Happy Waffle Wednesday again!! These peanut butter and jelly waffle sandwiches weren’t supposed to be chocolate. But I’m sure glad they were. I actually forgot I wanted to make them and started making a chocolate waffle instead of vanilla, which would be the more obvious choice for peanut butter and jelly – but you can’t go wrong with chocolate in my world!
First of all, let’s talk about my obsession with bringing peanut butter and jelly back in to my life. I grew up on it. It was my favorite lunch to bring to school, all the way through high school. It was actually a huge treat to make a sandwich for lunch on a saturday or sunday (because I didn’t know how to cook anything then) and eat it before it was completely squished by my school books. Mmmm…nothing like that fresh un-squished peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
The problem now? Well I don’t eat grape Smucker’s jelly because it’s basically just sugar. I also don’t eat white bread…or any bread for that matter. And my peanut butter is the natural drippy kind. So I do things like THIS instead.
What did I use that makes it healthy?
Protein Waffles instead of bread. Packed with protein and healthy fats from flaxseed and almond flour. These are a great low-carb option to your standard bread. (and tastier)
All Natural Peanut Butter instead of JIF creamy. No sugar or added oils. Peanuts and salt are the only ingredients.
Homemade Jam instead of storebought jelly – I hate added sugars in my diet. I use fresh berries, mash them together in a saucepan over medium heat, let them boil a little, and then mix in 2 tbsp of chia seeds to thicken. There you have some fresh jelly – not nearly as sweet as the Smucker’s grape jelly…but way better for you. I have added some liquid stevia before too to boost the sweetness in it and it does the trick for nuts like me.
OH and the other reason these waffles are a go-to recipe for me: They are gluten-free and vegan. No eggs, milk, or grains in them. The flax egg replaces actual eggs, the almond milk is dairy-free, and almond flour and protein powder replace the need for wheat or oat flour. So you can’t really go wrong with these in nearly ANY diet.