This walnut butter and strawberry chia jelly sandwich is an upgraded spin on the classic. Made with nutrient-dense walnut butter and a homemade strawberry chia jam, this sandwich is sure to bring back your favorite childhood memories.
We all have plans to meal prep on the weekends, but let’s be honest. Sometimes life gets in the way, and Monday rolls around with an empty fridge. That’s where these walnut butter and strawberry chia jam sandwiches come in.
These sandwiches are made with a homemade walnut butter and strawberry chia jam that both come together quickly and easily. Both can be stored in the fridge after making, so they are great to keep around when you need to put together a healthy lunch on busy mornings.
As a bonus, these sandwiches are both kid and parent approved! No packing separate lunches for you and your kids when walnut butter and jelly sandwiches are on the menu!
All too often, we find ourselves checking emails, scrolling social media, or running errands during lunch time. Life is busy, and sometimes it seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day. Trust me, I get it!
But by avoiding a proper lunch break in order to crank out a few extra emails, our productivity and energy levels can tank later in the day. In an effort to get everyone to honor the midday lunch, California Walnuts has launched the ‘Choose Lunch’ campaign.
Even when people bring their lunches to save time, they neglect to actually step away from their desks to eat. A survey of Americans found that only 48% of people who packed a lunch actually ate during this time! It’s time we actually enjoy the food we pack.
Are Walnut Butter and Strawberry Jelly Sandwiches Healthy?
Growing up, I loved eating nut butter and jelly sandwiches. But sometimes, they can get a bad rap. Often, the nut butters have added sugar and oils, and the jelly has more sugar than actual fruit.
But this walnut butter and jelly sandwich scores an A+ in the health department. Walnuts and chia seeds are both a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids (walnuts have 2.5g/oz), and they also offer protein and fiber. Pair these powerhouse spreads with a good quality, whole grain bread, and you have an optimal balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
Why walnut butter?
By using walnut butter as the base of this sandwich, you are providing your body with an optimal source of energy to fuel the rest of your day. One ounce of walnuts contains the most alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) of any tree nut. It also provides 4g of protein and 2g of fiber.
Can walnut butter and strawberry jelly be prepared ahead of time?
Yes! That is why I love this sandwich so much. Plenty of people end up skipping lunch or snacking on office snacks because meal prepping or packing lunch takes too long. But preparing ingredients for a healthy, balanced lunch doesn’t need to be overly complicated or take up your entire Sunday.
The walnut butter comes together in less than 20 minutes (8 minutes of roasting and 10 minutes in the food processor). And all that time is completely hands off! Even better, the chia jam requires less than 5 minutes on the stove.
Both stay good in the fridge for 10 days. If you don’t have time to assemble the sandwich in the morning, simply bring the ingredients to the office! Or, if you have a fridge, store them there!
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This walnut butter and strawberry chia seed jelly sandwich is a sophisticated spin on your favorite childhood classic. Perfect for those busy days where you still want to pack a healthy lunch. This sandwich will quickly become a favorite for you and your family!
- 1 loaf of your favorite bread (we used Brioche)
- 2.5 cups walnuts
- 1/2 tsp salt
Strawberry Chia Jam
- 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries (or other fruit like blueberries or raspberries)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- Toast walnuts for 8 minutes in a 350F oven, shaking once halfway through.
- Once toasted, place in food processor and blend, scraping down sides as needed.
- Stir in salt and let walnuts blend, forming a powder, then a paste, then eventually a creamy butter. This may take upwards of 10 minutes.
- Let chill in fridge for 30 minutes to cool down.
- Prepare chia jam while walnut butter chills.
- Add the fruit to a saucepan and turn on low for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once warmed through, smash the berries down with the back of a fork.
- Add in maple syrup and stir.
- Turn off burner and remove from heat.
- Stir in chia seeds and let “gel”.
- You can speed up the gel process by putting in refrigerator, but they will also gel by leaving on counter. Store in fridge for up to 10 days!
- Spread one slice of brioche with walnut butter and one slice of brioche with chia jam.
- Flip together and cut down the middle!
- Category: lunch
- Method: no-bake
Keywords: walnuts, walnut butter, easy lunch sandwiches, walnut butter and jelly
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