Make Ahead PB&J Sandwiches (No Crusts)
When I am entering into an extra busy season I like to stock my freezer with food that is easy to serve. One thing I like to make is Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. I make them in large batches, wrap them up and keep them in the freezer for easy lunches or snacks for my kids. They are less expensive than pre-made frozen sandwiches and I have better control over the ingredients.
You can use peanut butter, almond butter, or even sunflower butter if you need a nut-free option. I have used all different kinds of jam and jelly. I usually make this with whole wheat bread, but you can use any bread you prefer. If you need to be gluten-free, you can even use gluten-free bread.
I have two different “sandwich makers.” Both work well.
This one-piece one does it all in one step.
They both work well. If you don’t have a sandwich maker, cut off the crusts and use a fork to seal along the edges of the sandwiches.
Make them in a big batch and wrap each sandwich individually. Freeze the sandwiches. You can put a frozen sandwich in a lunchbox before school and it will thaw by lunchtime. They make a quick and easy option for school lunches.
- 2 Slices Bread (I like whole wheat, but you can use gluten free or your favorite sandwich bread.)
- 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
- 1 teaspoon jam or jelly any flavor
- If you are using a sandwich maker, mark the two slices of bread so you know where to add the filling. If you are not, cut off the crusts of the bread with a sharp knife.
- Spread half of the peanut butter on either side of the bread.
- Place the jam on top of the peanut butter on one side of the bread.
- Top with the second slice of bread having the peanut butter on top of the jam.
- Using a sandwich maker, slice and seal the sandwich. Save the crusts for croutons or other uses.
- Wrap the sandwich with plastic wrap or place in a freezer safe container and freeze.
- When ready to serve. Let the sandwich thaw at room temperature for 2-3 hours.
You can easily customize the bread and fillings. Almond butter or sunflower butter work well. Use any kind of sandwich bread you prefer including gluten-free bread.