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Building a Scrumptious PB & J Sandwich

Updated on August 22, 2011
Peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich.
Peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich. | Source

Mmm! Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A comfort food! A childhood favorite! The best substitute for cookies or cake on any given night in my opinion. But PB&J sandwiches are not just for kids, no matter how you slice it, they are good.

Most of us think they are for the kid's lunch box, as long as there are no allergies. And there are others of us that use it as a last minute go to sandwich or snack when the kids want it. Yet, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can mean so much more. At least for me they do!

When i am craving something sweet and i am trying to stick with a eating plan i turn to my trusty one slice version of a whole PB&J.

This is one of the simplest sandwiches and any good mother's mainstay, unless of course your children suffer from peanut allergies.

Building your scrumptious sandwich


2 slices of room temperature white bread

peanut butter

jelly of choice

2 tsp of butter, unsalted

a paper towel or plate

a butter knife or table knife, for application

What to do:

  1. Butter each slice of bread
  2. On one slice slather on a thick layer of peanut butter, more than 2 tbsp
  3. On the other slice cover with a thick layer of jelly or jam more than 2 tbsp
  4. Put the two slices together with peanut butter and jelly facing each other, lay on a paper towel or plate and cut in half or fourths

Add a glass of milk and enjoy!

Variations to a PB&J sandwich

  1. Add slices of bananas instead of jelly or jam, this was an Elvis Presley favorite
  2. Add softened cream cheese instead of the butter
  3. Toast the bread, spread the butter and finish as usual

What about grilled? Deep fried? Pan fried? These are other exotic versions of peanut butter sandwiches, that have been invented in the twentieth century.

Tidbit, a physician in the late 1800's, actually manufactured peanut butter or paste for his elderly patients that had lost all their teeth and needed a protein nourishment. But there are reports about using peanuts to make paste since the time of the early Aztecs.

The United States celebrates National Peanut Butter day on January 24.

Peanut Butter has lots of protein power. It also provides vitamins like B3, E, magnesium, folate, and dietary fiber. It is a food used to build muscle, flavor shakes and cookies, along with a lot of other foods.

The versatility of peanuts are universal but the number one use is the peanut paste that we all know as peanut butter is the leading way peanuts are consumed and enjoyed by most of the world's population.


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    • Celiegirl profile image

      Celiegirl 6 years ago

      Thanks YadiraE - i know the feeling. It's so satisfying.

      Thanks Icbenefield - i will have to try your suggestions.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub! Ever tried sliced apples on a peanut butter sandwich? Or honey instead of jelly or jam? Almond butter also makes a great sandwich. PB & J is a go to favorite at our house also. Thanks for sharing.

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      YadiraE 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Yum!!! i want to eat this right now!!