We’re putting a spin on an old classic. Or, in many houses, an old stand-by.

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is practically an American icon in the kitchen. Historically, people have been enjoying this salty and sweet staple since at least the 1940’s.

In recent years, it has become more and more difficult to rely on the ole pb&j in the weekly lunch box or – – er — bento box. With so many people suffering from peanut allergies, we have discovered new and different ways to enjoy an old fashioned sandwich with the versatility of different nut and seed butters. You can now find several varieties of “butters” on most grocery store shelves. Almond butter is popular, and cashew butter is incredibly creamy and rich tasting, but sun butter is probably the most similar in taste to the classic peanut butter. This seed butter works best in schools because obviously it’s not a nut and therefore won’t affect any child with any nut allergy.

If you have some skeptical elementary school aged children, like me, challenge them to a blind taste test! This is my new triumphant foodie tool in the kitchen. We now all enjoy a variety of green smoothies thanks to this little trick!

Who says you can’t play with your food?
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skip the bread, double the snack fun

I don’t know about your kids, but I have a 6-year-old who craves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all weekend long. {Most likely, it’s because the rest of the week his lunch box is stocked with ham and egg salad sandwiches.} I started playing around with the idea of packing sun butter snacks in his lunch box and saving the original pb&j for lazy Sunday afternoons at home.
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Try using few different fruits (strawberry, dates, and an apple) as the “bread” component to the delicious combination. Don’t forget the toppings like coconut flakes and granola! {NOTE: Granola not pictured because it was gobbled so quickly!} I packed these adorable little strawberry sandwiches in my daughter’s lunch box last week, and she LOVED them.
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grill it: cinnamon strawberry and peanut butter sandwich

I wanted to put a twist on the classic sandwich and came up with a grilled Cinnamon Strawberry and Peanut Butter Sandwich. SO good. It really satisfied a decadent lunch and snack craving all in one. It was creamy and salty but then warm and kind of gooey, too! I feel like there are tons of ways to keep playing on this style of sandwich.
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And it’s easy to make! First, spread Earth Balance on one side of two slices of bread. Then sprinkle cinnamon on both slices of the buttered bread. Thinly slice fresh strawberries. Spread peanut butter on the non-buttered side of a bread and lay your strawberries on top. Close sandwich and put on a frying pan on a very low flame.
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You can try different ways of cutting this sandwich, too. This is a classic triangle, but also there is room for different wedge shaped cuts that may be more fun for dipping into yogurt or even honey!

Mmmm… honey.

Give these ideas a whirl and let us know what you think!