Peanut butter is an absolute favourite among adults and children! Although tasty, many people often wonder about the health benefits of peanut butter. Peanuts contain nutrients that boost heart health and improve blood sugar levels. Depending on how people use peanut butter in their diet, it can help them lose weight, or put on pounds during weight training or bodybuilding. However, peanut butter is high in calories and fat, so be sure to enjoy it in moderation.
In this article, we’ll share some of our most favourite ways to upgrade and make an ordinary PB sandwich into unique snacks! Here’s our list:
1. EXPERIMENT WITH SWEET—AND SAVORY—JAMS
Grape jelly might be the go-to fruit spread for PB&Js, but other sweet preserves taste just as good (if not better) when paired with nut butter. Try strawberry, raspberry or mango jam for an unexpected play on flavour.
2. SWAP JELLY OUT FOR FRUIT
If you’re looking for healthier options, swap preserved spreads out for fresh fruits like grapes, bananas, and strawberries. If you miss the texture of jelly, you can sauté the fruits lightly before putting them into your sandwich.
3. DRIZZLE SOME HONEY HONEY!
Swirl honey right over your nut butter of choice for that kick of extra-sweet. It’s even better when the honey is slightly warm. Sprinkle cinnamon powder for an even more flavour!
4. CRUNCH IT UP
Sprinkle on a layer of cereal—like Cocoa Pebbles, Cornflakes or Honey Nut Cheerios—for extra crunch. You can also crunch it up by adding crushed cookies like Oreos or shortbread; they are a great way to add crunch, sweetness and flavour.
5. LEVEL UP WITH TOASTED COCONUT
Let it be the secret to your best-ever pb&j sandwich. Toast coconut shavings and add flavour as well as texture to this sandwich!
6. CHOCOLATE BELONGS EVERWHERE
Add chocolate chips to your peanut butter sandwich and devour the best combination ever! You can also substitute chocolate chips with Nutella or chocolate syrup.
7. APPLE CINNAMON AND RAISINS
Apples, cinnamon, raisins, and peanut butter: a match made in heaven. Should we say more?
8. LAYER ON CREAM CHEESE
Spread on a thin layer of cream cheese. It’s heavenly with the jam, plus every tablespoon of cream cheese adds an extra 1g of protein.
9. STEP UP YOUR BREAD
Swap out your everyday whole wheat bread in favour of flavoured bread with add-ins like raisins or chocolate chips. You can also try it out on baguette or sourdough bread.
10. SWITCH TO SAVOURY
If you’re feeling adventurous go savoury! You can add chilli jam or even guacamole.
Just before you head to your kitchen to try out these recipes, here are some fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter!
– It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
– By law, any product labelled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 per cent peanut.
– It takes fewer than 5 gallons of water to produce 1 ounce of peanuts. (Bonus fact: 1 ounce of almonds takes 80 gallons)
– An average peanut farm is 200 acres.
– Nut butter was originally made for people with no teeth.
Are you a fan of peanut butter? What’s your favourite way to indulge in this timeless favourite?