I think I ate about a million peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in my younger years. And when I say younger, I mean much younger – like preschool age? I don’t really recall this. In fact, I may have dreamt it. But I can see myself gobbling up PB & J sandwiches with my stubby sausage fingers like it was nobody’s business. It is the only explanation for why I was sick of PB & J’s until I was about 16.


Then I fell back in love.


My hubby loves PB & J combinations, too. It is his go-to breakfast and mid-morning snack, but that may change once he begins to obsess over another 5-year old favorite food combination.


Speaking of hubbies, someone found my blog yesterday with a search of hungry + grouchy + husband. I quizzed my husband endlessly about his extra-marital activities because there can’t be anyone grouchier or hungrier than him.

Needless to say, we have endless supplies of peanut butter in our house.



And when I say endless supplies, I mean an endless supply until the morning that I have an unreasonable craving for peanut butter and realize that my husband took the last jar to work.


With everything we hoard in this house, you’d think I’d have an extra jar laying around in a shoebox or stuffed in between the 67 dye-cast Nascar cars that blind me each day.


This then sends me to the store, because it never fails that I also need cotija cheese or fennel or cilantro or something else that my hubby cannot pronounce or find anywhere in the store. And I always need those things right this minute because who goes one entire day without cotija cheese or fennel?

Maybe I should talk about these muffins?


They are fantastic. They bring me back to my childhood days. Well, not really because that would assume that my mother used whole wheat flour and natural peanut butter and in all honesty I don’t even think she knows those ingredients exist.


They taste like my younger years. They bring me back to 3rd grade when I got a perm and then overheard my mom tell someone I looked like Roseanne Barr. That was a confidence booster…

The jelly gets smooshed inside 2 spoonfuls of batter.



I used grape because my hubby likes grape, and strawberry because it’s my favorite. I hate grape. I was that kid that ate all the non-grape popsicles and then left a box full of grape popsicles for other excited kids. I always hated when I was on the receiving end of that gig.



I topped these babies with some more raw turbinado sugar because I am just loving it these days. I also love that crunch on top of muffins.



The jelly is playing peek-a-boo. That is my favorite part.
The peanut butter does get mixed in with the batter, but I added a few more spoonfuls while the muffin was still warm. Mmm mmm.



Whole Wheat Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

adapted from myrecipes

Makes 12 muffins
1 3/4  cups  whole wheat flour
1/4  cup  sugar
1/4  cup  brown sugar
1  tablespoon  baking powder
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1 1/4  cups  fat-free milk
1/3  cup  creamy peanut butter (I used Smart Balance)
1/4  cup  egg whites
2  tablespoons Earth Balance spread, melted
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
1/4 cup reduced-sugar grape jelly

1/4 cup reduced-sugar strawberry jelly

Preheat oven to 400.

Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, sugars, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through vanilla); add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Fill each cup half full with batter. Spoon 1 teaspoon jam into each cup. Spoon remaining batter on top to cover jam. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Let cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan, and cool on a wire rack.



Make these today! They will remind you of those wonderful, awkward childhood years. Hopefully, the ones you want to remember. Not the ones you don’t. Like the time you peed your pants in Kindergarten while wearing tights. Could anything be more emotionally and physically uncomfortable?
It’s memories like those that make my world go ’round.

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92 Responses to “Whole Wheat Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins.”

  1. #
    Art — January 22, 2010 @ 5:09 am

    Those looks so good!


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    Beth @ 990 Square — January 22, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    I honestly don’t know what I would eat for lunch at work without PBJ. Lunch meat grosses me out, as does the communal microwave at work. So it’s natural peanut butter and strawberry jam (I also hate grape! it doesn’t even taste remotely like grapes!) on homemade whole wheat for me! These muffins look great!


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    Lily @ Lily's Health Pad — January 22, 2010 @ 5:53 am

    These look like something I would love to have around! I definitely want to give them a try as I’m always looking for muffin recipes.

    I’m still loving your new site look.

    Glad you came out of your shell, too! Your old layout had hardly any pictures. It’s always good to put a (beautiful) face with a blogger.


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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — January 22, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    These look amazing! I LOVE me some pb&j sammies :-)

    lol– I think it’s so funny to see the different things people type in to get to my blog!


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    Tina — January 22, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    I’m not a grape jelly fan either. Blech! And PBJ is a wonderful combination. I ate it ALL the time when I was preggo. And those muffins actually look like something I could make. ;)


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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — January 22, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    I think we all should take a moment of silence out of respect for this recipe.



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    Erica — January 22, 2010 @ 6:00 am

    mmmm I love that these are a lighter version of the original but look tastier! J is a big PB&J fan as well (I just like the PB part ;)). Love your new picture. You are one gorgeous chica :)


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    Yum Yucky — January 22, 2010 @ 6:13 am

    How do you come up with this stuff?

    “The jelly gets smooshed” part is my fav part of this post. And the pics of course.


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    The Candid RD — January 22, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    Oh that had to be embarrassing… Sorry to hear about your pee pee accident. I had a couple of those, and even worse, a period accident in eighth grade (you know, that awkward time in your life where you don’t know WHERE you fit in?!) Yeah, that really helped.

    These muffins looks fabulous. It doesn’t get any better than this!


  10. #
    The Paris Food Blague — January 22, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    ah PB&J. beats the madeleine every day.

    a bientot
    The Paris Food Blague


  11. #
    Paige (running around normal) — January 22, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    Those muffins look amazing, and are the perfect excuse to have PBJ’s for breakfast!


  12. #
    Abby — January 22, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    Mm yummy!! I love Grape! We’d be the perfect pair because I’ll eat all the grape popsicles that you don’t want!


  13. #
    Gabriela — January 22, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    My dad would LOVE these…he still eats a PB&J every night for dessert! I haven’t had one in way too long…


  14. #
    Evan Thomas — January 22, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    These look awesome! And I always hated grape things, too


  15. #
    Christina — January 22, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    I don’t like PB&J sandwiches (the jelly bread sogginess grosses me out) but these sound amazing! Maybe now I can finally enjoy the famous combo.


  16. #
    Jessie (Vegan-minded) — January 22, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    These look delicious! My boyfriend always takes the peanut butter jar with him to work and I hate it! I don’t eat it everyday, but it seems that the day I am looking for it, it’s not in the house. Grr. That grouchy hungry husband thing is too funny!


  17. #
    Marisa (Loser for Life) — January 22, 2010 @ 7:27 am

    Seriously! How good do those look?! Wow, this is a keeper recipe. Thanks for sharing!


  18. #
    Karin — January 22, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    Hehe I sometimes make trips to the groceries store at 10pm because I NEED apples or something. I have no patience at all.
    Those muffins look amazing!


  19. #
    Mara @ What's For Dinner? — January 22, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    We’re in a fight now. Just FYI. I think I’ve said that to you before…but seriously?! PB&J muffins? Now i have to go buy PB and J and make these this weekend in my new muffin tins!


  20. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 22, 2010 @ 7:53 am

    These look incredible! My favorite combo by far!


  21. #
    Katharine — January 22, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    Um wow. I WILL be making these this weekend since making some sort of muffin was on my list of things to do. I will let you know how it goes! And maybe, just maybe, the bf will eat them since he, too, is a big fan of the classic PB&J.


  22. #
    Alyson — January 22, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    Those are beautiful. I usually avoid muffin recipes but I love the healthy tweaks you made!


  23. #
    Anna — January 22, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    Oh yummines. PB and Jam–a combination of the gods. This might bump out my current banana-chocolate chip muffin obsession. Or maybe I’ll just have to make both kinds…


  24. #
    ida — January 22, 2010 @ 8:36 am

    These look great- and healthy too! Also the new layout looks fab, and your pictures keep getting better and better.


  25. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — January 22, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    you had me at peanut butter…the jelly and muffin part is just a bonus!


  26. #
    Julie @savvyeats — January 22, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    Yum! I don’t have jelly in the house, but I do have apple butter… which might be awesome in these!


  27. #
    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — January 22, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    I actually said “Oh my God” out loud when I saw the pictures of these. Needless to say, I will be making them very soon. Like, maybe tonight.


  28. #
    Kelly — January 22, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    my mouth is watering! and yes, i was that kid that didn’t eat grape anything, EXCEPT jelly. i have a thing when it comes to textures and i hate that the strawberry jelly has seeds, so grape was what i loved. another odd quirk? i ate PB&J’s open faced, as in i ate the peanut butter side first, then “washed it down” with the jelly side. the thought of putting them together made me gag. this was up until about 2 months ago when i suddenly had a craving to eat them TOGETHER. what is wrong with me? haha.


  29. #
    CCV — January 22, 2010 @ 9:00 am

    Ahhh!!! So yummy looking, Jessica!


  30. #
    Catherine — January 22, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    Clearly I should not look at this site while at work where I have no kitchen and supplies to immediately make these! They look seriously amazing…


  31. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — January 22, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    That is some creamy looking peanut butter – just the way I like it!!


  32. #
    Pink Panda — January 22, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    You can never get enough peanut butter. Peanut butter binges though, can be quite scary.


  33. #
    Diana @ frontyardfoodie — January 22, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    I love the combo! They’re meant for eachother! What better way to eat them than in muffin form. hehe. Awesome idea


  34. #
    Melinda — January 22, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    This sounds like the perfect recipe. I may have to make some adjustments if I try this since we don’t have earth balance spread, but I am sure I could figure something out. I have so many things I want to make and no printer ink (I swear I ordered it 2 months ago and not in yet…the BX sucks…and I bought one out in a local Portuguese store and it costed $$$), so I will need to remember to come back to your page and print this one out for sure.


  35. #
    MelissaNibbles — January 22, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    Yum! I love the shot of the pb jar.


  36. #
    angela @ A Healthy Fit — January 22, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    Love it!! Cannot wait to try these muffins. Just found your blog via Oh She Glows. Can’t wait to read more! I feel like I always have to go to the store to get stuff because my husband can never find what I need. Ugh, men!


  37. #
    stephchows — January 22, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    These sound great!! And I’m totally with you grape jelly = YUCK!


  38. #
    Kelly B. — January 22, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    I make these all the time..modified to be gluten-free…and we LOVE them!!!


  39. #
    Blond Duck — January 22, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    Sweet Wounded Wuffles. Only sheer discipline keeps me from eating PBJs three times a day.


  40. #
    Emily (A Nutritionisteats) — January 22, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Yum! I want to make these for the kids at the camp I work with- They would love them!


  41. #
    Kris | iheartwellness.com — January 22, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    Ohhhhh girl!! i love your new blog!!! Super cute :)

    Ok, these have to be the best muffins I have ever seen! You need to sell these bad boys ;)

    Have a great day love


  42. #
    Chrysta — January 22, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    This sounds so awesome. PB&J is one of my favorite combos ever! Love the recipe. Thanks so much! Have a fabulous day!


  43. #
    janetha b — January 22, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    WOAH. i love love love PBJ and these muffins look fantastic! they are so moist and i am sure delicious. i have this one bookmarked :) thanks, girl!


  44. #
    Shelley — January 22, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    i feel like every recipe you put up gets better & better..these sounds awesomee


  45. #
    Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) — January 22, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    I ate a pb and J for lunch today.. quite possibly the best combo EVA.. lovely muffins.. I bet they taste sooo good with a cup of tea or coffee!


  46. #
    Jasmine @ Eat Move Write — January 22, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    Wowwwww. Those muffins look amazing. I’d eat them all if I made them though.

    Did you change your blog? I love it! Your pic is Amazing girl!

    I’ve got a contest on my blog. My first one. Check it out.

    xoxo Have a beautiful weekend all!


  47. #
    homecookedem — January 22, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    PB & Jelly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yummy!! :) These muffins are so adorable and contain 2 of my fave ingredients evah! ;) They look so healthy too, I must make them!! :)


  48. #
    Jenn @ Livewellfit — January 22, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    Hi Jessica!

    Just wanted to come over and say a big hello. Just found your blog from a few of my long time favs. I love what you have here! Fabulous stuff and you are full of energy!

    Looking forward to your writing. You do have a talent :)


  49. #
    Amanda — January 22, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    Shut up!~ My kids would LOVE these…not to mention me!



  50. #
    katie — January 22, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    freakin yummm!! anything with PB and J is fine by me!!



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