Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!!! (Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Cake)

For those of you that didn’t know, it just happens to be National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Yes, there is such a day. I think there is pretty much a day for every kind of food you could dream up….National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, National Popcorn Day, National Fig Newton Day…..the list goes on and on. I just so happened to come across the date for National PB&J Day when I was searching for a recipe.


I do think the combo of Peanut Butter and Jelly should be celebrated, though. There are not many other combos that are quite so fantastic; other than chocolate and PB, of course. In fact one report I read, said that the average American consumes 1,500 Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches by the age of 18….wowsers! Supposedly, the popularity of PB&Js soared after WWII because they had become a staple for the soldiers serving in the war.


I tried to keep it fairly healthy for PB&J day, but I also wanted to share a special treat with you. You guys know how much I love breakfast and who doesn’t love cake? Enter the kid-approved Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Cake!




Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Cake (serves 6-8)

3 tbsp coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I would recommend either all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour, not plain whole wheat.)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any milk product will work)
about 3-4 tbsp of your favorite jelly or jam (I used Trader Joe’s blueberry preserves…..the more jelly, the better.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with coconut oil spray or other natural cooking spray.
Cream oil and peanut butter in a mixer. Beat in sugar. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat in. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Last, stir in milk until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
Pour and smooth batter into baking pan. Drop 3-4 tbsp of jelly on the batter; 1 tbsp on each side and 1 or 2 in the middle. Use a butter knife to create swirls in the jelly. Don’t worry it will look messy, but it comes out perfect!
Bake cake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 mins. Let the cake cool for about 10 mins before cutting into it.

adapted from How Sweet It Is



Something to think about….

What’s your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter and jelly?

What’s your favorite variety of jelly, jam or preserves? I’ve always loved red raspberry and have recently found fig.

Did you eat PB&Js in your lunch box as a kid?

See you back here tomorrow for the first “What I Ate Wednesday” of April!

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  1. says

    Peanut butter has got to be my #1 favorite food of all time! If I was stranded on an island, one of the first things I’d miss would be peanut butter! Haha! One of my favorite, healthy ways to get my “fix” is to make a peanut butter (or almond butter) protein shake made with vanilla or chocolate protein powder, 1 tablespoon of peanut (or almond) butter, unsweetened almond milk and a handfull of blueberries, which give it that classic PB&J flavor-flav! :) Thanks for sharing this recipe, Kim!
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  2. says

    Oh now these looks absolutely delicious – kind of trying hard not to drool over here! I’m allergic to peanuts, so I’d replace the PB with AB, but I’m definitely keeping this recipe in mind for when the baking bug hits :) I’d have to say that my favorite way to eat [AB] is with bananas, and when it comes to jams, nothing beats blueberry in my books.
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  3. says

    I LOVE Peanut Butter and Jelly!! Growing up my Mom vowed to never feed it to us kids, because she had to eat PB&J everyday for lunch during her childhood. Because of this, it was a treat that we got only on occasion…..now I’m addicted to it!! :)

  4. Laschaunda says

    I just made these and I swear it was difficult to not eat the whole pan! Seriously delicious!!! I used Trader Joe’s Concord Grape Jelly. I can’t wait until tomorrow so that I can have some more of these!

    • Kim says

      I think those substitutions would work great! I actually thought about spelt flour, but I was all out. I’m not sure about what to sub for the jelly…however, it would probably be great without the jelly and with chocolate chips instead! 😉

  5. Ellen Murphy says

    Peanut BUtter has been my favorite food since I was a little girl- it’s great for energy but also cures my insatiatble sweet tooth, and is THE BEST comfort food around :) Cinnamon Raisin Swirl by PB&Co is favorite kind- I literally have to hide the jar from myself or else I’ll eat it all in one sitting haha.

    Grape jelly is favorite, but I also love the PB & honey combo- but let’s face it, what DOESN’T taste good with peanut butter?!?

  6. Renata says

    Wow – that pb&j recipe sounds divine! Thank you for the Quest giveaway as I’ve always wanted to try these!

  7. Christen Fengl says

    PB&J is my all time favorite sandwich! I love coming up with different versions of it! Quest bars are the only protein bars I eat and they are soooooooooooo good! College budget unfortunately means little quest bars :(

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