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15 Genius Ingredients to Add to Your PB&J

The PB&J is a quick classic. But we've got 10 ways to make sure today's lunch isn't plain ol' peanut butter.

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The average American eats a whopping 2,983 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a lifetime. They don’t all have to be the same! Here are our 10 best peanut butter sandwich ideas that are anything but boring.

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Cinnamon and raisins

Swap out your everyday whole wheat bread in favor of super-tasty cinnamon swirl. Don’t forget to add some raisins before you “close” the sandwich, or maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar!

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Cream cheese

Spread on a thin layer of cream cheese. It’s heavenly with the jam, plus every tablespoon of cream cheese is worth an extra 1g of protein. If you were curious, this is where peanut butter and jelly sandwiches came from in the first place.

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Fresh fruit

You’ve probably added bananas to your PB&J. But how about sliced strawberry (amazing with strawberry jam), apple (a tart variety like Granny Smith) or even grapes?

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This is an ingredient that’s irresistible! Swirl honey into your peanut butter and that sandwich will be extra-sweet. It’s even better when the honey is warm.

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Marshmallow fluff

The classic “fluffernutter” sandwich pairs PB with cloud-like marshmallow fluff. (You’ll pick up s’more points if you add Nutella, too.)

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Breakfast cereal

Sprinkle on a layer of cereal–like Cocoa Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Honey Nut Cheerios–for extra crunch. (Wait to do this ’til right before you eat!)


Nuts or seeds

Add texture and protein to your sandwich with a sprinkling of toasted pecans or slivered almonds. You can also use flax or chia seeds, too, for more nutrition.

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Potato chips

Looking for crunch, but prefer salty over sweet? Just layer crispy potato chips right on top of the peanut butter and enjoy. Yum! 

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Toasted coconut

Coconut is the secret to some of our favorite desserts. Let it be the secret to your best-ever peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Give it a quick toast to add flavor and texture to this sammie.

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Soft or semi-firm cheese

You heard it here first: PB&J&C is the new PB&J. We’d recommend using brie, or even shredded gouda. To take it up a notch, add slices of pear, butter the outside of the sandwich and grill it to golden gooey perfection.

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Bacon (of course!)

No PB&J list would be complete without a recommendation for “the Elvis”—a sandwich with peanut butter, banana and bacon. The salty-sweet goodness of this one is near-impossible to resist.

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Add some heat to this sweet sandwich with sriracha sauce. A drizzle of this will give the PB&J a little kick—just don’t overdo it!

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Cookie butter

You can replace your Jif or Skippy with this delicious, gingerbread-y cookie butter, or add another layer to your sandwich. Either way is pretty tasty! (Never heard of it? Find it near the peanut butter at Trader Joe’s or pick it up on Amazon.)

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Go beyond cookie butter and try actual cookies! A few crumbled up chocolate chip cookies, gingersnaps or shortbread are a great way to add crunch, sweetness, and flavor.

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If you want your PB&J to serve as more of a dessert than a lunch, add some chocolate chips (or even chocolate syrup).

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Bonus: finish with flair

You can make your own “Uncrustable” by sealing the edges with a sandwich press, or trimming off the crusts and using a fork to seal the edges. We also love to cut out special shapes with a cookie cutter! Want to master making the most delicious sandwich ever? Try this technique to make the best sandwiches ever.

Originally Published on Taste of Home