Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

There was a little boy in Harper's class this year who always cracked us up by saying "It's peanut butter jelly time!" I have no idea where he got it, but it is now a favorite saying at my house. (Thanks a lot Alex.) Hopefully these recipes will help relieve your peanut butter and jelly cravings. The jelly of choice in all of them is strawberry, but you can switch it up if you prefer raspberry jam or blueberry preserves. I'm sure it would all be great.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes
serves 2
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ cup peanut butter
¾ cup oat flour
¼ cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
¼ cup applesauce
dash of salt
strawberry jelly or strawberry bananacream
peanut butter and strawberries, to serve
Blend the first 10 ingredients in a blender until everything is well incorporated. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out a few tbsp of the batter onto the pan and cook until the top starts to bubble and the bottom is dry. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned. Top with the jelly or bananacream along with extra peanut butter and strawberries. Enjoy!
You can either make them all into nice little pancake sandwiches or a huge pile of messy pancake deliciousness. I chose that latter because I like messes, but the sandwiches were pretty for the pictures.

This peanut butter and jelly oatmeal is a super filling and delicious breakfast. I can't believe I have not shared it with you earlier. I like to give recipes for fast breakfasts and time consuming breakfasts to fit everyone's schedule and love of cooking. I love making up elaborate breakfasts, but sometimes there is no time. Yummy things like PB&J oatmeal help to make busy mornings more fun. The granola is really good too, and it is even faster if prepared ahead of time. Just be careful not to burn it under the broiler. Check it every so often to prevent this. (I don't know how hot your oven gets.)
pb&j oatmeal (2)
PB&J Oatmeal
serves 2
1 cup quick oatmeal
2 cups water
3 tbsp peanut butter
¼ cup strawberry jelly or jam
splash of vanilla extract
 Bring the water to a boil. Stir in the oats, reduce the heat to medium low, and cook until the oats have thickened to your desired consistency. Turn off the heat, stir in the peanut butter, jelly, and vanilla.
PB&J Granola (2)
PB&J Granola
4 cups old fashioned oatmeal
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup strawberry jelly
1 tbsp oil
additional add ins: peanuts, dried strawberries
Mix the oatmeal and oil together. Spread it out on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil on low for 10-12 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes, until toasted. Mix the peanut butter and jelly together. Coat all the oats evenly with the mixture, stirring until everything comes together. Broil on low for 3 minutes, stir, and put it back in the hot oven with the broiler turned off. Leave it like this for 5 minutes, stir, and then turn the broiler back on to low heat and broil an additional 3 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. Stir in any add-ins you may want.
Here is a card that I am sending to my mom's dad for Father's Day. I really think the wood patterned paper made a nice touch.

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