Peanut Butter and Jelly Recipes

It’s national Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. A perfect day honoring one of life’s most perfect flavor combinations.

Here are a few PB&J recipes and ideas:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies – PB&J never gets old, especially swirled in dense, moist, rich blondies. Easy one-bowl/5-minute batter

Peanut Butter and Jelly Coconut Cashew Sandwich Cookies (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Caramel Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation)

Microwave Banana Oat Cakes with Peanut Butter (Vegan, GF) and top them with jelly

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars (Vegan, GF)  – Add 1/4 cup jelly into the mixture and reduce the amount of banana by half

Make PB&J sandwich cookies using Puffy Vanilla and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Or use Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (GF with Vegan option) for sandwich cookies

Ritz Cracker Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups (No Bake, Vegan) – Add a layer of jelly to the Ritz cracker before adding the peanut butter

Caramel Apple Bars – The combination of peanut butter, caramel, and apples is fabulous.  Add 1/3 cup apple jelly to the batter to increase the apple flavor intensity.

I have a huge arsenal of peanut butter recipes here many of which could benefit from a little jelly added to the batter, dough, smeared on top, or just have a bowl of jelly alongside for dippage.

Jelly, like frosting, makes most everything better.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Vegan, GF), with chocolate, and strawberry jelly could work really well. Strawberries and chocolate are a classic combination. So why not strawberry jelly and chocolate.

I was featured today on DailyBuzz Healthy Living in their Top 9 Stories of the Day, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

They featured this recipe and this jelly recipe. I guess they knew how much I really love my PB&J. Thanks for the double-feature, DailyBuzz.

Do you like the PB&J combo? When or what was the last PB&J item you ate?

Earlier today I saw Maria’s cake and Lisa’s cups and want them both.

The last PB&J combo I ate was a half hour ago when I was taking pictures of the PB&J containers. My spoon snuck in there a few times.

Which combo wins: PB&J or PB&Chocolate?

This is like picking a favorite child. I just can’t do it.

It really depends on my mood.  Chocolate may tend to win that race, but the sweetness of strawberry or grape jelly against the saltiness of peanut butter is one of my favorite things ever.

But so is chocolate and peanut butter. Hard call.


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  2. I knew you would have an awesome roundup for a food holiday like today. What a great one it is too. One of my favorite combos!

  3. Yum! PB cookies! I like PB best with banana! I totally want Maria’s creation though

  4. I did not know it was “National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day”…so glad I packed that in the kids lunch today!!

    I think that this is my first visit to your blog, I welcome you to come by my blog and say hello and become a follower if you’d like, if you aren’t one already.

  5. Love peanut butter and I like jelly to an extent but I was that weird child that never liked the 2 paired together. But it stemmed from an incident where I had this jelly-like stuff that was supposed to remove rust off my bike. After I used that I had a strong aversion to jelly for a while.

  6. PB&J or PB&Chocolate.. who says we have to pick? PB&J&Chocolate is a monster combo.. especially in smoothies.

  7. It’s pb&j day??!! How did I not know this??!

  8. pb and C for me! haven’t had jelly in so long, but I really want to make my own raspberry jelly soon in fact.

  9. I think peanut butter should be a daily requirement .

  10. same here-i don’t think I could pick, although I’m leaning towards chocolate. But few things compare to a good pb & j sandwich!

  11. I can’t choose either! Both are so deliciously fantastic. Now I’m craving some ….

  12. Averie, LOVING this line up! i love pb&j so so so much. don’t make me choose between pb&j and pb&chocolate! i think………… i may…….. have to go with…….. pb&j?!? ahh! i can’t believe i admitted that. both are so close to my heart ;)

  13. ps: congrats on the double feature!! i’m feautred on wordpress’ freshly pressed homepage today :)

  14. I had no idea it was national PB&J Day!! Awesome. Great round-up of recipes!

  15. i absolutely LOVE the PB&J combo, and i’m so glad you love it just as much. :) i have to agree with you that choosing between PB&J and PB&Chocolate is like choosing a favorite child. just depends on my mood. i love them both SO much! :)

  16. what’s your favorite favorite FAVORITE kind of pb Averie? :)

  17. I had no idea it was national pb & j day! It’s a toss up which is better the aforementioned or pb paired with chocolate. My kids would probably argue the latter, but there is something so comforting about the familiar pb and jelly.
    I just noticed i have five jars of jam in the cupboard…time to try some of the recipes above.

  18. How about just peanut butter and peanut butter?!
    My dad makes the best raspberry preserves that are a go-to on toast.

    Congrats on your recipe being featured.

  19. I can’t believe I didn’t know it was PB&J Day!! I shared my PB&J recipe last week :( Darn, timing is everything!
    What a great round up though, I love those thumb print cookies!

  20. Oh gosh. I’m reading this with 45 minutes of class left and a 1 hour commute. All I want to do is dig into my PB jar. And then make some of these recipes.

  21. Oh man, I want ALL of those PB treats, they look amazing!! Thanks so much for linking to my PB&J cups :)

  22. Oh man, I went to the store today, bought jelly and totally forgot to replenish my Pb supply!
    As for what’s better, Pb and chocolate or Pb and jelly, it’s apples and oranges. Each combo has its time and place:)

  23. peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are so underrated. I had one over the weekend. And although this isn’t too healthy and I havent had one in a while my favorite combo is peanut butter and marshmallow fluff…a fluffernutter!

  24. You better believe I celebrated by eating my daily 3-4 tablespoons of peanut butter.

    I, of course, added in some jelly to make it official :-)

    Great recipes. I am going to go check out your arsenal of PB recipes now. Because honestly, what is life without peanut butter on/in everything?!

  25. A spoonful each of PB and jelly is a frequent night time snack but I just can’t pick between PB&J or PB&chocolate either. Congrats on your double feature–the thumbprint cookies are delicious and so easy to make! I did a cut and paste for the Chilean sea bass post. I could eat that a couple of times per week!

  26. Congrats on having 2 recipes posted! You rock! You know we love your little thumbprints!! :-)

    If I had to choose between PB and C or PB and J, I would definitely choose the PB and J. I love that combo, so much. The extra sweetness in the jam outdoes that chocolate, in my opinion…especially strawberry!

  27. The last time I had peanut butter & jelly was two nights ago. It’s a regular for me if I have bread on hand. Now I would say that chocolate peanut butter and jelly is my personal favorite.

  28. between the 2.. def PB and Chocolate for me. all the way.. but honestly? my fav combo is PB and banana..has been since I was a toddler lol! melty PB on toast/english muffin/oatmeal muffin with cold banana slices. could eat it every day happily :)

  29. How did I not know it was National Peanut Butter Day? All your treats look amazing!!

    • I honestly “caught” this holiday on a total whim…I looked at my Natl Food Holidays website I keep open in my browser yesterday and was like…Whoa!! Considering you’re the PB queen, you should post something belated!

  30. True story… I used to only eat peanut butter sandwiches or jelly sandwiches growing up. NEVER together. For some reason I hated them together! Now, I do like them together, but I still prefer each on their own!

  31. I saw that it was national pb&j day this morning and wondered if you’d be virtually celebrating. I just made and wrote a post about a new jelly. I was going to wait to post it, but I may have to do it now, in honor of the holiday.

    • I honestly “caught” this holiday on a total whim…I looked at my Natl Food Holidays website I keep open in my browser yesterday and was like…Whoa!! So I juggled some posts around to make room. Couldn’t miss this one!

  32. What an amazing round-up of your creations. So drool-worthy! You can never go wrong with PB&J.

  33. Averie, congratulations on being featured on DailyBuzz Healthy Living! You deserved it!
    As of Pb&J or Pb& chocolate, sorry, none of that. No Pb at all, and it seams my whole family is weird: no one likes Pb. And no other nut butter with jelly, please, jelly on a side. Aren’t you surprised that someone may actually not like PB?! :)

    • Sort of surprised that you don’t like it! I don’t really care for almond butter that much, it’s “fine” but I don’t really love it that much and everyone is surprised to hear that one!

  34. Peanut butter and JELLY? You know, that means a totally different thing, depending on what country you are in.

    I’m in New Zealand.

    We would call it ‘peanut butter and jam’ and nobody would ever put those two things together in a sandwhich together, ever. I think we are slowly catching on though. Whittakers (NZ chocolate company) just released a peanut butter chocolate bar, which is the first of its kind here.

    The gooey stuff for sandwhiches is called ‘jam’. ‘Jelly’ is a dessert – you make it in a mould from gelatine crystals. What do you call that dessert then?

  35. what a fun post!! Love all of your creations daily!

  36. I miss PB&J. I haven’t had it since going gluten-free since I can’t eat gluten-free breads and that’s the best combo there is!

  37. Yay for PB and J! Love all of your treats!

  38. I like each of your propositions and have no idea which to choose first. I made some peanut butter some time ago and I like it so much, that am trying to use it with everything, hahaha.

  39. PB and Chocolate wins for me …. I am not a fan of jams/jellies.

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