I love the peanut butter and jelly combination. It’s simple. It’s a classic. It’s delicious. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are an American staple, especially for kids. Have you ever met a kid who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?! I don’t know about you, but I have fond memories of my childhood, eating a pb and j with a glass of cold milk in the afternoon. The perfect fuel for an afternoon playing outside in the sun with my friends.
I’m a nut for history, so I want to share some information I learned about this beloved all time classic. Although bread itself has been around for forever, pre-sliced bread didn’t exist until the early 1900’s when a man named Otto decided to design a machine to slice bread. In 1927 his efforts came to fruition and his device was used in bakeries. As for jelly. Let’s talk about Mr. Welch. We all know Welch’s jelly, but I’m sure many of us didn’t know that he created it in 1918, and the delicious jelly soon became popular during World War I where troops would spread jelly on thin slices of bread. Okay and all you peanut butter lovers. Peanut butter has been around for a long time. However, it didn’t become wildly popular until the late 1800’s. Peanut butter was considered to be a very rich food, making its appearance in tearooms.
So these three timeless ingredients have been around for a while, but when did they meet and kiss and make a life-changing staple food? In 1901 my friend. 1901 came and life changed forever. The first mention of peanut butter and jelly coming together was first mentioned in the Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics, written by Julia Davis Chandler: “For variety, some day try making little sandwiches, or bread fingers, of three very thin layers of bread and two of filling, one of peanut paste, whatever brand you prefer, and currant or crab-apple jelly for the other.” Wow! How cool is that?! This lovely combination remained a rich person food, until the Great Depression when many families ate this as a staple for it provided protein and was very filling and very cheap.
In World War II, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches became a huge staple. When soldiers returned home from war, the sale of peanut butter and jelly skyrocketed! It became an instant hit for children and families. Everyone loved the taste and the cost. No surprise there! This classic recipe is still a favorite in America.
Okay I’m sorry for my history rant. I just find these things so interesting! Well now you know the history of the pb & j, and now you should go make these AMAZING peanut butter and jelly muffins. You got all the classic tastes in an easy, one-bowl recipe! These muffins are so moist and filled with healthy ingredients, so you won’t feel guilty having one (or two) for breakfast or for an afternoon snack. Stick them in your kid’s lunches for a healthy sandwich alternative.
Fun fact: soldiers in World War II referred to peanut butter as monkey butter.
- 1 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/4 c. peanut butter
- 1/4 c. coconut sugar
- 1/4 c. coconut oil
- 1/4. c. honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 c. almond milk
- Strawberry jelly
- Peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, add egg, sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla. Mix until fluffy and well combined.
- Add peanut butter, baking soda, and almond milk. Stir well. A
- Add the flour and mix until well combined. Mixture should be smooth but not pourable.
- Grease and flour a muffin pan or line with cupcake liners.
- Scoop batter unto the pan about 3/4 full.
- Top each muffin with desired amount of peanut butter and jelly. about 1 teaspoon each.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top, and bake for 12-15 minutes until edges are slightly golden. Enjoy!