by Lindsay Smith
I have put together two fun recipes to pump up your PB&Jam. These are not your standard slap-together and eat-over-the-kitchen-sink varieties, but worth the extra effort if you have time.
Not quite ready for ultimate status? You can level up your PB&J by grilling it (or pan-frying, for you literal types out there), adding some crunchy potato chips or fresh fruit into the fold, or of course, you can always add a bit of chocolate! There are also lots of fun flavored peanut butters out there to play with. No matter what, you may want to grab a few extra napkins. And maybe a spoon …
Ultimate PB&J Sandwich
- 2 slices whole grain bread or cinnamon bread, lightly toasted
- 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter o 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 banana, sliced in half lengthwise
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. strawberry jam
- 2 strawberries, sliced
- 1 Tbsp. peanuts, chopped
- In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a small pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Place bananas in pan, sprinkle with brown sugar and cook until golden brown and sugar caramelizes.
- On one slice of bread, spread the peanut butter and chopped peanuts. Top with the cooked bananas and any caramel sauce that was made.
- On the other slice of bread spread the jam and top with strawberry slices.
- Carefully put the two slices together, cut in half and enjoy!
Here we take Elvis’ favorite sandwich and turn it up a notch!
- 2 slices white bread
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Tbsp. peanut butter (creamy)
- 1 banana, mashed
- 2 Tbsp. jam
- 2-3 slices bacon (optional*)
- Place 2 pieces of white bread in the toaster on a light setting.
- Heat skillet over medium heat with 2 Tbsp. butter.
- While the bread is toasting, in a small bowl, using a fork mash the ripe banana until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- Using a knife spread peanut butter on one side, 2 Tbsp. of jam on the other, topping 1 side with the mashed banana. Optional: add 2-3 slices of crispy bacon.**
- Place 1 slice of bread on top of the other forming a sandwich.
- Place sandwich in hot skillet browning each side, flipping with a spatula, about 2 minutes per side. Take out of skillet, slice on a diagonal and serve on a plate.
* Okay the bacon is not actually optional.
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