This air fryer recipe takes the boring old PB&J to a whole other level, a delicious and hearty sandwich for breakfast, brunch, or lunch!
This simple air fryer recipe is perfect for beginners. It’s easy to do, and you won’t believe how tasty it is until you try it.
As with any great sandwich, one key to success here is to start with great bread. Oat nut is a good choice, but don’t hesitate to experiment. Go with any whole grain that has a flavor you love, as long as it’s a dense bread that can handle a hearty amount of filling.
The sandwiches pictured in this article were created using homemade White Wheat Walnut Bread.
That loaf was baked in my favorite Philips Airfryer. I rarely cook yeast breads due to the time involved, but this one goes from scratch to hot-out-of-the-air fryer in less than an hour. It has become one of my favorites because it’s not only quick but also delicious and very versatile.
Both recipes – the White Wheat Walnut Bread, and the Fried PB&J recipe below – are from The Air Fryer Bible cookbook by Elizabeth Hickman and yours truly.
A quick aside…
For a reasonably healthy breakfast treat, serve slices of White Wheat Walnut Bread plain or toasted and spread with fat-free cream cheese. Top with all natural cherry preserves if you like, or add a drizzle of honey.
(I’ve slathered it on in the photo because it made for a prettier photo. That just shows my severe lack of talent as a photographer, but after all I’m really not a food blogger! In reality, this bread is so good on its own that you only need a dab of toppings to complement the taste.
But … enough about bread!
Whether you use homemade or store bought, this sandwich is definitely not your ordinary PB&J. When we first developed this air fryer recipe, one of our test panel members warned us that she doesn’t care much for peanut butter. Imagine our surprise when even she thought this sandwich was delicious. We hope you enjoy it too!
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cooking Time: 6 to 8 min per batch (2 batches)
- Total Time: 22-24 min
- Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from The Air Fryer Bible – © 2017 Susan LaBorde and Elizabeth Hickman. All rights reserved.
- 1/2 cup cornflakes, crushed
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 8 slices oat nut bread or any whole grain, oversize bread
- 6 Tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 medium bananas, cut into 1/2” thick slices
- 6 Tablespoons pineapple preserves
- 1 egg, beaten
- oil for misting or cooking spray
- Preheat air fryer to 360°F.
- In a shallow dish, mix together the cornflake crumbs and coconut.
- For each sandwich, spread one bread slice with 1 1/2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Top with banana slices. Spread another bread slice with 1 1/2 tablespoons of preserves. Combine to make a sandwich.
- Using a pastry brush, brush top of sandwich lightly with beaten egg. Sprinkle with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of crumb coating, pressing in to make it stick. Spray with oil.
- Turn sandwich over and repeat to coat and spray the other side.
- Cooking 2 at a time, place sandwiches in air fryer basket and cook for 6 to 7 minutes or until coating is golden brown and crispy. If sandwich does not get as brown as you like, spray with a little more oil and cook at 390 F for another minute.
- Cut cooked sandwiches in half and serve warm.
Variation: Try apricot or any other mildly flavored preserves.
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