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The Peanut Butter Sandwich: Reinvented

Who said that peanut butter sandwiches had to be 1) boring 2) just for kids and 3) the same every time? I’m a huge fan of PB&J, probably because I had it almost every day when I was a kid and eating it for lunch has some element of nostalgia for me. And even though I can be a creature of habit a lot of the time, the same three ingredients (which for me are: sprouted wheat bread, almond or peanut butter, and blueberry preserves), can get a tiny bit monotonous. Then I heard about this PB&J sandwich shop in Portland that makes the coolest PB&J sandwiches, and I was inspired to get creative with one of my childhood favorites. So here goes – the peanut butter sandwich: reinvented!

The Ingredients

These were the ingredients I used, but you can obviously experiment with your own. My list included: Sprouted wheat bread, walnuts, sliced bananas, cinnamon, a mix of almond and peanut butter, and honey.

The Directions

Step 1: Spread the peanut & almond butter mixture on both slices of bread, and top one half with sliced bananas

Step 2: Chop 3-4 walnuts, and add on top of the banana slices along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey

Doesn’t that just make you want to take a big bite out of that sandwich? I couldn’t resist taking more than one picture of it.

Step 3: Top with the other slice of bread (that already has peanut/almond butter spread on it), and put into the panini press (or grill in a pan if you don’t have a panini press)

At this time, the nut butters, banana and honey are getting all melty and gooey…

Step 4: Once the top has browned and is slightly crispy, remove from panini press and let cool for 1-2 min.

I love the grill marks!

Step 5: Cut sandwich in half (I always like cutting on the diagonal because I think it looks more fun)

Eat and enjoy!


The Peanut Butter Sandwich: Reinvented

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Calories per serving: 443

Fat per serving: 20.7g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 443 Calories, 20.7g Fat (2.6g Saturated), 396.2mg Sodium, 61.2g Carbs, 14g Fiber, 17.2g Sugar, 15.3g Protein

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices Sprouted Wheat Bread
  • 1 tsp chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Spread the peanut & almond butter mixture on both slices of bread, and top one half with sliced bananas
  2. Add chopped walnuts on top of the banana slices along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.
  3. Top with the other slice of bread (that already has peanut/almond butter spread on it), and put into the panini press (or grill in a pan if you don’t have a panini press)
  4. Once the top has browned and is slightly crispy, remove from panini press and let cool for 1-2 min.
  5. Cut sandwich in half and enjoy!
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43 responses to “The Peanut Butter Sandwich: Reinvented”

  1. Grilling PB & J is the way to go! We just make regular ol’ PB and Jelly grilled just like you would a grilled cheese (lots of butter on the outside) and it’s amazing (a big glass of cold milk is mandatory!) I’ll have to try these other additions and thanks for the link to the Portland shop, I’ll add it to my list next time we go.

    • That sounds great!! I agree – traditional PBJ grilled is awesome too πŸ™‚ The husband would totally agree with you on the milk!

    • Thanks for retweeting! I really liked your site & book outline btw – very interesting! And btw – the Trader Joe’s peanut butter is one of my favs too πŸ™‚

    • haha! Try substituting any dried fruit for bananas (raisins and apricots would both taste great). You can also try substituting apple slices or pear slices – I think both would be amazing! Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  2. I grew up on grilled peanut butter and bacon sandwiches. SO GOOD! Now, I make sure my bacon is organic and humanely raised, and it’s even better. Will be trying this soon. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  3. It looks grilled, and makes me think of a panini. I wish more people knew about peanut butter and banana–it’s SO good! Yummy. Can’t wait to try this, thanks for the inspiration. All of the ingredients look good by themselves!

  4. Hey Anjali! I told my sister who was visiting my cousin in Portland to go eat at the PB&J place, since I read it from this post, and they LOVED it! Even my bro-in-law, who has very desi, traditional tastes was raving about it, so thanks for the recommendation! I passed on your post about the new Indian restaurant to my friends as well … am looking forward to checking it out … Sakoon is currently my favorite Indian restaurant in the Bay Area as well!

  5. This sandwich looks wonderful! I am always looking for healthier options for lunch. This definitly could be a weekend lunch for my husband and me. I love almond butter, sunbutter and other alternatives to peanut butter.

    • Thanks so much! I’ve definitely made this for lunch for my husband as well πŸ™‚ I’m totally with you – alternatives to peanut butter are delicious! Right now I’m on an almond and sunflower butter kick, but I’ve heard Nutzo is pretty good too. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  6. My husband and I really love a sandwich we found at a local gastropub… they call it a CB&J. It’s made with cashew butter, fig preserves, and Morbier cheese and it’s grilled. It may not sound like it works, but OMG, it is SOOO good! I’ve recreated it at home with the same ingredients.

    • omgggg that sounds AMAZING actually!! fig + nuts + cheese always work well together πŸ™‚ I’m totally going to try this soon!

  7. Hi Anjali! I had a question about whether the grilled peanut butter sandwich with bananas would keep for lunch if you made it in the morning. Thanks!

    Nikki

    • Hi Nikki! You know – I don’t think it would taste that great because I think it would get cold (and the best part of this sandwich is the warm peanut butter, crispy hot bread, and melted bananas). But – if you wanted to make this for lunch, I’d toast the bread lightly, make it with the pb and other ingredients, and keep the sliced banana in a separate container on the side. Then, when you have lunch, you can take bites of the banana along with your sandwich and it’ll taste pretty close to the grilled version! Hope that helps!

  8. I make this with jam and on a frying pan – my Son just loves it! I don’t like bananna but do like my jam. My Daughter-in law said she was brought up on grilled PBJ, and I love it!

  9. Great looking option to the regular PB and banana. If you want something with a bit more crunch try PB with lots of crisp lettuce. The PB can be quite thick as the crunchy lettuce cuts the sticky feel. My favorite! It is also good with slices of red or another sweet pepper. the possibilities are endless.

    • That’s really interesting!! Crunchy peanut butter with lettuce and peppers? That is definitely a daring combination! πŸ™‚

  10. I dip the outside of the bread in egg to make a wonderful peanut butter/banana grilled french toast. It’s awesome.

  11. This looks like a great sandwich! You should try making a recipe for a PB&J that uses fruits based on its season. I’ve been using apples or blueberries depending on when they are growing in my backyard.

    • Love that idea Zev!! We definitely do add fresh / seasonal fruit into our PB sandwiches from time to time!

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