With just three ingredients, these PB&B Ritz-Wiches can appease the masses any time! They’re quick to whip up and have plenty of nutritious goodness to tide everyone over until dinner is ready.
I’m just going to talk about the elephant in the room.
This is so not a “recipe” but more of a how to which is, I guess, what a recipe really is? I mean, I feel like I’m really shorting you in the recipe aspect today. Because there’s only three ingredients in this snack. Which means it’s simple.
And they’re three ingredients that most have on hand already. If you have kids you do. Peanut butter is almost a requirement with kids in the house. Bananas, ditto. The crackers? Now that might be a little different for some.
Since I love Ritz crackers, we usually have some on hand. Because I have this thing about eating chili with cheese and crackers. Then there’s the whole pepper jelly and cream cheese snack. I have a few jars of pepper jelly and it makes for a unique and delicious snack. And, well, crackers make a decent snack no matter how you stack them.
The history of Ritz crackers is very much lacking in, well, story. Wikipedia is a disappointment with this one just stating they were made in 1934 and the Ritz name appealed to the masses since it was during the Depression. A taste of the good life was pretty much on everyone’s mind at that time.
Heck, the story behind the man behind the Ritz logo is more interesting. He went on to create the Barnum’s Animals animal cracker images, Shredded Wheat, and even Milk Bone. Of course, he had to do something to support his family. His wife died of complications from childbirth leaving him with three kids to deal with. And back then, the men didn’t really know much about birthing no babies!
I really hope you get that reference.
Though I did find it interesting that people were Googling why the Ritz has 7 holes on it. Like the number seven is supposed to mean something on a cracker. It just because the way the dough thingy punctures the dough to allow air to escape. The 7 holes on the Ritz and the 13 holes on a saltine really means nothing.
However, there are some fun facts about the Ritz cracker I didn’t know. The Ritz cracker is almost 100 years old. I’m not sure many other crackers on the market can tout the same longevity. Currently, 12 BILLION are made every year. That times almost a 100 means a TON of Ritz crackers! Yes, I know they didn’t make billions when they were first introduced but still. That’s a lot of crackers.
They are, in fact, named after the Ritz Hotel. And that their logo is inspired by the commercial advertising dude’s hat. Sydney Stern really did make the logo after looking at his hat one day. And when he passed away, while Ritz is not his only claim to fame, most headlines across the major papers simple read Ritz.
There are 32 crackers in a sleeve of Ritz.
I don’t know why that’s important. I just found out when I Googled so I could tell everyone exactly how many crackers I used in this recipe. No, I didn’t count. And if you slice the bananas thin enough, then you will have plenty of slices for your Ritz-wiches. That is if you can resist not just eating the peanut butter and banana without the crackers. But I wouldn’t know who would actually do that while they were making these as a snack for her and the hubs.
I’m just going to warn you. This is one those Ritz cracker sandwich ideas that everyone will love. Well, everyone that likes bananas and peanut butter. Because I haven’t found anyone that doesn’t like Ritz crackers. I know a few people that don’t like peanut butter and Dad hates bananas. Which blows my mind.
And while these aren’t exactly healthy banana bites, they are good for you if you use a natural honey roasted peanut butter. They’re out there. Or just stir some local honey into your natural peanut butter for that added nutritional benefit of the honey in your favorite peanut butter. But the honey part isn’t all that necessary. It’s just added flavor and pretty much the only peanut butter I can get in the states that I enjoy.
Just search for Kraft peanut butter on my blog and I’m sure you’ll find multiple stories about how it’s superior to ALL peanut butters I’ve found. And I’m a self-proclaimed peanut butter-molier. Like Sommelier only with peanut butter.
I am totally drooling. Just look at those stacks of salty Ritz crackers, creamy peanut butter, and sweet bananas. I have extra bananas, too. I see these in my near future this week as a snack. Because I can’t have peanut butter and bananas in the house together for very long. I have been known to just grab the jar, a spoon, and a banana and snack away.
Yes. I am addicted to peanut butter. Thank you for asking.
Because how can you not be addicted to the rich, peanut buttery spread that goes so well in both sweet and savory recipes. Satay. Isn’t the same without peanut butter. Reese’s is non-existent without peanut butter. Then there’s the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The epic classic that has fed BILLIONS of kids through the centuries. At least in the states.
- 1 banana (about 4 to 5 inches in length)
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup honey roasted peanut butter
- 32 Ritz crackers (one sleeve)
- Peel the banana and slice into 1/8 inch slices. Think just larger than a quarter in thickness.
- Spread about 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter onto two Ritz crackers.
- Place a banana on top of the peanut butter and top with other Ritz cracker.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 198Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 8mgSodium 264mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 3g
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