15 Ways to Upgrade Your Peanut Butter Sandwich

Few foods are more nostalgic than a peanut butter sandwich, but your culinary skills need a serious upgrade if you’re still making the same basic recipe you enjoyed as a kid. Here are 15 simple ways to elevate the classic lunchtime staple to new—and delicious—heights.


PB might the most popular protein-packed sandwich spread, but it’s not the only one sold in grocery stores. You’ll probably find almond, cashew, and hazelnut butters at your local supermarket, and specialty stores carry even more varieties, like sunflower and pumpkin seed butters, Brazil nut butter, and pistachio butter. Each one boasts unique health properties, and—more importantly—they provide your sandwich with new, distinct flavors without sacrificing the creamy texture you love.


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.


No one ever said a peanut butter sandwich is best served cold. Try grilling it, frying it, cooking it in a Panini press, and toasting it in the oven.


Prefer crunchy peanut butter to creamy? Skip the chunky pre-made spreads, purchase a jar of plain PB, 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.


Raid your spice cabinet and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, nutmeg, cloves, or cardamom into your peanut butter. Looking for more of a kick? Opt for cayenne pepper and chili powder.


Instead of chowing down on a hearty club sandwich, consider making yourself a double-decker PB&J. Take three pieces of bread, and cover two with jelly and one with PB. Place the PB-covered bread slice sticky-side down on top of one of the jelly-covered slices, and add more peanut butter to its other side. Place the second jelly-covered slice on top, cut it in half, and voila!


Skip the white sandwich bread and opt for baguettes, sourdough, whole grains, English muffins, and even tortillas (try rolling them up like burritos).


Try adding peanut butter to pancakes, croissants, crepes, and French Toast.


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.)


One iconic American rock and roll pioneer enjoyed an unusual twist on the peanut butter sandwich: Instead of eating with jelly, he preferred mashed banana—and he also liked for the bread to be pan-fried golden brown.


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.


Use cookie cutters to cut a peanut butter sandwich into tiny tea sandwiches—Christmas trees, snowmen, and snowflakes for holiday get-togethers, and hearts, stars, and dinosaurs for year-round parties.


Instead of ordering takeout from your favorite Asian restaurant, make yourself a Thai-inspired sandwich. Cover whole-grain bread with unsweetened peanut butter, rotisserie chicken breasts, sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, chopped red onions, and hot sauce.


Top your peanut butter sandwich with poached, fried, or scrambled eggs. Your inner child might be grossed out, but your adult palate might appreciate the novel combination of rich, salty egg yolk and savory peanut butter.


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.

14 Ways To Make Awesome Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Elvis made the peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich famous. If you thought that was weird, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Bet you never thought of some of these combos! Warning: grilled sandwich awesomeness ahead!

Dan’s W.P.B. Sandwich

“Neither of us wanted to eat it, but once we took a bite we were pleasantly surprised. The watermelon actually worked well with this combo.”– mauigirl

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Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

“You Americans have the best and sometimes weirdest combos for sandwiches I’ve ever seen. I just love PB&J, but this is amazing. Definitely a new favorite!” – laneymack

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Grilled Bacon Apple Sandwich

“Ahhhh-mazing! I was really skeptical about this sandwich, but pleasantly surprised that it’s delicious! I know the combination sounds ridiculous (I was asked if I was pregnant. Ha!), but all the ingredients put together make for some grilled sandwich awesomeness.” – OrangeK20

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Elvis Sandwich

“Oh’ Elvis, you can do no wrong. This is one of my guilty pleasures!” – WonderWoman

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Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Now here’s how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. “Oh man, you guys are killin’ me out there! When one is a peanut butter junkie and is also trying to diet, one should never, ever read any kind of review that contains this creamy indulgence. After inhaling it I felt absolutely no remorse!” – LINDA MCLEAN

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PBM Sandwich

“I’m from northern Maine, and everybody eats this there. Anytime I’ve mentioned it in other places I’ve lived, people look at me like I’m crazy.” – Nana Judy

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Cinnamon-Raisin Peanut Butter Sandwich

“My husband, being Scottish, did not even want to try these. But he finally relented, and was so glad he did! Sometimes simple is best.” – StaceyAnnA

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Peanut Butter, Bacon and Apple Sandwiches

“Bacon-apple-PB, where have you been my whole life?! This was love at first sight, and yes it was delicious too! This sandwich will be good morning, noon, and night!” – SNEJDL

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Fruity Peanut Butter Sandwich

“Wow – this takes classic PB&J to a whole new level! I’ll eat anything with peanut butter—heck spread it on an old rubber boot and I just might try it. I love the stuff that much!” – Jillian

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Reindeer Sandwiches

“What child (inner child even) wouldn’t like this? This sandwich certainly brought a smile to the face! Chocolate chips for the eyes and a red hot for the nose work just fine when one is out of raisins and cherries. ” – Paula

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Simple Peanut Butter and Tomato Sandwich

“I’ve been making this sandwich for nearly 70 years and have always loved it!” – marlene36

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Panini

“I was looking for something quick and melted chocolatey. This recipe has a very interesting flavor—peanut butter and chocolate lovers should definitely give it a try!” – Olive Fairy

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Elvis’ Grilled Cheese Sandwich

“This was a first for me. I have had grilled peanut butter and cheese and grilled bacon and cheese but never thought to combine all three. It was actually a very good combination of flavors.” – ~TxCin~ILove2Ck

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Banana Dogs

“I made this for my little guy today, and he seemed to get a kick out of it! This is a great idea, and it made him smile, Thanks! :)” – Christina

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Oh, peanut butter, what aren’t you good on?

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This Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe takes PB & J to the next level in the best way possible! It’s made with 3 ingredients in 5 minutes and makes lunchtime extra special!

I’m fairly certain that at birth, all my kids’ cute little perfect bodies consisted of 85% peanut butter. It’s no secret that I eat it all. the. time….pregnancy being no exception.

In fact, peanut butter by the spoonful is my snack of choice during labor, so you better believe that this sweet baby girl will have the good stuff running through her veins the first time I hold her in my arms {in the next few weeks, yay}!

Well today I have something that will change your peanut butter loving life. If you haven’t tried it before, I’d like to introduce you to this Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe. After one bite of this ooey gooey peanut buttery beauty, you will never, ever be able to eat another “regular” PB&J again.

This Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe uses 4 ingredients and it’s ready in 5 minutes!

I always have peanut butter, jelly, bread {or the ingredients to whip up a loaf of homemade bread}, and butter on hand. Like always. You might be thinking, “come on now Laura, PB&J isn’t a recipe.” But really, if you’ve never tried this Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe you are totally and completely missing out and you need to do it ASAP!

Also, there is an art to making a perfect Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe. So It is definitely worth it to read through this post to discover the most delicious way to create this masterpiece before you rush off to your kitchen to make one!

How to make a Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

  1. Preheat the griddle! This is absolutely critical! The griddle {or nonstick pan} needs to be hot before tossing the prepared sandwich on it. Why? Because you want your bread to get golden brown without the peanut butter and jelly beginning to ooze out of the sides. Having a preheated cooking surface ensures quick browning which will make your peanut butter and jelly irresistibly melty and delicious without being too messy!
  2. PB&J 1st, Butter last! To avoid a mess, completely make the sandwich before you butter the outside. I always put peanut butter on both pieces of bread and jam on just one. Because more peanut butter is always better!
  3. Serve immediately! These Grilled Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches are best when served right away because you experience all the melty goodness that they have to offer.

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe: Substitutions

These sandwiches are totally adaptable for any dietary need!

  • Bread: Substitute your favorite gluten-free variety if you need to avoid it!
  • Peanut butter: I am partial to creamy, but any nut butter would be amazing in this sandwich. Crunchy peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter. Again, let your dietary needs guide your way!
  • Jelly: When I say jelly I really mean jam. Jam is made with the whole fruit not just the juice, and {in my opinion} is one million percent better. My dad makes homemade jam so that is usually what I use! I also enjoy the kirkland organic strawberry preserves from Costco!
  • Butter: Spreading some sort of fat source on the outside of your bread is absolutely critical to the perfect Grilled Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich. Vegan butter spread can be substituted for regular butter if you need to avoid dairy. I highly recommend sticking to one of these two options because the salty buttery flavor really takes this sandwich to the next level.


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Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe

This Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe takes PB & J to the next level in the best way possible! It’s made with 3 ingredients in 5 minutes and makes lunchtime extra special! Course lunch, Main Course Cuisine American Keyword grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipe, kid-friendly lunch, peanut butter and jelly recipes, peanut butter and jelly sandwhich recipe Prep Time 3 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 8 minutes Servings 2 Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches Calories 218.5kcal Author Laura


  • 4 slices of bread
  • 4 TBS creamy peanut butter or crunchy!
  • 2 TBS strawberry jam or your favorite jam or jelly
  • 2 TBS butter room temperature (or vegan butter)


  • Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees F, or preheat a nonstick pan over medium heat until warm.
  • While griddle/pan is preheating, make sandwiches:
  • Take each piece of bread and spread 1 TBS of peanut butter on the sides that will be the middle of the sandwich (the sides that will touch).
  • Spread 1 TBS of jelly evenly over the peanut butter on two of the pieces of bread.
  • Put the pieces of bread together to make two sandwiches.
  • Spread each piece of bread with ½ TBS of butter.
  • Place sandwich on your preheated griddle or nonstick pan.
  • Cook for 2-4 minutes or until the sandwich is golden brown.
  • Flip and cook for another 2-4 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve immediately for the best ooey, gooey, melty peanut butter and jelly experience of your life!


Serving: 0.5sandwich | Calories: 218.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.5g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 14.8g | Saturated Fat: 4.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.5g | Cholesterol: 15.5mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 1.7mg | Fiber: 3.5g | Sugar: 4.5g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Seriously people this sandwich will change your life. I absolutely could {and usually do} pass up a regular old PB&J any day…but when one of these Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipe are in front of me you better look out. I’m always watching my kids’ plates to finish whatever they don’t too! 😉 SO. SO. GOOD!

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It’s time to start thinking about school lunches again. Do you have a peanut butter and jelly kid? I have one of each. A peanut butter and jelly kid who would eat the beloved sandwich at every meal, every day, if I let her and one kid who can take ’em or leave ’em.

It turns out they both have their pros and cons. The peanut butter and jelly kid leaves me with an easy option. It’s quick and easy to make a PB&J and while it’s not the healthiest thing in the world, it could be a lot worse. The take ’em or leave ’em kid makes life a bit more tricky, yet it’s easier to get a larger variety of foods into him.

Meghan, my oldest, is my PB&J kid. She would love it if I packed the sandwich in her lunch every single day. For the sake of variety, I do not, but she does get one in her lunch box a lot. Probably more than she should, but remember what I said about the easy part? Yeah, sometimes convenience wins.

How healthy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is really depends on the ingredients you use. I figure if my child is going to be eating this sandwich often, I better make it as healthy as I can. Some of the things on this list I’ve been doing since the beginning, and a few of them I’ve been experimenting with lately to see how many ways I can squeeze more nutrients into this lunch staple.

1. Use the best bread you can.

The best way to start is with a high quality, whole grain bread. Of course, homemade sandwich bread is top notch because you control the ingredients and you know there aren’t going to be any preservatives. I know that just isn’t every person’s reality, though. It’s not my consistent reality, unfortunately. (Maybe someday? I’ve been saying that for years.) The next best thing is bread baked fresh from a bakery or your grocery store’s bakery section with solid ingredients. Our local grocery store bakes fresh, whole grain bread with organic ingredients. It’s hella expensive, but they do have a point system that allows you to get it cheaper. I save my points to buy this bread, usually every other week. The next best is a store bought, whole grain bread option without ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, and azodicarbonamide. My top pick is Food for Life Ezekiel Bread, but unfortunately my daughter doesn’t care for it as a sandwich bread. Dave’s Killer Bread is another good choice if you can find it in your area.

2. Use organic, natural peanut butter.

Peanut crops are highly sprayed with pesticides. Why does this matter? This is straight from the EPA’s website: Adverse effects of pesticide exposure range from mild symptoms of dizziness and nausea to serious, long-term neurological, developmental and reproductive disorders. Simply put, this is not a risk I’m willing to take with my children. Pesticide exposure is at an all-time high with our children, and we don’t know exactly how far-reaching and devastating the results are going to be. If you can afford it, organic peanut butter is the way to go. You also want peanut butter without added oils or sugar. Just peanuts or peanuts and salt should be the only ingredients. (Even if you can’t get organic, getting natural is super important as well, so look for peanut butter with just one or two ingredients.) My favorite organic peanut butter is Smucker’s Organic, which I get at Target for around $4.50 a jar.

3. Use organic, low sugar jam.

I know it’s called “peanut butter and jelly”, but in most cases, jam is a better option. Jams are made with the whole fruit crushed, while jelly is made from only the juice of the fruit. Organic is best for the same reasons that I recommend organic peanut butter. Berries and grapes, the most often used fruits for jams and jellies, are some of the highest in pesticides. I’ll admit, it can be very difficult to find a jam that is both organic and low sugar. I used to buy St. Dalfour jam a lot because it is made with no added sugar and it was the only brand that I could find that didn’t have sugar on the label. But it isn’t organic. I guess sometimes you need to pick your poison. The Kirkland brand Organic Strawberry jam at Costco does have added sugar, but it’s lower in sugar than most jams out there. For even better options, see the next three ideas on the list.

4. Make your own chia seed jam.

I make my own chia seed jam as often as I can. Lightly sweetened with raw honey and nutritionally enriched from the chia seeds, this jam is your healthiest option. The best part is that it only takes five minutes and a few simple ingredients to whip it up.

5. Use raw honey instead of jelly or jam.

“Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients” (Source) The bonus is that peanut butter and honey taste incredible together. You obviously don’t want to add too much honey as it’s still sugar, but it’s a great natural alternative to store-bought jelly.

6. Use fresh fruit instead of jelly or jam.

One day, I realized I was out of jam when I was half way through making a PB&J. I did have some strawberries, so I finely diced them and used them in place of the jam. Meghan was happy to eat her PB&J this way! Peanut butter and sliced bananas is also a classic combination I grew up loving.

7. Use a different nut or seed butter.

How much you can get away with here will depend on your child. Meghan doesn’t like sunflower seed butter, so I can’t make her PB&J with that. Luke, however, does like it, so I make his with it for a change. Both of my kids like almond butter so I switch up the peanut butter and use almond butter sometimes. Variety is such an important part of children’s diets, so this little change can really help your child get some different nutrients he might not normally get. I’ve been experimenting with making different nut and seed butters in my food processor

, which helps with the cost.

8. Add ground flaxseed meal.

By sprinkling a little flaxseed on the sandwich, you are adding protein, fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and omega-3 fatty acids (ALA). It just gives the sandwich a little boost of nutrition, and Meghan never even suspects that it’s there.

9. Cut your jam with a little plain Greek yogurt.

I know this sounds weird, but it’s actually pretty good. It boosts the protein of the sandwich and forces you to use less jam, which means less overall sugar. That’s a win! You can use equal parts yogurt and jam.

10. Add some hemp seeds.

Just like the flaxseed meal, my kids don’t notice when I sprinkle these little guys on their PB&J. When you add hemp seeds

to the sandwich, you are adding iron, fiber, antioxidants, zinc, complete protein, and a perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. A nice little boost!

Don’t be afraid to try one than one of these ideas at a time. Using these little tips, you can build a healthy peanut butter and jelly that you won’t mind if your kids ask for everyday! Are there any tips you’d add to this list?


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* This is a sponsored post for SKIPPY® Peanut Butter *
Crunchy peanut butter, a sweet strawberry sauce and some extra fruit sandwiched between two slices of bread make a delicious nostalgic sandwich. It’s National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, so we have teamed up with SKIPPY Peanut Butter to share a healthier version of this classic sandwich. All the taste, but extra nutritious!

Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

I love that there is a day dedicated to almost everything and Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwiches are no exception. This classic sandwich that so many of us grew up eating deserves to be celebrated once a year (if not once a week).

We have taken this classic sandwich and put a healthier twist on it by making our own chia seed strawberry puree, using wholemeal bread and packing it with some extra fruit.

SKIPPY Peanut Butter

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Love a crunchier peanut butter? You can also enjoy the Extra Crunchy variety which contains large peanut pieces in a deliciously creamy mix, which is what we used in this sandwich.

America’s original SKIPPY® Peanut Butter was just made to accompany Jelly (or Jam to us here in the UK) to make the perfect stateside sandwich. With a US heritage that spans more than 80 years, SKIPPY® Peanut Butter is made from only the finest American peanuts, to give a unique nut-packed taste, with a creamy texture that melts in the mouth.

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Is a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Healthy?

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SKIPPY® Peanut Butter is made only with high quality peanuts sourced from the USA, just one of the reasons the taste is so authentic! The main source of peanuts for other brands in the UK is China and Brazil.

We have also made this classic sandwich healthier by making our own chia seed strawberry jam, using wholemeal bread and adding some extra fruit in there for added nutrition.

The chia seed jam isn’t as overly sweet as traditional jam (jelly), which means lower in sugar and calories and the chia seeds in it add some extra protein. This is a great option for kids that love a PB&J Sandwich.

Other Ingredients To Add

We added some blueberries and banana slices, as not only does it give this sandwich a nutrient boost, but some extra texture too. You can get really creative with this sandwich, and add other fruit slices or even some chocolate chips.

Feeling a bit more adventurous? Why not swap the strawberry jam for a savoury version like a chilli jam or bacon jam? This sandwich is also great toasted, as the peanut butter gets a bit melty.

You don’t have to use regular bread slices either. You could make this sandwich in a bagel, English muffin or tortilla to mix things up a bit.

How To Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich – Step by Step:

One: Hull the strawberries and chop them into small chunks.

Two: Put the chopped strawberries and the honey into a pan over a medium heat.

Three: Bring to a simmer and mash down with a wooden spoon. Stir continuously for 6 minutes.

Four: Take off the heat and add the chia seeds.

Five: Mix well and pour into a bowl and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

Six: Spread the peanut butter over each slice of bread.

Seven: Add the strawberry jelly.

Eight: Top with fruit and another slice of bread.

Other Sandwich Recipes To Try:

The Ultimate Hummus Sandwich
Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Sandwich
The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich
Loaded Tuna Sandwich
Honey and Banana Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Some extra tips for this Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich:

  • Try toasting the bread and then grilling this sandwich to make the peanut butter nice and melty.
  • You don’t have to use regular bread slices for this sandwich. Try making it with bagels, English muffins or tortillas.
  • Mix things up a little by using a savoury jam like chilli or bacon.
  • Add extra nutrients with some banana and blueberries, or try some raspberries and cherries instead.

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It’s National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, so we are sharing a healthy version of this classic sandwich recipe. 5 from 21 votes Pin Recipe Course: Lunch, Snack Cuisine: American Prep Time: 4 minutes Cook Time: 6 minutes Cooling time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 people Calories: 258kcal

  • 200 g strawberries
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 8 slice whole meal bread
  • 4 tbsp Skippy Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Hull the strawberries and chop them into small chunks.
  • Put the chopped strawberries and the honey into a pan over a medium heat.
  • Bring to a simmer and mash down with a wooden spoon. Stir continuously for 6 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and add the chia seeds.
  • Mix well and pour into a bowl and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Spread the peanut butter over each slice of bread.
  • Add the strawberry jelly.
  • Top with fruit and another slice of bread.


  • Try toasting the bread and then grilling this sandwich to make the peanut butter nice and melty.
  • You don’t have to use regular bread slices for this sandwich. Try making it with bagels, English muffins or tortillas.
  • Mix things up a little by using a savoury jam like chilli or bacon.
  • Add extra nutrients with some banana and blueberries, or try some raspberries and cherries instead.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 29.4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2.1mg Have you tried this recipe?Mention @hungryhealthyhappy on Instagram and tag #hungryhealthyhappy! DisclaimerThe nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.

If your childhood lunchtime routine isn’t broken, then why should you fix it?

At age seven, when I started at my new school in Texas, as one of only three Indian kids, I was desperate to fit in. Most of the kids brought brown-bag lunches containing Oscar Mayer turkey sandwiches on snow-white slices of Wonder Bread, accompanied by those little bags of Snyder’s pretzels. My parents wanted to pack me leftover dal—our cumin-spiked lentil soup—and sabzi (vegetables stir-fried in some sort of masala). But I saw the way the kids reacted with shrieks and wrinkled noses when the other Indian girl in my grade brought that kind of stuff to the cafeteria. Having a normcore lunch was a way of telling people that you weren’t here to disturb the status quo. So I begged my mom not to make me take Indian food. Maybe a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

My mom grew up in Delhi. She had never made a PB&J before. But out of some misplaced sense of guilt, she acquiesced to my request and started her 11-year journey of making me the exact same lunch every day. Along the way, I’d give her feedback, and she’d tweak her sandwich recipe accordingly, cutting diagonally versus vertically, or using strawberry preserves, which was much less cloying and more textured than your standard one-note strawberry spread.

I mindlessly ate that sandwich day after day, barely noticing the flavors. After all, lunchtime back then was more about the optics than about quality eating: My friends and I would cart our brown sacks to the cafeteria, set up shop at our usual table by the window, and take out our virtually identical-looking sandwiches. No matter what the PB&J actually tasted like that day—whether the bread was slightly past its prime, or the peanut butter was overly dry—the best part about the experience was that I appeared to be like everyone else. The PB&J served its explicit purpose: convincing me and others that, in my very white school of upper middle class Texans, I wasn’t an outsider.

No matter what the PB&J actually tasted like that day—whether the bread was slightly past its prime, or the peanut butter was overly dry—the best part about the experience was that I appeared to be like everyone else.

After college, I started working for a new food magazine—the now-defunct Lucky Peach. Perhaps, you may be thinking, once I joined the food media world and got the chance to try the panoply of restaurant options in New York, my tastes evolved past the PB&J. Not so. I had grown to genuinely appreciate the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and after straying from the ritual during college, I was ready to embrace it again. I thought of it as a superior act of sandwich artistry (like the Reuben or the bacon, egg, and cheese). The way the fat and the salt and the tart and the sweet all combined so perfectly in the pillow-soft embrace of processed bread.

I felt affirmed when Justin Warner, in his cookbook The Laws of Cooking: And How to Break Them, wrote that the principle behind the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is the same one underlying a lot of popular dishes: fat meets fruit. Think of a pizza, or boeuf Bourguignon, or bacon-wrapped dates, all of which combine a fat (cheese, beef, and bacon, respectively) with a fruit (tomatoes, grapes, and dates). It’s a pretty genius cooking principle—simple, but yielding complex results.

But when I started regularly bringing my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to work for lunch, my colleagues found it hilarious. It became a novelty, rather than a means of fitting in. My peers worried that I was broke, or maybe just unworldly. We were a magazine that wrote about abalone divers on distant Korean islands and the Cambodian origins of the donut. And here I was eating a sandwich made entirely out of medium-quality ingredients bought in my local bodega. No one was more befuddled by this behavior than my boss. Sometimes when I’d take out my peanut butter and jelly sandwich from its plastic bag, he would walk over to my desk with a look of simultaneous concern and pity—and drop off an Italian sub, or a container of fresh spring rolls from the bánh mì shop next door, not saying a word. I never said no to the food (why would I?)—but really, I was fine.

Thankfully, these days, I’m a freelancer—as in, free to make my PB&J in the comfort of my own apartment, equally liberated from both judgment and approval. Want to master the art of the PB&J? Here are some of my mom’s and my best tips:

  1. Spread it evenly. Don’t only cover the center part of the bread with jam/peanut butter—if you coat the entire surface area, you are guaranteeing that every bite contains a perfectly balanced combo of PB and J.
  2. Use preserves, not jam or jelly. I have tested out many variations on fruit spreads, and I am convinced that preserves are the best way to go. Preserves have chunks of fruit in them, which add more texture to your sandwich as well as mild tartness. Jam and jelly are a little too cloying for me.
  3. Blueberry is a sucker move. This is just objectively true. Strawberry and raspberry are the only choice for a PB&J. I’ll fight anyone on this point.
  4. Cut your sandwich diagonally. I know this is more mental than anything, but whenever I cut my sandwich diagonally (versus horizontally), it feels like there is more sandwich to eat. And it just looks prettier.
  5. Always wrap in foil. Most people wrap their sandwiches in plastic wrap. This is a mistake. Plastic wrap almost always gets sticky, which means your hands get sticky. Foil is a foolproof package, and it offers a little more protection against your sandwich getting smushed.

PB and J for Lunch: Why It’s a Good Idea

Though a PB and J sandwich has long been a popular choice for lunchtime, it can be difficult to determine if this is a healthy choice, or simply an easy option. In order to make an educated decision, it is important to evaluate the protein, carbohydrate, vitamin and mineral, and fiber content of each of the ingredients.

Provides Protein

One of the most important reasons why a peanut butter and jelly sandwich makes a great choice for lunch is due the high protein content found in peanut butter. While protein can also be found in beef, chicken, and dairy products, these items typically contain high amounts of saturated fats. In contrast, peanut butter (and other types of nut butters) contains high amounts of unsaturated fats, which can effectively treat and prevent many serious health conditions. Protein is important for your body’s health in a number of ways. This nutrient is not only important to help keep your muscles strong and toned, but can also keep your hair, nails, and skin looking great.

Provides Carbohydrates

In addition to the protein provided by peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, this lunchtime meal also contributes a high amount of carbohydrate. Though fat is often thought of as your body’s source of energy, carbohydrates are also essential to providing your body with the energy that it needs to make it through a long and strenuous day. If you are concerned about the calorie content associated with high carbohydrate foods, look for breads are lower in calorie count.

Provides Vitamins and Minerals

So far, this article has focused on the peanut butter and bread part of a PB and J sandwich–but the jelly is equally important in providing many health benefits. In fact, depending on the type of jelly you choose, you can get a high percentage of several of your essential vitamins and minerals in one simple sandwich. For best results, look for jellies and jams that are in their most natural state. This means that the products should contain little added sugar or fat, and should have high quantities of the real fruit. Try to switch up the flavor of jellies that you use on a regular basis in order to get a variety of different vitamins and minerals.

Provides Fiber

Finally, when the right choices are made in regards to bread and jelly or jam, your sandwich can also contain high amounts of dietary fiber. Fiber can help treat and prevent cardiovascular disease, and has even been found to be effective in managing diabetes and obesity. When choosing breads, look for varieties that are made from whole grains. Whole grain breads are significantly higher in fiber that their white alternatives. In addition, jellies and jams that contain high amounts of real fruit will also contain lots of dietary fiber.

It’s not just for kids!

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Folks, can we get a little love here for the good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

I mean, we all loved these kids, right? But somehow, now that we’re grown up, we feel like we’re not supposed to enjoy them anymore. Like they’re not sophisticated enough, or something.

Well, hogwash, I say. The PB&J is a classic for a reason. It’s satisfying in every way, with protein-packed peanut butter to fill up your tummy and sweet jelly to give your taste buds a little extra thrill.

The only problem with it is that sometimes it gets squashed in a lunch box. But that’s easy to fix – just cut it up and put it in an EasyLunchbox, with fresh fruit and veggies. I picked strawberry/blueberry mix, cucumbers, and carrots, but you can use whatever you like best.

And if anyone laughs at you for eating a “kids’ lunch,” just offer them a bite and see if their eyes don’t light up.

Peanut Butter Jelly Protein Boxes

Here is what I used to make our Peanut Butter Jelly Protein Boxes!

Lunchbox Container: EasyLunchboxes
4 PB&J sandwiches
2 cups strawberries
2 cups blueberries
1 large english cucumbers
4 large carrots

1. Place each ingredient in a different cup of the snack box. Seal with lid and refrigerate until ready to use. Use with in 3 days.

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These Peanut Butter Jelly Protein Boxes are satisfying in every way, with protein-packed peanut butter to fill you up and sweet jelly to round if off! Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Serves:4 Hover over “serves” value to reveal recipe scaler Calories:301 Author:Corey Valley

  • 4 PB&J sandwiches
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 large english cucumbers
  • 4 large carrots
  • Place each ingredient in a different cup of the snack box. Seal with lid and refrigerate until ready to use. Use with in 3 days.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 301kcal (15%)Carbohydrates: 47g (16%)Protein: 5g (10%)Fat: 6g (9%)Sodium: 220mg (9%)Potassium: 472mg (13%)Fiber: 5g (20%)Sugar: 22g (24%)Vitamin A: 10310IU (206%)Vitamin C: 55.2mg (67%)Calcium: 48mg (5%)Iron: 0.9mg (5%) Course:Lunchbox Idea Cuisine:American Keyword:Peanut Butter Jelly Protein Boxes Did you make this recipe?Tag me on Instagram at @familyfreshmeals or leave me a comment & rating below.

15 Unique Ways to Upgrade Your PB&J

August 14, 2017 by Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned PB&J? This simple yet satisfying sandwich takes us back to our childhood days—making lunch with mom or enjoying a meal with our friends in the school cafeteria.

While we’re pretty sure you already know how to make a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich (hint: the name is the recipe), check out our list below of some crazy, creative variations on this lunchtime favorite.

1. Grilled PB&J

Grill your sandwich on a hot skillet (or use toasted bread)
to get the peanut butter all warm and melty.


2. Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast

Or… dip your bread in French toast batter before grilling it to make a yummy
French toast PB&J, like this one from blogger Macaroni & Cheesecake!

3. FlufferNutter

Swap the jelly for marshmallow fluff. Who doesn’t love a nice peanut butter and fluff sandwich?!

4. Cinnamon-Raisin Apple & Peanut Butter Sandwich

Forget the jelly and top your peanut butter with fresh apple slices and a dash of cinnamon.
Use Martin’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Potato Bread for even more delicious cinnamon flavor!


5. Ultimate PB&J Sliders

Make a 3×3 grid using 9 connected Martin’s Party Potato Rolls! Split the rolls in half, then spread 3 different “butters” horizontally on one side and 3 different jams or spreads vertically on the other side.
Then, sandwich them together to create 9 different delicious variations!
We used the following: creamy peanut butter, chocolate-hazelnut spread, crunchy peanut butter, strawberry jam, honey, and marshmallow fluff.
Cut them apart along the crease… …then share and enjoy 9 different sandwich variations!


6. Peanut Butter Smiles

Cut your bread into fun shapes and make a smiley face using fresh
strawberries and chocolate chips!



7. Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

Instead of jelly, add fresh banana slices to your peanut butter sandwich.
If you want to be like Elvis, grill both sides of your sandwich on a skillet in a bit of butter.
You can also even add a few slices of bacon!


8. PB&J Waffle Sandwich

Grill your sandwich in a waffle iron! Because…everything’s better in the form of a waffle. Try this recipe from Edible Perspective.

9. Peanut Butter Sandwich with Sprinkles

Top off your peanut butter sandwich with colorful sprinkles and
a creative shape for a fun change of pace!


10. PB&J Sandwich Pockets

Turn your sandwich into on-the-go, lunch box-friendly snacks by cutting them into circles and sealing the edges with a fork.


11. PB&J Swirls

Make mini PB&J “sushi” rolls by flattening the bread first with a rolling pin,
then adding your toppings and rolling them up!


12. PB&J Bacon Burger Sliders

Use peanut butter and jelly as toppings for a delicious bacon burger to get that perfect sweet-and-savory combination! Get the recipe from blogger, The Rustic Willow.

13. Fruit and Nut Butter Toast

Mix it up a bit! Try other types of nut butters like almond or cashew butter.
Use fresh fruit instead of jelly for a healthier option.


14. Dessert Dogs

Since peanut butter and banana go so well together, try adding a banana to a Martin’s Long Potato Roll, using peanut butter and jelly as condiments for your “hot dog.”


15. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bread Pudding

Turn all your usual PB&J ingredients (plus a few more) into a deliciously indulgent bread pudding! Check out this recipe from blogger, The Domestic Rebel.

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Five fun ways to make PB&J’s that kids will love! Includes cutting into fun shapes, rolling up sushi style, skewering onto sticks, making with mini waffles, and rolling up burrito style with fruit.

This post is brought to you by Smucker’s Fruit Spreads.

Around here we never get tired of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My kids and I eat them all the time. They are just one of those things that I never grew out of, I’m a PBJ lover for life. They are always delicious and lunch just doesn’t get any easier. Since it’s back to school season I thought I’d share some fun PBJ ideas so you can change things up for your kids school lunch.

I know I can always rely on Smucker’s Fruit Spreads to make the perfect back-to-school lunch. What a great surprise it will be for them when they open their lunch box to see these instead of just a plain sandwich!

1. This is the classic PBJ but instead of leaving it as a regular sandwich simply use a sandwich or cookie cutter and cut them into shapes. Your kids will love this! I used these animal cutters and some heart cookie cutters (not included in the set). I also used this lunch container.

2. Make it into sushi rolls. I used a wider loaf for these for better rolling. Cut crusts from bread slice, flatten the bread slightly with a rolling pin then spread the right side with peanut butter and the left side with jam then roll and cut into “sushi” pieces.

3. Everything tastes better when it comes in kebab form right? These are a fun way to get your kids to eat some fruit with their sandwich too. For cleaner cutting I sliced the crust first then cut into cubs and spread a little peanut butter on half the cubes then a little jam on the other half then thread onto sticks with fruit in-between.

Cut any sharp points from skewer sticks when preparing these for children.

Banana slices would also be good on these, but dunk them in a water lemon mixture first to prevent browning.

4. Use mini waffles or pancakes instead of bread. What kid wouldn’t love these? They are fun twist on the classic that’s sure to put a smile on their faces.

5. Make them into a fruit wrap. This is a good way to ensure they don’t skip out on the fruit you packed into their lunch when you add it right to their PBJ.

For more than a century, Smucker’s has been helping to make family meals more memorable. Today, Smucker’s offers a broad range of Fruit Spreads, Ice Cream Toppings, Syrups, Peanut Butters and more, including low sugar and sugar free varieties. My favorite is the low sugar strawberry. We always have a jar on hand.

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PB&J’s taken to a whole new level of awesomeness! Three levels of crusted bread separated by layers of peanut butter and jelly plus fresh strawberries.

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PB&J’s taken to a whole new level of awesomeness!

Three levels of crusted bread separated by a layer of peanut butter and jelly on the bottom and a layer of peanut butter and fresh strawberries on the top. With a special trick to keep the bread from going soggy while in a lunch box.

Kids are headed back to school: “Power their day the right way!”

PB & J back to school:

Let me tell you a story of my never-ending search for the best of everything. Haha! It’s a real problem. However, my story is great! It’s called

“If you give a Juli a Sandwich”

If you give a Juli a sandwich then she’s going to ask for Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter (that can always be found at your local Walmart) to go in it.

When you give her Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter she’ll probably need some Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam (also found at Walmart) to go on top.

Then she’ll have a great idea to add fresh fruit, but she’ll not want the jam and the fruit to touch because it might get slippy slidey;

so she’ll want a third piece of bread to make it a double-decker peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Then she’ll notice the crusts and think that those need to go.

She’ll probably ask you to cut them off.

When you’re looking for a knife, she’ll notice your picture of you and your friends laughing.

She’ll want to know what was so funny and when you tell her you said a funny joke;

Then she will ask you to tell it to her as well. Then she’ll have the great idea that you should write it down so she can read it while she eats.

She’ll laugh so hard over that joke that she’ll ask you to write her another funny joke note,

and chances are; if you give her another funny joke-note, she’ll want a double-decker peanut butter and jelly sandwich with strawberries to go with it.

Crust cut off bread

When I was a kid I used to sit by Liesel J and Jordan C at lunch each day. Every day I had a turkey sandwich; where Liesel and Jordan both had Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches. I was totally jealous y’all, because you know, the grass is always greener on the other side. Haha!

Finally I convinced my mom to pack me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my lunches. I was so proud of that sandwich, made with creamy peanut butter and my mom’s homemade grape jelly.

However, then I noticed that Liesel had Strawberry Jam on her sandwich…

Eventually my mom was convinced to make mine with strawberry jam as well. Haha! I was a lucky girl.

However, then I noticed that Jordan’s sandwich had the crust cut off.

That was where my mom drew the line; I would not be getting those crusts cut off.

Now that I’m an adult: I get to cut the crusts off!!! Woot Woot!

Lunchbox Jokes:

Remember my great story from the beginning of this post? (As if you could forget such a written bit of awesomeness!). Well, that’s actually what I do for my kids, and with school back in it is once again time to power their day the right way!

Alongside these delicious with fresh strawberries, I always send a little handwritten “I love you Buddy!” note with a joke on the back. My kids love the jokes because then they get to start their lunch by telling a funny joke to their friends. These jokes are some that I found on the internet and my kids have loved!

Kid approved jokes:

Q: What do you call a fake noodle?
A: An Impasta

Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest?
A: An Investigator

Q: Did you hear about the race between the lettuce and the tomato?
A: The lettuce was a “Head” and the tomato was trying to “ketchup!”

Q: Why can’t you give Elsa a balloon?
A: Because she will “Let it go.”

Q: Why are frogs so happy?
A: They eat whatever BUGS them.

Q: What do you get when you mix a snowman with a vampire?
A: Frostbite!

Q: Why are pirates called pirates?
A: Because they arrrrrrrr.

Q: What is a whale’s favorite candy?
A: Blubber-Gum

Overdose of Awesomeness!

Well I’ve given you a great story, amazing pictures to feast your eyes on, and some awesome jokes! Now I’ll give you the recipe and your day can be complete! You’re welcome; Wink wink!

Enough talk, let’s eat!

Recipe for the best Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich of all time:

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  • 3 Pieces of Bread with the crusts cut off
  • Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam
  • 1/2 cup of sliced Strawberries


  1. First you will apply thin layer of Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter on the first piece of bread.
  2. Top with a thin layer of Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam.
  3. On the middle piece of bread, spread thin layers of Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter on both sides of it.
  4. Place that middle piece on top of the jam, peanut butter side will be both up and down since you covered both sides.
  5. Place fresh strawberry slices on top of the Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter.
  6. Spread a light layer of Peanut Butter on one side of the remaining piece of bread.
  7. Lay that last piece peanut butter side down atop the strawberry slices.
  8. Enjoy! 96

Hope you and your back-to-school cuties enjoy these sandwiches!!!

The peanut butter and jelly is the simplest sandwich in existence, right? Not once you start asking people the right way to make one. We talked to six chefs across the country about their particular methods for crafting the classic and they were as particular as you might expect. Here’s how they do it:

“I always use soft bread—milk bread or brioche—then I spread cashew butter and strawberry preserves on each side. I like the chunky fruit. I sprinkle a little sea salt on the inside. That’s it. My sandwich is not toasted, it still has the crusts, and, of course, it’s cut diagonally because it’s very important to have equal parts preserves and nut butter in each bite.” —Julia Jaksic, Cafe Roze, Nashville

“I get really good creamy peanut butter and, to give it some texture, I crush some plain peanuts for crunch. Then there’s a layer of strawberry jam. I slice fresh strawberries over the top—it heightens all the strawberry flavor and you get a nice contrast of sweet, acidic fruit. And then, for me, it’s gotta be cut on a diagonal. That holds everything together the best as opposed to straight across. You can get good corner bites of a sandwich that are a little crusty.” —Peter Lemos, Wax Paper, Los Angeles

Stacks on stacks.

Photo by Alex Lau

“I like to slather on an equal proportion of crunchy peanut butter to jam on a country loaf (it helps that my husband is a bread master). Crunchy peanut butter is important for a bit of textural contrast, and when it comes to the jam, I always reach for something with a good amount of acidity. Apricot is my favorite.” —Elisabeth Prueitt, owner, Tartine Manufactory, San Francisco

“I’m into Concord grape jelly and Skippy super chunk on thick-cut milk bread. I like it to squish a little bit. I build it so that both sides have peanut butter and then the jelly is in the middle. It’s a more symmetrical bite and you’re not getting any preserves leached onto one side of the bread.” —Tommy Habetz, Bunk Sandwiches, Portland, OR

“For the perfect PB&J at my house, we always use potato bread because that’s our favorite bread. I like to spread a little butter on the outside of the bread and toast it on a cast iron griddle—just on one side—so you get a Texas toast thing going on. There’s a little crispiness but the inside is nice and soft. I like heavy amounts of organic unsweetened creamy peanut butter and strawberry jelly of equal portions, each on one side. And I’m a whole sandwich kind of guy. I’ll cut them in half at the restaurant for presentation, but at home it’s about enjoying a good sandwich.” —John Bates, owner and chef, Noble Sandwich Co. in Austin

“I’m a huge fan of spice so I mix a little sambal into my peanut butter. It reminds me of chicken satay. Then I add a few strips of bacon because I’m indulgent, and blackberry jam. I like how all the flavors work together: salty, sweet, and fatty. I’m not particular about the bread, but I do like having it toasty. Since I don’t have a panini press at home, I put it in a pan, sit a brick covered in foil on top, and flip it. If I’m being all fancy, I’ll cut it in half, but usually when I make this I’m standing over my sink.” —Casey Rebecca Nunes, chef, Media Noche, San Francisco

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