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15 Unique Ways to Upgrade Your PB&J

August 14, 2017
3 min. read

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

grilled pb and 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

French Toast PB&J
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

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

4. Cinnamon-Raisin Apple & Peanut Butter Sandwich

Apple-Cinnamon-Raisin 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

3x3 Ultimate PB&J
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.

3x3 Ultimate PB&J
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.

3x3 Ultimate PB&J
Cut them apart along the crease…

Ultimate PB&J Sliders…then share and enjoy 9 different sandwich variations!


6. Peanut Butter Smiles

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



7. Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

Peanut Butter and 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

PBJ Waffles
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

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

PBJ 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

PBJ 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

PB&J Bacon Burgers
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

Nut Butter on 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

Dessert Dog
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

PBJ 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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