15 Peanut Butter and Jelly Recipes That Go Beyond the Sandwich
Peanut butter and jelly is the ultimate combination of flavors, but who says it has to be just limited to between two slices of bread? The melding of these flavors is part deliciousness and part nostalgia, pleasing people of all ages. From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy PB&J outside of sandwich form.
Air Fryer Peanut Butter & Jelly S'mores
Get out your air fryer to make this twist on classic s'mores. This version uses chocolate graham crackers, a peanut butter cup, and jelly to compliment the gooey marshmallow. You could take this version outside over the campfire, if you wish.
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Spicy PBJ Chicken Wings
If you like chicken satay you'll love these chicken wings that bring both the peanut butter flavor and the heat. If you can't find jalapeño jelly, you can make your own or sub in your favorite jam like reviewer Adventurous who "used Smuckers jam and added fresh jalapeños and pounded them down with a mortar/pestle."
PB and J Mini Mug Cakes
If you are looking for something sweet in a hurry, this is the dessert for you. "What a pleasant surprise," says user Luflcat. "This took 1 minute 10 seconds in the microwave, and it was GOOD!" If you aren't a fan of grape jelly, swap it out for strawberry or your flavor of choice.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Burger
The unexpected combination of peanut butter, jelly, and hamburger may sound strange, but it works! If you love more sweet than savory make as is or take user Linda T's suggestion. " It was a little too sweet for me but I think that could be corrected with using a lower sugar jam," she says. "Next time, a little spice in the burger would be excellent."
Uncle Mac's Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
Classic peanut butter cookies get the sweet treatment with the addition of fruit preserves. Many of our reviewers doubled or tripled the recipe because the cookies went so fast! With no flour used in the recipe, this could be a nice option for those that are gluten intolerant as well.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake
This drinkable version of PB&J is not only super simple to make, but also a fun twist on a classic milkshake. Feel free to take creative liberties like reviewer A.S. who says, "[I] increased the peanut butter and jelly by about 2 tablespoons and added 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Delicious!"
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake
This peanut butter cheesecake is topped with your favorite jelly to bring nostalgic flavors to a classic cheesecake. Many of our reviewers, like TACZYZ increased the cooking time, "This was great. It was so easy to make (especially for a cheesecake) and my whole family loved it. Did have to bake it about 20 minutes longer, but then it was fine."
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Mal's Killer Vegan PB-and-J Smoothie
This choose-your-own adventure healthy smoothie allows you to sub in different nut butters and different berries to achieve your ultimate PB&J smoothie. The original recipe calls for marion berries and cashew butter but you can use strawberries, peanut butter, whatever you wish. "Very yummy," says reviewer Yoly. "I used blackberries and honey peanut butter as suggested by the recipe submitter."
Fried PB & J
PB&J becomes super indulgent in this version with freshly made rhubarb strawberry jam and peanut butter that is frozen and then stuffed into pockets of crescent dough before deep frying. Sub out any jam for the rhubarb, just make sure it's tart since that will help balance out the creamy peanut butter and fried dough.
Overnight Light PB&J Oats
These overnight oats are called light for a reason — the recipe uses almond milk and peanut butter powder, cutting back on both fat and calories. Reviewer lutzflcat says, "That peanut butter powder really tastes like the real deal and it's the perfect partner for the fresh raspberries."
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies
A twist on your typical shortbread and jam cookies, this version finishes with a drizzle of warm peanut butter to make these PB&J thumbprint cookies. Reviewer Jennifer Baker offers a tip, "Instead of using my thumb to make the indentation, I use a 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon. Press it in the center, and you'll get a perfect spot to place your jam or jelly."
No-Bake Raspberry Peanut Butter Granola Bars
These no-bake granola bars are healthy, give the flavors of PB&J, and take only five minutes to make. Woman Whisking reviews this recipe as a "wonderful healthy snack, I also love that it is very versatile." Stick with the raspberries or sub in blueberries, add coconut, or any of your favorite granola mix-ins.
PBJ Cupcakes - Berry Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Get your PB&J fix in cupcake form. Raspberry jam and strawberry extract is mixed into the batter while peanut butter has a starring role in the frosting. "The cupcakes are nice and moist, the frosting is AMAZING," says reviewer Laura L.
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PB&J Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark
Fresh strawberries and natural peanut butter give this frozen yogurt bark its PB&J flavor. This is a quick, easy, and healthy snack for the whole family. You can store it in the freezer for up to a month.
PBJ French Toast
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich turns into breakfast in this French toast version. It's sweet, so many reviewers used less sugar, but the recipe is very forgiving to changes and substitutions, like Sarah L says, " I used whole wheat bread instead. I also did not have raspberry liqueur, I just omitted it and increased the vanilla extract."