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How to Make a Better Peanut Butter Sandwich

Updated on June 14, 2015
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Oh the peanut butter sandwich. So sticky, so delicious, and yet sometimes, so boring. Although I very much enjoy the uninterrupted taste of simple peanut butter on bread, occasionally it just seems a little too simple and there’s that urge to give my peanut butter a little companion. The good news is that peanut butter is actually compatible with a number of other foods. Here is a list of 50 of them. Some might surprise you, some might intrigue you, some might even turn you off a bit, but by the end of the list you’ll probably be hankering for a big, sticky, and oh so tasty peanut butter sandwich.

50 Different Things You Can Eat With Peanut Butter

  1. Jelly
  2. Sliced bananas – the riper the better
  3. Marshmallow fluff
  4. Shredded carrots
  5. Sliced pickles – yes, pickles
  6. Yogurt – strawberry flavored goes particularly well
  7. Low fat vanilla ice cream – it’s best on toasted bread
  8. Sliced apples
  9. Sliced mango – don’t knock it ‘til you try it
  10. Fried bacon – it worked for Elvis
  11. Cheddar cheese
  12. Raisins
  13. Chopped celery
  14. Caramel sauce – the kind you put on ice cream, yum
  15. Potato chips – salty goodness
  16. Cream cheese
  17. Mini pretzels – a little twist on adding some crunch
  18. Apple sauce
  19. Tofu – I guess that would be a tofeanut butter sandwich
  20. Pumpkin
  21. Sunflower seeds
  22. Chocolate syrup – you can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter
  23. Cinnamon sugar
  24. Rice Krispies – it’s best to mix them together and then spread it on the bread
  25. Shredded coconut
  26. Prunes – a sweet way to up your fiber intake
  27. Maple syrup – it’s not just for waffles and pancakes
  28. Honey
  29. Whipped cream
  30. Sliced pears – just like apples but often a bit juicier
  31. White chocolate chips
  32. Mashed chick peas
  33. Lettuce and tomato – that would be a PBLT sandwich
  34. Butter – another one that works well on toasted bread
  35. Sesame seeds
  36. Canadian bacon – a little healthier than regular bacon
  37. Oatmeal – use less water in your oatmeal so it’s firmer and easier to spread on a sandwich
  38. Apple butter
  39. Chopped Macadamia nuts
  40. Mashed or roasted sweet potatoes – good use of some leftovers
  41. Butterscotch chips
  42. M&Ms – just had to throw this one in there
  43. Saltines – might be a bit dry for some people
  44. Chocolate pudding
  45. Fresh blueberries
  46. Sliced cantaloupe – super sweet!
  47. Crumbled Oreos – not the healthiest option but sometimes that’s okay
  48. Eggs (or egg substitutes) – seriously, give it a try
  49. Sliced strawberries
  50. Nutella

There you have it. 50 different items you can add to a peanut butter sandwich to make it just a bit more interesting. What have you eaten on a peanut butter sandwich?

Nutritional Value of Peanut Butter

  • Peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, which help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Peanut butter is a good source of B3 and E, magnesium, folate, and niacin.
  • Peanut butter has about 7 – 8 grams of protein per serving – more than any other nut.
  • Peanuts are naturally cholesterol free.

Fun Facts About Peanut Butter

  • Peanuts are actually a legume, not a nut.
  • The average American child eats 1,500 peanut butter sandwiches by the time he/she graduates from high school.
  • Peanut butter is one of the most frequently purchased products in US grocery stores.
  • Americans are the top consumers of peanut butter.
  • November is Peanut Butter Lover’s Month.
  • March is National Peanut Month.
  • Only 4% of people put the jelly on the bread first when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
  • Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth.
  • Peanut butter was used to make the horse on “Mr Ed” appear as though he was talking.
  • Four types of peanuts are grown in the US – Runner, Virginia, Spanish, and Valencia.
  • Women and children tend to prefer smooth peanut butter while men prefer chunky.
  • East Coasters in the US tend to eat more creamy peanut butter while West Coasters go for crunchy more often.

Which type of peanut butter do you prefer?

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    • GiblinGirl profile image

      GiblinGirl 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks skye2day!

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Gilbin Girl. Wow you are a creative gem dear girl. This is wild I would have never thought. Baking, cooking is not my cup of tea. I am so open to easy and good recipe finds. I am bookmarking this one. My grandsons will love it. Thank you for sharing. Sending hugs. Love, Skye

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I didn't realize how versatile one of my favorite fillings was until you presented all these options. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Michael 5 years ago

      Great list of ideas for boring old pb&j. Theres a few on here that I had never thought about before. Think I may try mashed chick peas. Thanks for the great hub

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice list. I like to add a few Frito corn chips to my peanut butter sandwich on occasion. Sharing.

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      GiblinGirl 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks Victoria and Heaven. I hope you enjoy trying out the suggestions.

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      Heaven L Burkes 5 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you for this! I just discovered that "Skippy" natural brand has the "no hydrogenated fats" and "no high-fructose corn syrup" in one. Lots of the other brands have one or the other goin' on. So the jar caught my eye as my brand of choice.

      My favorite has been Peter Pan brand, but though I love the Pixie Dust...they still have hydrogenated fats in their varieties. :(

      PBJ's can get more exciting, it seems! I'm gonna try a lot of these ideas. And I gotta say - I am a huge fan of "the coconut" too - so that will be the first experiment... Voting up!!! And will post on my Facebook timeline. ;)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love this! I like to experiment, so I especially want to try Elvis's bacon on this. Coconut sounds good, too. I've tried pickles and didn't like them with it, but I do like butter with peanut butter. Fun hub. And very useful! Sharing!