Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a childhood favorite recipe for some very good reasons: they are easy to make, universally delicious, and it satisfies savory and sweet cravings at the same time. But if you are only enjoying PB&J slathered across two slices of bread, then you are seriously missing out on some unique peanut butter and jelly-inspired recipes. From blondies to cupcakes, there are plenty of ways you can use PB&J to indulge your sweet tooth.
Let’s be honest: peanut butter is the best, and that is because it’s so delicious and versatile. Need a crunchy snack straight out of the jar? Peanut butter is there. Need a way to mix up your usual banana bread recipe? It’s there too. With so many ways to incorporate PB into your diet, there’s no excuse not to. Why not whip up a peanut butter and jelly-inspired dessert as a nightcap? After all, PB&J can help you sleep better. Cheers to some much-needed shut-eye and snacks!
These 18 recipes are bound to tackle your peanut butter cravings, whether in cookie form, doughnut form, or some other insanely tasty way. It’s time to start rethinking that childhood favorite into something even better. Enjoy!
1. Peanut Butter & Jam Bubble Waffles
You've got to admit: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich may not make the best brunch. But A Beautiful Mess shows that it does translate into some pretty spectacular waffles. Use an extra fruity jam.
2. Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies
This one-bowl recipe by Averie Cooks proves that PB&J makes an incredible dessert, too. Swirls of jelly are totally Instagram-worthy.
3. PB&J Popsicles
With just four ingredients, what's not to love about A Cozy Kitchen's summertime treat? Even better: these popsicles are completely vegan.
4. PB&J Cheesecake Cups
These mini cheesecakes by Ari's Menu are subtly peanut-y. Use a white chocolate peanut butter spread to give them some extra sweetness.
5. Peanut Butter & Jelly Dip
No, this dip by Taste and Tell isn't just a bowl full of peanut butter and jelly — a package of cream cheese and a touch of honey makes it a certifiable dip. Serve with fresh fruit and graham crackers.
6. Peanut Butter & Jelly Loaf
This low-carb loaf by Cara's Cravings uses peanut flour to create a treat that's healthy and satisfying.
7. Peanut Butter & Jam Nanaimo Bars
These three-layer bars by Oh She Glows are moist, chewy, and no-bake — and they're bound to become a favorite dessert in no time.
8. Peanut Butter & Jelly Bites
Don't write off these energy bites by House of Yumm as boring health food. Sure, they're filled with healthy ingredients like cashews and oats, but guess what else they're made with? Bacon.
9. Peanut Butter And Rhubarb Jelly Hot Toasted Sammie
If you're eating your PB&J sandwiches cold, you're missing out on a lot of potential for greatness. Half Baked Harvest shows how to make the classic even better in a French toast-inspired recipe.
10. Peanut Butter, Jam, And Banana Breakfast Pizza
Yes, that's right — Oh She Glows has taken breakfast pizza to the next level. Strawberry preserves, banana slices, and plenty of peanut butter pair beautifully on a cinnamon-sprinkled crust.
11. PB&J Thumbprint Cookies
Finely chopped peanuts give A Beautiful Mess' thumbprint cookies a hearty texture. Plus, they're gluten-free!
12. Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins
When you bite into this peanut buttery muffin by A Cozy Kitchen, you're in for a sweet surprise. Top 'em off with even more peanut butter, if you're so inclined.
13. Vegan Chocolate PB&J Cups
These chocolatey treats by Love & Lemons are what you would get if you added just a bit of jam to your favorite Reese's Cups. Oh, and if you made them vegan, too.
14. Peanut Butter & Jelly Ice Box Cookies
The Kitchn's PB&J icebox cookies are a life-saver when you're in desperate need of a warm cookie. Just take the dough out of the freezer, slice, and bake.
15. Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Bread
This loaf of banana bread tastes just like your favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich, with a soft, sweet update. Taste and Tell drizzles it with raspberry preserves to make it even better.
Cara's Cravings' take on peanut butter jelly-inspired popsicles uses coconut milk for a creamy finish. Plus, who can resist a striped design?
17. Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes
White cake mix cuts down on the work needed to make House of Yumm's PB&J cupcakes — so you can certainly whip them up in a cinch! Plus, they're filled with peanut butter and jelly for a creamy interior.
18. Glazed Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnuts
Homemade jelly always makes a PB&J better — and the same holds true for PB&J-inspired doughnuts. Half Baked Harvest makes a strawberry-rhubarb chia jelly that you'll want to eat nonstop.
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