This week we decided to test out an easy, kid-friendly, classic: The Peanut Butter Sandwich.
Without further adieu…
- Allrecipes PBM Sandwich
- Paula Deen’s Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
- Allrecipes Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Each sandwich was scored on a scale of 1-10 (where 1= that’s food? and 10= the best peanut butter sandwich that has ever entered my mouth) for overall score, the boyfriend/husband test, and the leftover test. We also provide other comments.
Overall score: 7.5
The boyfriend/husband test: 9
The leftover test: 8
Comments: Simple and classic. I thought it was too sweet but my boyfriend LOVED it.
Paula Deen’s Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Overall score: 10
The boyfriend/husband test: 9
The leftover test: 10
Comments: OH.MY.LORD… These are AH-MAZING. I could probably eat one of these everyday! Paula sure knows what she’s doing when it comes to anything with “butter” in the title. These would be best suited for either breakfast or dessert because of the cinnamon-sugar coating. And because I’m not sure how fat you would feel eating one of these as a lunch… Even hubby loved this and he is not a sweets guy at all! The only change I would make next time is switch out the white bread for something with a few more nutrients, like honey-wheat bread, and cut down on the butter, since it really doesn’t need the extra calories. Now, go make these… like right now. I promise you will thank me!
Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly
Overall score: 5
The boyfriend/husband test: 5
The leftover test: 5
Comments: This was “okay”. I don’t really like jelly very much but this sandwich tasted better to me than regular PB&J sandwiches. My husband said this was just okay too but he also said it was too sweet. I was really surprised by how little peanut butter is in the recipe. I probably wouldn’t make these again.
Thank you Ms. Deen! Obviously, you would win the RBR Peanut Butter sandwich category!
**Try this with homemade peanut butter!
While we can’t guarantee the results, here are some ideas you can use to customize the winning sandwich to your dietary needs:
- Gluten-free: Use all gluten-free products. There are many options for gluten-free bread!
- Vegan: Make sure your peanut butter is vegan, and use a vegan butter to substitute. For strict vegans, nix the honey and consider replacing it with maple syrup or agave.
- Vegetarian: It already is!
- Lower fat: Use margarine instead of butter, or use half the recommended amount of butter. Consider PB2 instead of peanut butter, which has only 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving, versus 210 calories and 17grams of fat per serving. Another option is using a low fat peanut butter, but be aware that those are often loaded with more sugar (which means more carbs) than the full-fat stuff.
- Lower sugar/calories: Skip the sugar coating. Consider PB2 instead of peanut butter, which has only 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving, versus 210 calories and 17grams of fat per serving.