Peanut Butter, Bananas, and Dates, Oh My

I think I have found my absolute favorite flavor combination in the entire world!  At least until I eat so much that I’m sick of it, which is a distinct possibility.  We all know how well peanut butter and bananas go together, and I got the idea of adding dates (and cinnamon, actually) from Ellie Krieger’s cookbook So Easy which has a recipe in it for breakfast wraps with those ingredients.  I liked that idea, but then I decided to see what else I could create with my favorite new flavor combo.

The first thing I came up with was peanut butter, banana, and date oatmeal.  It turned out super and makes a nice healthy breakfast that doesn’t taste “healthy”.

And then I thought, Why not slap it all between some slices of bread and make a grilled peanut butter, banana, and date sandwich?  Well, I think that was just about the best idea I’ve had in a long time!

One thing I want to mention is that I ALWAYS buy natural peanut butter.  In fact, I buy it in bulk at a local bulk foods store.  I love that it has one ingredient and one ingredient only-roasted peanuts.  After all, it is peanut butter.  I want to taste the peanuts, not the trans fats and other additives.  If you’ve never tried natural peanut butter, I really encourage you to do so.  I know I’ll never go back to those other processed peanut butters, the flavor is just so inferior.  So that’s my recommendation for the day! 🙂

And now here are the recipes.  The ingredients are mostly just an approximation, it’s the combination of them that’s the important thing.  Give these a try! 🙂

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Date Oatmeal


  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 heaping Tb of peanut butter
  • 2 dates, chopped
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 Tb milk


Add oats and water to a small saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cook and stir until mixture is heated through and thickened.

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Date Grilled Sandwich


  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 dates, chopped
  • peanut butter
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 slices of bread
  • butter


Spread one slice of bread with peanut butter.  Layer banana slices on top, sprinkle with dates and a pinch of cinnamon.  Place the other slice of bread on top.  Melt some butter in your skillet, then grill the sandwich until toasty brown on both sides.  Yum!



Filed under Breakfast/Brunch, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

2 responses to “Peanut Butter, Bananas, and Dates, Oh My

  1. Cat, once again great minds think alike. That wrap from Ellie Krieger is what I have for breakfast almost every single day, lol. The combination is just amazing, isn’t it? I’ll have to try the sandwich and oatmeal – thanks for the ideas!

  2. I make a quick bread which has peanutbutter, dates and bananas. I love it- haven’t made it for a while, so maybe I’ll dust off the recipe and make it again. Your sandwich sounds delicious!

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