Peanut Butter and Basil Sandwich

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Fresh basil and a spoonful of peanut butter for making a delicious vegan 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.

Slices of bread topped with fresh basil and peanut butter for making a healthy vegan sandwich

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.

Holding up a fresh basil leaf

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.

Plate with two slices of bread topped with basil on one and peanut butter on the other

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.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Fresh basil leaves and a spoonful of peanut butter
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 (sandwich)
Course Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? No

Ingredients

  • 1 small baguette (or two slices of wheat bread*)
  • 1-2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp honey or agave (optional)

Instructions

  • Toast the baguette or bread lightly (optional) and then layer it with peanut butter, basil, and a drizzle of honey (optional). Devour immediately. Best when fresh.

Notes

*This could also be made on a wrap. And you can use gluten-free bread to make this recipe gluten-free.
*Honey is optional but recommended. 
*Eat immediately or make the morning of for lunch.
*Questions about substitutions, equipment, or troubleshooting? Check out our Recipe FAQ page.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 sandwich Calories: 389 Carbohydrates: 48 g Protein: 13.3 g Fat: 16.9 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Fiber: 4 g Sugar: 8.7 g

Halved Basil and Peanut Butter Sandwich on a plate

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

Plates of our Basil and Peanut Butter Sandwich recipe with the inside pointing up

Plate with a Basil and Peanut Butter Sandwich on top

Glass of almond milk and a Basil and Peanut Butter Sandwich for a simple vegan lunch

Enjoy,
Dana

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  1. T M says

    I knew I was going to love this before I even tried it (wasn’t hare to imagine the taste)– I have been experimenting with add on ingredients since trying it straight. So far, haven’t found one that doesn’t work, it’s a great pairing to build on. It is now going to be a staple sandwich in my kitchen. My favorite addition to adding my own home-made harissa for a spicy kick! (I know that harissa is middle eastern, not thai, but it fit in with these flavors very well nonetheless)! I’m also not vegetarian, so I add spicy turkey to my sandwiches for protein– but I have also added tofu (which I lightly coat with harissa instead of spreading it with the peanut butter). This is one of my favorite sandwich combos. I’m always on the look out for off the beaten path sandwich flavors. Thanks Dana :)

  2. April says

    Great way to use up leftover basil before it wilts. I always end up with leftover fresh basil that wilts before I use it, so this is a perfect quick snack.

  3. Danielle says

    I love basil, but my boyfriend doesn’t. I bought a bunch to make your Spicy Red Lentil Pasta (which was phenomenal) yesterday, and wanted to use some of the basil up. This helped, and was so delicious with the honey.

    Thanks for another great recipe, Dana!

  4. 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.

  5. Sarah 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!

  6. Ellen 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.

  7. 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!

  8. Julie says

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

  9. Lara 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 :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Heather 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…

  12. 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 :)

  13. Genevieve 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!

  14. Lauren says

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

  15. Caitlin 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 ;)

  16. Sara @my less serious life says

    i just found your website and realize that there are only a few posts so you are new! i LOVE all the ones on here (have pinned two of the already!). i really hope to see more from you!!

  17. Katie says

    Lovely! I adore basil. Meeker hates it. I’m going to eat this for dinner next time he’s away. ;-)

  18. 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.