Let me give you a hypothetical situation.

I have a “friend”. Who has a “friend”.

Who ate a scoop of peanut butter after every meal. Every day. For a week.

He savored it. Relished it. Rubbed it in the faces of those who love him the most. (He would run through the apartment yelling PEANUT BUTTER TIME at the top of his lungs. Just in case it had somehow slipped our minds. We could have killed him, Sophie and I. Or, you know. Would have killed him. Hypothetically. If this were about us. But it’s not. It’s about a “friend”. Of a “friend”. Right.)
The whole point of this little social experiment being to see how his metabolism would react to eating an extra 600 calories a day.

Now. Seeing as how our “friend” of a “friend” wasn’t losing weight prior to this. One would expect him to gain about a pound a week. Easy.

So you can imagine everyone’s surprise (and utter devastation). When he stepped on the scale after a week. And had lost. Five. Pounds.

Upon discovering this, Sophie and I went through many stages of grief. First, we were in denial. We consulted Einstein. And Newton. We looked up things like the law of the conservation of energy. We calculated and recalculated the number of calories in a pound. To no avail.

Then we got angry. We threw things at him. Tied him to a chair. Jack Bauer-style. And explained to him that if he would just admit that he had snuck off to the gym to exercise when we weren’t looking then no one would get hurt.

Again. Nothing.

Finally. Acceptance. Adam is an alien life form.

And that’s really all there is to it.
In the midst of all of this peanut butter drama, I found myself craving a good old peanut butter sandwich (no surprise there). With a twist, of course. The roasted plantain and PB combo is something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. It’s an adult version of the classic PB+banana that we all know and love. Something that tastes familiar and yet not. And by this I mean, absolutely amazing.

Roasted Plantain and Peanut Butter Sandwich
1 plantain
peanut butter
2 slices of bread

Preheat the oven to 400. Peel the plantain and slice it horizontally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place slices on a greased baking pan. Sprinkle them with salt. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until soft and caramelized. Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread. Top with half of the slices. Add another slice of bread. Eat. Save the remainder of the plantains for an afternoon snack. If you have the self control to stop yourself from eating them all in one sitting. Which, if you are me, you won’t.

I ate this sandwich on the Milk and Honey bread from HBinFive. The substitutions I made to this were to use buttermilk in place of milk, agave in place of honey, and dried cranberries instead of raisins.

This bread was amazing. It remained soft for a week after I made it and had a really great texture and crumb. It is definitely my favorite bread from the book thus far.

Please check out the round-up of HBinFive breads over at Big Black Dog on May 1st! And this has been yeastspotted! And submitted to Deb for Souper Sundays!

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84 Responses to Roasted Plantain and Peanut Butter Sandwich on (Butter)Milk and Agave Bread

  1. Michelle says:

    OH I love plantains and roasted is so much better.

    About the peanut butter diet and losing 5 lbs.

    When I was in college, abt 20 yrs old, I got so sick with some kind of virus and I had no appetite what so ever. So lost weight, a lot of weight and I got down to like 91 lbs. My doctor put me on the diet to gain weight and I had to have ice cream every day…big sacrifice! So my boyfriend and I walked to Baskin/Robbins every day for ice cream. He got a double scoop cone and I had a banana split. I gained 5 lbs and he gained 20! LOL!

  2. Michelle says:

    Oops forgot to comment on the Milk and Honey Raisin Bread….

    We loved this bread too and it made fabulous French Toast!

  3. Yasmeen says:

    A scrumptious sandwich.I love Roasted ripe plantains for snacking.Sounds even more satisfying in a PB Sandwich.
    Adam sure is one of the lucky few, blessed with high rate of metabolism. 😀

  4. elra says:

    Roasted plantain sound so good. I’d have this for breakfast with crepe in addition to that delicious sounding PB sandwich.

  5. Debbi Smith says:

    I’m totally picturing this tall skinny guy with peanut butter all over his face tied to a chair with Jack Bauer circling him getting in his face.

    I have never had plantains. I need to try them, the sandwich looks awesome. Any change you’ll be here for lunch?

  6. Barbara says:

    I like bananas and peanut butter so plantains can only make it better (although not quite as fast).
    We’ve had tons of them in the islands and man, do they know how to make them down there!

    Re dieting with peanut butter? It all comes down to metabolism!

  7. I think after reading this post we are all going to go on a peanut butter diet Joanne.

  8. Mari says:

    This should be a Dominican Dish! We use platanos in EVERYTHING! lol

  9. Pam says:

    This sandwich would make my mouth so happy!

  10. Mo Diva says:

    joanne, this post brought peanut buttery tears to my eyes. I have yet to make an HBinfive bread…. and WTF am i waiting for???
    this post is poetry, and should be in the bellies of all the pb lovin, banana eating bloggers out there!

  11. Toni says:

    I’ve only had plantains in the form of chips like banana chips. I don’t even remember what they tasted like. But i just had a PB pita bread and am now sad that I did not have a plantain to go with it. Oh what a world.

  12. Bridgett says:

    Wow, I definitely want to give the roasted plantains a go. Yummy!

  13. Beautiful baked bread!I love plantains and this one looks fabulous! Overall a yummy snacking/breakfast choice.

  14. Yosha says:

    Oh your posts make me laugh! It’s funny you made the comment since I had similar conversation with a trainer at the gym. I am usually not a after dinner snacker (even in my worst junk food phase!) but lately I’ve been opening the fridge. So I asked him what I could have while I am still dealing with weight issues. He started with anything but complex carbs, go for cheese and fruite, cottage cheese and then said peanut butter with celery or just a tsp of peanut butter. Seriously I asked, fat?! His theory was that the protien and the fat would give me immidiate gratification and while sleeping the body will use that fuel so I won’t get up starving. It made sense, but then my knowledge of the body and its dynamics are poor! I can tell you better the dynamics of an aircraft!

    Maybe he didn’t mean every night?! Just a treat?!

    So doc, does this make sense?

    I never would have thougth plantains roasted with PB! My mother always makes curries and i am not a huge fan!

  15. Erica says:

    Wow,wow and wow….You know that I absolutely love plantains..This sounds fantastic!

  16. Mary says:

    You have stumped the band with this one. I never would have thought of this grouping of ingredients, but on second thought think they must be wonderful together. I’m a peanut butter freak to begin with so this is probably right up my alley. I hope you are having a fabulous day. Blessings…Mary

  17. Steph says:

    I have a banana with pb everyday. This looks amazing. I would love to try plantains.

  18. Bob says:

    That bread look amazing!

    Interesting about the roomie and peanut butter. I wonder if that was the actual cause of it. Because if so I have a whole bunch of peanut butter and weight to lose…

  19. Catherine says:

    This is such a delicious post Joanne! I love plantains, pairing it with peanut butter- what a wonderful combo!

  20. What a unique combo..but sounds great, would love to try it soon..

  21. teresa says:

    so unfair, ah to have genes like that! great experiment though. and the sammich looks awesome!

  22. Justin says:

    i’m suddenly not feeling so guilty about my peanut butter addiction. i might have to ramp things up, in fact.

  23. I’m loving this sandwich! thanks for the idea.

  24. dessert girl says:

    Boys and their crazy metabolisms! Interesting sandwich. I would have never thought of combining the two, but if you say that it was delicious, then I guess I’ll have to give it a try! 🙂

  25. MaryMoh says:

    I love plantain. We used to make fritters with it…very delicious. Never thought of making a sandwich with it. Looks very delicious.

  26. Julie says:

    i can’t belieeeeve your “friend’s” friend lost 5lbs. that’s so ridic. i’m actually super mad for your friend. i don’t believe it.

    i think it’s because he ate pb in delicious forms like this..

  27. msmeanie says:

    Oh I LOVE plantains and this combination with peanut butter sounds delicious! Is that bread homemade too? Looks amazing. I am so jealous of your “friend”.

  28. Cristie says:

    I haven’t tried plantains, but I want to- you’ve inspired me. I haven’t made the bread on the schedule for weeks now- but this one looks great.

  29. sophia says:

    Love this post. See?! I ALWAYS knew that a calorie is not a calorie is not a calorie. There are MORE to weight gain/loss than counting calories! Take that, scientists! (sorry, Joanne)

  30. I think part of your post-graduate work should be to determine how this alien being was able to lose weight eating peanut butter after every meal! You could make millions!

    I love peanut butter too but have never had them with plaintains or even the lowly banana. I have my bread dough in the frig and need to get baking.

  31. Muneeba says:

    Elvis would be proud! And much like u, I can’t resist a roasted plantain either.

  32. Kim says:

    I might have to take off my shoes and throw them at your friend (just kidding, but I am way jealous)! Your version of milk and honey bread sounds amazing and you know I love the peanut butter and plaintain sandwiches. I’ve been craving peanut butter lately myself and had a sandwich earlier today (sadly on plain whole wheat and not milk and honey).

  33. So, is this “friend of a friend” just a freak, or should we all start eating pb after every meal? WHICH IS IT!!?!!?!

    ;D

  34. drooling!!!

    Also, I WISH I could lose 5 pounds that way. Wow!

  35. Danielle says:

    Ooooh, I think Elvis would’ve been drooling over this one! haha
    I haven’t tried that bread yet…it’s on my list for this week 🙂 Now I’m all excited to try it out.

  36. This sounds totally divine! Especially on that wonderful bread. We should all experiment and indulge in PB after every meal for a week – and then compare notes!

  37. Faith says:

    OMG…can I join you in your jealousy of Adam’s metabolism?!

    This sandwich looks like it’s pretty much the best PB sammy ever. And that bread looks phenomenal!

  38. Fancy, top of the notch sandwich. It’s oh so gourmet.

  39. Pam says:

    I adore peanut butter and banana, so I’ve got to give the jazzed up version a try!

  40. Martha says:

    Oh I can so relate to this! On the dollar a day challenge I can’t even begin to tell you how many PBJs and Peanut butter and banana sandwiches my boys ate. I was a little concerned about the fat content over the month since they are no light weights to begin with – they both lost weight! It’s a guy thing!

    Awesome fancy scmancy version here 🙂

  41. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are one of my favorite snacks! I can’t believe I never thought to use plantains. Such a creative idea. When I’m on the run, I usually grab a spoonful of peanut butter to tide me over until my next meal if there’s a little grumbly in the tummy. It works wonders!

  42. Yummm I’d love to have this for breakfast tomorrow!

  43. Thanks for the recommendation for where to look for some savoury cheesecakes! =)

  44. Amy says:

    Everyone always comments on what great shape I’m in for…gasp…40. But what everyone needs to understand is that I work my friggin’ ass off to stay in shape. I’m so jealous of people like Adam who can eat whatever/whenever (and in large quantities), and not gain a stitch.

    We don’t keep peanut butter in the house anymore, because of Haley’s allergy, but I bet I could smother some sunflower butter on these babies!

  45. Funny about the weight loss! My gosh that reminds me my husband runs around the house singing it’s peanut butter jelly time … I could kill him sometimes!

    This looks like a great twist on the old classic!

  46. sweetlife says:

    Seriously how dare he..I would have gained five pounds just staring at the peanut butter…what a great mix pb and plantain..I’m linking off to check that bread..agave bread I must have, after I eat a spoon of pb, hey maybe i will loose five pounds..haha
    sweetlife

  47. Shirley says:

    That bread looks very professional!

  48. Debinhawaii says:

    This looks yummy–I need to do more with plantains. Loving that bread too. 😉 Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays.

  49. Wooow!!Jo,,baked bread with plantains sounds great n delicious dear..

  50. Katerina says:

    Don’t tell me about people losing weight by eating. I am on a diet 3 weeks now and I am starving. This is not fair. Nevertheless, this sandwich looks deli.

  51. tigerfish says:

    Have I told you before I survived on PB sandwiches as workday lunches for many many years? And still, there is PB in my fridge today. 😀

  52. Marisa says:

    I think it’s fair to say that your entire female readership now hates Adam. He must’ve snuck off to exercise! How else do you explain it? Silly man.

    Loving the twist on PB & banana. Wish I could find plantains over here… they always look so yummy! *sigh*

  53. never tried plantains. but i LOVE peanut butter. totally not fair someon can LOSE weight eating pb before every meal! =(

    eminem. LOVE IT.

    free stuff is SWEET! I LOVE IT. =D

  54. comfycook says:

    Great recipe and now for the peanut butter straight from the jar…….

  55. Raina says:

    This sounds amazing. I love plantains and with the PB and that wonderfully-delicious-sounding bread…mmm! Funny about that “friend of a friend!” My husband is like that. He can eat a ridiculous amount of calories and not gain weight. Hmm..I think I might tie him to a chair..LOL.

  56. polwig says:

    You are so funny 🙂 I love your posts… I would also love to loose 5lb eating peanut butter the only thing I can think of is that the protein filled him up longer then carbs per calorie therefore he ate less later… or maybe with all the peanut butter he ate he had to walk 20 miles twice a week to the grocery store to buy another jar 🙂

  57. Stella says:

    Hey Joanne, this is my kind of post. I love the idea of the hot plantain against creamy peanut butter. That sounds so delicious-I’m definitely going to make this. We always have plantains lying around in the subtropical hollow!

  58. Angie says:

    You’re so funny, I am tempted to go on a peanut butter diet, but I know I’ll gain a good thirty! He must have flushed water by the increased protein, and lowered sodium somewhere else by not having more of an appetite for other bad food, like those young guy favorite frozen sodium packed treats like frozen burritos or pizzas, just a guess! Love the recipe, plantains are so wonderful!

  59. sra says:

    You waited 40 minutes until the plantains were done for a craving? I’m veering around to the belief that even if I ‘don’t stock’ any ‘bad’ eats at home, if the craving is there, I’ll find something to satisfy it in some recess of the house.

    A friend told me peanut butter helps you sleep and it worked for me twice, but it can be rather trying to eat it at a time when you’re not craving anything sweet – I don’t like the way it wraps itself around my gums.

  60. Meena says:

    I guzzle plantain too, Joanne…every chance I get…in any form, roasted, steamed, stir-fried…loved this PB n Plantain!!

  61. Esi says:

    Interesting take on peanut butter and banana. I’ve had plantains so many different ways growing up in a foreign family.

  62. just found your blog and am a little obsessed. hope that’s OK 😉

  63. Gulmohar says:

    I love this kind of plantain a lot..a specialty in our place. We use the raw as well as the ripe ones for several dishes. This sounds very yumm

  64. An amazing sandwich! Roasted plantains sound terrific in combination with peanut butter!

  65. Roasted plantains on a sandwich with PB is something new to me but sounds so refreshing and yum!

  66. That does sound like an amazing combination! Your roasted plantains look delicious.

  67. Kristen says:

    I have only had plantains once and Only after being assured by three people that they did NOT taste like bananas. They were great…but completely un-banana-like. As a dyed in the wool peanut butter fiend, I think I could eat pb on just about anything, so bring on the plantains!

    Has there been any documentation of peanut butter causing people to lose weight? Is it in any medical journals? You could be on to something big. I would personally volunteer for a human study.

  68. Funny! I am sure he does something secretly, like my son (he jumps rope) The idea of roasting plantains for your penut butter sandwich is brilliant!

  69. ruchikacooks says:

    PB and J with banana, that sounds delicious!

  70. Shannon says:

    hello, lover!

    and the moral of the story? eat a spoonful of peanut butter after every meal? that i could get behind…

  71. knk says:

    wow this food looks good , how it taste have to try once

  72. Nicole, RD says:

    Yum! That look divine! I love plantains and peanut butter…they would go together brilliantly!

  73. MC says:

    Looks andsounds heavenly!

  74. Cynthia says:

    I ADORE plantains!! This looks sooo mouthwatering! Should I eat a tablespoon of peanut butter after every meal now to lose weight?

  75. Mimi says:

    My boyfriend and your friend must have been separated at birth. And.. yes.. it is highly annoying to watch them eat and eat and sometimes lose weight, harumph!!

  76. Aparna says:

    Love plaintains, love peanut butter and love bread! LOL
    That has to be a great sandwich!!

    Are you serious? Peanut butter can really make me lose weight? ‘Cos that’s one diet I do not mind following. 🙂

  77. Petra says:

    Now if we only could decipher how food really works on our metabolism and know how a calorie counts for how in each and every food combo.
    Love the new look of your blog and the combo on your HBin5 bread. Elvis would be proud of you

  78. Femalechef says:

    Fun story to read and your bread looks great!!!

  79. Kerstin says:

    Love this! Plantains are one of my favorite ingredients 🙂

  80. Bonnie says:

    I loved this bread. It will be a staple in our house. Great idea to use buttermilk in place of the milk.

  81. Brenda says:

    The sandwich sound really yummy. I love your story. I have been on a diet that you could have 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with celery every afternoon for a snack. The peanut butter replaced the protein missing from other foods being cut out. I like it better on apple slices.

  82. Ezzie says:

    Adding buttermilk sounds like a great idea! I am going to have to try that. I use buttermilk in my banana bread recipe and it makes it really moist and tender. Great post and love the “friend” of a “friend” story.

  83. Wow! That sounds so good. I haven’t made this one yet so I may substitute buttermilk for the milk as well. Thanks for the suggestion!

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