Healthy Eating

breakfast-with-carolyn-001If you need a new idea for a healthy breakfast to start the first Monday of 2009, try this open-faced banana sandwich my college-age daughter made almost every morning she was home for the holidays. I promise, it’s yummy and probably not so bad for you — I mean, it’s got fruit, right? First, turn on the broiler to about 400 degrees. Then, toast some good sturdy bread to medium — just enough so it’s not soft. Spread the bread with peanut or almond butter and top with sliced bananas. Then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon and broil until the sugar has caramelized. If you don’t overload the toast, it’s a great grab-and-go meal. If you can sit down and enjoy, add some cold milk and fresh fruit. And watch carefully while it’s under the broiler because it burns and then you have crunchy dots of black brown sugar instead of lovely pools of liquid goodness. Ask me how I know this. Go ahead, ask. Okay, I’ll admit that today is the first time I’ve made this by myself since she’s gone back to school, and although my daughter patiently and carefully took me through the steps of making this on my own, I blew it. A toasted banana/peanut butter disaster. Little crunchy bits of burnt brown sugar everywhere. Sigh.

25 thoughts on “Healthy Eating

  1. Ah Cathy, our trials and tribulations in the kitchen. I share your pain. This looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Thanks, Susan! You know about my many kitchen adventures — and “pain” definitely is the right word here. Carolyn said this morning that I put the toast on the wrong rack in the oven — it should be the middle rack, not the top one. She is so wise for one so young!

  3. hey, isn’t that what Elvis used to eat??

    hard to reconcile healthy and elvis in my mind, though bananas are great and a banana once saved my life.

    thanks for visiting my blog!

  4. Yup, bananas and peanut-butter are just a natural combination around here in Elvis Country. Peaches sound like a great idea, too, Danielle — trust you to come up with something so tasty! But I want to know, Laurie, how a banana saved your life. Now, that sounds like a story!

  5. Hi, Cathy, nice to meet another AL girl, so I’m glad you stopped by & found me. Now this sounds like a breakfast treat I could get into. I love peanut butter & bananas together! I’ll definitely try this one.

    Hope you’ll come back & visit me often! I’m always up to some fun things.

  6. you know, i was so sure i’d written that story already and i was going to just plop the URl in here but i did a banana search of my blog and i can’t find it.

    so i’ll have to write it, and let you know when it runs.

    it was actually a banana, and a guy from the YMCA.

  7. Rhoda — I’m glad you agree! P-nut butter and bananas are a true Southern treat. And Laurie, I can’t wait to read your story. Keep us posted.

  8. Funny.. just the other day I had peanut butter slathered over a plain banana. Lovely. PS My blog site is not working for some reason! Will post again as soon as I can figure out the situation with Blogger!

  9. Oh. My. God. I think this is my breakfast for the next forever or so! Looks SO yummy! I’ve done it for lunch but never toasted.

  10. Can definitely relate — am not the most talented person in the kitchen {a complete understatement} — this sounds delicious — may have to try it sometime.

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