February 12th is National PB&J Day! This important food holiday is not to be confused with National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day which is different … because that’s in April … and the words are written out. We’re happy to celebrate PB&J as often as we can because it’s one of the best flavor combinations ever invented!
PB&J is a part of growing up; the average American eats about 1500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the age of 18. Here’s an interesting fact: a product must contain at least 90 percent peanuts to be labeled “peanut butter” by law. We know that the best peanut butter is nothing but peanuts – no sugar, salt or additives are necessary. There’s also an organization called The PB&J Campaign which encourages people to eat plant-based foods such as peanut butter and jelly in order to help the planet.
We are always happy to find plant-based recipes, both sweet and savory, that include peanut butter. Check out these 30 Peanut Butter Recipes You’ll Go Crazy For and these 15 Sweet and Savory Recipes with Peanut Butter. Learn how easy it is to Make Your Own Homemade Peanut Butter – there’s only one ingredient – and see How to Make Your Own Jams and Jellies Without Gelatin like this 3-Ingredient Miraculous Grape Chia Jelly. Then get ready to celebrate PB&J Day by going beyond the sandwich with these 10 yummy recipes that have peanut butter and jelly.
1. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups
You got jelly in my peanut butter! These Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups are ridiculously simple to make and absolutely delightful. It starts with a peanut butter shell. Then comes the juicy berry chia jam stuffed inside. And then another layer of the creamy peanut butter shell. They are a little salty, a little sweet, and a whole lot of delicious. Refined sugar-free too!
2. Whole Wheat Peanut Butter and Jelly Bread
Peanut butter. Jelly. Cinnamon rolls. Bread. All of these favorite things come together in this Whole Wheat Peanut Butter and Jelly Bread. Imagine waking up to these warm and gooey rolls coming out of the oven. Well, you don’t have to imagine – just make it and no one will be hitting the snooze alarm.
3. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Raspberry Chia Jam Cups
Just because it’s PB&J Day, that doesn’t mean we can’t also indulge in chocolate! The raspberry chia jam filling in these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Raspberry Chia Jam Cups pairs perfectly with the sweet dark chocolate and slightly salty peanut butter. Plus, they’re ready for indulging in 45 minutes. That’s definitely worth celebrating!
4. Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
How do you drink your PB&J? We suggest you try the classic combo in this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie. This frothy drink is reminiscent of the classic combination, with a hint of sweet strawberries and fresh bananas. It’s perfect for breakfast, midday snack or an after-workout treat.
5. Sugar-Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies
If you like blondies, you’ll love these Sugar-Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies. These are filled with peanut butter and blackberry jam plus an extra bunch of peanuts for crunch. Sweetened with dates and applesauce, you can feel good knowing these are delicious without adding any sugar.
6. Incredibly Melty Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Bars
Do you love how the salty creaminess of peanut butter whispers sweet nothings to the fruity innocence of jelly? And would you swoon at the idea of adding chocolate to that mix? Then you must make these Incredibly Melty Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Bars. Thick layers of peanut butter and sweet jelly are surrounded by deep, dark, melty chocolate. Oh yeah!
7. Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins
Start your day with PB&J by making these Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins. These vegan muffins are oil-free with peanut butter and double chocolate chips. Fresh, sweet raspberries stand in for the jelly which adds a nice surprise.
8. OMG It’s Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread
Shortbread is always so good with its soft, chewy texture. Now it gets even better because PB&J are added to make this Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread. Made with high-protein flours and dried tart cherries, the flavor combination is perfect. Not too tart, not too sweet. Just OMG delicious!
9. Crisped Rice Peanut Butter and Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Peanut butter and jelly and prunes. Wait, what? Yes, prunes find their way into these Crisped Rice Peanut Butter and Jame Thumbprint Cookies. The crisped rice cereal adds a crunchy texture to these delicious cookies. Use your favorite flavor of jam or jelly to add your own thumbprint to them.
10. Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
These Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are so simple to make; you’re going to have them around all the time. They have smooth peanut butter and fresh strawberries standing in for the jelly. There’s also cinnamon and chocolate which is always a good thing. These treats can be assembled in minutes, but they make an impressive-looking dessert.
PB&J sandwiches are the best (especially with bananas), but these recipes show that the classic combination of flavors works in so many other delicious ways. How will you celebrate PB&J Day?
Lead image source: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups