PBnJ: The Right Way to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

PBnJ: The Right Way to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Patently simple, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a timeless classic. It’s incredibly simple to throw together even amidst the busiest of schedules, and its nutty goodness delights crowds of all ages. Yet, as we all begin to take a closer look at our health, a quick bite of a PB&J might begin to feel like a guilty pleasure. Luckily, a couple simple swaps is all it takes to upgrade this favorite and turn it into a healthy treat.

Healthy Doesn’t Have to Mean Hard

Many times, “healthy” versions of food get a bad reputation. They might be extremely difficult to make, extra time-consuming in the kitchen, or just require ingredients that are hard to find–and might not taste too good. At Betsy’s Best, we believe that good-for-you should taste good too, which is why this gourmet PB&J recipe has all the elements you’re looking for.

Cutting down on processed, unnatural, and unnecessary ingredients is at the top of Betsy’s priority list whenever she’s working on a recipe. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find products that truly succeed at this. You’ll often find that they sneak in low-quality ingredients or the end result simply doesn’t take good.

Most agree that “diet” products and other so-called healthy foods aren’t as good for you as they claim to be. Of course, with millions of people trying to eat healthier, finding good alternatives is a must. When it comes to butters, Betsy’s Best is proud to be a name you can trust.

The Gourmet PB&J from Betsy’s Best

This recipe from Betsy’s Best turns a classic treat into a truly gourmet experience. With all the simplicity and taste you love, this new and improved version of the PB&J will prove just as yummy without the guilt. Plus, one swap to Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Seed Butter allows you to make a nut-free version!

It’s healthy thanks to its use of Betsy’s Best nut or seed butter as the main ingredient. Paired with your jam of choice, this sandwich features cacao nibs and sliced strawberries for that extra yum factor. Plus, a tablespoon of granola makes it nice and crunchy!

Spread onto the bread of your choosing and you’ve got a sandwich that’s just as easy and enjoyable as the original. Of course, if you compare the nutrition facts, this version will surely come out on top. The use of Betsy’s Best butter on its own will help you reduce the unnecessary sugar content while making for a less-processed, more natural end result. Give it a try for yourself and you’ll see that even your pickiest eaters are bound to love it.


  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 tablespoon Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon granola


  1. Make the peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter on one slice and jam on the other.
  2. Add sliced strawberries on top of the peanut butter
  3. Slice and sprinkle cacao and granola on the jam.
  4. Place together like a sandwich.
  5. Enjoy!

Is Peanut Butter Good for You?

It is a great thing that more and more people are beginning to question the healthiness of the foods we eat. Peanut butter is one of them. Many brands process peanut butter with added sugar and other unnecessary ingredients that make it less healthy and enjoyable for everyone. That’s why Betsy decided to make her own Gourmet Peanut Butter.

The Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter available today wasn’t discovered on the first try. Betsy spent a lot of time in her own kitchen testing out multiple recipes with the help of her extra-picky daughter. It wasn’t until she gave her own smile of approval that Betsy moved forward in launching this delicious, truly gourmet, and guilt-free peanut butter.

As a registered dietitian, Betsy knows what it takes to make a product that pleases the health-conscious without disappointing anyone’s taste buds. When you buy Betsy’s Best, you know that you’re getting a gourmet treat that’s naturally low in sugar. When that extra bit of sweetness is needed, Betsy uses a blend of natural sweeteners, like organic honey, organic stevia leaf extract, and Demerara sugar.

Like all of Betsy’s butters, this peanut butter features a delightful texture along with a short list of wholesome ingredients. Plus, chia seeds give this peanut butter a great consistency while also adding an extra boost of protein and fiber. If you’re not familiar with chia seeds yet, they come with countless benefits, delivering lots of vitamins and antioxidants (and very few calories). So, to answer the question, this peanut butter is great for you!

More Tasty, Healthy Twists from Betsy’s Best

Peanut butter and jelly work so great together, and there are many ways to pair them beyond sandwiches. Betsy has personally tested countless recipes that feature this delicious pairing, all while being health-conscious and enjoyable even for the pickiest eaters. Check out all of her gourmet PB&J recipes here, like the Pina Colada Sandwich!

As a mom, Betsy knows that everyone is looking for relief from their busy schedules. But, she also believes that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality or taste. Eating healthy should never be a compromise, and that’s why she created Betsy’s Best butters. These are the same gourmet butters that her family enjoys, and she hopes you love them, too!

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Creative and Tasty Substitutes for Peanut Butter

Creative and Tasty Substitutes for Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is something you’ll find in most households. It’s perfect for dips, sandwiches, making recipes, and straight off of the spoon. Yet, not everyone can eat peanut butter due to allergies. And, there are a few people out there who don’t like the taste of peanuts. No matter what the reason for your substitution search, there a plenty to choose from.

If you’re looking for creative and tasty substitutes for peanut butter, we’ve got your back. These are a few of the nutrageous replacements that will satisfy your cravings in no time.

Almond Butter

You may not know this but almonds are an amazing superfood. There are so many health benefits but here are a few:

  • They have tons of nutrients. With fiber, protein, healthy fat, Vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium – they’re one of the most healthy choices there is. Almonds also have Vitamin B2, copper, and phosphorus.
  • Almonds have antioxidants. Antioxidants work to protect you against free radicals or oxidative stress. These free radicals otherwise cause damage to the cells and lead to aging, inflammation, and some diseases, including cancer.
  • Assists with blood sugar control. Almonds have a lot going for them making them perfect for those with diabetes. They low in carbs, high in fiber, protein, and fats. They’re full of magnesium, which according to studies, people with type 2 diabetes do not have enough of. And speaking of magnesium, it helps lower blood pressure.
  • Helps with cholesterol. Almonds not only reduce LDL (the bad kind) cholesterol but also keeps LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. One human study showed that snacking on almonds for one month lowered oxidized LDL cholesterol levels by 14 percent.
  • Helps with weight loss and hunger. Since almonds are high in protein and fiber, eating them makes you feel more full. Not only that, but they have specific nutrients that help with weight loss.

As you can tell, almonds are truly a gift and almond butter just makes that gift better. And don’t think of almond butter as a plain nut butter. Instead, imagine Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter with gourmet superfood ingredients that include the aforementioned cinnamon, Himalayan pink salt, organic honey, and chia seeds. It really doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to one tasty snack that’s craveworthy.

Cashew Butter

Another tasty alternative to peanut butter is cashew butter. Much like almonds, cashews have a wealth of nutritional benefits. And, the taste is incredibly scrumptious.

Take a look at how “good for you” that cashews are.

  • Cashews have the good kind of fats in them. These monosaturated fats are heart-healthy.
  • They’re an excellent source of vegan substitutes. For instance, cashews make a vegan cream or use cashew butter in place of many non-vegan foods.
  • Cashews boost the immune system. Zinc is associated with a healthier immune system and guess what cashews have? That’s right, plenty of zinc (among other things like copper).
  • Zero cholesterol. We’re ecstatic that cashews have zero cholesterol and that makes them a choice for the heart-healthy-minded.
  • No gallstones? Well, here’s one you don’t hear every day. Cashews and of course, cashew butter, helps prevent gallstones. This is because eating nuts just like cashews lowers the risk!
  • Lots of antioxidants. Just like almonds and almond butter, cashews are a source of antioxidants. They contain Vitamin E and Vitamin K, among other free-radical fighting antioxidants.

Peanut butter is a recognizable mainstay and almond butter isn’t far behind. But cashew butter is another substitute for peanut butter that’ll knock your socks off.

Take for instance Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter or the Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter. Cardamom Cashew Butter is made with organic honey, and both flavors feature organic stevia on the label as natural sweeteners. Ingredients such as chia seeds, cardamom, coconut, and Himalayan pink salt are then added to perfectly balance the sweetness and elevate the overall sensory experience. And an experience, it is. You’ll love this one right out of the jar – we guarantee it.

Sunflower Seed Butter

Another excellent substitute for peanut butter isn’t a nut at all. Instead, seed butter features deliciously natural roasted sunflower seeds mixed into a sweet and flavorful gourmet spread.

Just like peanut butter, it’s perfect for snacks, spreading, and just eating right out of the jar.

Check out Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter. It’s a low-calorie treat, full of fiber and protein, and well, it’s totally yummy.

Use it with smoothies and recipes that call for peanut butter or make the tried and true seed butter and jelly sandwich. Haven’t heard of a seed butter and jelly sandwich? With ingredients like cinnamon, Himalayan pink salt, organic honey, and crunchy chia seeds – you’ll wish you had sooner.

And best of all, this is an ideal option for those with nut allergies.

Taste the Difference

Whether you need a substitute for peanut butter or just want to try something new, these options are healthy and tasty. One takeaway is that you can easily increase the potassium, iron, and magnesium in your diet by consuming nut and seed butters instead of oils.

You’ll love recipes made with them like the Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread or the Cardamom Cashew Butter Cookie.

Our line of spreads not only tastes great, but the all-natural, non-GMO and gluten-free qualities are fantastic for you with no chemicals or preservatives. And remember, a delicious spoonful of Betsy’s Best can stand alone, but it’s also the perfect addition to a variety of food items. It makes recipes of all kinds taste better.

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