3 Ways To Bring Your PB&J To The Next Level

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By Hollis Miller
Good old PB&J gets a lot of flack for being an uninspired lunch. There’s nothing inherently wrong with them — they’ve been around this long for a reason — but sometimes you need to spice things up a bit. If you’re feeling rushed to throw together a quick sandwich for work, we’ve got some inspiration to help you do one better than the average Skippy and strawberry jam:
Pick A Different Spread
If you just want to slather something on bread and be done with it, mix up your options. You can experiment with different nut butters in place of the peanut butter. You can choose to swap out the jelly for honey, or go even further — basically, anything nutty or sweet is pretty good between two slices of bread. Here are some awesome flavor combinations:
Pair almond butter with stronger berry jellies, like raspberry or with pumpkin butter.
Cashew butter is amazing with a few swipes of apple butter.
Try cream cheese and jelly (yes, it's good).
Tahini and tomato jam are a nice pair, too.
Spice Things Up
Cinnamon is amazing on a PB&J. You know what else is surprisingly awesome? Peanut butter mixed with honey and red pepper flakes (some spicy honey also has the same effect). Or, test out your own concoctions, like this spicy Thai version.
Add Some Crunch
Scatter some granola between your peanut butter and jelly for a crunchy sandwich. Or, use dried fruit for another interesting texture. If you want a sweeter combo, use peanut butter with some chocolate chips thrown in for good measure. And, if you walk on the wild side, put some potato chips in that PB&J.
Or, you can ignore all of this advice and add some ice cream in between two slices of bread for an ice cream sandwich and call it lunch. Just kidding! Sort of.

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