Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables
PB&Js and I go way back . . . probably from before I was born! I blame my peanut butter obsession on my mom. I wonder if she ate PB&Js when she was pregnant with me? I mean, she did tell me she ate three chocolate bars a day when I was in her tummy, which definitely explains my chocolate addiction)
I even remember buying Uncrustables from the store when I was only six years old. I was the pickiest eater and hated bread crusts, so Uncrustables seemed like the perfect solution. Aka, mom hears less whining from me!
But, since my crustless childhood, I have become a health fanatic, and my diet has no room for the unhealthy, store-bought Uncrustables I used to buy so often. Know why? Look at their ingredient list! (I underlined dirty ingredients, like hydrogenated oils, refined sugars and preservatives)
BREAD: UNBLEACHED WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, WHEAT GLUTEN, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, YEAST, DOUGH CONDITIONERS (DISTILLED MONOGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, DATEM, ENZYMES [WITH AMYLASE, LIPASE, ASCORBIC ACID, CALCIUM PEROXIDE, AZODICARBONAMIDE, WHEAT STARCH].
PEANUT BUTTER: PEANUTS, DEXTROSE, SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: PARTIALLY AND FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR RAPESEED), SALT, MOLASSES, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (PALM AND/OR SOYBEAN OILS).
STRAWBERRY JAM: STRAWBERRIES, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE).
(Taken from the Uncrustables website)
Why buy Uncrustables from the store if you can make an exact duplicate in as little as two minutes? Plus, you save yourself a hassle without having to thaw it!
Doesn’t the ingredient list look much more appealing, too?
BREAD: WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, WHOLE GRAIN CRUSHED WHEAT, SUGAR, YEAST, WHEAT GLUTEN, BROWN SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SUNFLOWER OIL, HONEY, MOLASSES, SEA SALT, CALCIUM SULFATE, VINEGAR, CULTURED WHEY, WHEAT BRAN, SOY LECITHIN.
PEANUT BUTTER: PEANUTS.
STRAWBERRY JAM: STRAWBERRIES, GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATE, FRUIT PECTIN, LEMON JUICE.
I think I’ll choose the this one! ^^
TADA! A healthy, fresh, homemade uncrustables sandwich with no harmful ingredients!
I’m sorry I had to torture you that way. I couldn’t resist 😉