100+ alternatives to PB&J

100+ alternatives to pb&j

Whether you grew up eating peanut butter & grape jelly every day at school or have never tried the combination, the concept of pairing fruit and nuts is a classic one.

  • But what if you don’t eat peanuts – or can’t send them to school with your child?
  • What if you’re off refined sugar – or live somewhere that doesn’t have grape jelly?
  • What if you simply want a change?

You’re in luck, as there are endless ways to combine seed or nut butters with fruit or fruit spreads – and while National PB&J Day doesn’t roll around until 2 April, the ideas below provide variety as well as low-sugar and allergy friendly twists on pb&j today!

Below the choose your own PB&J adventure Infographic I’ve listed a few of my top go-to combinations, as well as my favourite fruits or spreads to pair with each butter. Of course you can always mix & match any way you wish!

100+ alternatives to pb&j

My 15 favourite combinations in no particular order

Served straight up (or with a little extra something):

  1. peanut butter & grape jelly… the classic
  2. peanut butter & apple sauce
  3. tahini & mashed banana
  4. macadamia butter & cherry jam
  5. sunflower butter & apricot preserves
  6. sunflower butter & mango puree (+ a squeeze of lime)
  7. tahini & crushed raspberries (+ a drizzle of coconut milk or coconut butter)
  8. tahini & smushed pear (+ a dusting of ginger)
  9. almond butter & sliced apples (+ a dash of cinnamon)
  10. almond butter & mashed banana (+ a dusting of cinnamon)
  11. cashew butter & smashed strawberries (+ a sprinkle of cardamom)
  12. cashew butter & chopped peaches (+ fresh grated ginger)
  13. coconut butter & sliced pineapple (+ torn mint)
  14. walnut butter & fresh figs (+ crumbled goat cheese)
  15. hazelnut butter & quince paste (+ shaved parmesean)

What can I pair with…

100+ alternatives to PB&Jalmond butter?

sliced apples :: apricot preserves :: grape jelly

smushed pear :: orange marmalade :: fresh figs

cherry jam :: mashed banana :: apricot preserves


100+ alternatives to PB&Jsunflower butter?

smashed strawberries :: sliced apples :: smushed pear :: mashed banana

lemon curd :: rhubarb compote :: cherry jam :: crushed raspberries

apricot preserves :: sliced pineapple :: crushed blueberries :: mango puree


100+ alternatives to PB&Jpeanut butter

grape jelly :: sliced apples

orange marmalade :: mashed banana

apple sauce :: crushed raspberries


100+ alternatives to PB&Jcashew butter

smashed strawberries :: smushed pear :: cherry jam :: fresh figs

orange marmalade :: lemon curd :: apricot preserves :: sliced pineapple

chopped peaches :: crushed raspberries :: crushed blueberries


100+ alternatives to PB&Jhazelnut butter

smashed strawberries :: sliced apples :: grape jelly

smushed pear :: fresh figs :: mango puree :: quince paste

mashed banana :: crushed raspberries :: apricot preserves


100+ alternatives to PB&Jmacadamia butter

smashed strawberries :: orange marmalade :: lemon curd

cherry jam :: mango puree :: crushed raspberries

sliced pineapple :: crushed blueberries


100+ alternatives to PB&Jbrazil nut butter

sliced apples :: grape jelly :: smushed pear

rhubarb compote :: chopped peaches :: mashed banana

apple sauce :: quince paste :: apricot preserves :: mango puree


100+ alternatives to PB&Jwalnut butter

sliced apples :: grape jelly :: smushed pear

mashed banana :: apple sauce :: quince paste

fresh figs :: orange marmalade


100+ alternatives to PB&Jcoconut butter

smashed strawberries :: smushed pear :: orange marmalade :: lemon curd

rhubarb compote :: cherry jam :: mango puree :: mashed banana

crushed raspberries :: sliced pineapple :: crushed blueberries


100+ alternatives to PB&Jtahini

sliced apples :: grape jelly :: smushed pear :: fresh figs :: cherry jam

orange marmalade :: apple sauce :: chopped peaches :: mashed banana

crushed blueberries :: crushed raspberries :: apricot preserves


My personal favourite…

100+ alternatives to pb&j

So tell me, what are your favourite go to combinations and do you swear by something that hasn’t been included here?


    • JJ says

      Thanks! It made me hungry writing them all down ;D I purposely left out chocolate spreads but you are right, choc macadamia (or hazelnut) butter with strawberries is soooo good.

  1. says

    I love it! I am a nut butter sandwich fanatic and people seem to think that has to mean plain ol PB&J! no! I think coconut butter and cinnamon is one of my favorites. Cashew butter and anything sounds wonderful!

  2. Rishi says

    You should also consider Soy butter. i have a nut allergy and soy butter is a great nutty tasting butter. I like the one with honey as it offers just a little sweetness.

  3. Hannah says

    I love this – I’m not a peanut butter fan (I know, stone me) so I’ve always tried other stuff like this, mainly almond and cashew butter, but I LOVE the macadamia&cherry combo! Slightly tangential to the fruit plus nut formula, “cheesecake” sandwiches are incredible, where you put philly cheese on one slice and lemon curd or some kind of jam on the other… 😀

    • JJ says

      I think I may need to do an entirely different infographic for cheese! Cream cheese and lemon curd sounds divine – I’m a fan of goats cheese and figs 😉

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