Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. So I decided to put a new healthy twist on the all-time classic PB&J combination. Introducing: the AB&J (a.k.a. almond butter & jam). A quick breakfast or snack that absolutely anyone will enjoy!
I honestly eat toast at least once a day, every day of the week. Needless to say, it’s my go-to for a simple breakfast, lunch, or snack on-the-go. And the best part is there are so many possibilities!
This week I’ve been going for almond butter with a homemade raw blueberry chia seed jam. It definitely reminds me of my childhood and brings back so many happy memories of growing up in the South. This is definitely my go-to raw chia jam recipe. It’s made with only 3 ingredients, and is so much healthier than the store bought jelly that is usually loaded with sugar and preservatives. So skip the trip to the grocery store and try making your own!
Dates make a perfect natural sweetener, and the chia seeds thicken up the jam (and add a nice nutritious boost). The blueberries can be swapped out for any fruit you like, so try making different flavors with whatever you have handy. Chia jam amazes me because you can use it to: spread on toast, put on top of your overnight oats, make a tasty filling for oat squares, fill in thumbprint cookies, or mix in smoothies. The list could go on and on.
The toast is the easy part (I use gf + vegan bread), and I opt for almond butter instead of peanut butter because it has more vitamins & minerals. Specifically I use raw almond butter, since it doesn’t have any added sugars or oils or salt.
I’ve dubbed this the “new classic” because it’s a fresh take on my childhood favorite PB&J. Maybe one day the name AB&J will catch on!
- For the raw blueberry chia seed jam:
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 pitted Medjool dates
- 1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- For the toast:
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 slice of the bread of your choice (I use a v & gf bread)
- To make the chia jam, add the blueberries and dates to a blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the chia seeds.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to thicken into jam.
- Toast the bread.
- Spread the almond butter and jam on top of the toast.