Healthier Grilled PB&J

This is probably one of the naughtiest recipes I've posted so far.

It starts with a craving, doesn't it? When a craving hits, I try to satisfy it with a healthier alternative. While bread and peanut butter don't have the same appeal to me now as they did several years ago, for some reason I couldn't get my mind off of them this past weekend! So I did something about it :)

This recipe is major comfort food. I would not recommend this as an every day snack or meal, but if the mood strikes for some old-fashioned, feel-like-a-kid-again "PB&J" action, this is a much healthier option.

Note: I couldn't help but notice how the hot buttery bread reminded me of a grilled cheese sandwich from my childhood. Mmmmm.

Healthier Grilled PB & J

Yields: 1 sandwich (enough for 1-2 people)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 slices bread (preferably gluten-free or sprouted grain)
  • 1 tbsp Almond Butter
  • 1 tbsp Raspberry Jam
  • Organic butter
  • Sea salt (to taste, if the almond butter you use is unsalted)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread
  2. Spread almond butter on the unbuttered side of one slice
  3. Spread jam on the unbuttered side of the other slice
  4. Place buttered side of one slice on a heated pan and place the other slice on top so almond butter and jam are touching
  5. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes
  6. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Gently flatten with spatula.
  7. Remove from pan, let it cool slightly
  8. Cut in halves or quarters.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

VARIATIONS

  • Instead of cooking on a pan, use a George Foreman Grill
  • Instead of jam, use sliced banana for a warm, gooey, healthy "PB & Banana" alternative