Jam and Jelly have always been one of my favorite sweet treats, spread on a slice of crispy toast or a warm English muffin, paired with a glass of milk.  For a quick lunch a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was the best.

When I found out I had fructose malabsorption and had to eliminate HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) from my diet along with most processed foods and cut back on fiber, I had to say goodbye to those yummy-sweet, convenient jars of jam from the store.  I decided I had to get creative if I wanted to replace the jelly in my diet with something just as delicious but much healthier for me.

I had a couple of bananas laying around, going soft.  I hated to throw them away but other than freezing them, I had no idea what to do with them.  So one morning as I battled a peanut butter and jelly craving, an idea came to me.  We all know Elvis was fond of his peanut butter and banana sandwiches so…

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I mashed an over-ripe banana in a bowl with a fork until it was creamy.  Then I added a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter and stirred until well blended.

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The only ingredient in this Smuckers Natural is peanuts and less than 1% salt.  Yes, I have become one of those people in the supermarket that stands in the isles reading labels.  Smuckers All Natural Peanut Butter has no added sugar or preservatives.  Love it!

Wheat can be a problem for some people with Fructose Malabsorption.  I’ve found I can tolerate small amounts (1 slice) without a problem.  If you can’t eat wheat, Elvis Butter is delicious as a dip for fruit or rice cakes or even stirred into oatmeal.  I found Brownberry oatmeal bread that states right on the front of the package that it contains no HFCS.  It is also low fiber, only 1 gram per slice which works for me since I have to watch my fiber intake.

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Thank you for the idea Elvis!!!

 

 

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