Banana Grilled Sandwich and Wedding Wednesday

I am still on a pumpkin high. After incorporating pumpkin on several creations in the kitchen lately, I am still not sick of it. That’s good, because there was a big sale last week and I stocked up.

The nice folks at Julian Bakery sent me a few loaves of their bread to sample. They make breads that are “healthy, fresh, wholesome, high-quality, chemical & preservative-free, complete protein breads, made with organically grown grains”.  They are a local vendor, just an hour away in sunny San Diego.  Their products are sold and shipped nationwide.

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The bread tasted great to me. It tasted like your normal healthy bread and couldn’t really tell from the taste that it was high protein. It’s dense and it’s great for toast with lots of toppings.

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I have been wanting to make Caitlin’s banana grilled sandwich for awhile now. I made it today with Julian Bakery’s protein bread and made my own modification.

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Grilled Banana Sandwich

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Two pieces of whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 banana (or whole banana if you want)
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (I used Libby’s brand)
  • 2 tablespoon greek yogurt
  • Drizzle of agave
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of Coconut Granola (on recipe page) & chia seeds

  Directions:

  • Grease and heat frying pan.
  • Make basic French bread by dredging the toast in eggs and placing on grilled.
  • Meanwhile, slice the banana and place on griddle to cook.
  • While the toast and banana cooks, mix pumpkin, agave and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  • Once toast has finished cooking, remove from heat and put bananas in between slices.  Top with pumpkin mix, yogurt, coconut granola and chia seeds. (or any healthy toppings of your choice)
  • Drizzle a small amount of agave on top.

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The pumpkin and yogurt mix is great. Sweet and tart.

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I definitely recommend adding a crunchy topping to the sandwich such as granola or nuts.  All the texture and layers makes it very fun to eat.

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This was a great hearty breakfast, it was delicious but was only able to finish 3/4 of the sandwich. I was full after 1/2, but kept eating it and finally decide to pack it up.

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To round up my special breakfast today, I also sipped on dessert, I mean sipped on Chocolate Mint Truffle. I picked it up at Wholefoods this week because nights are getting cooler and I wanted an exciting tea to drink in the morning.

I love that I can drink chocolate in the morning or 3 times a day if I want to.

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Mighty Leaf teas are great. Some teas smells great but I become disappointed when the taste and flavor is less intense. Not Mighty Leaf teas, their teas are equal in aroma and taste. The chocolate mint truffle flavor is like drinking dessert, one sip at a time.

I love chocolate so much that it has been included in my wedding planning. I’m planning on getting something small that will be engraved with the word chocolate in it :)

Wedding Wednesday:

I’ve added a new page that includes all the post for my wedding plans. I get a lot of questions regarding wedding planning, especially destination wedding planning. For me, the hardest party of planning a destination wedding was picking location. It took me awhile to decide.

I must say that trying to find a hotel in all of Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii was just too big of a task. It’s nearly impossible task to take on and remain sane. You can only look at so many hotels before you start dreaming about them every night.

The big items that I’ve completed are:

  • Location and hotel
  • Venue – We want to surprise our guests so we haven’t revealed the location yet. It’s a private beach and only accessible by boat.
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Travel Agency (I highly recommend hiring a travel agency to take care of all travel accommodations for all guests. It’s organized and they have the resource to compare prices)
  • Photographer for wedding
  • Photographer for local engagement session
  • Wedding colors have been decided.
  • Wedding website is up and running
  • All guests have been notified with early Save The Date notice.

Wedding dress shopping is next :) I can’t wait and so excited to go on my first appointments with all the bridal boutiques. I have a style and wedding designer in mind, so hopefully it will be very easy to choose.

Hope your week is going well so far.

Are you going to dress up for Halloween? Want to share your costume? I have a fun fairy costume, it’s my back-up plan as I am still looking for a his & her costumes for me and the fiance.

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Comments

  1. I’m so excited to read about your wedding posts!!! I can’t wait to hear about dress shopping! Also the grilled banana sandwich sounds so yummy, I love cooked bananas!

    • Oh, I forgot to mention that Dave and I are working on couple’s costume ideas too. My Bert and Ernie idea fell through lol

      • How cute :) I mentioned “Mustard & Ketchup” or “Bacon & Eggs” costumes, but the fiance didn’t like the cheesy costumes.

        He likes horror movies and scary characters so he wants to be monsters? What?….I’m scared of monster costumes and definitely don’t want to be wearing one and scare myself, lol!

  2. I cannot wait for you to post pictures about your wedding dress YAY! Do you know what sort of style you want?

    PS: That banana sandwich looks amazing and I’m thinking I might have to give it a try very soon when I get more bananas. :)

    • Hollie, I won’t be posting the dress until after the wedding, but maybe I’ll post the pictures from the wedding gown fittings for the dresses I didn’t pick.

      I probably won’t pick a ball gown type of dress since my wedding is going to be on a beach and I’m petite so I’ll get lost in too much fabric. I was looking at Hillary Duff’s wedding gown and I wanted the same style but I can’t afford Vera Wang though, lol!

  3. That bread sounds great! I love a denser bread. I’ve seen Caitlin make this awesome breakfast. Your version looks fantastic as well. Sounds like the wedding plans are moving along nicely. I can’t wait to see what dress you pick out- so exciting! We’re not dressing up this year- just handing out candy to the little cuties :)

    • Hi Erica, if you’re interested, use Promo Code 1776 for $5.00 off or (if you buy 6 or more you can receive UPS Ground for $5.00 or UPS 2 Day for $15.00)

      Dense bread are great for dipping in soups, and also for garlic bread.

  4. that sandwich looks fabulous. SO decadent for breakfast!

    Jason is wearing camo top and a black pants, I am wearing camo pants and black top – we are UPPER AND LOWER G.I.s !! :D

  5. That sandwich looks amazing!!! I love bananas!

    I can’t wait to read more about your wedding. I love weddings! :)

  6. Oh my heaven! Can you make that picture a post card then send me recipe on the back just so I can look at it all day?! lol that’s amazingggggg!

  7. I’ve been wanting to make Caitlin’s grilled banana sandwich forever!! I’ll have to do it soon.

    And SO FUN about wedding planning! Can’t wait to find out more.

    As for halloween – I’m dressing up as a nutcracker and my boyfriend *might* go as a crazy person…aka a nut!

    • Clare, thanks for coming over and checking out my blog. Love the ND alumni address :)

      What a clever costume. He’s a “NUT”, while you’re a nut cracker. Love it!

  8. Oh, I have to check out your wedding page. I like weddings :)

  9. that sandwich looks SO FREAKING GOOD!

  10. Oooo girl there are so many good SF wedding shops. Let me know if you want me to take you on a tour of a few =) I LOVE wedding dress shopping!!!

    I wanted to be a fairy, but well, you read how that worked out. So I’m borrowing my friend’s costume she wore last year. I have two parties though so I need another outfit. Eeep!

    • Shanna, oh my, I would love to go wedding dress shopping with you. I’ll have to make another trip this fall to San Fran. (Southwest has $30 airfare promos)

      Next week’s trip is just too jam packed. Do you know of any good wedding designer trunk shows between now and December?

      Ooohhh, excited for your 2 outfits to make it’s debut.

  11. That sandwich is so pretty! I’d have trouble eating it:)

    I’m going to 2 Halloween parties this year with my boyfriend. Super excited to do coordinating costumes. He’s going to be Superman, I’m going to be Lois Lane.

    • Joslyn, I think that’s a cute and romantic coordinating costume. I used to watch the shows Smallville and also Lois & Clark. I see a lot of Superman costumes, but I’m curious about your outfit and how you’re going to dress as Lois. It will be fun.

  12. That grilled banana sammie looks delish! Love the addition of pumpkin…think I’m going to have to try this this weekend!

  13. That grilled banana sandwich is RIGHT up my alley!!!! I am not dressing up this year, unfortunately :( I LOVE Halloween…and I was a fairy princess one year, it was so fun!!!

  14. the bread sounds great – i’ve never heard of that brand before and would be curious to try it, esp. since it sounds so close to my dog’s name!

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