The Best Kind of Peanut Butter & Jelly

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Today: Calling all PB&J lovers! This streusel-topped muffin is the stuff of your dreams.

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Certain foods—like the quintessential peanut butter and jelly sandwich—seem to be staunchly kids-only. But—even if adults do get things like tequila and iced coffee and red wine—why should the five-and-under crowd have all the fun?

Today, we're going to reclaim the PB&J! And that's not all: We're going to reinvent it and turn it something even better. I bet your kindergarten self is swooning right now.

Instead of bread: tender, barely sweet, oat-studded muffins. Instead of filling: a topping of seedy raspberry jam and crunchy peanut butter streusel.

Inspired by an unassuming-sounding "muffin cake" from Quaker Oats, this recipe uses oats in a clever way. They lose their bite as they bake, giving the interior of the muffins a nice chew without too much texture. Before baking, the muffins are topped with a dollop of raspberry jam and a crumbling of peanut butter streusel.

One bite, and you're transported to second grade: lunchtime, soft sandwiches on white bread, creamy peanut butter, strawberry jelly. But this is the adult version, and you probably have to go back to your desk after lunch instead of outside to recess. The only remedy for that is to eat one more muffin.

A word about that streusel: It is so good, I wondered why I ever wasted time making any other kind. Next time I bake these, I'll triple the streusel recipe. I'll stir the leftovers into coconut yogurt and put it on top of vanilla ice cream. I might even make a fruit cobbler or crumble using peanut butter streusel for topping.

Streusel-Topped PB&J Muffins

Adapted from Quaker Oats

Makes 12 medium muffins

For the muffins:

1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt

1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup raspberry jam

For the streusel:

1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Do you have a favorite back of the box recipe, or have you heard about a great one? Leave any suggestions in the comments, and I'll try them out and share them here!

Photos by Posie Harwood 

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I like warm homemade bread slathered with fresh raw milk butter, ice cream in all seasons, the smell of garlic in olive oil, and sugar snap peas fresh off the vine.


Lena K. June 11, 2015
What happened to my comment?
Posie (. June 12, 2015
Lena, you commented on the recipe which you can see here:
Nicole O. June 11, 2015
I wanted these to be really good but the muffin part is heavy & dense. I love the crumble and jam portions though. I might have to find another muffing recipe to top with those items.
Posie (. June 11, 2015
The muffin is definitely heavier than most because of the oats, it's almost like a cross between a quick bread and a muffin! If you want a more traditional muffin texture, I'd suggest using this recipe as a base:
Nancy June 8, 2015
Posie - thanks for retail info. I just looked and the whole line is very handsome.
Nancy June 8, 2015
I'm adding these to my grocery list - sound delicious! and I agree with Cindy - the muffin pan is gorgeous! Who makes it?
Posie (. June 8, 2015
It is from Anthropologie!
Cindy A. June 8, 2015
I see a variety of lovely pans but not this exact blue one. Is there a name for the pattern?
Posie (. June 8, 2015
It's called the Adelaide line I believe!
Cindy A. June 8, 2015
Found it! Thanks!
Cindy A. June 7, 2015
LOVE that pan! Where can it be purchased?
AntoniaJames June 7, 2015
I'm in! Will use the last of my 2014 blueberry butter. Really can't wait to try these. ;o)
Miss H. June 7, 2015
what a coincidence! I just made peanut butter waffles and my own grape jelly syrup!
Posie (. June 7, 2015
All I can say about that photo is THANK goodness I have more peanut butter in my kitchen.
Rhonda35 June 7, 2015
These sound great - looking forward to giving them a try!