Homemade Peanut Butter & Caramelized Banana Panini
1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted shelled peanuts
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, slightly green, not quite ripe, sliced crosswise into 1/4″ slices
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
dash of cinnamon
8 slices good-quality white bread
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
Place peanuts, honey and salt in the bowl of a food processor with blade. Make sure the lid is on tight and turn on the food processor. Nuts will transform from coarse to finely ground then begin to form a paste. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Process until the peanuts resemble a thick, but mostly smooth, and shiny peanut butter, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
Place a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, sizzle one tablespoon of butter in the pan for a few seconds, then add bananas. Allow bananas to brown for about 30 seconds without stirring or moving them. Use a heat-proof spatula to turn bananas over, then add brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining tablespoon of butter. Shaking pan to keep bananas moving, cook about one minute more, until sugar is melted and bananas are caramelized, but still solid. Remove from heat.
Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat (375.f degrees).
For each sandwich: Brush melted butter onto the outer sides of two slices of bread and spread a generous amount of peanut butter on the inner sides. Arrange a single layer of caramelized bananas on one of the slices of bread and close the sandwich with the other slice. Grill 2-3 minutes until the bread is toasted and golden grill marks appear. Serve immediately – with a tall glass of cold milk – and enjoy!