7 Ways to Make Your Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Better

7 Ways to Make Your Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Better Sandwiches with peanut butter, jam and fresh fruits on white wooden background from top view

    The PB&J sandwich is something that inevitably reminds us of our childhoods. It’s a classic for a reason. But if you’re feeling adventurous and want to go ‘off the grid’, here’s how to make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich better.

    Whenever I feel tired and I need a jolt of energy but also something that calls to mind good, pleasant vibes, I make myself the good ol’ PB&J. But just because it’s a snack for kids after school, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be amazing for someone who needs more from a sandwich. If you need more flavor and more texture, try these ways to make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich better.

    You can take this famous snack to the next level by adding some simple toppings or *gasp* switching out some of the ingredients. Unfortunately, all of the tips below on how to make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich better are not accessible to people on a strict nut-free diet.

    7 Ways to Make Your Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Better

    You can swap out the classic jelly with some fancy jam, for special occasions.

    Simple ways to make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich better

    1. Choose fancy jam

    Every once in a while, you deserve something special. So why not put down grape jelly for a sweet minute and go for the more expensive brand of jam to go with your chunky or creamy peanut butter? You can add extra texture to the sandwich if you add some jam with whole fruit in it.

    2. Switch out the ‘PB’

    I know! It sounds like blasphemy, right? How can PB&J exist without peanut butter? Well, you can try other nut butters for this task. It doesn’t mean you should give up on peanut butter forever. Just sometimes alternate with glorious varieties of almond butter, pistachio butter, cashew and hazelnut butter. You can also make your own kinds of butter. In specialty stores you could even find sunflower and pumpkin seed butters.

    You can also straight up make a peanut butter and bacon sandwich, because why would you not?

    Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich

    3. Go for bacon or other savory jams

    There is such a thing as bacon jam. And there is such a thing as onion jelly or jalapeno jelly. Don’t be afraid to switch it up. Salty and savory sounds just right to us. And bacon tends to be incredible no matter the forms it presents into. Be right back. Going to buy bacon jam right now.

    4. Experiment with bread

    Now that I’m back from my very important bacon errand, let’s talk bread. We usually make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches better by adding toppings. But we can work on the bread, too. Get some bread with seeds for extra crunch and texture. Or you can toast or grill the bread slices and then add the lovely spreads. What about frying the slices in butter then spreading peanut butter on them? Sounds positively decadent and I am here for it. Not to mention that the sandwich will be nice and warm.

    7 Ways to Make Your Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Better

    Don’t just choose ‘random generic bread product’ for your PB & J. Try some nice, fresh bread instead.

    5. Add some spice to your PB&J

    It’s time to add some spiciness to your classic snack. Go for cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves. And if you want to go the hot & spicy route, you can’t go wrong with cayenne pepper and chili powder. Don’t forget the new super spice in town, either: sprinkle some turmeric on your slices of bread and enjoy the ride.

    6. Enrich your peanut butter

    Get some regular and smooth peanut butter, and add your prefered texture to it. Custom chunky PB, who wouldn’t love that? You can add seeds or any types of nuts. You can mix in some coconut flakes. But there are even more incredible ideas out there, like crushed chocolate chip cookies or sprinkles.

    7. Add fruit instead of jelly

    If you’re counting your calories, you can swap out jelly for different types of fruit. That way you’ll get rid of a lot of added sugar from your snack. Try strawberries or other types of berries. And if you want to stick close to the classics, go for some grapes in there. You can even peel them, for a closer texture to the jelly.

    7 Ways to Make Your Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Better

    Use the texture and different flavors of fruit to enhance your PB & J experience.

    I’m a pop culture nerd who thinks too much about fried bacon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and life, the Universe and everything. I love food and sometimes you can see that on my hips, but I don't care that much about that.
    What I do care more about is trying to eat healthier, even though I admit that I like to indulge in my food fantasies. I’m addicted to puns, so forgive me for that when you read my articles. I now know too much about nutrition to be fun to hang out with. So long and thanks for all the fish-based omega-3 fatty acids.

    2 Comments

    1. I’m surprised you didn’t mention banana slices or honey as a means of adding sweetness to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I do that nearly every time I have one to eat, and this combination is delicious! Two layers of natural creamy peanut butter holding a layer of raw and unfiltered wildflower honey, a sliced organic banana and black raspberry jelly combined between two slices of whole wheat bread make for the best homemade sandwich that you will ever put to your lips and sink your teeth into. It’s certainly delicious, undoubtedly nutritious, and definitely filling. You won’t be hungry again for hours after eating one. Mmm, so good.

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