Peanut Butter and Jelly was so 30 years ago! There are very few foods more nostalgic than good ol’ peanut butter spread on toast, but if you’re still getting excited over the same basic recipe you enjoyed as a kid, you’re in need of an upgrade. Here are some simple ways to make those taste buds explode!
1. TRY A DIFFERENT NUT (OR SEED) BUTTER.
Delicious, creamy, chunky, high protein, nutty… all the things that make PB great! Know what’s just as great? All the variety of nut butters like almond butter, cashew butter, and infused butters (check out or selection). Each one boasts unique health properties, and—more importantly—they provide your sandwich with new, distinct flavors without sacrificing the creamy texture you love.
2. EXPERIMENT WITH SWEET—AND SAVORY—JAMS.
Grape jelly is the go-to fruit spread for PB&Js, but other sweet preserves might taste just as good (if not better) when paired with nut butters. Try strawberry, raspberry, red plum jam, mango, blackberry, blueberry, and even boysenberry. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can opt for a savory spread, like bacon jam.
3. TOAST, GRILL, OR FRY THE BREAD.
No one ever said a nut butter sandwich is best served cold. Try grilling it, frying it, cooking it in a Panini press, and toasting it in the oven.
4. ADD SOME CRUNCH.
Prefer crunchy peanut butter to creamy? Purchase a jar of nut butter, and whip up your own custom blend. Nutrition buffs might opt for seeds, granola, or coconut flakes, but if calories aren’t an issue (or you’re craving dessert early), try crushed cookies, potato chips, or even sprinkles.
5. DOUBLE DECKER IT.
Instead of chowing down on a hearty club sandwich, consider making yourself a double-decker NB&J. Take three pieces of bread, and cover two with jelly and one with Nut butter. Place the nut butter-covered bread slice sticky-side down on top of one of the jelly-covered slices, and add more nut butter to its other side. Place the second jelly-covered slice on top, cut it in half, and voila!
6. TRY OUT DIFFERENT BREADS.
Skip the white sandwich bread and opt for baguettes, sourdough, whole grains, English muffins, and even tortillas (try rolling them up like burritos).
7. EAT IT FOR BREAKFAST.
Try adding peanut butter to pancakes, croissants, crepes, and French Toast.
8. SWAP JELLY OUT FOR FRUIT.
Looking to cut down on added sugars? Swap sweet spreads out for fresh fruits like grapes, blueberries, and strawberries. (If you miss the texture of jelly, try sautéing the fruits before putting them into your sandwich.)
10. TURN IT INTO DESSERT.
Marshmallow fluff, chocolate syrup, and melted chocolate-peanut butter cups transform an everyday peanut butter sandwich into a unique dessert. If you’re looking for something even more decadent, consider using slices of pound cake instead of bread.
11. DRIZZLE IT WITH HONEY.
According to fitness experts, a peanut butter sandwich made on whole wheat bread and drizzled with honey is a great post-workout snack. It’s filled with healthy complex carbs, plus it’s simple to make—and eat—on the fly.