Peanut Butter and Basil Sandwich

The other week I made spring rolls for dinner. Nothing fancy – just rice paper rolled around rice noodles, carrot and cucumber sticks, and some peanut sauce for dipping. Oh, and basil. This was key.

If there’s one thing you should know about my husband and me, it’s that we have different tastes. I, for instance, can pick up a handful of basil and eat it raw, joyfully. My husband, on the other hand, gets skeptical if there’s any more than 2 sprigs in one dish. Men and women, so different sometimes.

And so, while eating his spring rolls stuffed plentifully with fresh basil, he began to pick all of the leaves out and set them on his plate. And in a moment of fury and confusion, I asked, “are you gonna eat that?” To which he replied, “no, it’s just too much.” And so I did what any logical foodie would do. I swiped them up in one hand, dipped them in my peanut sauce and devoured them in one intense and purely satisfying bite. And in that moment, I knew peanut butter and basil would do great things together.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Peanut Butter and Basil Sandwich
Peanut butter and basil were meant to be together. That's why I put them in a sandwich. This was great on fresh baguette, but would also be fantastic on regular sandwich bread. This recipe requires less then 5 ingredients and takes 5 minutes to prepare.
Serves: 1
  • Half of a fresh baguette or two slices of wheat bread
  • 1-2 Tablespoons naturally, peanut butter (I used crunchy)
  • Large handful of fresh basil
  • drizzle of honey (or agave for vegan, although optional)
  1. Toast the baguette or bread lightly (optional) and then layer it with peanut butter, basil, and a drizzle of honey. Devour immediately.
* This could also be made on a wheat wrap * Honey is optional but recommended * Eat immediately or make the morning of for lunch
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich Calories: 389 Fat: 16.9 Saturated fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 48 Sugar: 8.7 Fiber: 4 Protein: 13.3

This sandwich blew my mind. More good things to come with this perfect flavor combination.


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  1. Kay says

    As you know, I have tons of basil, so, since I just brought in a Wal-Mart bag of basil, I will have to have this for lunch. I don’t have such cool bread, but I’ll make do.

  2. says

    i couldn’t help smiling while i read this post. you and your husband sound so much like me and my husband! ahh men..there is NEVER too much basil. NEVER. and peanut butter and basil? genius! definitely trying this combo out soon ;)

  3. says

    We just made this because we were totally skeptical. It was delicious!!
    Who knew you could make a peanut butter sandwich taste fresh?!

  4. says

    I was intrigued by this idea when I first saw it, and I finally got around to trying this last week. I made it on regular sandwich bread and I loved it – it was definitely a welcome change from the old peanut butter and jam! I love peanut sauce and Asian flavours, and the combination of peanut butter and basil reminded me of that. I also added some finely chopped peanuts for the crunch and the drizzle of honey that you recommended. Thanks for the new idea!

  5. Lindsay says

    I must try this…. I never thought peanut butter could be successfully paired with anything green until I discovered peanut butter and lentil sprout sandwiches (which I also highly recommend). Thanks for the idea :)

  6. says

    My old Dutch teacher used to make me a treat during my lessons: Black-bread toast smeared with Marmite, peanut butter, and sambal. I’ve made it into closed sandwiches (so un-Dutch) and now I think I need to try adding basil. It already tastes like Thai food — the inclusion of basil will take it right over the top. In fact, I think I’m going to make a Thai peanut butter sandwich this week for dinner…

  7. Kristen says

    I LOVE this idea. I always find that I have too much basil left over after making tomato sauce. This definitely solves that problem!

  8. says

    Hi Dana and John :)
    Even though I have been on your blog countless times (FindingVegan brought me here), I never really took the time to read through your About-site and look through all the recipes. Yesterday I did and now I’m officially addicted – wonderful photos, delicious recipes and your “philosophy” that underlies the whole blog inspires me to clear out my whole life.
    Thank you so much and please, never stop doing what you do!
    Bestestest wishes, Lara :)

    • Dana says

      YOu are such a sweetheart! Thanks so much for taking the time to read our about page and leave such a sweet comment. We do have reason behind our minimalist ways, so we’re glad when readers can connect with that, too. Hugs!

  9. Julie says

    Thanks for the delish idea!
    I’ve also made it w/carrots, cucumbers, Thai basil & franks red hot- yum

  10. Liz says

    Peanut Butter and Basil Sandwich!–I told my family just now…”What will these foodie bloggers come up with next?” Even though it’s late at night, I just HAD to try it! So I just went out to my garden and picked some basil…and wahhlah! We just tried this with a whole wheat Tortilla Land tortilla from Costco–so it’s yeast free…….and this combo is surprisingly good! Been looking for a way to use the organic basil from my garden AND a different PB combo that’s healthy to give to my sons. Hope my 2 year old likes it tomorrow! Thanks so much for posting this! I’m new to your blog and FB page…and so excited to try all your recipes! We have food intolorences that have us eating dairy-free, yeast-free, whole-foods, organic only stuff…so I appreciate your recipes!

  11. says

    Mmm… I love asian/asian inspired meals so I think I’ll try this at lunch with my coconut peanut butter! The sweetness from the coconut is phenomenal.

  12. says

    Ha! This makes me happy :) I love eating sweet potatoes with PB as an alternative to a peanut butter sandwich (trying to reduce grains, right?) People think I’m crazy, but I think the two are fab together. Must try this combo!

  13. Michael says

    Corrections: “The other week I made my husband and MYSELF spring rolls for dinner.” and “If there’s one thing you should know about my husband and ME…”

    I personally know that it is hard to be pretentious with poor grammar.

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