Whip up these innovative PB&J-inspired recipes that go beyond bread.
Things that trigger vivid memories of childhood: bowl cuts, swing sets, velcro shoes, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. We remember plenty of days spent swinging away, the wind blowing through our perfectly straight-edged bangs, our velcro-ed feet kicking gleefully in the air, and our chipmunk cheeks smeared with PB&J. While those were indeed the days, who says adults cant enjoy the childhood staple? Here are 13 dishes bringing peanut butter and jelly back€“€“though wed advise leaving the bowl cut in the past.
Blondies are brownies minus the cocoa powder; the decadent dessert bars use brown sugar in place of the traditional brownies cocoa and we like it. Take the already unconventional a step further by whipping up a batch of these Gooey Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies for your next picnic. Plus, theyre made with garbanzo beans so those with gluten intolerance can enjoy worry-free.
2. Breakfast Pizza
We definitely love breakfast pizza. What could possibly elevate breakfast pizza to the next level? You guessed it, everyones favorite sweet combination of peanut butter and jelly. Pop this healthy protein-packed Peanut Butter, Jam, and Banana Breakfast Pizza in the oven to kick any morning off right.
3. Chocolate Cups
One of the many reasons we love PB&J so much is that its appropriate for any meal. With breakfast covered, how about indulging in a bite-sized chocolatey snack? Topped with a sprinkling of sea salt, these Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups are more than your typical store-bought candy. Wait, it gets better; theres no baking involved and theyre simple to make.
We know what youre thinking: Ive got these delicious PB&J chocolate cups, wouldnt fudge be just too much chocolate? While we dont think theres such thing as too much chocolate, for those concerned we have good news: the Peanut Butter and Jelly Fudgeis rich, decadent, and free of chocolate€“€“not to mention there are only six ingredients.
5. Ice Cream Bars
As the temperature outside begins to rise, were reminiscent of days spent lounging in the grass noshing on a PB&J, so imagine our excitement when we saw that our beloved sandwich could be made in ice cream bar form. What better way to ring in warm spring days? Oh, and did we mention that theyre raw? Consider our minds officially blown.
6. Linzer Cookies
Be still our hearts, these adorable peanut butter and jelly heart-shaped linzer cookies beg to be eaten. Dusted to perfection with powdered sugar, the cookies sandwich a swath of raspberry jam between peanut buttery goodness. While it suggests a card accompany these sweets with the message, €œWe go together like peanut butter and jelly,€ wed be too busy eating the cookies to read it.
7. Mousse Bars
No need to worry about anything sticking to the roof of your mouth with this light and fluffy peanut butter and strawberry jam dessert. With the slightly tart but delightfully sweet strawberry layered between smooth peanut butter and salty chopped peanuts, the PB&J mousse bar is frankly irresistible and, by the way, sugar-, soy-, and gluten-free.
Sometimes pizza for breakfast just isnt what youre in the mood for, and what you need is a more traditional grab-and-go start to your day. Thats where peanut butter and jelly-filled muffins come in. Made with bananas, rice milk, and flaxseed, Robin Asbells Elvis-style muffins from Oregon Live are the way to go for breakfast, lunch, or a mid-afternoon snack.
9. Oatmeal Pancakes
Its no secret that a dollop of peanut butter, and perhaps a surreptitious scoop of jelly for the adventurist, can brighten up any dull bowl of oatmeal, but we bet you didnt think of serving up the morning staple in a decadent yet healthy stack of pancakes. With oatmeal as the inspiration for the pancake batter, we think these PB&J Oatcakes are perfect for Flapjack Fridays.
10. Popcorn Balls
Move over boring movie snacks, popcorn is about to get a whole lot better. Veggie Gals Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn Balls are a melty mix of peanut butter, jelly, brown rice syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt for good measure. Sweet and sticky in all the right places, debut these sure-to-be-a-hit munchies at your next movie night€“€“just make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand.
While the mere mention of a sugary peanut butter and jelly ice pop makes our mouth water, we cant believe how pretty these popsicles are; brightly colored jelly frozen beneath a layer of rich, cool peanut butter€“€“the only thing missing from the Peanut Butter and Jellies is the man in the white paper hat and his ice cream truck.
Sometimes were running a little late and cant be bothered to prep, mix, and bake our way to a full stomach. Luckily, the household blender lends itself well to whipping up delicious meals in seconds, and this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie is just that€“€“a satisfying blend of nutty almond milk and the natural sweetness of dates and blueberries ready after one quick whirl. Theres plenty of omega-3s and antioxidants to go around.
13. Stuffed French Toast
Oh la la! French toast buried beneath a mound of luscious peanut butter and jellys fancy French cousin strawberry compote has arrived. Not only are the slices of baguette toasted to golden perfection, but theyre also filled with caramelized bananas and dairy-free cream cheese. Roll up the sleeves of your silk pajamas and get ready to daintily dig in on your next trÃ©s chic Sunday morning brunch.
For those of you hankering for a PB&J throwback but just dont have time to turn on the oven or pull out the blender, we present to you Van Goghs peanut butter and jelly flavored vodka. Wed like to make a toast (smothered in peanut butter and jelly), and wish you a sweet National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.