Do you love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches too much? Think you need a break from them or need to change it up a bit? Here are 7 (tested) alternatives to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich you can try out.
1. Tahini instead of Peanut Butter
This is one of my favorites. Instead of the peanut butter, spread tahini on your sandwich.
Not familiar with tahini? It is basically ground sesame seeds. It can be from roasted or raw sesame seeds and can also come in a variety of different thicknesses (although that is generally not marked on the label but just varies from brand to brand).
Tahini is a great source of calcium and very popular in Middle Eastern food (e.g. it is a common ingredient in hummus).
2. Almond Butter instead of Peanut Butter
Another delicious alternative to peanut butter is almond butter. Almond butter is generally a little more expensive but I think it is healthier and it is REALLY good. There are other nut butters out there as well that you can try — I like macadamia nut butter a lot, cashew not so much.
If you have a choice, I highly recommend freshly ground almond butter.
3. Honey instead of Jelly
Plain and simple — instead of jelly, try your favorite honey (since honey is a “health and fitness queen“) on your sandwich.
4. Fresh Fruit instead of Jelly
Get to the source! Instead of the jelly, just put some fresh raspberries or strawberries or some other fruit in the sandwich.
5. Berries in Syrup instead of Jelly
Maybe not as healthy as the fresh fruits alone, but these homemade berries in syrup that are real popular here in Poland are great in place of the jelly as well.
6. Rice Cakes instead of Bread
Looking to get away from the bread a bit? Put your peanut butter and jelly on a rice cake instead of bread.
7. Fresh Fruit instead of Bread
Perhaps this is a stretch as an alternative to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but seriously, instead of putting the peanut butter and jelly on bread, put it on an apple, banana or pear.
I often eat peanut butter on apples or bananas, but sometimes it is nice to add a little jelly on top, too.
Mix These Ideas Together
Of course, you can try mixing a lot of these alternatives together — tahini and jelly on rice cakes, tahini and honey sandwiches, tahini and jelly on fruit, fresh berries on rice cakes with peanut butter, etc.
Hope you enjoy and picked up a few new alternatives to use in place of the standard, but still delicious, peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Have more ideas? Share them below!
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