Grown-Up PB&J (The AB&J)

Have I got a treat for you today! We’re taking the good ol’ peanut butter and jelly sandwich and BUMPING THINGS UP A NOTCH. Actually make that *NOTCHES

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I don’t call this sandwich a grown-up pb&j because you have to be grown up to appreciate it (I appreciate it. I’m nowhere near grown-up material. Exhibit A.) In all honesty, I don’t know why I called it that. It’s not like things are inherently more awesome when they’re “grown-up,” but it sure makes the name more intriguing, am I right?

It’s like, “Oooooh, progress has happened. What has changed?! I must check it out!”

Was that your thought process? I bet it was. Cuz here you are reading. (*fist pump*)

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Anyway, I have made some adjustments to a sandwich that was already delicious, so this version can only be described as SPECTACULAR.

We’re upping the excitement, the texture, the flavors, and the nutrition today! 

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Molly’s Magical Modifications: (Episode 3 – catch the others here and here.)

1. First I swapped almond butter for peanut butter. I did this for a couple of reasons, one being that almonds have more Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and iron than peanuts. Most of us don’t get enough iron from our diet, so eat your almonds, people! Also almonds=YUM.

2. We’re using strawberry preserves in this sandwich because I love strawberries, and they’re loaded with Vitamin C. Know what that does? Helps your body better absorb iron from plant-based sources. HOLLLLLA.

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3. The remaining changes I made create a texture adventure for your mouth. (#rhymez) I added… sliced strawberries. And slivered almonds. And then…

4. I grilled the whole sandwich. Like a grilled cheese. Only not. I understand if you need a moment to catch your breath.

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Here’s something that was true for the original pb&j too, but is worth pointing out: this sandwich is a complete protein! Nuts and the grains in the bread together provide you with enough of all the essential amino acids.

makeitmakeitmakeit. <3

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Grown-Up PB&J (The AB&J)
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  1. 4 slices whole wheat bread
  2. 4 tbsp. almond butter
  3. 3 tbsp. sliced almonds
  4. 4 tbsp. strawberry preserves
  5. 4-6 strawberries, sliced into half-inch rounds
  6. Earth Balance (or butter) for frying
  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Spread two of the bread slices generously with almond butter. Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top and gently press into the almond butter so that the almonds don't fall off.
  3. On the other two slices of bread, spread the preserves and lay the strawberry slices on top in an even layer.
  4. Put the sandwiches together. Melt some Earth Balance in the pan and spread a bit more on the outside of the top piece of bread.
  5. Place the sandwiches gently in the pan, buttered side up, and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip carefully and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Enjoy!
  1. Get creative! You could try grape jelly with raisins, or raspberry preserves with raspberries. Let me know what you try!

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