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. #
    Nicole @ Making Good Choices — January 22, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    um..YUM. I would never ever ever think to put PBJ in a muffin. I love muffins and PBJ so this is a must try. I love the sugar on top too.


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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — January 22, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    PB & Jelly Muffins. Nice. I actually just reposted a recipe of a GF, Vegan Banana Muffin I made in regard to using up old bananas. Your muffies with the jelly in them…oh, so good lookin’!

    As for the retreat. Girl. Wish you could come. Someday we will connect!!!!!

    As for your writing and your higher/other goals, lately Ive been noticing more of You, Jessica, coming out in your posts rather than Jessica, The Cook. And I have to say, it’s been fabulous! You’re a fab cook of course, but you’re a fabulous human, a very dry humored and witty one (me too!) and I just love the one liners you intermix in your food posts. Your writing is showing so much depth, it’s great to watch this unfold :)

    love you honey!!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. #
    Low — January 22, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    How do you come up with this stuff! I wish I was a good baker, because I’d never leave the kitchen with all the recipes you’ve given me!


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    Shannon @ bakeandbloom.com — January 22, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

    they look like tasty lil suckers jess.

    FYI: My mum pooped herself in the car (I was there) on black friday once. It tops all of my scarring emotional moments.


  5. #
    sophia — January 22, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

    You’re a genius, Jessica! Why not transform the classic PB & J into a muffin, indeed! And it’s soo healthy, too! Lovely!


  6. #
    Jessica — January 23, 2010 @ 12:32 am

    i definitely need to make these asap. they look really good and based on the recipe ingredients, not all that bad for you either :)


  7. #
    Fit Chick in the City — January 23, 2010 @ 5:10 am

    First off your blog looks so pretty! Secondly, your not going to believe me when the only thing I talked about last weekend was that I wanted to try to make vegan peanut butter and jelly muffins. I swear you read my mind at least once a week! Have a great weekend!


  8. #
    Gracie @ Girl Meets Health — January 23, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    Good thing I just bought a new big bag of whole wheat flour the other day ;) I’m going to have to try these STAT…


  9. #
    Kristine — January 23, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    All I have to say about those muffins are YES PLEASE!!!! :)


  10. #
    Leo @ cupcakes in Paris — January 23, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    Oh My…! Looks so good!!!


  11. #
    Katie — January 23, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a FANTASTIC idea…these look incredible.


  12. #
    april — January 23, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Oh goodness these look delicious! Could you taste the peanut butter in them??


  13. #
    Jenny — January 23, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

    It’s funny I actually hated PB&J until I was about 18. I was always a turkey and cheese sandwich gal.

    Now I cannot get enough of this combo! I love raspberry jam, no grape for me either. These muffins sound incredible!


  14. #
    kelly — January 23, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    Made these tonight, and they turned out awesome!! I used some blackberry jam that I found at TJ Maxx today (of all places). Delish!

    Love your blog, I’ve made so many yummy things from it :)


  15. #
    caronae — January 23, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

    Those sound divine! I love pb and j and whole grains. I just might have to make them ASAP :)
    I actually hate grape flavored things too. And strawberry!


  16. #
    Simply Life — January 24, 2010 @ 5:14 am

    Oh wow! I would LOVE one of these for breakfast right now! :)


  17. #
    Shannon — January 24, 2010 @ 6:45 am

    I will echo what everyone else has said…those muffins look amazing! There is no better combination than PB&J!


  18. #
    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — January 24, 2010 @ 7:09 am

    67 comments already?! I am so late to the party!! these look fabulous Jess! you continue to amaze me with your creative and delicious and HEALTHY recipes!!


  19. #
    sarah (the SHU box) — January 24, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    those look amazing! i love pb & j anything, but the little jelly ‘surprise’ makes them look extra-tantalizing. and i’m 100% with you on the grape-flavor aversion. it always tasted like medicine to me!


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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — January 24, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    Oh YUM! I always love fun ways of doing comfort food differently! I do love grape and strawberry jellies, but my childhood favorite was always apple! YUM, that brings back memories! I too love the crunch turbinado gives muffins and breads. I think I put that stuff on just about everything I bake!


  21. #
    Melissa — January 24, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    Gahhh, I totally peed in my pants in kindergarten. LOL.

    But I still want to make these muffins! :)


  22. #
    Emily (The Experimentarian) — January 25, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    Y.U.M. I love pb and j so much! In college, I ate one EVERY DAY for breakfast. Me thinks those muffins are in order :) xoxo


  23. #
    Bianca @ south bay rants n raves — January 26, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    Another “why didn’t I think of that?” recipe! Nice job!


  24. #
    Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) — January 26, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    “And I always need those things right this minute because who goes one entire day without cotija cheese or fennel?”…that totally cracked me up! :-D

    PS Your photos are gorgeous!



  25. #
    Gracie, Food Fascination — January 27, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    These look YUMMY! I was just at Tully’s and they had PB&J muffins. I’m sure your recipe is healthier. I’ll have to make them.

    Thanks for sharing.


  26. #
    Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread — January 27, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    I know what I am making this weekend!!! Incredible!


  27. #
    PippaPatchwork — January 28, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    Oh my gosh, these looks absolutely fabulous! I have a thing for whole wheat, too–it makes anything seem healthier–so I can enjoy them guilt free ;)


  28. #
    Cassie — February 7, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    I JUST made these…they turned out awesome!! :) I made a mistake and filled the cups too much BEFORE the jam layer..so they’re a bit…top heavy, but they taste good!
    Perhaps I didn’t use enough sugar but they may be lacking something..perhaps more PB, or maple.
    BUT ANYWAY, SO GOOODDD <3 thank you!


  29. #
    Kait — March 25, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

    Oh my goodness, I want to make these right now they look so delicious!!!! I’m going to the store tomorrow to get all the ingredients I’m missing!


  30. #
    lisa — March 27, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

    omg, these look AMAZING.
    im a pb FANATIC- must make them NOW!!


  31. #
    Tia @ ButtercreamBarbie — June 25, 2010 @ 12:30 am

    they look to die for. great color contrasts too with the jam peeking out. mmmmmmmmmmmmm


  32. #
    Susan — June 25, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    I am making these right now and noticed that you said “flours” in your recipe text but there was only whole wheat in the ingredients list…I looked up the recipe in your link “my recipes” and saw you left out the 1 cup of all purpose flour! Also, I learned not to make these with natural peanut butter…They just came out of the oven and look FABULOUS! Can’t wait to taste them! Thanks!


  33. #
    Brooke Barber — July 15, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    I must have done something wrong. When I took the muffins out, the jelly cam out and stuck to the bottom of the muffin pan. Any suggestions?



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