From peanut to pumpkin seed butter, your new go-to indulgence is right here.
This is an article about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Why would be publish such a thing? Simple. Because we want to. And, chances are, because definitely want to read it.
More to the point, anyone who’s been reading this site for a while knows three things about the collective member of the Roman Fitness Empire:
But, life isn’t all about sex, steak, and ice cream—more’s the pity. While those are certainly three of the Pillars of Happiness, man cannot subsist solely on his vices.
You probably know this. And you also know that for most of us here at RFS, the vast majority of our dietary intake is made up of clean, whole foods—sometimes upgraded versions of traditional versions.
What you might not know, however, is that one of our favorite foods of all time is one of the most ubiquitous meals around: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Of course, while the PB&J is good, it’s not what we consider to be perfect. It’s a bit too plain. Too basic. So we set about trying to improve upon it. Led by none other than Sir Dr. Giovanni Vincenzo Romaniello, III, Esq.1, the Chief Bro King2 of the Roman Fitness Empire, we started experimenting.
In the end, we came up with TEN incredible takes on the classic American lunchbox staple. And today, we’d like to share them with you.
Behold this video, featuring our fearless leader in all his glory! Behold the magnificence of the upgraded PB&J:
Pretty cool, huh?
As promised in the video, here is a break down of the recipes:
This is one of the coolest things I’ve tried. Normally, I don’t like sunflower seed butter; I just find the taste weird. The marmalade, on the other hand, is amazing; it’s like biting into a piece of fruit. Together, they make for a delicious, summery mix that’s like eating a fruit basket in a soft, edible bread blanket.
This sammich is really delicious. As I said in the video, it’s made with the best possible ingredients (at least from a calorie reduction and volumetric standpoint), so it’s kinda healthy. If you put this on Ezekiel bread — a protein-packed bread made from assorted grains and legumes — it’s even better. You could feasibly work this into your diet on a slightly higher calorie day.
Seriously, this tastes like cheesecake. The white chocolate flavored PB has a very rich taste, so it’s not really suited to most spreads; however, the blueberry brings out the sweetness further, and together they make a sandwich that’s basically dessert. To make this even better, I’d recommend bland-tasting bread, like a basic wheat. Full flavored breads mess with the balance.
Based on my two favorite pies, this one turned out better than I’d dared to hope. Most of the time, pecan butter doesn’t go well with, well, anything, because it has a very “dry” taste. Happily, the sweetness of the strawberry offsets that beautifully — eat up.
Honestly, don’t make this sandwich. It costs like 90 dollars. Okay, it’s not that much. But it’s only “okay.” I just like the name. The superfruit spread is delicious on toast, by the way – it just loses it’s flavor when mixed with anything.
Notes: As I said, I generally make this one on cinnamon raisin bread. For the healthier folks out there who like to try to be clean even with “cheat” foods, you can actually get cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread, which is pretty tasty.
Notes: Who puts Swedish fish on a sandwich? Um, ME. They’re my favorite candy and I love them. I mostly put them on the sandwich as a joke, but it turned out to be highly delicious. Like everything else from Sweden, they were nicely complimented by the flavor of the lingonberries.
This is not even remotely healthy, it’s just tasty. The fluff is sticky, so having the crunchy texture of both the super-chuck peanut butter and the chocolate chips makes for a nice balance. Delicious — you really have no idea.
Notes: So-named because of the ingredients, the Hawaiian Heaven is extremely sweet, but also very satisfying. The mac butter makes this pretty filling, it goes down smooth, and for some extra sugary goodness, you can enjoy this with a nice glass of juice.
Notes: I’ll be honest and say that I’ve only had this one once, so my memory is hazy. The reason I haven’t had it again is because pumpkin seed butter is pretty hard to find. Obviously, this tastes like pumpkin, and if you add some graham cracker crumbs it tastes like pumpkin pie. Highly recommended. (Harry Potter fans, wash this down with a mug of pumpkin juice to complete the trifecta.)