Five-Ingredient Fridays: Grown-Up PB&J Toast

Toasted slices of hearty multi-grain bread topped with peanut butter, fresh fruits, and a drizzle of honey. The PB&J sandwich gets a healthy boost in this grown-up version of the classic!

Grown Up PB&J Toast

Last week, I was craving a nice PB&J toast for breakfast. I wanted it badly. I opened the refrigerator, and “d’oh,” there was no jam in there! My tummy was growling. This was a kitchen emergency.

Grown Up PB&J Toast

Thankfully, a basket of strawberries (that were a little past their prime) was there to save the day! I sliced a nice thick slice of La Brea Bakery’s whole grain loaf (one of my favorites!), got it all nice and toasty, slathered a generous layer of peanut butter, and plopped some mashed strawberries on top with a drizzle of local honey. Oh my. Talk about a taste explosion! See the photo of my creation here.

Grown Up PB&J Toast

I’ve done a similar thing with bananas before, but why did it take me so long to add other fresh fruits on PB toast? The best part of all this was that the fruit with honey was way less sweet than regular jam, AND there were no artificial sweeteners or refined sugar in it! It just felt healthier. The fruits also add so much more complexity in terms of taste, and it turned a drab breakfast into a fancy pants dish. We’re talking $4 toast style.

For my second attempt, I decided to mix blackberries with nectarines. I won’t lie, it took a lot of self-control for me to photograph this toast without devouring it all immediately. I know, this recipe ridiculously simple, but it’s something that we don’t make often enough. If you like peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, you need to try this recipe soon before summer fruits go out of season!


Grown-Up PB&J Toast

Grown Up PB&J Toast
  • Author: Lisa Lin
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: breakfast, snack


  • 2 slices of bread (I used La Brea Bakery’s Whole Grain Loaf)
  • 1 and 1/2 TBS unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/2 ripe medium nectarine, diced
  • 8-10 large blackberries, chopped
  • 2 tsp honey (or add more to taste)


  1. Toast the bread, and spread peanut butter on each toast.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the nectarines and blackberries. Spoon the fruit mixture on top of the toast.
  3. Drizzle a teaspoon of honey on top of each slice of toast.


i]The honey I used was from the [Bay Area Bee Company. If you get a chance, you must try it!

Grown-Up PB&J Toast - easy breakfast by @heatlhynibs

22 thoughts on “Five-Ingredient Fridays: Grown-Up PB&J Toast

  1. Kara Lydon, RD

    Um YES. PB&J was my staple lunch all throughout childhood. And every once in a while I gravitate back to it for old times sake. But this takes PB&J to a whole other level. Love the fresh berries + nectarine on top! Mmmmm…

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks, Kara! I know exactly how you feel about going back to childhood faves! I feel like I have been most inspired by those foods right now.

  2. Farrah

    I loved PB&J sandwiches in my youth; this is such an awesome idea! I obtained half a billion (well, 45) peaches earlier today, so I’m definitely gonna try this out with em’! 😀

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