.
Spread the nut butter and honey mix onto the cut sides of the two pieces of banana.
Sprinkle the top of each piece of banana with the topping of mixed nuts, fruits and seeds.
Drizzle with a little honey.
- Sometimes the nut butter is tricky to spread on the slippery open banana, so if you stir the nut butter vigorously before using so it is slightly warm, then it will be easier to spread.
- This dish should be eaten directly after making as it will not keep well without the banana turning brown.