Stove top Fig, Banana & Almond Butter Sandwich

This recipe was adapted from this Fig & Banana Almond Butter Panini that I found on Pinterest. I don’t have a panini maker, so I decided to cook my sandwich on the stove top, grilled cheese style. It is like a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, all grown up.

Stove top Fig & Banana Almond Butter Sandwich


  • 2 slices
    whole grain bread
  • 2 tablespoons
    almond butter
  • 2
    black mission figs
  • 1/2
  • 1 teaspoon
    butter (or butter substitute)

Cooking Directions

  1. Slice figs lengthwise and discard the stems. Slice the banana half into thin slices (I put the other half of my banana in the fridge to be used on toast tomorrow).
  2. Spread each slice of bread with almond butter. Then, lay the fig slices on one piece of bread, and the banana slices on the other. Once the fruit is evenly distributed, combine the slices to form your sandwich.
  3. Spread 1/2 teaspoon butter (you don’t need much) on the outside of one slice of bread. Lay the sandwich butter side down on a nonstick skillet over medium heat. As the sandwich is cooking, spread 1/2 teaspoon of butter on the top side of the bread.
  4. After a few minutes, once the bottom slice has nicely browned, flip your sandwich to cook the other side. This side will cook quicker. Once your sandwich is nicely browned on both sides, remove from heat, slice, and enjoy! It goes well with a cup of tea or a glass of milk.

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich

Per serving: 515 calories, 22.6g fat (1.7 g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 476mg sodium, 66g carbohydrates (12g fiber, 23g sugar), 16g protein, 591 mg potassium, 4.8% Vitamin A, 16.5% Vitamin C, 20.5% Calcium, 20.5% iron

*Nutrition Facts were estimated using MyFitnessPal using the ingredients below:

To lighten up the sandwich, you can:

  • Use a lighter bread (mine was 100kcal/slice)
  • Spread on a thinner layer of almond butter
  • Omit the butter/butter substitute
  • Share the other half with a friend 🙂

Shopping Tips:

  • When shopping for nut butters, look for spreads without any added oils or sugars. All my crunchy almond butter contains are almonds and salt!
  • When shopping for bread, choose a bread that is made with whole grain flour, has more fiber than sugar, and is about 80 calories a slice (guess I missed that one this week!)


2 thoughts on “Stove top Fig, Banana & Almond Butter Sandwich

  1. Claire says:

    I’m always looking for new and different combinations of nut butters and fruit on sandwiches. This looks unique and tasty! I like the grilled cheese-like toasting idea, too.

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