The Peanut Butter Sandwich: Reinvented

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on February 14, 2011

Who said that peanut butter sandwiches had to be 1) boring 2) just for kids and 3) the same every time? I’m a huge fan of PB&J, probably because I had it almost every day when I was a kid and eating it for lunch has some element of nostalgia for me. And even though I can be a creature of habit a lot of the time, the same three ingredients (which for me are: sprouted wheat bread, almond or peanut butter, and blueberry preserves), can get a tiny bit monotonous. Then I heard about this PB&J sandwich shop in Portland that makes the coolest PB&J sandwiches, and I was inspired to get creative with one of my childhood favorites. So here goes – the peanut butter sandwich: reinvented!

The Ingredients

These were the ingredients I used, but you can obviously experiment with your own. My list included: Sprouted wheat bread, walnuts, sliced bananas, cinnamon, a mix of almond and peanut butter, and honey.

The Directions

Step 1: Spread the peanut & almond butter mixture on both slices of bread, and top one half with sliced bananas

Step 2: Chop 3-4 walnuts, and add on top of the banana slices along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey

Doesn’t that just make you want to take a big bite out of that sandwich? I couldn’t resist taking more than one picture of it.

Step 3: Top with the other slice of bread (that already has peanut/almond butter spread on it), and put into the panini press (or grill in a pan if you don’t have a panini press)

At this time, the nut butters, banana and honey are getting all melty and gooey…

Step 4: Once the top has browned and is slightly crispy, remove from panini press and let cool for 1-2 min.

I love the grill marks!

Step 5: Cut sandwich in half (I always like cutting on the diagonal because I think it looks more fun)

Eat and enjoy!


The Peanut Butter Sandwich: Reinvented

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Calories per serving: 443

Fat per serving: 20.7g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 443 Calories, 20.7g Fat (2.6g Saturated), 396.2mg Sodium, 61.2g Carbs, 14g Fiber, 17.2g Sugar, 15.3g Protein

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices Sprouted Wheat Bread
  • 1 tsp chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Directions

  1. Spread the peanut & almond butter mixture on both slices of bread, and top one half with sliced bananas
  2. Add chopped walnuts on top of the banana slices along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.
  3. Top with the other slice of bread (that already has peanut/almond butter spread on it), and put into the panini press (or grill in a pan if you don’t have a panini press)
  4. Once the top has browned and is slightly crispy, remove from panini press and let cool for 1-2 min.
  5. Cut sandwich in half and enjoy!
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Emily February 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Grilling PB & J is the way to go! We just make regular ol’ PB and Jelly grilled just like you would a grilled cheese (lots of butter on the outside) and it’s amazing (a big glass of cold milk is mandatory!) I’ll have to try these other additions and thanks for the link to the Portland shop, I’ll add it to my list next time we go.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

That sounds great!! I agree – traditional PBJ grilled is awesome too πŸ™‚ The husband would totally agree with you on the milk!

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RavieNomNoms February 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Grilling is SO the way to go! I love PG&J especially when it has bananas in it! This looks great! I could just reach into the screen and take a half! πŸ™‚

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Hehe totally! I feel like anything grilled is better than the original πŸ™‚

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Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen February 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I love this! The banana and walnut additions make this look tasty and a little healthier than the traditional PB&J!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Thanks! Yes it is definitely more guilt-free than the regular PBJ – hope you enjoy it!

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Carina Smith February 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

We do this too, but never thought to add nuts – yumm!!

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mel February 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

This looks fabulous! Now I’ll be craving a PB&J all day! Nice recipe

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Jenny February 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Wow that is one great looking pb and banana sandwich! I never make any but this one really looks delicious πŸ˜€

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Thanks!! I’m sure you’ll love it if you make it!

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Jon February 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Sounds good; I just re-tweeted it (May not show up as RT, as I added a comment). By the way, am writing a book about the history of peanut butter: http://www.creamyandcrunch.com.

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anjalim February 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Thanks for retweeting! I really liked your site & book outline btw – very interesting! And btw – the Trader Joe’s peanut butter is one of my favs too πŸ™‚

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mywanderingspoon February 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Olala, love this recipe, just bought panini press last week have to try it…. fantastic:)

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torviewtoronto February 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

looks delicious
yummy

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Sabrina February 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

this looks sooooo good! this is the best pb sandwich ive ever seen!

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Belinda @zomppa February 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

That’s not the kind of peanut butter sandwich I grew up with! Nice!

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Medeja February 15, 2011 at 3:05 am

Looks good.. πŸ™‚ nice reinvention

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Melanie Spring February 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Can someone make a PB sandwich that tastes amazing WITHOUT bananas? I hate bananas… please, thank you. πŸ™‚

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anjalim February 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

haha! Try substituting any dried fruit for bananas (raisins and apricots would both taste great). You can also try substituting apple slices or pear slices – I think both would be amazing! Hope that helps πŸ™‚

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Jan Collier February 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I grew up on grilled peanut butter and bacon sandwiches. SO GOOD! Now, I make sure my bacon is organic and humanely raised, and it’s even better. Will be trying this soon. Thanks. πŸ™‚

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I’ve heard that PB and bacon is delicious!

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Alissa February 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

It looks grilled, and makes me think of a panini. I wish more people knew about peanut butter and banana–it’s SO good! Yummy. Can’t wait to try this, thanks for the inspiration. All of the ingredients look good by themselves!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Alissa! Sometimes, I have to admit, I just eat PB and Bananas as a snack – it is delicious!

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Mama Kelly aka Jia February 19, 2011 at 11:39 am

I never thought of grilling a PB&J …. But you can bet I’m thinking of it now. Yum!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Yay!! I’m sure you’ll love it!

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Antara Bhardwaj February 21, 2011 at 2:14 am

Hey Anjali! I told my sister who was visiting my cousin in Portland to go eat at the PB&J place, since I read it from this post, and they LOVED it! Even my bro-in-law, who has very desi, traditional tastes was raving about it, so thanks for the recommendation! I passed on your post about the new Indian restaurant to my friends as well … am looking forward to checking it out … Sakoon is currently my favorite Indian restaurant in the Bay Area as well!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Yay!! I’m so glad they liked it!! πŸ™‚

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Bernice February 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

This sandwich looks wonderful! I am always looking for healthier options for lunch. This definitly could be a weekend lunch for my husband and me. I love almond butter, sunbutter and other alternatives to peanut butter.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Thanks so much! I’ve definitely made this for lunch for my husband as well πŸ™‚ I’m totally with you – alternatives to peanut butter are delicious! Right now I’m on an almond and sunflower butter kick, but I’ve heard Nutzo is pretty good too. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Frances March 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

My husband and I really love a sandwich we found at a local gastropub… they call it a CB&J. It’s made with cashew butter, fig preserves, and Morbier cheese and it’s grilled. It may not sound like it works, but OMG, it is SOOO good! I’ve recreated it at home with the same ingredients.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

omgggg that sounds AMAZING actually!! fig + nuts + cheese always work well together πŸ™‚ I’m totally going to try this soon!

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Nikki Garg January 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Hi Anjali! I had a question about whether the grilled peanut butter sandwich with bananas would keep for lunch if you made it in the morning. Thanks!

Nikki

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hi Nikki! You know – I don’t think it would taste that great because I think it would get cold (and the best part of this sandwich is the warm peanut butter, crispy hot bread, and melted bananas). But – if you wanted to make this for lunch, I’d toast the bread lightly, make it with the pb and other ingredients, and keep the sliced banana in a separate container on the side. Then, when you have lunch, you can take bites of the banana along with your sandwich and it’ll taste pretty close to the grilled version! Hope that helps!

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Angel February 1, 2013 at 10:48 am

I make this with jam and on a frying pan – my Son just loves it! I don’t like bananna but do like my jam. My Daughter-in law said she was brought up on grilled PBJ, and I love it!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

That’s so great Angel! You can definitely make this with jam – that makes it a classic PB&J!

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Linda Murphy February 24, 2013 at 7:15 am

Sounds absolutely wonderful can’t wait to try the pb&b sammich

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

Thanks so much Linda! I’m sure you’ll love this recipe! πŸ™‚

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Jan BlacK April 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Great looking option to the regular PB and banana. If you want something with a bit more crunch try PB with lots of crisp lettuce. The PB can be quite thick as the crunchy lettuce cuts the sticky feel. My favorite! It is also good with slices of red or another sweet pepper. the possibilities are endless.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

That’s really interesting!! Crunchy peanut butter with lettuce and peppers? That is definitely a daring combination! πŸ™‚

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Nelta July 13, 2015 at 3:32 pm

I dip the outside of the bread in egg to make a wonderful peanut butter/banana grilled french toast. It’s awesome.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 14, 2015 at 8:09 am

Oh cool idea, thanks for sharing Nelta!

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Zev Underwood October 22, 2015 at 8:12 am

This looks like a great sandwich! You should try making a recipe for a PB&J that uses fruits based on its season. I’ve been using apples or blueberries depending on when they are growing in my backyard.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Love that idea Zev!! We definitely do add fresh / seasonal fruit into our PB sandwiches from time to time!

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