Apparently fancy toast is a thing these days – who knew? You know, besides everyone else in the entire world I’m sure. Most trendy things don’t cross my path until it’s been out of style for a few seasons.
But this? Toast with all the things on it? I’m all over that!
Last year I shared a few toast ideas (like honey & ricotta, peanut butter & chocolate, smashed avocado & pineapple) that are pretty killer and with this new surge in fancy toast I thought it could be fun to bring back that little series. This time it’s not fueled by pregnancy cravings; no, this time it’s all in my right mind!
This past weekend I went to Arsaga’s in Fayetteville and honestly that’s where my love of fancy toast was recharged. They did a beautiful job of creating some really memorable flavor combinations and my mind went wild with the possibilities. And who wouldn’t love toast, you know? Not when it’s done right – perfectly toasted to your preferred doneness, covered with amazing ingredients, enjoyed any day of the year. I can get behind this, y’all!
This particular combination is semi-inspired by the Nutella & caramelized banana toast at Arsaga’s, although I’ve changed it to reflect a) the availability of ingredients in my pantry and b) well, that’s basically it. No Nutella, so no Nutella toast. We’ll make due – although I’m a big fan of peanut butter so I’m not that upset about it!
PEANUT BUTTER AND CARAMELIZED BANANA TOAST
- 1 slice of your favorite bread, toasted the way you like it
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (chunky or creamy are both great)
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, roughly chopped
- 1 small banana, sliced lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon sugar (I prefer raw but use what you have)
- Place one of the oven racks at the highest setting in your oven, directly under the broiler.
- Turn on the broiler and preheat for about 5 minutes.
- I prefer to toast my bread and let it cool slightly before spreading with peanut butter so that the peanut butter doesn’t run all over the place in the oven.
- Spread the bread with peanut butter.
- Sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips.
- Gently lay the sliced banana on top of the chocolate.
- Sprinkle the banana evenly with the sugar.
- Place on a foil-lined baking sheet in the oven for about 2-3 minutes, watching carefully, until the bananas have caramelized.
- Remove from the oven, put the toast on a plate, and enjoy!