11 Ways to Update Peanut Butter and Jelly
Most of us have been eating peanut butter and jelly sandiwches since we first moved to solid food. Inexpensive, quick, and easy to pack, it's unsurprising that many of us continue to nosh on these sandwiches well into adulthood. But the ubiquitous PB&J can also get a little boring after a while. Try one of these easy variations to add some excitement to the old sandwich. (See also: Sex Up Your Sandwich: Ideas for Budget-Concious Brown Baggers)
1. Use Other Butters
Cashew butter, almond butter, and sesame seed butter all taste great. Most — especially cashew butter and almond butter — are available in both crunchy and smooth.
2. Make PB&J for Breakfast
What's better than peanut butter and jelly? Peanut butter and jelly drenched in maple syrup. Rachel Ray has a recipe for peanut butter and jelly french toast sticks.
3. Go Elvis
The King loved his peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Give a hat tip to Elvis by adding sliced banana between your peanut butter and jelly. Or try other fresh fruits like sliced apples or pears.
4. Grill It
The bread gets toasty, and the filling gets gooey and warm. It's a perfect quick winter comfort meal.
5. Add Raisins
...or dried cranberries, chopped prunes, or any other dried fruit.
6. Prepare a Pina PB&J
Sprinkle a layer of shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened) between the peanut butter and the jelly.
7. Lose the Bread
Almond butter and jam with raisins between two rice cakes is one of my favorite travel snacks — plus it's gluten-free. You can also try PB&J wrapped in a tortilla, on pizza crust, or on banana bread for a decadent dessert sandwich.
8. Toast Up PB&J S'mores
Add a layer of peanut butter and a layer of jelly to graham crackers before smushing them in with chocolate and a soft marshmallow.
9. Prepare PB&J Pie Pockets
These handheld peanut butter and jelly pockets look a little like Uncrustables, but feature peanut butter and jelly inside of a flaky pie crust.
10. Use a Savory Jelly or Jam
My mom gave me a jar of red pepper jelly for Christmas. It's a great pairing for cheeses, but also makes for a totally different peanut butter and jelly experience.
11. Put PB&J on Your Burger
This might sound like an example of two sandwiches that should never meet, but peanut butter and jelly burgers are popping up at restaurants across the United States. The key, it seems, is to choose your jam carefully. Very carefully.
Do you make a great, atypical peanut butter and jelly sandwich? What variations am I missing? Share in the comments!