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Brilliant PB&J Combos That Elevate the Classic Kid's Food

Photo: Ted Cavanaugh

When assembling a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you're not limited to swipes of peanut butter and grape jelly on white bread. (For starters, you could try making your own flavored peanut butter.) New nut butters, fresh fruit, and unexpected ingredients like herbs and cheese mean you still get the sweet and creamy combo we all love, only it's more sophisticated and flavorful, say David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, authors of the blog Green Kitchen Stories and the new cookbook Green Kitchen at Home. Their twists make for happy, healthy midday meals. (Here are more fancy PB&J recipes that are all grown up.)

Mix & Match

Choose one (or more) from each category, and use good-quality, hearty bread.

The spread:

  • Tahini
  • Sunflower seed butter
  • Nut butters: hazelnut, almond, cashew
  • Seed and nut butter blends

The fruit:

  • Fresh figs
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Thinly sliced apples or pears
  • Stewed fruit: cook any fruit quickly in a little water until it gets jammy, then sweeten with maple syrup to taste

The toppings:

  • Dukkah or other spice blends
  • Herbs like basil, mint, and thyme
  • Cheeses like ricotta or goat cheese
  • Seeds such as toasted sesame, chia, or chopped toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Toasted unsweetened coconut
  • Honey or maple syrup

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