Make Ahead PB&J Sandwiches (No Crusts)

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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 two-piece square one is extra-nice because It has separate pieces for cutting and sealing the sandwich. 

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.

Make Ahead PB&J Sandwiches (No Crusts)

Make Ahead PB&J Sandwiches (No Crusts)

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

I like to make these simple make-ahead sandwiches when life is crazy. They are perfect for school lunches or after school snacks.

You have control over the ingredients and they are less expensive than the pre-made sandwiches.


  • 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.

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