When I was younger I always had the same thing in my packed lunches at school: a PB&J on sourdough bread with a side of Crystal Light lemonade. Every now and then my mom would throw in a turkey or tuna sandwich, but 90% of the time it was PB&J. I’ve recently had a strong craving for a good ol’ PB&J and decided to make a peanut butter bread and top it with some jelly.
Ever since our epic Peanut Butter and Co. sandwich throwdown, there has been no shortage of peanut butter in my house, and I have had ample opportunity to get creative with one of my favorite sandwich spreads. For this particular bread, the star of the show was Peanut Butter and Co.’s Crunch Time flavor.
If you had asked me a few years ago if I liked creamy peanut butter or crunchy I would’ve picked creamy hands down. But then I grew to love the texture that crunchy peanut butter has and now it’s safe to say I love creamy and crunchy equally. For this bread I wanted the crunchy peanut butter texture, so Crunch Time it was.
The third time was definitely the charm with this bread, after a couple failed attempts of too much flour and not enough peanut butter. This bread is nice and thick, and full of delicious crunch.
Peanut Butter Bread (adapted from this recipe)
3/4 cup Crunch Time peanut butter (or any peanut butter of your choice)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
Jam or chocolate for topping
Preheat your oven to 350F. Lightly grease a loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl blend your peanut butter and maple syrup. Since the peanut butter is so thick, I recommend using a stand mixer or hand mixer if possible.
In a smaller bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Pour your dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture and continue to mix. Add the almond milk and blend well. The dough will be a little thick.
Gently spoon your bread mixture into a loaf pan and bake in the oven for one hour. Let your bread cool and then enjoy! Like I said, this tastes really good with some jam or grape jelly.