School is on the horizon, and if there’s one thing you can bet kids will eat, it’s a PB&J. It might not be the most exciting combo in the world, but the good news is, there are a bunch of inventive peanut butter and jelly recipes out there to help you kick it up a notch. To keep things fresh, we’ve found 15 new ways you can enjoy this classic treat for breakfast, snack, and dessert.
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!
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!
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!
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 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.
Snack & Lunch
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Banana Dog
Could the banana dog be any more fun? The perfect way to use up those leftover hotdog buns, this dessert combines PB&J with a banana AND sprinkles for the ultimate fun take on the classic sandwich.
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.
Dark Chocolate Dreams Sandwich
After this treat, you may never want to sink your teeth into plain ole PB&J again! Peanut Butter & Co.'s Dark Chocolately Dreams spread, preserves and coconut is all it takes to make the sandwich of your dreams a reality.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake
Sweet and savory is 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.
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.
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.
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 Baking 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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