Are you someone who analyzes dreams to work out what they mean? If so, I have a question for you: What does it mean if I had a dream about a sandwich?
Believe it or not, I did actually dream about this Peanut Butter French Toast Sandwich several times after I first made it. I don’t normally try to find meaning in my dreams, but this time I think the message from my subconscious was clear: eat the sandwich. So I’ve made this for breakfast, for lunch, for breakfast again… So I should warn you that this recipe just might be addictive.
I’m someone who absolutely loves eating peanut butter sandwiches made with good-quality bread. As fabulous as PB & J is, plain peanut butter takes the cake for me. But when I tried making a peanut butter sandwich on gluten-free bread, it wasn’t the same – it was dry. Really the only description for it was, “That ain’t right!”
I tried switching brands, storing the bread in the freezer, and cooking the sandwich in a panini press. That certainly helped, and I would like to stress that gluten-free bread should definitely be stored in the freezer. But I still wasn’t 100% happy with the sandwich. At this stage I kept re-trying regular bread, but at the time my digestive system just wasn’t tolerating it.”Mind over matter”, I insisted. Unfortunately “mind” lost that fight, and “matter” was celebrating a tremendous victory.
Finally, I came up with the idea of French toast-ifying my sandwich. Success! Gluten-free bread actually tastes good in French toast form!
Like regular French toast, it’s best to use bread that’s at least a day old. If you’re using regular bread, 2 – 3 days old is best. On the other hand, if you’re using gluten-free bread, stick to one day old at the most (gluten-free bread starts falling apart quickly). If you’ve stored your gluten-free bread in the freezer, all you need to do is let it thaw completely on a piece of paper towel, and it’s ready to use for French toast.
You’ll notice that the sandwich filling uses a small amount of banana – that’s what makes it so delicious. Instead of just peanut butter (which is pretty amazing on its own), you get something that’s sweeter and creamier. Plus, you get more filling!
I recommend that you freeze the remaining part of the banana (then you can defrost it and add it into oatmeal, or leave it frozen and turn it into ice cream). However, you can use frozen banana in this recipe. Just thaw a 1 ½ – 2 inch piece of frozen banana, or defrost it for a few seconds in the microwave. Then it’s ready to use.
This may sound ridiculous, but I currently have in excess of nine bananas in my freezer (I’ve lost count of them now). They’re just so useful! I make frozen banana ice cream at least once a week in my Yonanas machine. Otherwise, I like to add them to smoothies or just chop them up, mix them with some yogurt, and eat!
The way I see it, a freezer isn’t a freezer if it doesn’t contain bananas.
And if anyone else has ever dreamed about a sandwich, I’d love to know!
- For the filling:
- 1 ½ - 2 inch piece of a very ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons PB2 (or regular peanut butter)
- 1 tablespoon milk (omit if using regular peanut butter)
For the French Toast batter:
- 2 slices bread (white, whole-wheat, gluten-free, etc.)
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Maple syrup, to serve
- Make the filling: In a small dish, mash the banana piece thoroughly. Add the PB2 and milk, and mix until completely combined. Alternatively, if using regular peanut butter, just mix together the mashed banana and peanut butter – omit the milk.
- Spread the filling on one slice of the bread, and top with the other slice.
- In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, cinnamon and salt. Place the sandwich in the batter and let it soak for 5 minutes, turning once.
- Preheat a skillet over medium heat, and spray with cooking oil. Carefully add the sandwich to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes on one side. Flip, and cook for 2 - 3 minutes on the other side. The sandwich should be lightly golden with some darker flecks.
- Serve with maple syrup, if desired. Enjoy!