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Baking Week: Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Even though I write a blog about cook­ing healthy meals and snacks for and with kids, I still strug­gle with what to make for din­ner every night. Ok, I'm going to say it. I'm not a fan of eat­ing din­ner. How­ever, break­fast? Love it. Lunch? Bring it on. Snacks? Yes please, and make mine a dou­ble (that means a muf­fin and a cookie). But din­ner? Meh. I've been like that since I was a kid–never one to look for­ward to or make a big deal out of din­ner. It's why you get a pan­cake recipe from me as much as Ceri will allow. I just enjoy eat­ing and mak­ing other meals more. (I'm pretty sure I invented the idea of break­fast for din­ner? I didn't, oh?)

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Pho­tos by Maya Visnyei

And while my din­ner arse­nal is a con­stant work in progress, bak­ing has really become my thing. I love cre­at­ing recipes that I'm dying to tuck into, and feel good about what they deliver nutri­tion­ally. As a result, I think I can cre­ate a pretty mean muf­fin. One of the eas­i­est break­fasts or snacks to grab, a muf­fin can either be sweet or savory mak­ing it appeal­ing to any one in your fam­ily. And if your fam­ily is any­thing like mine, foods that have a gen­er­ous help­ing of com­fort are always a win­ner. There­fore, the peanut but­ter and jelly muf­fin was born.

These are actu­ally great with any nut or seed but­ter you enjoy in your house­hold but, I have to warn you, these muffins are com­pletely addic­tive. I think I made them four weeks (and count­ing) in a row. We like to toast one every morn­ing and have it as part of our break­fast. When I brought them to the stu­dio to shoot for this post, our pho­tog­ra­pher Maya got addicted to them. She then made them for a group of edi­tors on her next photo shoot and wound up send­ing me an email ask­ing per­mis­sion to share the recipe with those edi­tors because they got hooked too. In other words, they're the food equiv­a­lent of the 80's hair care world–"and they told two friends and so on and so on." (Remem­ber those old Faberge Organ­ics' com­mer­cials from the early 80's? You don't? Great, now I'm the old one.) Just make the muffins and for­get I made that reference.

Peanut But­ter and Jelly Muffins

1 cup spelt flour
1 cup oat flour (if you don't have it handy just whiz up some old-fashioned oats)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tea­spoons bak­ing pow­der
1/4 tea­spoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 table­spoons melted but­ter
3/4 cup smooth peanut but­ter
1/2 tea­spoon vanilla extract
about 1/4 cup of your favourite berry jelly


Pre­heat the oven to 350.

Grease a non-stick muf­fin tin.

In a large mix­ing bowl, com­bine the flours, sugar, bak­ing pow­der and salt. In a sep­a­rate bowl, beat egg and then add milk. Whisk in the peanut but­ter until you break it up into choco­late chip-size beads. Mix in your vanilla and butter.

Com­bine your peanut but­ter mix with your dry ingredients.

Peanut Butter Prep1

Fill each muf­fin tin with about a heap­ing table­spoon of bat­ter and then place about a half a tea­spoon of jelly on top. Spoon another table­spoon of bat­ter on top. Con­tinue this process until each of your muf­fin tins are filled.

Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 min­utes, or until a tooth­pick inserted in the cen­ter comes out clean.

Allow to cool for a few min­utes and then turn out on to a rack. Serve either warm or room tem­per­a­ture. Store in a air tight con­tainer for up to a week.




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  3. Emil says:

    Hav­ing read this I thought it was really enlight­en­ing.
    I appre­ci­ate you spend­ing some time and energy to put this infor­ma­tive arti­cle together.
    I once again find myself spend­ing way too much time
    both read­ing and leav­ing com­ments. But so what, it was still worth it!

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