Vegan and gluten-free three-ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers that come together in three minutes flat. The sweet and salty combination just got a whole lot healthier and even more delicious!
I don’t know about your family, but mine always had a stockpile of sandwich crackers in our cupboards. We’re talking cheese and peanut butter crackers, peanut butter and wheat crackers, peanut butter and jelly crackers, and if we were lucky, Doritos Nacho Cheese sandwich crackers. In fact, I still find peanut butter sandwich crackers in my parents’ cupboards whenever I go back home. Maybe I can convince my Dad to make a change with this post…
While all of the above sandwich cracker combinations may be delicious in their own right, they are not exactly the epitome of a “healthy snack.” No matter how “nutritious” and delicious they claim to be, they almost all contain preservatives, artificial coloring, and additional additives that simply are not necessary.
So I challenge you to ask yourself the very question that I posed to myself a couple of months back: Why are we eating these overly processed sandwich cracker packets? They aren’t that delicious, right?
Now I don’t mean we should never grab them in a “I need a halfway decent snack and this is the only thing at the gas station” kind of moment. Or, if I need some Doritos sandwich crackers because I just cannot shake the craving, I should probably just get it over with and have one or two. But the majority of the time when we are whipping up a quick and delicious snack for ourselves or others, we are more than capable of dedicating three minutes of our time towards creating a much healthier version.
Now here is what you need: your favorite crackers (rice to keep them gluten-free), your favorite nut butter, and your favorite jelly/jam. That is the beauty of these sandwich crackers. The combinations are endless, so get creative with your cravings! Oh, and I’d also recommend having a butter knife on hand. Otherwise, things could get a bit messy.
10 gluten-free rice crackers (I like the sesame version because they are a bit saltier)
2 TB peanut butter (the crunchy version at Trader Joe’s with added flax and chia seeds is my favorite)
2 TB strawberry jam (obviously grape jelly would be fantastic, too)
1. Spread one rice cracker with peanut butter.
2. Spread a second rice cracker with jam.
3. Combine the two and voila! A sandwich cracker is made.
4. Repeat with the remaining crackers, peanut butter, and jam.
This may be the simplest “recipe” ever, but maybe it will be what convinces you to make the healthier (more delicious) choice.
What is one of your favorite childhood snacks? Have you ever re-created a healthier version at home?