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20 Ways to Dress up Your PB&Js

Snack-happy kids have a great reason to love the start of April. That’s because April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. As America’s favorite sandwich, it’s only fitting that this classic snack standby get its own day to be celebrated, admired, and devoured…preferably with a glass of milk. We’ve found 20 ways you can enjoy this classic treat for breakfast, snack, and dessert. Get ready for lots of smiles and finger-licking action from your little snackers, because these PB&J riffs are both creative and delicious.

Breakfast

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crepes
Here’s an American sandwich with a French twist from Super Healthy Kids. Roll up the crepes or fold them over to make them easy for little hands to grab and watch them dig in. What will your kids notice the most? How about the fact that the peanut butter is mixed with both jelly and cream cheese…delicious.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirl Bread
As much as we’d like to have a sit-down breakfast every morning, sometimes we just have to grub on the go. That’s where this tasty breakfast bread from Cookie Monster Cooking comes in super handy–no messy knives and no sticky fingers, just a hearty slice of heaven to start your day. A word of warning: do NOT try and toast this bread, it will make quite a mess!

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PBJ Banana Waffle Sandwich
Ditch the maple syrup, because these waffles don’t need any more sweetness than the flavor combo of PB&J. The banana waffles sound mouth-watering all by themselves, making this PBJ&B sandwich the ultimate breakfast meal. Thanks to Liv Life for this great idea!

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PB& J Pancake Sandwiches
Using pancakes instead of bread? Why not? Before you go thinking you’re spoiling your little jelly monsters, take a look at this recipe from Weelicious–it’s actually healthy! We’re pretty sure you won’t hear many complaints, as your kids will be too busy snacking on their new favorite way to eat PB&Js.

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Snack

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza
Our kids are already big fans of the cheesy variety, so we’re pretty confident that they’ll be beside themselves when they hear you’re making them Nicole’s special PB&J pizza for snack. They’ll be even more excited when you let them pick a topping or two–banana slices for pepperoni, coconut flakes for shredded cheese, get creative! Major style points if you can pipe the jelly out onto the pizza like this.

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Grilled Bacon, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
If ever there was a way to appeal to our adult taste buds it was this. Chef Scott Gallegos would eat this mouth-watering sando with his culinary school classmates. The savory, salty flavors of the bacon combined with the sweet jelly are a match made in heaven. Oh, and did we mention that you the brush bacon drippings on the bread for more delicious flavor? Yes, it’s that good. And no, we won’t be sharing any.

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PB&J Wrap
Sure, white bread is pretty much a given when you’re making a PB&J, but we believe in thinking outside the box, and this healthy alternative from Fitness by Alicia gets two thumbs up from our little munchers. Throw in granola, banana and strawberry slices and that’s a wrap!

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Banana Dog
Another clever spin-off of a more familiar kid-friendly treat, it’s hard to top the “fun” factor of this banana dog. Mercedes of The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife says her son devours this tasty dog.

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PB&J Sushi
How do you make a sandwich even more finger food-y? Roll it up and cut it into sushi rolls. These would be great for feeding a bunch of little rugrats, as they could just pop a few of these in their mouths. We love Brit + Co.‘s idea of topping them with fresh fruit to compliment the flavors of the jelly.

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PB&J Stuffed Crescent Rolls
This snack by My Money Dearest is one you can have your little chefs help prepare. Have them scoop the peanut butter and jelly into the rolls and use a fork to seal the edges. Now you’ve got a portable PB&J for road trips or whenever hunger strikes those tiny tummies.

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Peanut Butter Quesadillas with Jelly Dipping Sauce
This PB&J from Home Cooking Memories goes south of the border. Reducing the jelly down to a sauce makes a sweet, syrupy mixture that is great for dunking. Another great snack choice for multiple hungry mouths, whip up a few of these and lay them out for an afternoon snack.

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Dessert

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake
Sweet and savory are a classic flavor combo, and no two things bring together these tastes like peanut butter and jelly. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jessica of How Sweet It Is thought to create a PB&J-inspired dessert. Using whole wheat flour makes this cake a little more healthy, so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it for dessert…and next morning’s breakfast.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake
Sounds good, looks good, tastes great. This Chocolate-Covered Katie recipe uses a mixture of milk and vanilla extract instead of ice cream, so it’s at least a little healthier for you. Adding in frozen berries for jelly also makes this shake extra smooth without the extra guilt. Best enjoyed with a crazy straw.

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PB&J Pops
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a PB&J pop? We’re not sure, but we know of a few little ones who wouldn’t mind being our guinea pigs for this little experiment. Thanks to Catherine of Weelicious for another great PB&J recipe.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints
These little guys would pair perfectly with a tall glass of milk. This Martha Stewart recipe has scoops of jelly resting on atop peanut butter pillows that simply can’t be denied. We can’t imagine a plate of these lasting very long in front of our cookie-crazy kids.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
We love bite-sized desserts almost as much as our kids do. Plus, desserts always seem that much more adorable when they’re just pop-able enough to warrant eating at least two or three. Jamie of My Cooking Addiction makes these cupcakes with white cake in lieu of white bread, and have a hollowed-out center filled with sweet jelly, then topped with peanut butter frosting. Simply decadent.

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PB&J Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
We don’t know what part of these little sandwiches we like more: the peanut butter cookies, or the jelly ice cream. Chef Mom Molly says these treats aren’t just for kids–adults love them too! This is definitely the “dessert” version of the classic PB&J, so it’s probably best saved for after all vegetables have been consumed by our picky eaters.

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How do you dress up your PB&J?

–Scott Wardell

photo courtesy of Amy of Super Healthy Kids, Ashley of Cookie Monster Cooking, Liv Life, Catherine of Weelicious, Nicole of Heat Your Oven to 350, William Sonoma’s Sous Chef Series, Alicia of Fitness by Alicia, Mercedes of The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife, Anjelika of Brit + Co.My Money Dearest, Brandie of Home Cooking Memories, Jessica of How Sweet It Is, Katie of Chocolate-Covered Katie, Martha Stewart Living, Jamie of My Baking Addiction, & Molly of She Know’s Chef Mom 

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