When you put banana on toast you should SMASH! This post explains why banana smash toast is one of my favorite breakfast recipes.

Banana Smash Toast

When you put Banana on toast: smash it!

All over the internet I see photos of toast topped with peanut butter and sliced bananas.

Good…but I have something better for your banana on toast craving.

I like to call this “banana smash toast.”

Smashed bananas have the best texture underneath creamy peanut butter. Add a sprinkle of granola or seeds like hemp, flax, or chia seeds for crunch, and you have a hearty, filling breakfast that checks all the macro boxes.

banana on toast diagram

Why Smash The Banana?

Not only does smashing your banana make this toast slightly easier to eat (no more bananas falling into your lap!) but the smashing breaks down the banana cells in such a way that (in my opinion) it’s sweeter and softer.

Or you could say “fluffier!”

smashed banana on bread

How to smash banana on toast

A lot of people on the internet put their peanut butter down first and put banana slices on top.

But I think the peanut butter gets hidden in there!

So I start my banana smash by literally mashing half a banana into my *very well* toasted toast with a knife.

(Obviously soft bread might tear, but toasty toast stands up well to the smash knife.)

Next comes the peanut butter on top – usually 1.5 tablespoons or so.

This way you get peanut butter flavor to the max.

banana and peanut butter on toast

Next I add something crunchy like chia seeds and coconut flakes. Granola works well too!

banana smash toast on white plate

And finally a drizzle of something sweet. Honey is the obvious choice, but I used my bourbon maple syrup from Great Harvest and fell out of my chair.

bourbon barrel maple

My Favorite Pre-Workout Breakfast

This is my favorite breakfast to have before a workout because it won’t sit too heavy in the stomach unlike smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal bowls. I can have this before soccer or a run and be digested and ready in an hour. It is very energizing and satisfying to carry me through the workout too.

Smash Toast Nutrition

I plugged it into a recipe calculator and found it to be 330 calories, 12 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber and 15 grams of sugar (mostly natural from the banana.)

More Epic Toast Recipes:

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Great Harvest Cinnamon Chip bread, toasted with smashed grilled bananas, peanut butter, and a sprinkle of granola on top. Talk about a fancy piece of toast!


Wheels on the Bus French Toast

Make boring breakfast toast super fun for kids by creating a design with the shapes. For this wheels on the bus theme, I used whole wheat french toast flavored with vanilla and cinnamon and used a bus cookie cutter to cut out the shape. The ends made the road, and fruit became the wheels and students inside. Mazen had a great time eating all the kids!

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Challah French Toast

Challah bread soaked in eggs and cream and cooked to perfection. Topped with mashed banana, blueberries, Nuttzo nut butter, chia seeds, and greek yogurt for protein on the sides.

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French and Floral

Fancy french toast with grilled, smashed banana, sunflower butter, and granola. Springtime florals on the side!



Banana Smash Toast

This power toast with banana, peanut butter, chia, coconut, and maple syrup will both energize and satisfy you! It’s ideal as a pre-workout snack or quick breakfast.

Keyword banana, bread, peanut butter


  • 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 bananas Ripe is best! Green bananas don’t smash well.
  • 1.5 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey


  • Toast bread until nice and crisp.

  • Smash banana into bread with knife.

  • Top with peanut butter.

  • Sprinkle on chia seeds and coconut and drizzle with maple.

  • Cut into four pieces to enjoy bite by bite.

smashed banana on toast with chia and peanut butter swirl

More creative breakfast recipes:

Overnight Oats Banana Split

Slice a banana in half and fill it with greek yogurt “ice cream,” chocolate nut butter for sauce, granola sprinkles and a cherry (or three!) on top!

banana split with overnight oats and cherries

Sheet Pan Pancakes

If you get tired standing at the stove flipping pancakes, this recipe is for you! BAKE your pancakes in a sheet pan and cut them into squares. Feed a crowd or wrap and freeze for a quick weekday breakfast.

Whole Wheat Sheet Pan Pancakes

Savory Yogurt Bowls

If you don’t care for sweet, try these three yogurt bowls that appeal to the savory side of things.


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