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Homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers

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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!

pbandj sandwich crackers 9This picture looks a lot like my childhood, only healthier… and probably a lot prettier.

pbandj sandwich crackers 2I 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…

pbandj sandwich crackers 6While 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.

pbandjsandwich crackers 4So 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.

pbandjsandwich crackers 3And, if I do say so myself… an honestly much more delicious version.  I wouldn’t lie to you.  I promise these are going to make your taste buds so, so happy.

pbandj sandwich crackers 5Now 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.

pbandj sandwich crackersHomemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers
Vegan and Gluten-Free

Serves 1

Ingredients

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)

Directions

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.

pbandj sandwich crackers 7There I go being a kid and playing with my food.  There is just something about these that brings that out in me.

pbandj sandwich crackers 8These PB & J Sandwich Crackers taste better when stacked.  I don’t know why, but they do!

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?

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 10, 2015, 7:49 am
    I can't even handle how cute these are! :D
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 10, 2015, 8:28 am
      Haha, thanks Rebecca!! I'm kind of in love with how they look, too ;)
  • Missy March 10, 2015, 8:55 am
    Best part of PBJ crackers is that you either have to eat them whole or bite them and get all kinds of sticky/messy and PBJ sticky messy is awesome and then the salt from the crackers sticks to your fingers...and on the corners of your mouth. (I'm such a pig..LOl). (Gorgeous Photos by the way. I am WAY into PBJ art and these qualify).
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 10, 2015, 9:39 am
      Thanks Missy!! I normally bite into them and yes... they are a mess! But a delicious mess!
  • Dana | fresh simple five March 10, 2015, 10:58 am
    I loved the Ritz cheese & cracker sandwiches as a kid... and I still enjoy them occasionally on roadtrips. However, your idea for homemade snacks is awesome! Probably tastier and healthier for you too! Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...Meal Planning & PrepMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 10, 2015, 11:47 am
      I hear you. I used to eat those like it was my job! I must admit that I still find them rather tasty ;) Moderation, right?
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles March 10, 2015, 11:10 am
    I can't even believe that I used to eat those orange crackers with the peanut butter! Remember the crackers with the side of cheese? Ick, I never liked that but everyone else did and would bring it for snack, with the tiny little spoon thing lol. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...What I Learned About Myself After Watching Oprah & AyanlaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 10, 2015, 11:49 am
      YES!! I used to have those in my lunches. Now it does not appeal to me AT. ALL. I'm glad my tastebuds have evolved ;)
  • Farrah March 10, 2015, 12:08 pm
    I've been on a major PB&J kick lately (possibly because of all the tons of peanut butter I have, haha)! These look super good! :] Farrah recently posted...5 People I Want To Train With/Learn FromMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 10, 2015, 12:26 pm
      PJ& J is definitely one of those combinations that just never gets old to me. Also, having tons of peanut butter sounds like a great problem to have! ;)
  • Ashley March 10, 2015, 12:14 pm
    Sweet and salty anything is the absolute best! Love these - so pop-able! I used to eat peanut butter and jelly like mad as a kid (who are we kidding, I still do!). Ashley recently posted...Orange Broccoli Noodle BowlsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 10, 2015, 12:31 pm
      I think PB&Js are definitely one of those foods you never grow out of. I loving making grilled PB&Js now because the peanut butter gets all melty and extra god!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate March 10, 2015, 3:19 pm
    I used to eat these for lunch as a kind only with saltine crackers...this is probably a healthier option :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 10, 2015, 4:59 pm
      Oh I bet they would be super delicious with saltine crackers too.. nice and salty! ;)
  • Carmen Perez (listen2mama) March 10, 2015, 3:29 pm
    I LOVE PB&J on anything, and I love all trypes of cracker sandwiches. I have to try these soon...
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 10, 2015, 4:58 pm
      Yes, I think you should! Let me know if you do :)
  • Ariana March 10, 2015, 8:46 pm
    These look so good! I've never heard of PB&J crackers, but I don't think I would need them in my life with this healthy alternative! Ariana recently posted...Wanna-Be Chocolate Monkey SmoothieMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 10, 2015, 9:05 pm
      Trust me. Just by-pass the prepackaged versions and go straight to these!! ;)

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