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Peanut Butter and Banana Toast

We're segueing from summer with four weeks of morning power meals.

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Our September Breakfast Series is designed to put you a healthy track after a fun, indulgent summer. On each remaining Tuesday, Marissa Lippert, R.D., of Nourish Kitchen + Table in New York City will supply you with a morning meal that is as nutrient-rich as it is delicious. "Even with lingering warm weather, fall is in full swing," says Lippert. "You're back to 'school', back to the gym, back to your consistent routine. These recipes will rev your metabolism to help you power up and kickstart autumn." Below, the first, a delicious twist on a classic. 

Peanut Butter & Banana Toast with Toasted Coconut & Maple Syrup

Lippert designed this dish, which is among the most popular at Nourish Kitchen + Table, with morning exercisers in mind: "Protein-packed natural or organic peanut butter is paired with a dose of omega-3 fat rich coconut to keep you energized after a rock-solid morning workout like swimming or spinning," she says. "You'll restore muscles with the peanut butter and complex carbohydrate stores with the banana and whole wheat toast." It's also the perfect gateway breakfast for the morning-meal averse, or those who need to kick a sugary-cereal habit. "If you need to ease your way into a more serious regimen and clean up eating habits, this breakfast toast may be your newfound love. Drizzle on a little grade B maple syrup for a natural boost of sweetness without loads of calories or added sugar." 

Ingredients & Preparation

1 slice whole grain or whole wheat bread, toasted

1 – 1.5 Tbsp all-natural or organic peanut butter (or coconut peanut butter, infused with coconut oil for a extra boost of healthy fats)

¾ medium banana, thinly sliced

1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut, lightly toasted

1 tsp grade B maple syrup

Eat. Energize. Enjoy. Repeat tomorrow morning.

Get more breakfast inspiration: 

Week 2: Poached Egg with Avocado and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Week 3: Cashew Cream With Seasonal Fruit

Week 4: Overnight Oats With Fruit Compote

Photography by Christine Han