#19 – Nutella, Peanut Butter, Banana, and Cornflakes on Brioche


-Banana Slices
-Nutella spread
-Peanut butter

-Brioche bread

Christian: Before I review this sandwich, I’m going to go on for a little bit about my relationship with breakfast cereals. Because why would I get my own website, and not use it to do that very thing?

Growing up, I definitely preferred sweeter cereals. Who am I kidding? I still do. If it had marshmallows, I was all over it. One of my goals when I was a child was to one day make a “cereal” that was only marshmallow pieces. We would air commercials during Saturday morning cartoons, and over the closing shot of an overflowing bowl of marshmallows, the voice-over would tell impressionable children that it was not a part of a balanced breakfast, but that they should beg their parents to get it anyway. (This dream is still very much alive.)

I’d also eat rainbow colored cereals (except for Froot Loops, but that’s a story for another time.) And when it came to “plain” cereals, I’d more than likely put a spoonful or two of sugar on it. (When I am inevitably diagnosed with diabeetus, feel free to remind me of all of this.)

But I always stayed away from cornflakes because I knew even adding spoonfuls of sugar couldn’t make me like them. So yes, all of what I’ve written above was just to emphasize how little I think of cornflakes. And I went in thinking the cornflakes were going to ruin an otherwise intriguing sandwich.

I was wrong, because the cornflakes didn’t ruin anything.

The sandwich was surprisingly fantastic. Everything worked together, but kept their own distinct flavor. I think the bananas were actually the most valuable ingredient, but I was proven wrong thinking that I should have asked Susannah to substitute the cornflakes with Frosted Flakes. The cornflakes provided some crunch, but anything closer to the cereals I normally prefer would have made the entire sandwich, and I can’t believe I’m typing this, too sweet.

I loved this sandwich and will definitely make it again.

We do now have a huge box of cornflakes left over, though. And I still have no intention of eating any of it in a bowl with milk as long as basically any other cereal exists.


Susannah: This is definitely the most decadent sandwich we’ve encountered thus far. In fact, I was apprehensive that this one would be too rich or overwhelming with too many competing flavors. But somehow it all worked. The most important elements on this sandwich were the bananas and the cornflakes. The banana managed to be the happy medium flavor that played well with the Nutella and the peanut butter. And the cornflakes kept the sandwich from turning into mush. I’m always leery of putting crunching things into sandwiches, but maybe I need to rethink that.

I don’t know how well this one would work for a lunchtime meal; it felt more breakfast-y, or even better, a late night snack.


Next Up: #21 – Dill Cream Cheese, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Capers on a Bagel