My kids made it through the first week of school, yay! Since I am having my boys ride the bus this year, my daughter and I are able to spend some quality girl time together in the afternoon. By the time I pick her up from school, she is starving and usually just wants to eat dessert – she ate all her lunch after all (her declaration, not mine)! My idea of an afterschool snack is a little different from hers, mostly because it doesn’t involve whipped cream.
In previous school years, we would eat dinner early, around 4 or 4:30, so afterschool snacks were usually just a handful of pretzels or a granola bar. This year, both of my boys are playing football and everyone is on a different schedule. I needed to make my daughter a snack that would keep her satisfied until dinner, but not fill her up on empty calories that only leave her hungry again 30 minutes later, making these sandwiches the perfect choice.
I love to use a hearty wheat bread for these sandwiches. I like the texture that the whole grain whole wheat lends – its crispy exterior gives way to a substantial, chewy center that perfectly complements the oozing peanut butter, creamy Nutella, and tender, sweet bananas. While these sandwiches are nothing fancy, they are definitely a win-win in my house. I feel good feeding my daughter wholesome whole wheat, protein, and fruit, while she thinks she is eating a treat with the addition of Nutella. The best part is that they are quick and easy to make and even quicker to eat, so we can spend more time doing more important things – like playing Barbies together.
**For grilled sandwiches that are crisp on the outside, start grilling in a cool pan. This will also help your sandwich fillings melt at the same rate that the outside browns. If you preheat the pan, the outside of the sandwich will still turn golden, but will be on the soggy side.
**Slicing the banana on a diagonal creates a larger surface area. This means that banana slices are less likely to fall out of the sandwich than if they were sliced into rounds.
- Spread the peanut butter on one side of the bread.
- Spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread on the other piece of bread.
- Layer the sliced banana on top of the peanut butter side, covering the entire surface. Top with the chocolate-hazelnut side of the bread facing the bananas.
- Butter both outer sides of the bread.
- Grill, over medium heat, each side of the sandwich for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.