PB & J. Omg, does this one bring back memories or what? I can literally remember opening up my lunch box in grade school to find nothing other than the classic Smuckers Grape Jelly and Skippy Peanut Butter duo on whole wheat bread calling my name. Although I grew up on the healthier side, there were always a few things around the house that we had no substitutions for, jelly being one of them. Little did we know the insane amount of sugar inside. I mean you would think jelly was just grapes and maybe a touch of sugar, but not a blend of high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, aaaaand more sugar. No wonder we liked it so much!
So while experimenting in the kitchen this week, I decided to take a time machine back to grade school and recreate the PB&J pastime with a Homemade Blueberry Chia Jam and peanut butter served over warm sprouted grain bread. There’s not one pinch of artificial and it’s sweeter, and more delicious, than ever. Pluuus this is part of a partnership with one of my favorite brands, Drink Bai, to bring you 2 posts a month featuring their drinks. Prettty cool, right?
But wait! This PB&J isn’t complete without a little extra tang of flavor from Bai’s Brasilia Blueberry drink. This is a great addition for an extra burst of antioxidants and flavor. If you can’t find Brasilia Blueberry in your local supermarket or Target, you can look for Limu Lemon instead. It’s just as tangy and delicious. Since we’re only using a drop, I recommend saving the unused portion as a pairing to your new and improved PB&J sandwich. Ok. Now go make this baby.
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- 2 slices Sprouted Grain Bread
- 2 cups Blueberries
- 2 tbsp Honey (or Maple Syrup if vegan)
- 2-3 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 2 tbsp Peanut or Almond Butter
- 1 tsp Bai's Brasilia Blueberry Drink, for extra flavor
- In a small pot place the blueberries, maple syrup, and Bai's Brasilia Blueberry Drink. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce to a simmer and let sit for 5 minutes. Make sure you are mixing with a spoon frequently to avoid the jam from sticking to the pot. The mix should appear watery.
- Add in chia seeds and let sit for 15 minutes allowing the seeds to thicken the jam. Lightly mash the blueberries, but leave some whole for texture.
- In the meantime, prepare the bread by placing the oven on broil and toasting the bread for 1-2 minutes. Leave the oven door slightly open to avoid burnt toast.
- Spread the peanut butter on the bread, remove the jam from the heat, and lather onto the bread.
- Put the sandwich together and enjoy warm with Bai's Brasilia Blueberry Drink.
And bye-bye it goes.