PB&J. The most comforting of all the comfort food. So simple, so inexpensive, yet so versatile. Despite all of the options - creamy butter, chunky butter, peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, strawberry preserves, grape jelly, raspberry jam - I had a standard regimen throughout childhood, as I'm sure you did too. It had to be white bread, creamy Skippy peanut butter, Smucker's strawberry preserves, cut diagonally in half. When it wasn't making an appearance in my Minnie Mouse lunchbox, I had the opportunity for it to be toasted which was the ultimate PB&J in my mind. It was also important that a PB&J sandwich was properly prepared. I had my way and I know you had yours, too. Gently spread a thin layer of peanut butter on each slice of bread, followed by a spoon drop of strawberry preserves on each slice, carefully watching each move to avoid ripping the white bread. Remember when peanut butter and jelly got married on Pee Wee's Playhouse? C'mon, you know you do. I used to prefer spreading peanut butter on one side, jelly on the other and recreating this marriage; however, it does not evenly distribute the goodness of each ingredient which kind of ruins the experience.
Now that you know about my PB&J passion, you can understand how dark my world became when I broke up with gluten and sugar. Sure, there are gluten free bread options. But jelly, jam and preserves do not help my cause against sugar. There have been so many occasions where I sat, jealously watching Dave carefully craft and then immediately devour his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (obviously guys eat more than one...). What about me? Why can't I have a PB&J?! Well, guess what. Those days are over because I've found a brilliant loophole to fill that void in the soul of that little girl I once knew. It meets all of the old requirements but is even better - toasted gluten free waffles, melty creamy almond butter and fresh strawberries. Add an optional sprinkle of cinnamon and welcome to heaven. #pbjreinvented
Prep & Cook Time: 5 minutes
Fresh From the Market:
- 1 c. Fresh Strawberries, thinly sliced
From the Fridge, Freezer or Pantry:
- 4 Frozen, Gluten Free & Dairy Free Waffles
- 4 tbsp. Almond Butter
From the Spice Rack:
- Sprinkle of Cinnamon, optional
- Toaster or Convection Oven
- Pop those waffles in the toaster, stat. Get them all warm and toasty! Remember, gluten free baked goods tend to taste better the longer you toast them. Just be careful not to burn them!
- Wash your strawberries and cut the green tops off. Place the strawberry on the flat surface, where you just cut the tops off, and thinly slice into several pieces.
- Grab your almond butter from the fridge. You might have tried my recipe for homemade almond butter or you have a jar in the fridge at all times (like I do!).
- Now that you have your station all set up, let's get back to basics! Spread 1 tbsp. almond butter over each hot waffle, place your strawberry slices on top, sprinkle cinnamon if you want a little added flavor and either enjoy this new, improved PB&J as a married couple (smashed together) or just hanging out (open face)!
If you are anything like me, you love tea. So naturally, this dish is always accompanied by tea. I enjoy this on the weekends because I have the time to toast and really enjoy it. There is something about melted nut butter and hot tea that makes me feel relaxed. Could be those childhood memories or maybe this recipe is just that good!
If you have extra almond butter, check out my almond date smoothie, dairy free almond butter ice cream or dairy free almond chocolate fudge. You can also throw those extra strawberries in my strawberry and goat cheese salad or my incredible strawberry, apple, cucumber and mint salad. Either way, eat up and enjoy!!
Oh yeah, I forgot about Holly. She likes to lick some of the almond butter. Only a little bit though so she doesn't become a sticky mess. We know how quickly Holly Bear can look like a Dumpster Doggie :)